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Monday, May 29th, 2006
6:06 pm

tolkien1138
When the LORD smelled the sweet odor, he said to himself: "Never again will I doom the earth because of man, since the desires of man's heart are evil from the start; nor will I ever again strike down all living beings, as I have done.  As long as the earth lasts, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, Summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:21-22)



A rainbow appears as Pope Benedict prays before a memorial to the victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau

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Sunday, May 28th, 2006
10:59 pm - Video and photos from Poland

hithlin
BenedictXVI.ru has published some new video and photos of the Pope's visit to Poland. See them:
http://benediktxvi.ru/video.html (12 video movies)
http://benediktxvi.ru/gallery/polsha-2006.html (3 galleries of photos).

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Saturday, May 27th, 2006
11:39 pm

personalive
Ballade to our lady of Czestochowa
(writen by Hilaire Belloc)

I

Lady and Queen and Mystery manifold
And very Regent of the untroubled sky,
Whom in a dream St. Hilda did behold
And heard a woodland music passing by:
You shall receive me when the clouds are high
With evening and the sheep attain the fold.
This is the faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.

II

Steep are the seas and savaging and cold
In broken waters terrible to try;
And vast against the winter night the wold,
And harbourless for any sail to lie.
But you shall lead me to the lights, and I
Shall hymn you in a harbour story told.
This is the faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.

III

Help of the half-defeated, House of gold,
Shrine of the Sword, and Tower of Ivory;
Splendour apart, supreme and aureoled,
The Battler's vision and the World's reply.
You shall restore me, O my last Ally,
To vengence and the glories of the bold.
This is the faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.

Envoi

Prince of the degradations, bought and sold,
These verses, written in your crumbling sty,
Proclaim the faith that I have held and hold
And publish that in which I mean to die.

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Friday, May 26th, 2006
2:07 am - Pope in Poland

tolkien1138
Papa Benny's begun his pilgrimage to Poland, where he'll be visiting many of the sites important in John Paul II's life as well as to pray at Auschwitz.

Please keep him in your prayers this week. And be sure to post here with news of the trip!

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Monday, May 1st, 2006
11:12 am

plastictao
The loss of joy does not make the world better -- and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it and thereby derive the courage and impetus to do good.

We have a new need for that primordial trust which ultimately faith can give. That the world is basically good, that God is there and is good. That it is good to live and be a human being. This results, then, in the courage to rejoice, which in turn becomes commitment to making sure that other people, too, can rejoice and recieve good news.

-- Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth, pp. 36-37.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
9:41 pm - Ebay seller *Selling* Pope Benedict XVI's soul

citizen_x_1936
I just saw this on ebay and complained to ebay 4 times and my friend also complained. They have yet to take this item off. If you have an ebay account Send them a complaint. Maybe just maybe them will remove this item.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9510558258&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

current mood: infuriated

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
3:21 pm

ex_dingrod
Pope JP II

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Sunday, April 16th, 2006
1:52 pm - Happy Birthday Papa!

thomryng

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006
12:29 am

personalive
Benedict XVI will join the rosary that will be prayed in St. Peter's Square this Sunday night to commemorate the last moments of Pope John Paul II's life.

The Polish Pontiff died at 9:37 p.m. on April 2, 2005. Some 60,000 people had gathered in the square that night to pray the rosary for the dying Pope.

Shortly after, at the end of the Marian prayer, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute of the Secretariat of State, announced to the world that "our Holy Father has returned to the Father's House."

The crowds, visibly moved, intoned the Salve Regina followed by prolonged applause. Most of the faithful knelt down, many with tears in their eyes.

These memories will be relived with the rosary, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the vicar for Rome.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the choir of the Diocese of Rome, directed by Monsignor Marco Frisina, will accompany the prayer with Marian songs and the reading of texts of Karol Wojtyla, according to a communiqu? issued today by the Vicariate of Rome.

