Viewing and veneration immediately following and throughout the day.
Viewing and veneration immediately following until 10pm.
Karol Jozef Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland, and ordained a Priest in 1946. He became the Bishop of Ombi in 1958 and was appointed Archbishop of Krakow in 1964. In 1967 he was made a Cardinal and on October 16, 1978, was elected Pope.
Taking the name, John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla served as Pontiff for 27 years, making him the second longest-serving Pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX. He was also the first non-Italian Pope in more than 400 years. John Paul II died at the age of 84 on April 2, 2005. He was beatified on May 1, 2011 and canonized, along with Pope John XXIII, on April 27, 2014.
Four vials of blood were drawn from Pope John Paul II during the final stage of his illness in case the ailing Pope would need a transfusion. They were sent to the Vatican owned Bambino Gesu Hospital, which operates a transfusion center; the blood was never used. Two of the vials remained at the hospital in the custody of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and the other two were given to Pope John Paul’s personal secretary, then Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. These were placed in two reliquaries, presented during the beatification ceremony, and housed afterward in the Apostolic Palace.
The religious order, The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, have been entrusted with this precious relic of St. John Paul II for one year. It is through the generosity of parishioners, Denise and Julio Zaldivar, whose daughter is a novice with the Order, that the relic visits Saint John Vianney Parish.