On 27 April 2014 in Rome Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II was celebrated by Pope Francis. At least 500,000 Catholics attended the mass in St. Peter’s Square and 300,000 others were watching it from screens placed around Rome.
2015 is a Pope John Paul II Year in Poland. In April 2015 is a first anniversary of his canonization so it is a perfect time to visit our country. On 26 April 2015 a solemn mass will took place in the “Have No Fear!” John Paul II Centre in Krakow. The Centre’s name, “Have No Fear!” was used to make a reference to the memorable words said by the Pope in October 1978 during the inauguration of his pontificate: ‘Have no fear! Open wide the doors for Jesus Christ and His saving power. Open the borders between countries, economic systems, regimes, and civilization directions. Have no fear!’
First anniversary of canonization of Pope John Paul II will be celebrated also in his hometown Wadowice. Solemn mass will took place in the parish church of Karol Wojtyla – the Oblation of Blessed Virgin Mary Basilica, where he was baptized and given the first Holy Communion.