Addressing Polish pilgrims during the weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis recognized tomorrow’s anniversary of the death of Saint John Paul II.
Noting this is the 10th anniversary of his passing, Francis said, “We remember him as a great Witness of the suffering Christ, dead and risen.”
“We also ask him,” the Pope continued, “to intercede for us, for the families, for the Church, in order that the light of Resurrection shines on all the shadows of our life and fills us with joy and peace.”
“May Jesus Christ be praised,” he said.
St. John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis on April 27th, 2014. The first non-Italian since the 15th century, he hailed from Poland and his pontificate lasted from 1978 to 2005, making it the second longest pontificate in the Church’s history.