"At 9 p.m., the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, will appear at the window of his study and the holy rosary will be prayed," it added.

During the prayer, passages will be read taken from John Paul II's apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" and other of his magisterial texts.

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
3:22 pm - Papa Benny's first encyclical

altoangel
As all you Pope Benedict fans probably know, today marks the release of his first encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est," or "God is Love." What I like about this topic is that it's confounding the heck out of the mainstream media, who refuse to see Benedict as anything but God's Rottweiler. Pope Benedict strikes me as being a very fatherly figure. Sure, he's not afraid to discipline his unruly children, but he loves them very much anyway.

Pope on Love? Not the topic of alleged hardliner

I'm really looking forward to reading this encyclical.

current mood: contemplative

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
4:50 pm - Pope's First Encyclical to be Published Soon!

tolkien1138
Pope Benedict XVI will publish his first encyclical - a pontiff's most authoritative declaration - next month, the Vatican said Friday.

Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told the ANSA and Apcom news agencies that the encyclical will carry the date of Dec. 25, 2005. It will be called "Deus, Caritas Est," and will have the Italian title of "Dio E' Amore," ("God is Love"), according to Apcom and other Italian news reports.

"The decision to make it public in January is due to the fact that the pope will release important documents over this period," Navarro-Valls was quoted as saying by Apcom.

Italian news reports had said the encyclical was to be published on Dec. 8.

The spokesman could not be reached for comment late Friday.

Earlier this week, he released an end-of-year message to cardinals and the Vatican curia.

Encyclicals are the most authoritative documents a pope can issue. Benedict's predecessor, the late Pope John Paul II, issued 14 encyclicals during his 26-year pontificate.

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Sunday, December 11th, 2005
11:38 pm

earthdonna
I'm starting a new community, convertscorner, and our January book discussion is going to center around Pope Benedict XVI's Called to Communion, and for a little more controversy, the less auspicious Conclave by John L. Allen, Jr.

Does anyone have any ideas how to better keep track of the catholic goings-on to do with the pope and the rest of the catholic world. Is there a news station that covers more of catholic happenings? Where I was before we always had Sacred Heart radio. I can't get it here and EWTN isn't an option either. I'm news starved. This community is good but the last post on it was in November.

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
8:31 pm

a_racely04
I am so happy that it's almost thanksgiving and after that, guess what? It's the x-mas seasom. The happiest season of all, don't ask me why, I know its cliche but It's my favorite season. I LOVE IT. Not just the commercial aspect, sure I love the deocrations and the stores, filled with gifts and playing classic songs. But also the coldness of the season, with the rain and the snow (although I never get any in california). I love the fashion that goes along with it,the makeup the coatsa and scarves and shiny shimery shoes. I love spending time with my family, going shopping with friends or alone. I love sending cards and making them myself, and the fact that for an instant people become more religious and spiritual. The wars come to a standstill, and in the middle east for a second a segway is made. IN one word I LOVE IT ALL.

The only thing that brigs me down is the fact the my gradman and my two closest aunts are not here, but in Mexico and I only get to hear their voices and not touch or hold them. But to tell you the truth, I even love that melancholy feeling. It inspires the poet inside and I write poems and long prose lettes that I'll never mail.

Well here is picture I found online and that now forms the background of my screen.
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
3:29 pm - Removal of Recent Thread

matthew_ml_201
Hello,

We just wanted to let everyone know that the latest post made here was deleted since it was determined to be spam. This being so, we also believe that the user who made this post, “overkillit”, was unaware that the aforementioned material was, in fact, spam connected with old urban legend. This being said, we ask that everyone realize that this user’s post was not meant to annoy anyone, but rather to provide information that the user felt was of a serious (and potentially life-threatening) nature. The post was removed as it was obvious that some user were unhappy with its presence, however, we appreciate the efforts of the user who made the post in the effort of helping others.

