Monday, 22 October 2018

# Saints

Pope Saint John Paul II


The 22nd of October is the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005). He was born Karol Józef Wojtyła. He is the patron saint of Archdiocese of Kraków, World Youth Day (Co-Patron), World Meeting of Families 2015 (Co-Patron), young Catholics, Families, and Świdnica.

Pope Saint John Paul II lived between 1920 till 2005 and was born in Poland. His mother died when he was 8 years old and his deeply religious father influenced him spiritually. Before the invasion of Poland in 1939 by the Nazis, he studied literature, poetry, and theatre. He entered the priesthood and was ordained in 1946. After completing his doctoral studies in Rome, he returned to Poland and ministered to the young people. In 1958 he was ordained a bishop and in 1962 he attended the Second Vatican Council. His leadership in encouraging spiritual and cultural resistance to the Communist occupation of Poland is well known. In 1978, he was elected Supreme Pontiff, the first non-Italian Pope in 450 plus years. His teachings on the Theology of the Body, the Universal Call to Holiness and his devotion to the Virgin Mary during his pontificate were important contributions to the Church. He beatified 1338 people and canonised 482 saints. His visits to 129 countries make him one of the most well-traveled leaders in history. In 2014 he was canonised by Pope Francis.

Image: John Paul II in 1993

Our Lady of Medjugorje

March 25, 2020 Message to Marija

Dear children! I am with you all these years to lead you to the way of salvation. Return to my Son; return to prayer and fasting. Little children, permit God to speak to your heart, because Satan is reigning and wants to destroy your lives and the earth on which you walk. Be courageous and decide for holiness. You will see conversion in your hearts and families; prayer will be heard; God will hear your cries and give you peace. I am with you and am blessing you all with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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