The life of John Paul II’s close friend, who influenced many of his writings and who died this month at almost 102 years old, is part of the long tradition of feminine heroism in the Church.
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In front of St. James Church, the Polish cardinal met pilgrims from Ukraine, with whom he prayed and whom he blessed.
Religious leaders around the world have expressed their well-wishes and prayers for Pope Francis as he recovers in hospital.
Remembering St. John Paul II on his 103rd birthday
While I may have grown up with John Paul II, I became an adult with Pope Benedict XVI.
The pontificate of Pope Francis seems to feel most comfortable in the immediate post-conciliar period, yet those who desire to drag the Church back to 1972 must contend with the colossal interpretative legacy of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Slovakian shepherd, who died at 98, lived his vocation in exile in the Eternal City.
Topics at the conference will include John Paul II’s vision of natural law, his contribution to biotechnology and human rights, and human rights in a secularized society.
“For the first time in history,” said Pope St. John Paul II after he stepped off the airplane, “a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil.”