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Catholics commemorate the centenary of the birth of Saint Pope John Paul II

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Speaking on Sunday after the Regina Caeli prayer, Pope Francis said  “tomorrow (Monday) will be the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II, in Wadowice, Poland,” and he invited Christians to remember him “with great affection and gratitude.”

Addressing the faithful linked via live-streaming to the Apostolic Library where he prayed the Regina Caeli, the Pope said that on Monday morning, at 7 o’clock, he will celebrate Holy Mass, which will be broadcast in World Vision, from the altar where the Saint’s remains lie in rest.

“From Heaven may he continue to intercede for the People of God and peace in the world,” he said.

Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland.

Catholics across the world have scheduled celebrations in his honour and the Secretary-General of the Polish Bishops’ Conference announced that for the occasion, the Episcopate will be issuing a special Message to the faithful highlighting the topical relevance of Pope John Paul II’s Magisterium.

May 18 is also the first day public Masses may resume throughout Italy.

For the centenary of the birth of St. Pope John Paul II, the Polish bishops are encouraging people to use the hashtag, #ThankYouJohnPaul2 on social media.

The idea is to use the hashtag to publish on social media short videos, photos, or statements thanking St. John Paul II for his pontificate, according to a message from Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

It is also a way to share memories of the late pope for “younger generations who have not had the opportunity to get to know him more closely, but who are very present on social networks,” Gadecki said.

“In this way we can express our gratitude to the Polish Pope for all that he has brought and brings” to our lives, he continued.

Read more via Vatican News

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