John Paul II Scholars
On May 18th, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. John Paul ll's birth.
Fr. Pawet Rytel-Andrianik, the spokesman of the Polish Bishops' Conference, as well as a Saeman Scholar, points out that despite the passing of the years, St. John Paul II is very close to us, and we at The Papal Foundation have many personal memories connected with him.
"We still remember his pilgrimages to Poland and meetings in Rome,” Fr. Rytel-Andrianik said. “Many people have pictures with the Polish Pope. Deep in us, there is also his passing away, when the whole world was in prayer and in mourning."
The spokesman of the Episcopate also added that the 100th anniversary of St. John Paul ll's birth is an opportunity to return to his timeless teaching.
“Let us bear witness to our attachment to the Polish Pope and faithfulness to his teaching,” he said. “St. John Paul II taught openness to every man and sensitivity to his needs. This is evidenced by the first words of his homily from the inauguration of his pontificate.”
Let us pray to St. John Paul II that this current health crisis in our World resolves itself, and we can resume planning our next pilgrimage to Rome.