|This Proclamation, summarizing the life of Pope John Paul II, was
read in Latin by Bishop Piero Marini, the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, as part
of the rite of deposition of the body of Pope John Paul II from the
bier, on which he lay in state, to the coffin in which he was entombed.
This private rite preceded the Solemn Funeral Mass of Friday 8 April
In the light
of the Risen Christ, the 2nd of April in the year of the Lord 2005, at
21:37 in the evening, while it turned toward the end of Saturday, and
having already entered into the Lord's Day, the Octave of Easter and
Divine Mercy Sunday, the beloved Pastor of the Church John Paul II
passed from this world to the Father. The entire Church, especially the
youth, has accompanied his passage in prayer.
John Paul II
was the 264 Pope. His memory
remains in the heart of the Church and the entirety of mankind.
elected Pope 16 October 1978, was born at Wadowice, a city 50 kilometers
from Kraków, on 18 May 1920 and baptized two days later in the parish
church by Fr. Francis Zak.
At age nine
he received his first Holy Communion, at eighteen years, the Sacrament
of Confirmation. Interrupted in his studies, because the Nazi army of
occupation had closed the University, he worked in a quarry, and
subsequently, in the Solvay chemical factory.
At the end of 1942, sensing that he was called to the priesthood,
he attended the course of formation of the clandestine seminary of
Krakow. On 1 November 1946
he received priestly ordination by the hand of Cardinal Adam Sapieha.
Then he was sent to Rome where he pursued the licentiate and
doctorate in theology with the thesis entitled Doctrina de fide apud
Sanctum Ioannem a Cruce.
next to Poland, where there would be some pastoral ministry and the
teaching of sacred discipline. On 4 July 1958 Pope Pius XII named him
auxiliary bishop of Kraków, and by Paul VI, in 1964, he was destined to
the same see as Archbishop. As such he intervened in the Second Vatican
Council. Paul VI created him
Cardinal 26 June 1967.
Conclave he was elected Pope by the Cardinals on the 16 October 1978,
and took the name John Paul II. On
22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly began his Petrine ministry.
Pontificate of John Paul II has been one of the longest in Church
history In this
period, under various aspects, many changes have been seen. Numbered
among them the fall of some regimes to which he himself contributed. For
the purpose of announcing the Gospel, he completed many journeys in
John Paul II
has exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit,
dedicating all his energy, urged on by solicitude for the entire Church
and by a charity opened to the entirety of humanity. More than each
predecessor, he has encounter the People of God and the responsible
leaders of nations, in celebrations, in general and in special audiences
and in pastoral visits.
In his love
for youth he pushed to begin World Youth Days, calling together millions
of young people in various parts of the world.
successfully promoted dialogue with the Jewish people and with
representatives of other religions, calling them together sometimes in
an encounter of prayer for peace, especially in Assisi.
notably enlarged the College of Cardinals creating 231 (1 more in pectore). He has convoked 15 Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops,
7 general and 8 special. He has erected numerous dioceses and
administrations, in particular in Eastern Europe.
the Western and Eastern Codes of Canon Law, created new institutions and
reorganized the Roman Curia.
priest" he exercised the liturgical ministry in the Diocese of Rome
and throughout the globe, in full fidelity to the Second Vatican
Council. He promoted, in an exemplary manner, life and liturgical
spirituality and contemplative prayer, especially Eucharistic adoration
and the prayer of the Holy Rosary (cfr. Ap. Let. Rosarium
guidance the Church has approached the Third Millennium and has
celebrated the Great Jubilee of 2000, following the lines indicated with
the apostolic letter Tertio
millennio adveniente. She then entered into the new era, receiving
indications in the apostolic letter Novo
millennio ineunte, in which was shown to the faithful the way to the
With the Year
of the Redemption , the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist, he
promoted the spiritual renewal of the Church. He gave an extraordinary
impulse to canonizations and beatifications, in order to show
innumerable examples of sanctity today, that it would be an inducement
to men of our time. He proclaimed St. Therese of the Child Jesus a
Doctor of the Church.
Magisterium of John Paul II is very rich. Custodian of the Deposit of
the Faith, he did his best with wisdom and courage to promote Catholic
doctrine, theological, moral and spiritual, and to oppose during all of
his pontificate tendencies contrary to the genuine tradition of the
principle documents are numbered 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic
Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters, in
addition to Catecheses proposed in the general audiences and the
allocutions delivered in every part of the world. With his teaching John
Paul II has confirmed and illuminated the People of God on the
theological doctrine (above all in the first three great Encyclicals –
Redemptor hominis, Dives in misericordia, Dominum
et vivificantem), anthropological and social (Encyclical Laborem
exercens, Sollicitudo re
socialis, Centesimus annus),
moral (Encyclical Veritatis
splendor, Evangelium vitae), ecumenical (Encyclical Ut unum sint), missiological (Encyclical Redemptoris missio), mariological (Encyclical Redemptoris mater).
promulgated the Catechism of the
Catholic Church, in the light of Tradition, authoritatively
interpreted by the Second Vatican Council. He also published some
volumes as a private Doctor.
Magisterium culminated in the Encyclical Ecclesia
de Eucharistia and in the Apostolic Letter Mane
John Paul II has left to all an admirable testimony of piety, of a holy life and of universal fatherhood.
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