Pope St. John Paul II

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Pro-life laws are ‘extremist hate,’ UN official says

Jun 4, 2019

Efforts to restrict abortion in the U.S. have drawn strong denunciations from a senior United Nations official, who called recent pro-life... Read more

The Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia has a side chapel dedicated to St. John Paul II.

Rome’s center of Divine Mercy established by St. John Paul II

Apr 28, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Located just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica, Santo Spirito in Sassia is Rome’s official Divine Mercy church.  Read more

Pope St. John Paul II visits Colombia in 1986.

After 25 years, what JP2’s Letter to Families can teach today’s world

Jan 30, 2019

By Mary Farrow

25 years ago next week, on Feb. 2, 1994, Pope John Paul II penned his “Letter to Families,” the subject... Read more

Young people pray in Centro San Lorenzo on St. John Paul II's feast day 2018.

Young people pray for St. John Paul II’s intercession during youth synod

Oct 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The adoration holy hour on Saint John Paul II’s feast day included meditations on the pope’s Gospel reflections in St.... Read more

Archbishop David Macaire at a Vatican press conference Oct. 22.

Synod bishop: 'John Paul II guided me through my youth'

Oct 22, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of Saint John Paul II, one synod bishop reflected on how the Polish pope inspired generations of... Read more

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979.

Forty years later, Polish bishops revisit election of Pope John Paul II

Oct 16, 2018

The Polish bishops’ conference is celebrating the anniversary of the election of St. John Paul II. October 16 marks 40... Read more

Pope Francis.

Did Pope Francis call himself 'the devil?'

Sep 22, 2018

Traveling Saturday to Lithuania, Pope Francis joked that, in the eyes of some, Pope St. John Paul II is considered... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

The genius of woman: Redefining the strong, independent woman

Jul 27, 2018

 Today, CNA says farewell to our summer intern, Lizzy Joslyn. In her final week at CNA this summer, Lizzy offered... Read more

Virgin Mary by Sassoferrato. Public Domain.

The genius of woman: Mary, a stronghold and model for women

Jul 25, 2018

Ginny Kochis never expected to feel resentment toward a child--let alone a child of her very own.  Read more

Miriam and Veronica Miller of Golden, Colorado.

The genius of woman: Women supporting women

Jul 23, 2018

The “genius of woman” or the “feminine genius,” a phrase made popular by Pope St. John Paul II’s 1995 Letter... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

Archdiocese of Manila receives first-class relic of John Paul II

Apr 7, 2018

A relic of St. Pope John Paul II was recently gifted to the Archdiocese of Manila by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisw,... Read more

Pope John Paul II, center, waves to a crowd of wellwishers May 7, 2001 during a visit to the demilitarized city of Qunaitra, Syria in the Golan Heights.

The Syria visited by Pope John Paul II, and Syria today

Apr 3, 2018

By Courtney Mares

When Pope Saint John Paul II visited Syria in 2001, he called on Christians to remember Syria’s “magnificent contribution” to... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

Thirteen years after his death, John Paul II continues to inspire, friend says

Apr 3, 2018

By Elise Harris

Thirteen years after the death of St. John Paul II, a close friend and colleague of the beloved Polish pope... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

French court's decision forces a change of place for John Paul II statue

Mar 2, 2018

A statue of St. John Paul II will be removed from public land in a small French city, after a... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in September 2014.

Archbishop Chaput: Catholics need faith and reason, not a new paradigm

Feb 22, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et ratio will mark its 20th anniversary this year, on Sept. 14. Archbishop Charles... Read more

Priests strap on ski boots for friendly competition in Poland

Jan 25, 2018

Over the weekend at the Polish ski resort of Wisla, cassocks could be spotted flying down the hills for the... Read more

Brendan Kelly meets Pope John Paul II. Courtesy of TANbooks.

What the littlest children can teach us about suffering

Dec 23, 2017

By Mary Farrow

“There will be saints among the children.”  Read more

Pope St. John Paul II visits Colombia in 1986.

John Paul II relic given to 2019 World Youth Day

Nov 20, 2017

At a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See, Ambassador Janusz Kotanski delivered a relic of... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

Extreme nationalism was not John Paul II’s vision for Poland, historian says

Nov 16, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

St. John Paul II’s teachings propose a different, better vision for Poland than that of a massive Warsaw march led... Read more

French court orders cross removed from JPII statue

Oct 31, 2017

By Perry West

France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat has ordered a cross to be removed from a statue of Pope Saint... Read more