Pope St. John Paul II

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Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Pope's Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants

Apr 24, 2014

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said that as many as 150 cardinals and 1,000 bishops will concelebrate... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

JPII's theology of the body is transformative, scholar says

Apr 24, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

John Paul II’s upcoming canonization gives new impetus to his “ground-breaking” theology of the body, which has the potential to... Read more

Minor Basilica of San Marco Evangelista al Campidoglio in Rome, July 2012.

Ancient Roman church to host English pre-canonization prayer vigil

Apr 24, 2014

On April 26, the evening before the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, English speaking pilgrims... Read more

Tomb of Blessed John Paul II.

Woman cured by John Paul II bringing suitcase of prayers to Rome

Apr 23, 2014

Floribeth Mora, the 50-year-old Costa Rican woman whose miraculous healing paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II,... Read more

Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013.

Knights of Columbus prepares to celebrate papal canonizations

Apr 23, 2014

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor major celebrations of the double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John... Read more

Benedict XVI. Photo

Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Apr 23, 2014

In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the... Read more

Monsignor Slawomir Oder and Father Giovangiuseppe Califano at the Holy See Press Office on APril 22, 2014.

Postulators reflect on humanity of John Paul II, John XXIII

Apr 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that... Read more

Bl. Pope John Paul II and Bl. Pope John XXIII.

Cardinal: dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II

Apr 22, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of... Read more

Philippine stamp commemorating April 27, 2014 canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII.

Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Apr 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will... Read more

(L-R) Don, Erin, and Theodore Marek, and Fr. Luis Granados.

Colo. parish looks to John Paul II in family-focused initiative

Apr 16, 2014

By Kate Veik

Blessed John Paul II’s life and teachings on family and marriage are still bearing fruit, say members of one Colorado... Read more

Ana Christina Villa works on the webpage containing Bl. John XXIII's writings on women

Vatican to launch webpage detailing work of Popes on women

Apr 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience, May 22, 2013.

Francis documentary to be shown at John Paul II Film Festival

Apr 8, 2014

The documentary “Francis: The Pope of the New World” will be shown on the big screen for the first time... Read more

Pope John Paul II visits the United Nations.

John Paul II saw prayer as first duty of Pope, reflects cardinal

Apr 4, 2014

Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who was a close collaborator of Blessed John Paul II, said the future saint believed... Read more

Bl. Pope John XXIII's tomb at St. Peter's Basilica.

Spanish archbishop encourages faithful to attend canonizations

Apr 2, 2014

Archbishop Jose Ansejo Pelegrina of Seville, Spain, has issued a pastoral letter inviting Catholics to take part in pilgrimages to... Read more

Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, who will be canonized April 27.

Papal canonizations to be a spiritual event, cardinal stresses

Mar 31, 2014

By Elise Harris

At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, the... Read more

Bl. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C.

US bishops designate St John Paul II National Shrine

Mar 20, 2014

Ahead of Bl. John Paul II’s April 27 canonization, the U.S. bishops have named a D.C.-based facility as a national... Read more

Bl. John XXIII's tomb under the altar of St. Jerome in St. Peter's Basilica.

Up to 5 million may go to Rome for Papal canonizations

Mar 15, 2014

As many as 5 million people could travel to Rome for the April 27 canonization of John XXIII and John... Read more

Blessed John Paul II.

Personal notes underscore John Paul II's Marian devotion

Mar 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the... Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits the United Nations

Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Mar 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov 24, 2012.

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Mar 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John... Read more