St. Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was a fascinating man of courage and stamina. The Pope was the Bishop of Rome and presided over the Roman Catholic Church.
Karol Jozef Wojtyla (nickname Lolek) was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland located in the Carpathian foothills 30 miles southwest of Krakow.
On October 22, 1978, a non-Italian Karol Jozef Wojtyla was invested as Pope John Paul II. He was 58 years old The 265th man to hold the position and he held the position the longest at 28 years. He traveled more than any other pope. Pope John Paul II died in 2005.
Pope John Paul II first TWA tour in the U.S.A. was in 1979 on Shepherd I. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen mentioned that TWA meant “Traveling with Angels.” His second tour was in September, 1987. His third trip took place in September, 1995.
When TWA was contacted to be the carrier for the Papal Charter to the U.S.A., everyone involved at TWA was confident that the Pope, the Vatican staff and the journalists from around the world would be impressed by what TWA had prepared for its Shepherd I flights.
Pope John Paul II items that were used on the flights were stored at the TWA overhaul base. In 1988, the St. Johns Children Home, located at 710 N 4th Street, Kansas City, Kansas was sold to the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society with the purpose of making the facility into an Ethnic Museum. When Msgr. John Horvat, a Catholic priest heard that items used on the Popes Papal visits to the USA were being stored at TWA, he requested from TWA that a more suitable area could be had at the Ethnic Museum. The articles could be on display promoting the Polish immigrants that settled in and around the Strawberry Hill area in Kansas City, Kansas. Arrangements were made with TWA with the promise that on the next two Papal visits, the bed, linens, pillows, table, footstool and other items would be made available.
April 27, 2014. His native Polish and Catholics all over the world can shout, “We have a saint, we have a saint!”. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, when Pope Francis canonizes Blessed John Paul II, he will also proclaim him patron saint of World Youth Day.
The relics will become second class relics when Pope John Paul II beatification is complete.
Status on the Pope John Paul II’s Road to Sainthood
There are three steps to becoming a Catholic saint after death:
First: The title “venerable” is formally given by the pope to someone judged to have exhibited “heroic virtues.”
Second: A miracle must be attributed to the deceased person’s intervention, allowing beatification. On May 1, 2013 Pope John Paul II was beautified.
Third: A second miracle must be attributed to the deceased person’s intervention, allowing for Sainthood. On July 2, 2013 Vatican City declared that Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a Saint. One possible canonization date is December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.