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A Private Audience With A Saint

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A Private Audience

An awesome moment: my Dad and my Mom having a private audience with Pope John Paul II! He will be declared a saint today…

— Matt

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Written by MattAndJojang

April 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

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  1. What a wonderful memento of a special day. And how exciting it must be to remember that day in the context of today’s events. I know you all will be following along. Even many who are not Catholic will be rejoicing with the faithful.

    shoreacres

    April 27, 2014 at 10:45 am

  2. Yes, Linda, it’s a great honor and privilege for us to have my Dad and my Mom have a private audience with a Pope who is also a saint. In fact, my Dad had 3 private audiences with him, and fortunately he brought along my Mom when he last saw him in person sometime during the 80s! Pope John Paul II was a great man who changed history. A larger-than-life character, he was not only a saint, but one of the persons responsible for bringing down the communist rule in Russia and Eastern Europe.

    Pope John XXIII, who is not as well known as Pope John Paul II, is also a great man. Though seemingly ordinary, he was responsible for convoking the second Vatican Council which was responsible for sweeping church reforms in the Catholic church in the 20th century. He didn’t have the charismatic, larger-than-life persona of Pope John Paul II, but he was endeared to the people of his time because of his down-to-earth way of relating to ordinary people. In fact, he reminds me a lot of Pope Francis.

    He and Pope John Paul II will be declared saints today. Indeed, it will be a day of rejoicing not only among Catholics, but also among all persons of good will…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    April 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

  3. What a thrill that must have been. It appears from the photo that he is giving them something. A memento of the visit perhaps?

    Bill

    May 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

  4. I’m sure, Bill, that my parents were pretty excited in seeing Pope John Paul II in person. Only a few people get the privilege of having a private audience with him at the Vatican. During that time my Dad was a church leader who held office in Rome. And because of this he was able to have a private audience with Pope John Paul II not only once, but three times! He was also fortunate to bring my Mom along with him in one of his private audiences with Pope John Paul II. By the way, what he was giving them were rosaries as mementos of the occasion…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm


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