Pope Recalls 10th Anniversary of St. John Paul II's Death

At Audience, Says the Late Pontiff Was Great Witness of Christ

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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.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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