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October 22nd: St. John Paul II, pope

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Gospel text (Jn 21,15-17): After Jesus and his disciples had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, «Simon, son of John, do you love me?». Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, «Do you love me?», and he said, «Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you». Jesus then said, «Feed my sheep». After Jesus and his disciples had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, «Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?». He answered, «Yes, Lord, you know that I love you». And Jesus said, «Feed my lambs». A second time Jesus said to him, «Simon, son of John, do you love me?». And Peter answered, «Yes, Lord, you know that I love you». Jesus said to him, «Look after my sheep». And a third time He said to him, «Simon, son of John, do you love me?». Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, «Do you love me?», and he said, «Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you». Jesus then said, «Feed my sheep».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, we celebrate Saint John Paul II, the “Pope parish priest of the world” (he traveled enough kilometers to go to the Moon twice). His pontificate was one of the longest in history (almost 27 years), during which he faced all aspects of the life of the Church. He was one of the most influential personalities of the twentieth century. It is said that he is the Pope who could not have time to read everything he wrote… Bishop Wojtyla was one of the youngest conciliar fathers of Vatican II.

—Upon being elected Bishop of Rome (1978), the Primate of Poland —the legendary Cardinal Wyszynski— told the new Pope: «You will lead the Church of the Council until the third millennium». Neither the fatal attacks he suffered nor his long and serious illness could prevent it!

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