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Why Pope Saint John Paul II Chose Cleveland For His First Visit To America

Why Pope Saint John Paul II Chose Cleveland For His First Visit To America

The Papal Conclave of October 1978 was convened to elect a successor to Pope John Paul I, having passed away after holding the office for only thirty-three days. Two days of voting and eight ballots later, white smoke was seen rising from the Sistine Chapel signalling the election of a new pope. The cardinal-electors had chosen Pope Saint John Paul II as the new pope, taking his papal name after his predecessor.

However, before rising to the papacy, John Paul II was Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, a prominent rising member of the Church who later come to be known for his travel. Why did Pope Saint John Paul II choose Cleveland for his first visit to America?

In September of 1969, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyła made his first visit to America in Cleveland, Ohio. He chose Cleveland because of its large Polish population, he himself also being from Poland. In Cleveland, he made a visit to the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus. There he gave the church a piece of bone from Saint Stanislaus himself, who was also a Bishop of Krakow the same as Wojtyła.

In addition to the relic of Saint Stanislaus, the pope’s private secretary gave the parish the mitre that John Paul II wore as Bishop of Krakow The Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus is also the first church where John Paul II celebrated mass outside of Europe. Father Michael Surufka of the church, known as Father Mike to the local community, remarked that:

“When he decided to visit America, he did not go first to New York or Chicago, he came to Cleveland, because of the Polish community here. It’s quite an honor for us.”

Today, the bone of Saint Stanislaus remains in a reliquary inside the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus that has become something of a shrine to Pope Saint John Paul II for the Polish-Americans of Cleveland. At the time of his papal coronation, he was the first non-Italian pope in over a hundred years and remains a deep source of pride for the Polish people.


Source: uCatholic

The Prayer Pope St. John Paul II Prayed Every Day: So Simple

The Prayer Pope St. John Paul II Prayed Every Day: So Simple

The Prayer Pope St. John Paul II Prayed Every Day

It became a habit when he was 11 years old and struggling with his math class.

In January of 1980, John Paul II told a group from the Charismatic Renewal:

From the time I was little, I learned to pray to the Holy Spirit. When I was 11, I was feeling sad because I was having a lot of trouble with math. My dad showed me in a little book the hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus,” and he told me, “Pray this and you’ll see that He’ll help you to understand.” I’ve been praying this hymn every day for more than 40 years, and I’ve seen how much the Divine Spirit helps us.

Here is a typical English translation of the Latin text

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.