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    17th anniversary of the death of John Paul II

    Today, 2 April, marks the 17th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. He died at 9:37 p.m. in the Vatican.

    Today, on the occasion of this anniversary, the visit of St John Paul II to Ukraine is remembered. The Pope visited the country in 2001. 


    “He was born on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, the youngest of three children. Although he was born into a loving family, his early life was marked by suffering and loss. His older sister, Olga, died in infancy and, by the time Karol was twelve, his mother Emelia had died of kidney failure and his older brother, Edmund, had died heroically serving those stricken with scarlet fever. Known to his friends as Lolek, and growing under the loving guidance of his father, he was a vibrant youth, athletic, studious and a gifted theatrical performer,” we can read on the website dedicated to John Paul II


    “The Holy Father has come to us as an apostle of peace and reconciliation,” Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki recalls, Vice President of the Bishops’ Conference of Ukraine.



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