On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II passed away. He was in his 27th year as pope, one of the longest reigning popes in history. Despite illness and infirmity, he tirelessly preached the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. He defended life in all its forms, wrote prolifically
on Catholic topics such as the Eucharist and the rosary, pleaded for peace in the
world and created more Roman Catholic saints than any other pope. It is said that
he was the most recognized man in the world and he is by far the most widely travelled
pope in history.
Pope John Paul II: A Lifetime of Service
One of the most beloved popes in history among Catholics and non-Catholics alike, John
Paul captured the worlds attention and admiration during his 26-year pontificate.
In his final years, his step became halted by illness and infirmity; his speech became
labored. But his indomitable spirit touched and taught us all. The following articles are about Pope John Paul IIs extraordinary contribution to the Church and the Church's appreciation of his ministry. Read archived articles on John Paul II's travels, the world's reaction to his death and the papal transition.
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Pope John Paul News
Pope Benedict prays JPII will help him build on spiritual gifts
At Vatican, pilgrims remember pope as man of peace, father figure
Vatican spokesman says no decision yet on whether to move JPII's tomb
French nun says life has changed since she was healed thanks to JPII
About Pope John Paul II
Former secretary expects late pope’s beatification in June
Pope John Paul II: Model of Heroic Faith
Why Catholics Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
Pope John Paul IIs Advice for Families
The New Mysteries of the Rosary (Condensed Apostolic
The Rosary of the Virgin Mary (Condensed Apostolic
Eucharist: Heart of the Church (Condensed Encyclical)
Pope John Paul II on Terrorism and Sept.
Pope John Paul II on Stem-Cell Research
Sunday Mass: Easter All Year Long (Excerpt from Apostolic