12 October / Feast Day: St Pope John Paul II (JPII) // Born Karol Józef Wojtyła in Wadowice, Poland, he was elected Pope on 16 October 1978. During his papacy, he wrote principal documents including 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions and 45 Apostolic Letters, plus five books. JPII met millions of the faithful in the course of his pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world. He attracted young people by beginning the celebration of World Youth Day in 1986. An attempt was made on JPII’s life in Saint Peter’s square on 3 May, 1981. Saved by the maternal hand of the Mother, and a lengthy stay in hospital, he forgave the attempted assassin and intensified his pastoral commitments with generosity. JPII was a man of peace and compassion. Inspired by the same Spirit, may we continue and follow in the footsteps of JPII. .
St Pope John Paul II, pray for us!