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#John Paul II

# john-paul-ii - Sunday 26 August, 2018

Explainer: What were the 'strange occurrences' that turned Knock into a global pilgrimage site?

Pope Francis is visiting today – but what’s reputed to have happened in the Mayo village?

# john-paul-ii - Thursday 23 August, 2018

I was there when Irish journalists sang for the Pope. I can confirm there was no drink taken

Irish journalists were granted a special midnight audience with Pope John Paul II out at a Navan Road convent school, Éanna Brophy recalls.

# john-paul-ii - Tuesday 21 August, 2018

'Young people are the future': Pope issues message to Irish people ahead of visit

He also said he was “excited to return” to Ireland, having lived in Dublin previously.

# john-paul-ii - Sunday 29 July, 2018

# john-paul-ii - Saturday 30 September, 2017

Pope John Paul II has been removed from Dublin's Wax Museum for repairs

“There’s no point in crying over a split pope.”

From The Daily Edge Pope John Paul II has been removed from Dublin's Wax Museum for repairs after sustaining some damage John Paul II

Pope John Paul II has been removed from Dublin's Wax Museum for repairs after sustaining some damage

“There’s no point in crying over a split Pope.”

# john-paul-ii - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Polish prosecutors investigate play that features sex scenes with statue of Saint John Paul II

The Roman Catholic Church in Poland has slammed the play as being “blasphemous”.

# john-paul-ii - Monday 15 February, 2016

BBC doc claims John Paul II had 'intense friendship' with married woman

His letters point to intense feelings between the pontiff and the Polish writer.

# john-paul-ii - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Poll: Would you go see the Pope if he came to Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you go see the Pope if he came to Ireland?

Something to be said for another Mass, etc.

Why has the Pope not visited Ireland for nearly 40 years?

Pope Francis is a busy man.

# john-paul-ii - Sunday 27 April, 2014

John Paul II was so popular in the 1980s, he even had a dress-doll book dedicated to him...

You might still find this gem lurking on a bookshelf in your parents’ house…

Taoiseach in the Vatican for Canonisation of two popes

Enda Kenny is Ireland’s official representative at the Mass.

# john-paul-ii - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Man crushed by falling giant crucifix honouring Pope John Paul II

The accident happened in Italy ahead of the late Pope’s canonisation this weekend.

Can't make it to Rome? You can watch John Paul II's canonisation live in 3D in Drumcondra

Around 5 million people are expected in Rome ahead of the ceremony to make John Paul II and John XXIII saints. If you’re not a fan of the crowds, here are the options…

# john-paul-ii - Saturday 12 April, 2014

# john-paul-ii - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Vatican turns to social media as two popes - including John Paul II - to be made saints

Millions of people are expected to attend the mass later this month at which the two popes will be canonised.

# john-paul-ii - Monday 27 January, 2014

Vial thieves steal blood of Pope John Paul II

Sniffer dogs and 50 police officers are on the hunt for the deceased pontiff’s blood.

# john-paul-ii - Monday 30 September, 2013

These two former popes will be made saints in April next year

Pope Francis today announced the date for the canonisation ceremony which is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome.

# john-paul-ii - Friday 5 July, 2013

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to be made saints

The long road to sainthood normally requires two confirmed miracles, however, John XXIII only has one.

# john-paul-ii - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Two miracles later and Pope John Paul II is on his way to sainthood

For healings to be officially certified as miracles, they must be instantaneous, permanent and with no scientific explanation.

# john-paul-ii - Friday 10 May, 2013

Fake pope held in Rome for looking like John Paul II

It’s a (very) minor crime. Who knew?

# john-paul-ii - Monday 15 April, 2013

Photos: Giant statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled in Poland

It’s almost 14 metres high, made out of fibreglass, and weighs five tonnes.

# john-paul-ii - Sunday 9 December, 2012

Man throws paint at ancient Catholic icon of Virgin Mary

Some believe the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, an ancient Polish icon of the Virgin Mary, can work miracles.

# john-paul-ii - Monday 2 May, 2011

Faithful gather for John Paul II beatification

The beatification ceremony of John Paul II has drawn 1.5 million people from across the globe – one of the largest Vatican celebrations ever and a testament to his popularity.

# john-paul-ii - Saturday 30 April, 2011

Thousands gather for John Paul II's beatification ceremony as body brought to St Peter's

Ceremony will mark former pope’s next step toward sainthood, but a second miracle must be attributed to John Paul before canonisation is possible.

# john-paul-ii - Saturday 23 April, 2011

Is Pope Innocent XI being moved as punishment for the Battle of the Boyne?

Pope John Paul II is being relocated, with Innocent XI making way – but scholars reckon there’s ulterior motives afoot…