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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

APRIL 2, 2005-THE DAY OF EXTRAORDINARY GLOBAL OUTPOURING OF AFFECTION AND REGARD

Remembering the great Christian witness of the closing of a dreadful century and the dawning of the new Christian millenium.

IOANNES PAULUS PP. II
May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005



On May 18, 1920, one of the greatest man of the time was born, Karol Jozef Wojtyla in the town of Wadowice, Poland. The year 1978 was called as the Year of Three Popes. Paul VI on August 6, 1978 died after a 15-year papal reign. His succesor Albino Luciani, elected as Pope John Paul I, reigned one of the shortest in the history of the papacy, dying after only a month in the throne of the Vatican.

The day has come on October 16, 1978, when Karol Jozef Cardinal Wojtyla, the Archbishop of Krakow was named as the 264th successor of the Apostle Peter as the Vicar of Christ.

For many years Karol believed God was calling him to the priesthood, and after two near fatal accidents, he responded to God's call. He studied secretly during the German occupation of Poland, and was ordained on 1 November 1946. In these years he came to know and practice the teachings of Saint Louis Marie Montfort and Saint John of the Cross. Earned his Doctorate in theology in 1948 at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy.

Parish priest in the Krakow diocese from 1948 to 1951. Studied philosophy at the Jagiellonian University at Krakow. Taught social ethics at the Krakow Seminary from 1952 to 1958. In 1956 he became a professor at the University of Lublin. Venerable Pope Pius XII appointed Wojtyla an auxiliary bishop in Krakow on 4 July 1958. Servant of God, Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Krakow on 30 December 1963.

Wojtyla proved himself a noble and trustworthy pastor in the face of Communist persecution. A member of the prepatory commission, he attended all four sessions of Vatican II; is said to have written Gaudium et spes, the document on the Church in the Modern World. He also played a prominent role in the formulation of the Declaration on Religious Freedom. Following the Council, Pope Paul VI, appointed Karol Wojtyla cardinal on 26 June 1967.

In 1960 he published his most famous written work, Love and Responsibility. Pope Paul VI, delighted with its apologetical defense of the traditional catholic teaching of marraige, relied extensively on Archbishop Wojytla's counsel in writing Humanae Vitae. In 1976 he was invited by Pope Paul VI to preach the lenten sermons to the members of the Papal Household.

Archbishop Wojtyla became the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI. He took the name of his predecessors (John, Paul, John Paul) to emphasize his desire to continue the reforms of the Council.

John Paul II is the most traveled pope in history, having visited nearly every country in the world which would receive him. As the Vicar of Christ he has consecrated each place that he has visited to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On 13 May 1983 he went to Fatima to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He later repeated the consecration of the world to Mary in union with all the Bishops of the Catholic Church, in fulfillment of Our Lady's promises at Fatima.
In the summer of 1995, Pope John Paul II began a lengthy catechisis on the Blessed Virgin Mary during his weekly Angelus addresses, culminating on 25 October 1995, with his instruction on Our Lady's active participation in the Sacrifice of Calvary. This active participation of Our Lady at Calvary is called the corredemption. Already in 1982 and 1985 Pope John Paul II used the term "corredemptrix" in reference to Our Lady in public addresses. This is significant, for he is the first Pope to do so since Pope Benedict XV at whose prayer Our Lady came to Fatima to reveal Her Immaculate Heart. Since the time of Pope Benedict XV, this terminology was under review by the Holy See; the present Pope's usage is a confirmation of this traditional view of Mary's role in salvation history.

In 1981, John Paul II visited the Philippines for the Beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz, who is to become thr first Filipino Saint, the first time a Beatification was held outside the Vatican. And repeatedly, he came back to the country on the ocassion of the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila, where he gathered the largest number of people attending a papal ceremony, a papal Mass, in world history at Luneta Park.

Having a deteriorating health since the assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Agca, the Pope tried to be strong in the years coming until the last moment of his life. On April 2, 2005 at 9:37 PM at the Vatican (April 3 at 3:37, Philippine time) the beloved Pope of the world has returned to the house of the Father. And after a month after his death, the Vatican officialy announced the start of the Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II the Great.

2 comments:

  1. Truly, the legacy of Karol moves on. Siya ang talagang matatawag na lider ng kanyang panahon. He visit America often, too, and the Americans loves him

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  2. Diana Son of Me lia Luke 3:31March 24, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    This year 2010 Good Friday falls on the very day Pope John Paul 11 died. Isn't it ironic that both Jesus and John Paul 11 share this anniversary of their death. Jesus said on the cross "It is finished." Does this mean that the Church Jesus founded on Peter (Rock) is now complete. Jesus founded His Church, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on the Apostles, Peter, John and Paul.

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