Pope St. John Paul II

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Clergy section at the April 27 Canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Deacons find vocational inspiration in saintly papal witness

Apr 28, 2014

The April 27 canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are a source of spiritual inspiration for young... Read more

Swiss Guards march through Vatican City.

Former Swiss Guard recalls John Paul II's love for humanity

Apr 27, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The life of St. John Paul II was characterized by an intense love for both God and the human person,... Read more

Pope Francis presides over canonization Mass for Saints John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014

Pope: Christ’s wounds are sign of God’s love

Apr 27, 2014

At the canonization Mass for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis emphasized the... Read more

The images of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II hanging from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 25, 2014

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII officially declared saints

Apr 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis officially declared former pontiffs John... Read more

Pilgrims participate in White Night of Prayer on eve of the April 27, 2014 canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII.

Pilgrims fill Roman churches in vigils before canonizations

Apr 26, 2014

Parishes throughout the city of Rome were filled the evening of April 26 with pilgrims spending the night in prayer... Read more

Kasia Kozba, 18, participates in Mass with the Knights of Columbus in Rome on April 26, 2014.

Polish youth in Rome: John Paul II is 'our pride'

Apr 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

Having traveled 20 hours for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, Polish youth voiced their excitement... Read more

Camp Wojtyla counselors listen to a homily during their summer training.

John Paul II remembered for influential love of youth, nature

Apr 26, 2014

By Hillary Mast

Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and nature was based on a profound understanding of the link that... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Benedict XVI to concelebrate at canonization Mass

Apr 26, 2014

The Holy See’s press office has announced that retired pontiff Benedict XVI will be a concelebrant at Sunday’s Mass and... Read more

Archbishop William Lori celebrates Mass with with Knights of Columbus for Polish pilgrims in Rome on April 26, 2014

Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Apr 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights donated two fields in Rome... Read more

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