Pope St. John Paul II

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Saintly superhero: When Marvel Comics told the life story of John Paul II

May 5, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Pope St. John Paul II, who led the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, is perhaps one... Read more

ope John Paul II attends the Stations Of The Cross ceremony from his private chapel on March 25, 2005 in Vatican City.

John Paul II embraced his suffering with love: Cardinal reflects 15 years after saint’s death

Apr 2, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope St. John Paul II embraced suffering with love, even during his illness, a cardinal and the archpriest of St.... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Wednesday audience message on March 18, 2020.

Pope Francis: The Church’s pro-life message is more relevant than ever

Mar 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Church's pro-life message is more relevant than ever as the world faces the coronavirus... Read more

St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica, March 25, 1983.

Pope Francis on St. John Paul II: 'I learned from him'

Feb 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a newly published book, Pope Francis answers questions about himself and St. John Paul II, saying he learned the... Read more

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

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named co-patron of Europe

Feb 5, 2020

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, head of the Polish Episcopal Conference, is calling for St. John Paul II to be declared a... Read more

St. John Paul II in 1978.

Pope Francis to publish a book with reflections on St. John Paul II

Jan 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has co-authored a book of reflections on the life of St. John Paul II to be published in... Read more

Angelo Ciappelloni. Courtesy photo.

‘Follow me:’ How John Paul II and Benedict XVI led a Catholic back to the faith

Jan 23, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

How Angelo Ciappelloni found his faith at the funeral of John Paul II.  Read more

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979.

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

Oct 22, 2019

The Polish Bishops’ Conference has asked Pope Francis to name St. John Paul II a patron of Europe and doctor... Read more

Image of Italian language edition of Christ, the Church and the World: Catechesis of the Areopagus.

'Every page was an act of prayer': New manuscript reveals devotion of St. John Paul II

Oct 9, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Newly published manuscripts belonging to Karol Wojtyła have offered a glimpse into the future pope and saint’s deep devotion and prayer... Read more

St. John Paul II in prayer, c. 1991.

9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

Sep 11, 2019

By Mary Farrow

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania... Read more

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2014.

Put human dignity not profit first, Rubio says

Aug 27, 2019

Rubio cited Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum novarum while reflecting on how profit and human concern... Read more

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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