22 Oct 2014

October 22nd - feast day of St John Paul II

“I plead with you! Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid,” Pope John Paul II

The Universal Church is marking the first liturgical feast day of Saint John Paul II, Tuesday October 22. Poland’s greatest son led the Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. He was canonized along with Pope John 23rd earlier this year by Pope Francis.He was the longest reigning Pope in modern history, serving from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005.

Saint John Paul was canonized this year on Divine Mercy Sunday — an observance he put on the church's universal calendar in 2000 on the Sunday after Easter. The Polish pope was a longtime enthusiast of the Divine Mercy devotions of St. Faustina Kowalksa, whom he beatified in 1993 and canonized in 2000.

As the first non-Italian pope in 455 years, John Paul saw the fall of European communism and the passage to the third millennium of Christianity.

From Vatican Radio:

Saint John Paul and the Mysteries of Light: a musical meditation

Universal Church marks first feast day of St. John Paul II

20 Images that Prove St. John Paul II was the Coolest Saint Ever

From Catholic Online - saint of the day

The readings from the Office of Readings for the new feast day.

Why Pope John Paul II is a Saint - Word on Fire

Pope John Paul II: Thinking outside the church

National shrine, exhibit feature artifacts, insights about late Pope St. John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was in many respects a pope of firsts: the first pope to visit the White House, the first pope to visit Cuba, and the most widely traveled Pope in history. As one of the longest reigning popes in the history of the Church, his influence will be felt for generations. Join host Cheridan Sanders as she speaks with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB about the life and times of Pope John Paul II in this latest episode of Catholic Focus from Salt + Light.

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