As we celebrate twenty-five years of being blessed with Pope John Paul II in office, here are some resources to commemorate this anniversary.
25th Anniversary of the Pontificate
The Holy See, the Vatican's official website, has a wonderful year by year tribute. Click on a year and you'll be taken to a screen with links for Words of the Holy Father, Videos, Travels, and Events.
His Holiness Pope John Paul II Biography
From Catholic Online comes this biography plus Beatifications, Canonizations, Pilgrimages, images and much more on Pope John Paul II.
Special Report: The 25 Years of Pope John Paul II
EWTN News - from the Vatican Information Service
Elected pope: October 16, 1978
Solemnly consecrated: October 22, 1978
Born: Karol J. Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland
263rd Roman Catholic Pope
First non-Italian pontiff since Pope Adrian VI of Holland in 1522
At age 58, youngest pope elected since Pope Pius IX, who was 54
Set theme for his pontifacate at October 22, 1978 Mass with words,
"Be not afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ."
Lift Up Your Hearts
Daily Meditations by Pope John Paul II
Peace in Christ,
By Melissa Knoblett-Aman, © 2003