Today, October 16, is the 41st anniversary of the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as pope.

Card. Karol Wojtyła was elected pope on Monday, October 16, 1978, on the second day of the conclave at 18.18. The Metropolitan of Kraków became the 262nd successor of Saint Peter.

Celebrations of St. Francis of Assisi in Malesia

On September 28, 2019 in Selangor, in the suburbs of the big city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the St. Francis of Assisi Church, a Novena prayer was ongoing for nine days. The prayers were preparing the parish for the celebrations related to the Founder of the Franciscan Order.  The Novena prayer ended on October 6th with a solemn Mass celebrated by most Rev. Julian Leow Beng Kim.Every day, in the...

Papal Day in Munich

The Papal Day is the main celebration of the year for which the Munich Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation prepares with a great attention.  The 19th Papal Day was celebrated with the motto: “Rise, and let’s go.”  That day went by at our parish in a special atmosphere of homage and thanksgiving for the gift of this extraordinary pontificate of the Polish Pope.  On Friday preceding the Papal...

He could speak openly

The travels allowed the Holy Father not only to know personally terrifying reality of the Third World, but also to go into in very close contact with these nations. What’s more, it must be said that it was a spontaneous, direct, extremely natural contact. Also, because there were many analogies between Poland and these countries: the fact of religiosity, poverty, injustice, lack of freedom...

Katolik Magazine, special edition – Surabaya

A Chapel and mini museum dedicated to St John Paul II is located in a shopping center in the heart of Surabaya.

The Wood of the Cross

“Ecce lignum crucis in quo salus mundi pependit… Venite adoremus”. (“This is the wood of the cross on which hung the Saviour of the world… Come let us worship”). We heard these words...

Pope Francis’ Homily at Chrism Mass

‘Here, I believe, was the beginning of clericalism: in this desire to be assured of a meal and personal comfort without any concern for the people’ The Gospel of Luke, which we just heard, makes us relive the excitement...

“Eucharist, as priesthood, is a gift from God”

“The sacrament of the Eucharist—like the sacrament of Reconciliation—was entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and has been passed down by them and their successors in every generation. At the beginning of his public...

Concentrated face, eyes almost closed…

John Paul II was hearing confessions in spite of his illness, despite his weakness, each year, on Good Friday.  He did not sit down in a confessional only on this last Good Friday, a few days before his death. –...

The eloquence of the rites of Holy Week

“In these days of Holy Week, we enter into the heart of God’s saving plan. The Church, (…), wishes to remind everyone that Christ died for every man and woman, because the gift of salvation is universal. The...

Hosanna to the Son of David

Palm Sunday or the Passion of the Lord begins the Holy Week.   On that day, we commemorate the triumphal entry of Christ the Lord to Jerusalem.  Crowds of people welcome Jesus as the Messiah and King who through the...

Pope Francis’ Homily for Palm Sunday

Pope Francis on April 14, 2019, celebrated Mass for Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. An estimated 40,000 of the faithful joined in the service, which included the blessing of palms and reading of the Passion narrative...