(From left) Cardinal Karoi Jozef
Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II on Oct. 16, 1978. He survived an
assassination attempt in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981, and
later forgave his assailant, a Turkish militant. The most widely
traveled pope in history, John Paul II frequently met with world
leaders, like Yassir Arafat in 2000, to promote the cause of peace.
on John Paul II
secluded at the Vatican
Bringing their suitcases and personal views on the future of the church,
the cardinals who will select the next pope settled in their rooms in
the Vatican hotel that will be their home until the world’s 1.1 billion
Roman Catholics have a new leader.
INTERACTIVE: John Paul II’s Papacy
SLIDESHOW: Images of faith
Catholics celebrate life, mourn death
In Prince William County and throughout the world, Catholics will gather
this week for memorial Masses honoring Pope John Paul II.
leaders remember pope’s ecumenical spirit
Pope John Paul II’s benevolent influence reached well beyond the Vatican
walls and the hearts of Catholics to touch people of all religions.
residents mourn pope
Area faithful, along with Catholics the world over, paused Saturday to
mourn and remember Pope John Paul II.
As thousands gathered to pray in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Paul II
near death Friday night, it became crystal clear what one man’s life meant
to the Catholic Church and to the entire world.
William area parishes
Addresses, phone numbers and Mass schedules for those who want to pray
for Pope John Paul II
Memorial Masses and other special events for Pope John Paul II scheduled
throughout the Catholic Diocese of Arlington
John Paul II: His life
From a young man secretly studying for the priesthood in Nazi-occupied
Poland to his elevation as the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years,
Karoi Jozef Wojtyla led a life of notable achievement.
and history of Papal succession
Following the Pope’s death, the Cardinal Camerlengo follows a ritual including
the “ring of the fisherman” and the novemdieles, the nine days
John Paul II has reached out far beyond the church
I have never met the Pontiff, but I feel that he is a kindred spirit.