VATICAN INSIDER: A TRIBUTE TO ST. JOHN PAUL ON HIS FEAST DAY – POPE FRANCIS TO MARK WORLD DAY OF THE POOR IN ASSISI

VATICAN INSIDER: A TRIBUTE TO ST. JOHN PAUL ON HIS FEAST DAY

In this week’s interview segment, I pay tribute to St. John Paul on his October 16 feast day by re-airing a conversation I had in Poland a couple of years ago with Fr. Jan Machniak, a Polish priest who is the author of Apostles of Divine Mercy and professor at Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.

He shares wonderful stories of his interactions with Pope St. John Paul II!  Among other things he speaks of the meeting Mother Angelica had with Pope John Paul and his gift to her for the shrine. Father recounts the Pope’s words to Mother Angelica, words that have a powerful meaning for EWTN today. So stay tuned for that conversation!

This photo shows newly created Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, on the day he received the red hat from Pope Paul VI, June 26, 1967 (from @ChurchinPoland):

October 16, 1978: Cardinal Wojtyla elected to papacy, takes name of John Paul II:

One of my first meetings with St. John Paul – World Youth Day in Denver:

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POPE FRANCIS TO MARK WORLD DAY OF THE POOR IN ASSISI

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced today that Pope Francis will mark the next World Day of the Poor in Assisi.

Now in its fifth edition, the World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis with the aim of raising awareness of listening to the cry of the poor and the suffering. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, November 14. In preparation for that celebration which affects the whole Church, the Pope will visit Assisi on Friday, November 12, where, in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, he will privately meet a group of 500 poor people from different parts of Europe and will spend a moment listening to the and praying with them.