His Holiness Pope John Paul II

A Pope & Pastor Not Just To His Flock, But To Millions Who Looked For Hope

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"In Loving Memory"
May 18, 1920 ~ April 2, 2005

"He showed us how to live and he showed us how to die," said one parishioner, Joan McDermott.
"He reached out to people of all faiths, not just Catholics and Christians."



"Be Not Afraid"


Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II steadies himself
against the wind as he celebrates a
Mass of Beatification of Anton Martin
Slomsek in Maribor, Sept. 19, 1999.
Anton Martin Slomsek (1800-1862)
was the first bishop on Maribor.
(Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images)



Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II watches a dove
from the window of his private
apartments at the end of the
Sunday Angelus prayer at the
Vatican, Jan. 30, 2005. The Pope
was flanked by two children who
released two doves, which initially
seemed reluctant to fly off his balcony.
Just days later he was rushed to
the hospital with breathing problems.
(Max Rossi, Reuters)



Pope John Paul II
This portrait of Pope John Paul II
was photographed in 1979 by
famed portrait photographer
Yousuf Karsh. Polish Cardinal
Karol Wojtyla of Krakow was
inaugurated Pope John Paul II
in 1978, the first non-Italian pope
in 455 years, and the most traveled
pope in history.
(©Yousuf Karsh/Camera Press/Retna)



Pope John Paul II
Mother Theresa and the pontiff
visit the old part of Calcutta, India,
Feb. 3, 1986.
(© Gianni Giansanti, Corbis Sygma)


Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II attends a
concert of the Russian Army
in honor of his 26th Anniversary
as head of the Catholic Church
at the Paul VI Hall, Oct. 15, 2004,
in Vatican City.
(Franco Origlia, Getty Images)



Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II conducts an
outdoor mass on the Mall with
the Capitol building in the
background, Washington, D.C.,
Oct. 7, 1979. It was his first visit
to the United States. During his
trip, he also addressed the
United Nations General Assembly
in New York.
(Dirck Halstead / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images)



Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II holds his face
as he presides over his weekly
general audience at the Vatican,
January 26, 2005.
(Patrick Hertzog, AFP/Getty Images)


Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II places his
prayer paper on the Wailing Wall,
the holiest site in Judaism, in a
Jewish ritual to ask God to fulfill
a wish March 26, 2000, in Jerusalem.
The pope was on the second stop
of a politically charged tour of three
sites holy to Muslims, Jews and
Christians on his last day in the
Holy Land.
(Ariel Schalit, AFP/Getty Images)



Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II gestures
during a Mass held in Bratislava,
Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2003, the
last day of Pope John Paul's
four-day-visit to Slovakia.
(Frank Augstein, AP)


Pope John Paul II
Polish President Lech Walesa
kisses the hand of Pope John Paul II
June 8, 1991, in Warsaw, Poland,
during commemoration of the
country's 200-year constitution.
It was the pontiff's first trip to
post-communist Poland, his
native country, since the
country threw off its communist
(Mike Persson, AFP/Getty Images)


Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II with other
clergy, waves to the crowd
gathered for mass at Grano
de Oro Esplanade.
(Francois Lochon / Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Memorial Card
Pope John Paul II


Memorial card
size: 3.5 X 2

(Also Available in Spanish)

If you would like a Memorial Card please send
a self addressed-stamped envelope to:

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P.O. Box 578865
Modesto, CA 95357


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies
and the God of all comfort. In the sorrow and shadow of this moment, show
your mercy, warm our hearts, and give us peace. May we have strength to accept
the Cross of Jesus and the faith to embrace the Risen Christ. Grant Your holy rest and
peace to Pope John Paul II. May his soul and the souls of all those who have heard
the Word of God and kept it, rest in peace. Amen.

Pope John Paul II

Born: May 18, 1920 Wadowic, Poland

Ordained: November 1, 1946

Episcopal consecration: September 28, 1958

Created a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI, June 28 1967

Elected Pope, 264 Bishop of Rome, October 16, 1978

Went Home to Rest, April 2, 2005



Welcome our new Pope

Pope Benedict XVI

"I seem to feel his (the late Pope John Paul II) strong hand holding mine.
I feel I can see his smiling eyes and hear his words, at this moment
particularly directed at me: 'Be Not Afraid.'"

Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI's
message after his first Mass celebrated as Pontiff


For God So Loved The World...

Jesus Christ is Coming

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