Pope St. John Paul II

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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

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Burning of JPII's letters would be senseless, cardinal says

Mar 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz addressed his controversial publishing of letters which John Paul II asked to be burned, affirming that the... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

Mexico Cathedral to receive John Paul II relic

Feb 4, 2014

The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class... Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Jan 31, 2014

An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John... Read more

Blessed John Paul II.

Relic of John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church

Jan 28, 2014

A reliquary containing drops of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in... Read more

(L-R) Paul Tagliabue, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Sir Gilbert Levine, and Polish Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf.

DC concert to share message of Bl. John XXIII, John Paul II

Jan 20, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

An upcoming concert in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II,... Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Nov 7, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Recent Popes complement each other, Cardinal Dolan notes

Oct 4, 2013

Each of the last three Popes has had a different but complementary emphasis, highlighting different aspects of the faithful and... Read more

Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington D.C.

John Paul II shrine prepares for canonization with joy

Oct 3, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Upon hearing the official date for John Paul II’s canonization, the Washington, D.C., shrine dedicated to the former Pope is... Read more


Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Oct 1, 2013

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April... Read more

Blessed John Paul II

John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized Divine Mercy Sunday

Sep 30, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming... Read more

Blessed John Paul II.

Vatican seminar to explore John Paul II document on women

Sep 27, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is slated to hold a study seminar on one of Blessed John Paul II's... Read more