We use our own and third party cookies to improve your user experience; by continuing to browse, we understand that you accept their use. You can get more information on our cookies policy.

Rome Reports

You are using an outdated browser

In order to deliver the greatest experience to our visitors we use cutting edge web development techniques that require a modern browser. To view this page please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or greater

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for 100th anniversary of John Paul II's birth

The Polish episcopate announced that in May, 2020, Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass for the 100th anniversary of John Paul II's birth.

It will be in the Vatican on May 17. Karol Wojtyla was actually born the day after, on May 18. However, the bishops of Poland preferred to celebrate on the 17th because it is Sunday. This would allow more people to participate.

In Poland, the anniversary will be celebrated everywhere. The episcopate will publish a message to reflect on the actuality of John Paul II's magisterium.

The Polish pope played an important role in the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He named him bishop in 1992 and cardinal in 2001.

Little did he know that years later, the Argentine cardinal would become pope and preside at the canonization of his predecessor on April 27, 2014.