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# John Paul II

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# the apparition
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?
Voices
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, √Čanna Brophy recalls.
# Pope Visit
'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.
# Call out
Were you around for the Pope's visit in 1979? We want to see your memorabilia
Time to dig through the attic.
# Cardinal Sin
Pope John Paul II has been removed from Dublin's Wax Museum for repairs
“There’s no point in crying over a split pope.”
# 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.”
# the curse
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”.
# pope's letters
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you go see the Pope if he came to Ireland?
Something to be said for another Mass, etc.
# Papal Visit
Why has the Pope not visited Ireland for nearly 40 years?
Pope Francis is a busy man.
# paper pontiff
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…
# Catholicism
Taoiseach in the Vatican for Canonisation of two popes
Enda Kenny is Ireland’s official representative at the Mass.
# Italy
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.
# Holy Show
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…
# Five Easy Steps
Here's what you need to do if you want to become a bona fide Saint....
Really.
# double sainthood
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.
# pope DNA
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.
# saints
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.
# he's a saint
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.
# he's a saint
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.
# Doppelganger
Fake pope held in Rome for looking like John Paul II
It’s a (very) minor crime. Who knew?
# habemus statue
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.
# Icon
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.
# beatification
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.
# beatification
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.
# Innocent?
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…