Courtesy of Press Office of Polish Bishops' Conference

Beatification Process of St John Paul II’s Parents to Begin

The Polish Bishops’ Conference Agreed (nihil obstat) to Begin by the Archdiocese of Cracow the Process

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The Polish Bishops’ Conference agreed (nihil obstat) to begin by the Archdiocese of Cracow the process of beatification of the parents of John Paul II – Karol Wojtyła and Emilia nee Kaczorowska

It gives the opportunity to ask the Holy See to start the process at the diocesan level.

Emilia née Kaczorowska and Karol Wojtyła senior got married on February 10, 1906, in Cracow. The couple gave birth to two sons: in 1906 Edmund and in 1920 Karol junior, as well as daughter Olga, who died soon after birth. After the death of his wife in 1929, Karol Wojtyła senior raised his children alone. He died in 1941 in Cracow.

The immediate family strongly influenced spiritual and intellectual development of the future Pope. Karol Wojtyła senior as a father was a deeply religious, hard-working and conscientious man. John Paul II repeatedly mentioned that he had seen his father kneeling and praying even at night. It was his father who taught him the prayer to the Holy Spirit which accompanied him to the end of his life.

Emilia Wojtyła graduated from the monastery school of the Sisters of Divine Love. With full dedication and love, she ran the house and looked after the sons Edmund and Karol.

Press Office of the Polish Bishops’ Conference

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