Please be aware that we do not wish to censor information or limit the freedom that users of this community have in making posts. We welcome any topics loosely related to our Holy Father or the Church as a whole (including topics of morality and ethics). In cases such as this, where a user believes that hading out information could save a life; we encourage a post to be made. It is a simple matter to delete a post that is determined to be irrelevant. It is impossible to turn back time if a person is injured to killed.

Thank you,

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Sunday, September 11th, 2005
8:17 pm
lastremnant Which of Pope Benedict's published books would you most recommend someone reading? Which book would you recommend someone start with of his? His "milestones" autobiography?

Thank you in advance for your input. :)

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Monday, August 29th, 2005
12:32 pm - Well isn't this interesting...

thomryng
Pope Benedict has met the head of an ultra-conservative Catholic group expelled by the Church 17 years ago.

The Pope and Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the Society of Saint Pius X, have agreed to try to end the rift.

(more at the source)

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Sunday, August 21st, 2005
3:09 pm - WYD 2005 picspam

spikes_luv
World Youth Day 2005, CologneCollapse )

current mood: good

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Thursday, August 18th, 2005
1:38 pm - His Holiness' address on the Rhine

tolkien1138
Dear Young People,

I am delighted to meet you here in Cologne on the banks of the Rhine! You have come from various parts of Germany, Europe and the rest of the world as pilgrims in the footsteps of the Magi. Following their route, you too want to find Jesus. Like them, you have begun this journey in order to contemplate, both personally and with others, the face of God revealed by the Child in the manger. Like yourselves, I too have set out to join you in kneeling before the consecrated white Host in which the eyes of faith recognize the real presence of the Saviour of the world. Together, we will continue to meditate on the theme of this World Youth Day: “We Have Come To Worship Him” (Mt, 2:2).

[in English]

With great joy I welcome you, dear young people. You have come here from near and far, walking the streets of the world and the pathways of life. My particular greeting goes to those who, like the Magi, have come from the East. You are the representatives of so many of our brothers and sisters who are waiting, without realizing it, for the star to rise in their skies and lead them to Christ, Light of the Nations, in whom they will find the fullest response to their hearts’ deepest desires. I also greet with affection those among you who have not been baptized, and those of you who do not yet know Christ or have not yet found a home in his Church. Pope John Paul II had invited you in particular to come to this gathering; I thank you for deciding to come to Cologne. Some of you might perhaps describe your adolescence in the words with which Edith Stein, who later lived in the Carmel in Cologne, described her own: "I consciously and deliberately lost the habit of praying". During these days, you can once again have a moving experience of prayer as dialogue with God, the God who we know loves us and whom we in turn wish to love. To all of you I appeal: Open wide your hearts to God! Let yourselves be surprised by Christ! Let him have "the right of free speech" during these days! Open the doors of your freedom to his merciful love! Share your joys and pains with Christ, and let him enlighten your minds with his light and touch your hearts with his grace. In these days blessed with sharing and joy, may you have a liberating experience of the Church as the place where God’s merciful love reaches out to all people. In the Church and through the Church you will meet Christ, who is waiting for you.

[in French]

Today, as I arrived in Cologne to take part with you in the Twentieth World Youth Day, I naturally recall with deep gratitude the Servant of God so greatly loved by us all, Pope John Paul II, who had the inspired idea of calling young people from all over the world to join in celebrating Christ, the one Redeemer of the human race. Thanks to the profound dialogue which developed over more than twenty years between the Pope and young people, many of them were able to deepen their faith, forge bonds of communion, develop a love for the Good News of salvation in Christ and a desire to proclaim it throughout the world. That great Pope understood the challenges faced by young people today and, as a sign of his trust in them, he did not hesitate to spur them on to be courageous heralds of the Gospel and intrepid builders of the civilization of truth, love and peace.

