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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Giovanni Maria Vian: “John Paul II gave a voice to a silenced Church”

2014-04-23

It's no secret that John Paul II was a skilled communicator: his smile and voice triggered an immediate connection with most people, from different backgrounds and faiths.

 

 

GIOVANNI MARIA VIAN
Director, L'Osservatore Romano

"When he was young, he took part in theater plays. It was a way of showing resistance to the Nazi occupation of Poland. Later this was very helpful in the way he communicated with the media and the world.”


 


 

During his last last moments, John Paul II couldn't speak anymore, but he still managed to give a living testimony of the Gospel. Something he had done since the beginning. Ironically, giving voice to the voiceless.

 

 

GIOVANNI MARIA VIAN
Director, L'Osservatore Romano

"He was a Pope who gave a voice to a Church that had been silenced, especially during the first years of his pontificate. We shouldn’t forget that when he was elected, Europe was divided in two, and he played an active role in the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

 

 

John Paul II broke many records.  His election was quite unique in itself. He became the first non Italian Pope in five centuries. Something that calls to mind Pope Francis, the first Pontiff from Latin America. According to the director of L'Osservatore Romano, they actually have a lot more in common.

 

 


GIOVANNI MARIA VIAN
Director, L'Osservatore Romano

"Pope Francis is very much like John XXIII in that he was also very close to people. He welcomed everyone, including children, the sick. When it comes to John Paul II, they share the willingness to talk to everyone.”



On April 27, the Church will have the spotlight once again, thanks to an unprecedented event. The canonization of two Popes. Four pontiffs could make it that day to St. Peter's Square that morning. The two future saints: John XXIII and John Paul II, along with Pope Francis and perhaps Benedict XVI.

 

 

 


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