Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko welcomes Pope Francis at the 35th Anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation
XXXV Anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation
Friends of the John Paul II Foundation came today to Rome from different countries in order to celebrate the XXXV anniversary of its founding. They would like to present the Holly Father with words of filial devotion and gratitude for the granted gift of meeting with the successor of Saint Peter.
In a distant day of October 16th 1981 John Paul II brought to life our foundation by signing a corresponding decree, thus responding to the deep desire of many believers, scattered around the world, moved by true love for the Church and the Pope, appointed from Poland to the See of Peter. The John Paul II gesture was truly providential. During these 35 years of existence, the Foundation has released abundant fruit for which we do not cease to thank the Lord. Despite the passing years we are still delighted with the presence of many volunteers and benefactors who with admirable zeal support our projects. Through our own institutions and through Associations of Friends, the Foundation undertakes intensive actions in different parts of the world: it promotes the study of the Magisterium of the John Paul II, collects extensive documentation of his long pontificate, helps many pilgrims arriving to Rome, gives scholarships to young people from the East (in majority from countries of the former Soviet Union (Ukraine, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia…) who pursue different fields of study at the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. The Foundation is being concerned not only about their intellectual side, but also about the spirituality of Christian scholars. Maybe this is a small but very significant contribution to the revival of Catholic intelligentsia in this part of the world, which for many years has suffered from the atheist dictatorship of communism. The Foundation brings together a number of Associations and Friends of the Foundation, which propagate culture and Christian formation in different countries of the world, including: USA, Canada, Mexico, Poland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavian countries, even far away Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.