Today it is my turn to take up this extraordinary spiritual legacy bequeathed to us by Pope John Paul II. He loved you – you realized that and you returned his love with all your youthful enthusiasm. Now all of us together have to put his teaching into practice. It is this commitment which has brought us here to Cologne, as pilgrims in the footsteps of the Magi. According to tradition, the names of the Magi in Greek were Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar. Matthew, in his Gospel, tells of the question which burned in the hearts of the Magi: "Where is the infant king of the Jews?" (Mt 2:2). It was in order to search for him that they set out on the long journey to Jerusalem. This was why they withstood hardships and sacrifices, and never yielded to discouragement or the temptation to give up and go home. Now that they were close to their goal, they had no other question than this. We too have come to Cologne because in our hearts we have the same urgent question that prompted the Magi from the East to set out on their journey, even if it is differently expressed. It is true that today we are no longer looking for a king, but we are concerned for the state of the world and we are asking: "Where do I find standards to live by, what are the criteria that govern responsible co-operation in building the present and the future of our world? On whom can I rely? To whom shall I entrust myself? Where is the One who can offer me the response capable of satisfying my heart’s deepest desires?" The fact that we ask questions like these means that we realize our journey is not over until we meet the One who has the power to establish that universal Kingdom of justice and peace to which all people aspire but which they are unable to build by themselves. Asking such questions also means searching for Someone who can neither deceive nor be deceived, and who therefore can offer a certainty so solid that we can live for it and, if need be, even die for it.

[in Spanish]

Dear friends, when questions like these appear on the horizon of life, we must be able to make the necessary choices. It is like finding ourselves at a crossroads: which direction do we take? The one prompted by the passions or the one indicated by the star which shines in your conscience? The Magi heard the answer: "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet" (Mt 2:5), and, enlightened by these words, they chose to press forward to the very end. From Jerusalem they went on to Bethlehem. In other words, they went from the word which showed them where to find the King of the Jews whom they were seeking, all the way to the end, to an encounter with the King who was at the same time the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Those words are also spoken for us. We too have a choice to make. If we think about it, this is precisely our experience when we share in the Eucharist. For in every Mass the liturgy of the Word introduces us to our participation in the mystery of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ and hence introduces us to the Eucharistic Meal, to union with Christ. Present on the altar is the One whom the Magi saw lying in the manger: Christ, the living Bread who came down from heaven to give life to the world, the true Lamb who gives his own life for the salvation of humanity. Enlightened by the Word, it is in Bethlehem – the "House of Bread" – that we can always encounter the inconceivable greatness of a God who humbled himself even to appearing in a manger, to giving himself as food on the altar.

We can imagine the awe which the Magi experienced before the Child in swaddling clothes. Only faith enabled them to recognize in the face of that Child the King whom they were seeking, the God to whom the star had guided them. In him, crossing the abyss between the finite and the infinite, the visible and the invisible, the Eternal entered time, the Mystery became known by entrusting himself to us in the frail body of a small child. "The Magi are filled with awe by what they see; heaven on earth and earth in heaven; man in God and God in man; they see enclosed in a tiny body the One whom the entire world cannot contain" (Saint Peter Chrysologus, Serm. 160, No. 2). In these days, during this "Year of the Eucharist", we will turn with the same awe to Christ present in the Tabernacle of mercy, in the Sacrament of the Altar.

[in Italian]

Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own "yes" to God, for he wishes to give himself to you. I repeat today what I said at the beginning of my Pontificate: "If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation" (Homily at the Mass of Inauguration, 24 April 2005). Be completely convinced of this: Christ takes from you nothing that is beautiful and great, but brings everything to perfection for the glory of God, the happiness of men and women, and the salvation of the world.

In these days I encourage you to commit yourselves without reserve to serving Christ, whatever the cost. The encounter with Jesus Christ will allow you to experience in your hearts the joy of his living and life-giving presence, and enable you to bear witness to it before others. Let your presence in this city be the first sign and proclamation of the Gospel, thanks to the witness of your actions and your joy. Let us raise our hearts in a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the many blessings he has given us and for the gift of faith which we will celebrate together, making it manifest to the world from this land in the heart of Europe, a Europe which owes so much to the Gospel and its witnesses down the centuries.

