This month marks the anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death. Here are some important dates in the life of our late Holy Father, a prayer of thanksgiving for his life, and resources to enrich our knowledge and remembrance of him.
Born: Karol Jozef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920
Was Ordained a Priest on November 1, 1946
Nominated Archbishop of Krakow on January 13, 1964
Elevated to Cardinal on June 26, 1967
Elected Pope on October 16, 1978
Died on April 2, 2005 at 84
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Pope John Paul II
Dear Lord, Thank you for giving us the gift of your holy servant Karol Josef Wojtyla – Pope John Paul II – to lead your church for so many years. He was truly a blessing to the church, our faith and the world. We have no doubt that he is with you now in paradise savoring the promise of eternal life. Hold him close to you and know that we are forever grateful for this gift of such a Holy Father, most truly a saint and shining example of Christ’s love. Amen.
The Holy See – In memory of John Paul II on the anniversary of his death
This site contains a wealth of information, including links to his Pontificate (1978-2005), photograph and video archives, travels, and documents.
For Pope John Paul II
Article your editor wrote last year as we awaited news of his condition.
GetFed – Pope John Paul II
Remember, or learn more about, Pope John Paul II through books, pictures and art, encyclicals, Papal rosaries and crucifixes, videos, tapes and cds available from GetFed Discount Catholic Catalog.
Peace in Christ,