Prayer of the day

Today is the optional memorial of St John Paul II.

Prayer: O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the blessed John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Journée du pape Jean-Paul II // Pope John Paul II Day

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Photograph produced by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency, published under Licença Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Brasil.

Le 2 avril, jour de la mort de saint Jean-Paul II, est reconnu civilement comme étant la “Journée du pape Jean-Paul II” au Canada. Profitons de cette journée pour célébrer et honorer la mémoire de ce saint homme. Le Parlement canadien, en créant cette journée, a reconnu saint Jean-Paul II comme étant un champion de la dignité humaine et de la liberté. Parce que le 2 avril tombe souvent près ou durant la Semaine sainte ou l’Octave de Pâques, l’Église célébrera la mémoire liturgique de saint Jean-Paul II le 22 octobre, date de l’inauguration de son pontificat.

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April 2, the day of the death of Saint John Paul II, is civilly recognized as “Pope John Paul II Day” in Canada. Let us celebrate and honour the memory of the saint man on this day. The Canadian Parliament, by creating this day, recognized saint John Paul II as a champion of human dignity and freedom. Because April 2 often falls close to or within the Holy Week or the Octave of Easter, the Church focuses its celebrations of Saint John Paul II on October 22, his liturgical memorial which is the anniversary day of the inauguration of his pontificate.