[in German]

And now I shall go as a pilgrim to the Cathedral of Cologne, to venerate the relics of the holy Magi who left everything to follow the star which was guiding them to the Saviour of the human race. You too, dear young people, have already had, or will have, the opportunity to make the same pilgrimage. These relics are only the poor and frail sign of what those men were and what they experienced so many centuries ago. The relics direct us towards God himself: it is he who, by the power of his grace, grants to weak human beings the courage to bear witness to him before the world. By inviting us to venerate the mortal remains of the martyrs and saints, the Church does not forget that, in the end, these are indeed just human bones, but they are bones that belonged to individuals touched by the transcendent power of God. The relics of the saints are traces of that invisible but real presence which sheds light upon the shadows of the world and reveals the Kingdom of Heaven in our midst. They cry out with us and for us: "Maranatha!" – "Come Lord Jesus!" My dear friends, I make these words my farewell, and I invite you to the Saturday evening Vigil. I shall see you then!

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Monday, August 8th, 2005
2:43 pm - First film to air on the life of John Paul II

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THE U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF ‘A MAN WHO BECAME POPE’ -- THE HEROIC, TRUE STORY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II –-
COMES EXCLUSIVELY TO HALLMARK CHANNEL, AUGUST 15

Pope John Paul II Viewed Film Before Death – was “impressed, appreciative”

In Vatican Address, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Praises Film



The Hallmark Channel proudly presents the United States television premiere of “A Man Who Became Pope,” the nation’s first televised biopic on the heroic, true story of the transformative journey of Karol Wojtyla to become Pope John Paul II, exclusively on the network, Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). An encore presentation of “A Man Who Became Pope” is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET/PT).

Pope John Paul II is quoted by Vatican press spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls has having seen the film prior to his death and was “impressed” and “appreciative.”

Before he became the Pope, Karol Wojtyla (pronounced Voy-tu-la) went on the transformational journey of a lifetime to become known as John Paul II, the “people’s Pope.” His journey is the reason that the young boy from a small town in Poland became the tireless voice for goodness in a secular age, the architect for kindness and outreach in the modern world, the missionary clarifying ambiguous moral principals, the passionate advocate for the poor, the seeker of reconciliation with Jews and peoples of other faiths, the criticizer of Communism, capitalism and the excesses of materialism, the charismatic pilgrim in the ‘Popemobile,’ the keeper and guardian of Christian principles throughout the world – the people’s Pope to the end of his life.

Karol Wojtyla saw a world of pain and heartache during his years of maturation. The young artist and athlete who became a priest fought Communism, Nazism, atheism and capitalism from the doormat of Europe – Poland -- with his stinging sermons. Like the highly-strung Russian composer Mravinsky, frenetically pushing his orchestra to “play faster, faster, faster!,” Wojtyla, the young bishop, ratcheted up the drumbeat for Polish liberty in his fiery sermons until Poland found its collective voice and rose up for the overthrow of 40 years of totalitarian rule, political machines and spoils systems.

On October 16, 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla succeeded the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope John Paul I, who remarkably died less than two months after succeeding Pope Paul VI. Pope John Paul II served more than 26 years until his death this year; his papacy is the third longest period of service since St. Peter and Pope B. Pius IX.

Within this remarkable life, phenomenal historical events, like the rise and fall of Nazism, Fascism and Communism, shaped this flesh and blood man into a tower of moral strength; the man who consoled those who have nothing; a man who was as much at home on the world stage with contemporary personalities like Bob Dylan as he was in private conversation with world leaders or on his knees in his local parish; the man who was the 263rd successor to Saint Peter and held – among many papal titles – the “servant of the Servants of God”; a man from Krakow, Poland, who grew up to become “the people’s Pope” -- beloved Pope John Paul II.

