News from Poland
The Canonization of Pope John Paul II has taken place and the Polish mint has issued a series of coins to commemorate the event.
Canonization or canonisation is the act by which the Roman Catholic or Anglican Church declares that a person who has died was a saint. After this declaration the person is included in the list of recognized saints. To be eligible for canonisation by the Catholic Church, two miracles must be attributed to a candidate. In Pope John Paul II’s case these were his healing a case of Parkinson’s disease and later the healing of an otherwise terminal brain aneurysm.
The canonisation Mass for Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) was celebrated by Pope Francis (with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), on 27 April 2014 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
A photograph of the crowd gathered for Pope John Paul’s visit to Gniezno in June 1979
Pope John Paul (Jan Pawel) visited Gniezno in Poland on at least two occasions, the first at the beginning of June 1979 and then again 1997. Here are two interesting items from our collection of all things Polish commemorating his visit.
A commemorative cover and postage stamp issued on the day of the Pope’s visit to Gnieszno in June 1997.
More about the first Polish Pope John Paul, who was Pope from 1978 through to 2005.
Related: Pictures of Gniezno between 1960 and 1985.
Stamp and cover issued to commemorate Pope John Paul’s visit to Gniezno in Poland in June 1979.
Pope John Paul II, born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, was pope of the Catholic Church from 16th October 1978 until his death on the 2nd April 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX and the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI.
A First Day cover commemorating Pope John Paul’s visit to Poland in 1983.
Karol Józef Wojtyła was born on the 18th May 1920 in Wadowice, near Krakow, in southern Poland.
A postage stamp and special envelope issued in Poland to commemorate the Pope’s visit to Krakow in June 1997.
By the time Karol Wojtyla became Pope he could speak nine languages fluently: Polish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Special postage stamps and cover commemorating the visit of Pope Jan Pawel (John Paul) to Poland in 1999.
Pope John Paul II is recognised by many as helping to end Communist rule in Poland.
Related: Pope John Paul’s visits to Gniezno in 1979 and 1997.