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The canonisation process of the parents of Saint John Paul II begins

On the 7th of May, the canonisation process of Emilia and Karol Wojtyła - the parents of John Paul II - will begin. The task of the tribunals, according to the Archdiocese of Krakow, will be to demonstrate that both parents practiced virtue in a heroic way and that through their intercession people have obtained favours from God. Nine years have passed since the beatification of the Polish Pope.


The postulator of the canonisation processes of Karol and Emilia Wojtyła is Fr. Sławomir Oder, who was also a postulator in the beatification and canonisation process of John Paul II.

The first solemn session of the tribunals gathered for the canonisation process of the parents of Karol Wojtyła will take place on the 7th of May in the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary– the Pope’s hometown of Wadowice. All the Deans of the Archdiocese of Krakow will be present.

After a formal start, Archbishop of Krakow Marek Jędraszewski will celebrate Mass for the success of the process and implore the intercession of God’s servants, Karol and Emilia Wojtyła.

The decision to start the beatification process of the Polish Pope was announced by Pope Benedict XVI on the 13th of May 2005, the anniversary of the assassination attempt on his life. His process of canonisation was one of the shortest in history, lasting only five and a half years.

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