October 22: Feast of Pope Saint John Paul II

Today, Friday, the 22nd of October, celebrates the feast of Pope Saint John Paul II… His words, which he said at the beginning of his pontificate, still resonate today: “Do not be afraid! Open but open the doors to Christ!”

John Paul II (Karol Wojtywa) was born in Wadowice (Poland) on May 18, 1920. He was ordained to the priesthood in Krakow on November 1, 1946… He was appointed associate bishop of the Diocese of Krakow on July 4, 1958, and was ordained episcopal on September 28 of the same year… and on January 13 In 1964 he was appointed Archbishop of Krakow… Pope Paul VI appointed him a Cardinal on June 26, 1967… He participated in the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and made a great contribution to the drafting of the pastoral constitution in the Church in today’s world (Joy and Hope). … Karol Wojtywa was elected Pontiff on the 16th of October 1978…

During his pontificate, John Paul II made 146 pastoral visits in Italy, while the number of his apostolic visits reached 104… Among the many documents he left: 14 encyclicals; 15 apostolic exhortations; 11 Apostolic Constitutions and 45 Apostolic Letters… Pope John Paul II called for 15 meetings of the Synod of Bishops: 6 ordinary general assemblies; An exceptional general assembly and 8 private assemblies.

John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, on the eve of the celebration of the Sunday of Divine Mercy… He was canonized on May 1, 2011, and canonized on April 27, 2014.

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