|Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II
Canonization of Two Great Pontiffs & YOUTH 2000
The YOUTH 2000 Retreat (April 25, 26, 27) will be extra special this year! While we are gathered together in prayer, Eucharist Adoration and Mass, our Church will also be celebrating the Canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II on Sunday, April 27, which is Divine Mercy Sunday.
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Below are some interesting facts related to the Canonizations and YOUTH 2000.
- Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Cracov presented the Divine Mercy Devotion to the church and world on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 2, 1978.
- Cardinal Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II on Oct 16, 1978.
- He died on Saturday, April 2, 2005, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.
- The Fort Worth YOUTH 2000 Retreats started in 1999 on Divine Mercy Sunday simply because that was the only date available for that year. The reality of the extraordinary graces available for that weekend soon became apparent. YOUTH 2000 was personally blessed by Pope John Paul II and by Blessed Mother Teresa in 1992.
- As Divine Providence willed, Pope John Paul II died on Divine Mercy weekend during the Fort Worth YOUTH 2000 Retreat, and will be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday, during the Fort Worth YOUTH 2000 Retreat.
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