Oct. 22 Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II, Pope, Opt. Mem.

Propers for St. John Paul II: Entrance Antiphon: The Lord chose him for himself as high priest, and, opening his treasure house, made him rich in all good things.Gospel Verse, John 10:14: I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.Communion Antiphon, Cf. Jn 10:11: The Good Shepherd has laid down his life for his sheep.St. John Paul II, named Karol Jozef Wojtyla was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Krakow and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on April 2, 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord.

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