THANK YOU, JOHN PAUL II!
PARTICIPATE IN THE THANK YOU JOHN PAUL II PROJECT!
April 27 is the scheduled canonization of the Blessed Pope John Paul II. Nine years ago, the death of the Pope provoked such a religious movement throughout the world, as his life on earth was an example for many. At this moment, up until his canonization, we should show appreciation for his endurance and triumph. Raised in the midst of Nazi, then later Communist controlled Poland, losing both his mother and father at an early age, he defied all of the odds, being ordained into the Priesthood in 1946. Please join us in showing appreciation for the life of the Blessed Pope John Paul II.
This latest project of CitizenGO will give you an opportunity to participate in showing your gratitude from your current location. If you are unable to be in Rome on April 27th, we have made it possible for you to show your appreciation. Join the tens of thousands of others, around the world, in publishing your message of thanks.
You have the option to sign the petition using our standard message of thanks for 27 years. Thank you for your holiness, love, and hope." -- or -- you have an option to publish your own message, with your own words of thanks.
BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN PAUL II:
Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. A sister, Olga, had died before he was born.
He was baptized on June 20, 1920 in the parish church of Wadowice by Fr. Franciszek Zak, made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Krakow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama.
The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939 and young Karol had to work in a quarry (1940-1944) and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany.
JOHN PAUL II QUOTES:
"When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society."
"True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement."
"It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this [gay marriage] is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man."
"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."
"The goal and target of our life is He, the Christ who awaits us -- each one singly and altogether -- to lead us across the boundaries of time to the eternal embrace of the God who loves us."
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