Pope St. John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II visits United Nations.

Canonization date of late Popes to be announced in September

Aug 20, 2013

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis plans to hold a consistory Sept. 30 to formally approve the sainthood of Blesseds John Paul II and... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Comastri.

Cardinal says two soon-to-be saint Popes had 'great affinity'

Jul 20, 2013

A member of the Vatican department in charge of canonization says that John XXIII and John Paul II, both expected... Read more


John Paul II film festival seeks movies 'that inspire'

Jul 18, 2013

Preparing for its fourth event in recent years, a Florida-based international film festival named for Pope John Paul II is... Read more

Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi appears at a March 5, 2013 press conference.

Consistory to pick canonization dates could be in September

Jul 8, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office says the consistory of cardinals which will discuss the canonization of Bl.... Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be canonized

Jul 5, 2013

Pope Francis has approved the cause for canonization of two previous Popes, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.  Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Vatican theologians approve second miracle of John Paul II

Jun 19, 2013

Theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a second miracle granted through the intercession of Blessed... Read more


Peruvian bishop recalls 25th anniversary of John Paul II's visit

May 17, 2013

Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura recounted the Eucharistic love and call to holiness of Blessed Pope John Paul II... Read more

British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker.

Margaret Thatcher a 'staunch family champion,' ambassador says

Apr 9, 2013

After Pope Francis praised the Christian ethics of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the British ambassador to the Holy See... Read more

The Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Northeast Washington, D.C.

John Paul II exemplified Christian life, chaplain reflects

Apr 3, 2013

On the eighth anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II, the chaplain of a shrine in his... Read more


Pope Francis prays at John Paul II's tomb on anniversary

Apr 3, 2013

Pope Francis spent a “long time” kneeling in silent prayer before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II on April... Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

John Paul II seen in Pope Francis, Vatican official reflects

Apr 2, 2013

On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process... Read more


John Paul II's canonization progress remains confidential

Feb 22, 2013

The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect... Read more

Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the May 1, 2011 beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Benedict XVI's crowds slightly larger than John Paul II's

Feb 20, 2013

The streets of Rome are beginning to fill with pilgrims coming to see Benedict XVI for one last time, bringing... Read more


Vatican denies that Muslims ordered assassination of John Paul II

Feb 4, 2013

The director of the Vatican press office has rejected claims by Ali Agca, the man responsible for the assassination attempt... Read more

Catholic University of America graduation, May 12, 2012.

Bishops find progress in relationship with Catholic colleges

Jan 10, 2013

A report by the U.S. bishops finds a positive relationship between Catholic universities in America and the Church, while encouraging... Read more

Bono speaks at the International Herald Tribune's Luxury Business Conference on Nov. 16, 2012 in Rome, Italy.

Bono thanks Vatican for helping with debt forgiveness

Nov 16, 2012

The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free... Read more

The official portrait for the beatification of Blessed John Paul II.

Vatican approves addition of Bl. John Paul II's feast for US

Oct 22, 2012

The Congregation for Divine Worship has approved the celebration of Blessed John Paul II's feast day in the dioceses of... Read more


Police recover stolen relic of Blessed John Paul II

Aug 30, 2012

Police quickly recovered a vile of Blessed John Paul II's blood, which was stolen on Aug. 28 in the city... Read more

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Healing of Colombian man could pave way for John Paul II canonization

Jul 17, 2012

The testimony of a Colombian man who says he was “miraculously cured” of Parkinson's Disease through the intercession of Blessed... Read more