The Feast of Saint John Paul II, Pope

Today the church celebrates The Feast of Saint John Paul II, Pope. Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Poland. As Archbishop of Krakow, he took part in the Second Vatican Council. On October 16th, 1978, he was elected Pope and took the name John Paul II.

His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people, and the sick, led him to make numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. He left as a heritage of the church, a rich magisterium, and the promulgation of the catechism of the Catholic Church, the revised Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and Eastern churches, and the third typical edition of the Roman Missal.