Blessed John Paul II Added to U.S. Liturgical Calendar; Feast Day Set for 10.22

U.S. Bishops voted to ask Vatican to add pope to U.S. calendar last November. Vatican stresses John Paul’s zeal for families, youth, the sick. Notes his promotion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, New Canon Law Code.

U.S. Bishops voted to ask Vatican to add pope to U.S. calendar last November. Vatican stresses John Paul’s zeal for families, youth, the sick. Notes his promotion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, New Canon Law Code.

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has approved insertion of the optional memorial of Blessed John Paul II in the proper calendar of the dioceses of the United States. It also has provided the proper liturgical texts for observance of the Memorial in the Mass and Divine Office. Liturgical prayers and readings for the feast can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/pope-john-paul-ii/memorial-of-blessed-john-paul-ii.cfm.      

The U.S. bishops last November voted overwhelmingly to request the addition of the popular pope, who reigned for 27 years, into the U.S. liturgical calendar.

The Office of Readings includes an excerpt from Pope John Paul’s homily at his inauguration as pope in 1978, when he stressed “Do not be afraid, Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ.” The message became one of the signature statements of his papacy.

The biographical piece in the Divine Office highlights the pope’s pastoral visits around the world, his participation in the Second Vatican Council, and his zeal for families, young people and the sick. It also noted his promotion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the new Code of Canon Law.