“A Man Who Became Pope,” presented by Faith & Values Media, is based on Gian Franco Svidercoschi’s book, Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II and stars Piotr Adamczyk (“Spellbinder”) as Karol Wojtyla.

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI held high praise for “(Karol) A Man Who Became Pope” at his June 12 mass at The Vatican.

Hallmark Channel is a 24-hour basic cable channel that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 69 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 5,020 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates Hallmark Channel. In 2004, Crown launched its second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. Through its subsidiary, Crown Media Distribution, LLC, Crown also distributes titles from its award-winning collection of movies, miniseries and films for exhibition in a variety of television media including broadcast, cable, Video-on-Demand and High Definition Television.

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
5:15 pm

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THE U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF‘A MAN WHO BECAME POPE’-- THE HEROIC, TRUE STORY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II –-
COMES EXCLUSIVELY TO HALLMARK CHANNEL, AUGUST 15

Pope John Paul II Viewed Film Before Death – was “impressed, appreciative”
In Vatican Address, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Praises Film


The Hallmark Channel proudly presents the United States television premiere of “A Man Who Became Pope,” the nation’s first televised biopic on the heroic, true story of the transformative journey of Karol Wojtyla to become Pope John Paul II, exclusively on the network, Monday, August 15 (8/7 c). An encore presentation of “A Man Who Became Pope” is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET/PT).
Pope John Paul II is quoted by Vatican press spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls has having seen the film prior to his death and was “impressed” and “appreciative.”

Before he became the Pope, Karol Wojtyla (pronounced Voy-tu-la) went on the transformational journey of a lifetime to become known as John Paul II, the “people’s Pope.” His journey is the reason that the young boy from a small town in Poland became the tireless voice for goodness in a secular age, the architect for kindness and outreach in the modern world, the missionary clarifying ambiguous moral principals, the passionate advocate for the poor, the seeker of reconciliation with Jews and peoples of other faiths, the criticizer of Communism, capitalism and the excesses of materialism, the charismatic pilgrim in the ‘Popemobile,’ the keeper and guardian of Christian principles throughout the world – the people’s Pope to the end of his life.

Karol Wojtyla saw a world of pain and heartache during his years of maturation. The young artist and athlete who became a priest fought Communism, Nazism, atheism and capitalism from the doormat of Europe – Poland -- with his stinging sermons. Like the highly-strung Russian composer Mravinsky, frenetically pushing his orchestra to “play faster, faster, faster!,” Wojtyla, the young bishop, ratcheted up the drumbeat for Polish liberty in his fiery sermons until Poland found its collective voice and rose up for the overthrow of 40 years of totalitarian rule, political machines and spoils systems.

On October 16, 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla succeeded the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope John Paul I, who remarkably died less than two months after succeeding Pope Paul VI. Pope John Paul II served more than 26 years until his death this year; his papacy is the third longest period of service since St. Peter and Pope B. Pius IX.

Within this remarkable life, phenomenal historical events, like the rise and fall of Nazism, Fascism and Communism, shaped this flesh and blood man into a tower of moral strength; the man who consoled those who have nothing; a man who was as much at home on the world stage with contemporary personalities like Bob Dylan as he was in private conversation with world leaders or on his knees in his local parish; the man who was the 263rd successor to Saint Peter and held – among many papal titles – the “servant of the Servants of God”; a man from Krakow, Poland, who grew up to become “the people’s Pope” -- beloved Pope John Paul II.

“A Man Who Became Pope,” presented by Faith & Values Media, is based on Gian Franco Svidercoschi’s book, Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of John Paul II and stars Piotr Adamczyk (“Spellbinder”) as Karol Wojtyla.

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI held high praise for “(Karol) A Man Who Became Pope” at his June 12 mass at The Vatican

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