John Paul II, We Love You – Catholic Focus

 

Pope John Paul II was in many respects a pope of firsts: the first pope to visit the White House, the first pope to visit Cuba, and the most widely traveled Pope in history. He is recognized as helping to end the Communist rule in his native Poland, and eventually all of Europe. He also canonized more saints than all of his predecessors combined! As one of the longest reigning popes in the history of the Church, his influence will be felt for generations. Join host Cheridan Sanders as she speaks with Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB about the life and times of Pope John Paul II in this latest episode of Catholic Focus.

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul II visits Paris, 1980

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POPE JOHN PAUL II GESTURES DURING 1980 VISIT TO PARISPope John Paul II gestures during his 1980 visit to Paris, France. (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo) 

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul II visits Australia, 1986

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POPE JOHN PAUL II HOLDS KOALA DURING 1986 VISIT TO AUSTRALIAPope John Paul II holds a koala bear during his 1986 visit to Australia. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

John Paul II – I Kept Looking For You.

POPE JOHN PAUL II GREETS YOUNG PERSON DURING 1994 VACATION IN ITALY

On the promotional cover for the Goya Productions documentary John Paul II – I kept looking for you the caption reads, “The World’s Biggest Documentary about the New Saint”… now, usually, I would say that’s just marketing hype, but in this case the documentary lives up it. Once you get past the English dub, which I’ll admit is wooden and confusing at first, this documentary is hands-down one of the best, no, I take that back, it’s the best JP II doc I’ve ever seen. Telling the story of Pope John’s Paul’s papacy is no small feat. The fact alone that he was the most traveled pope in history meant that the documentary makers would shoot at 120 locations, in more than 13 countries. The interviews include an all-star lineup with prominent cultural figures, actors, fashion designers, and important religious figures such as the 14th Dalai Lama, the Head Rabbi of Israel (1993-2003) and the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. Coupled with some of the rarest and most extraordinary archival footage of Pope John Paul II to date. All this to say that once you watch it, you’ll feel as if you’ve lived every moment of this great man’s papacy again. By the end of it, I was crying without shame… and considering I screened the documentary at work, all I can say is that I was overwhelmed with emotion! Make sure you have a box of tissues. In all seriousness though, this documentary not only struck at the core of who Pope John Paul II was, but what he meant for all of us. It’s a documentary which will leave you thanking God, and without a doubt that this man was a modern day saint.

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Photo description: Pope John Paul II greets a young person during his 1994 vacation in Val D’Aosta, Italy. (CNS/Arturo Mari) 

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul visits Korea, 1989

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  POPE GREETS ENTHUSIASTIC KOREANS AT EUCHARISTIC CONGRESSPope John Paul II greets youths at the 44th International Eucharistic Congress in Seoul, South Korea, in 1989. The congress provided the opportunity for several Asian bishops to meet with the pontiff to discuss urgent human rights and democracy issues. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari) 

 

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul II scans crowd at WYD Denver, 1993

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POPE SCANS CROWD GATHERED FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY MASS IN 1993With rosary in hand, Pope John Paul II scans the crowd as his helicopter circles Colorado’s Cherry Creek State Park before the closing Mass for World Youth Day Aug. 15, 1993. “Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life,” the pope told the hundreds of thousands of people gathered there. (CNS file photo by W. H. Keeler) 

JP II, We Love You – People light candles in Warsaw, Poland

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PEOPLE LIGHT CANDLES IN MEMORY OF POPE JOHN PAUL IIPeople light candles in Warsaw, Poland, to pay tribute to Pope John Paul II on the second anniversary of his death April 2, 2007. (CNS photo/Katarina Stoltz, Reuters) 

 

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul II looks on during Via Crucis

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FILE PHOTO OF POPE JOHN PAUL IIPope John Paul II looks at the faithful gathered at the Colosseum during the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) Good Friday service in Rome, 2003. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) 

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul II prays the rosary

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L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO PHOTO SHOWS LATE POPE PRAYING THE ROSARY

Pope John Paul II prays the rosary in this L’Osservatore Romano photo dated May 4, 1991. This image, captured by a Vatican photographer, is the second most requested photo from the L’Osservatore Romano archives. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

JP II, We Love You – Pope John Paul II places prayer card in crevice of Western Wall

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POPE VISITS HOLY SITE OF JUDAISMPope John Paul II places a prayer in a crevice of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, March 26, 2000. Speaking to ecumenical leaders on the historic trip that included visits to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, the pontiff prayed that the Holy Land would be a homeland to all faiths and peoples. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)