John Paul II

John Paul II

John Paul II (1920- ), Poland’s greatest icon, an Ethical Personalist. Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He was ordained into the priesthood by Cardinal Adam Sapieha on November 1, 1946. He became a bishop in the Royal City of Kraków on September 28, 1958. During the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) bishop Wojtyła was a pilgrim to the Holy Land, December 5-15, 1963; and he influenced Vaticanum Secundum by his personalism. On June 26, 1967 in Rome, Karol Wojtyła was elected a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI. On October 16, 1978 Cardinal Karol Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II. As an Itinerant Holy Father has made about one hundred pilgrimages around the globe.

“Do not be afraid!”

“Consider your calling, brothers and sisters” (1 Cor 1:26).

1. Today these words of Saint Paul are addressed to all of us who have come here to the Mount of the Beatitudes. We sit on this hill like the first disciples, and we listen to Jesus. In the stillness, we hear his gentle and urgent voice, as gentle as this land itself and as urgent as a call to choose between life and death.

How many generations before us have been deeply moved by the Sermon on the Mount! How many young people down the centuries have gathered around Jesus to learn the words of eternal life, as you are gathered here today! How many young hearts have been inspired by the power of his personality and the compelling truth of his message! It is wonderful that you are here!

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