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VATICAN CITY — Pope St. John Paul II embraced suffering with love, even during his illness, a cardinal and the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica said on the 15th anniversary of the saint’s death.
In a newly published book, Pope Francis answers questions about himself and St John Paul II, saying he learned the importance of joy and mercy from his predecessor, and they are in “total harmony” on the subject of priestly ministry.
Pope Francis has co-authored a book of reflections on the life of St John Paul II to be published in Italian.
As World War II raged around him in Poland, St Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another “weapon” – the Miraculous Medal.
The Polish bishops’ conference has agreed to begin the canonisation process for the parents of Saint John Paul II.
In a request issued on the late pope's feast day, the bishops also called for him to be made Patron of Europe
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