The Holy Father prays at tombs of St Peter, St Pius X and Blessed John XXIII on anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death

Pope Francis has prayed at the tombs of St Peter, St Pius X and Blessed John XXIII on the eight anniversary of the death of Blessed John Paul II, an act which the Holy See describes as a sign of Pope Francis’ ”profound spiritual continuity” with popes past.

On Tuesday, he waited until the basilica was closed to the general public to visit the tomb of John Paul II, the Polish pope who died in 2005. The tomb is located in the St. Sebastian chapel, just inside the entrance of the basilica. He also prayed before the tombs of Popes Pius X and John XXIII.

“As with the visit yesterday to the tomb of St. Peter and the Vatican grottoes, this evening’s visit to the basilica expresses the profound spiritual continuity of the popes’ petrine ministry, which Pope Francis lives and feels intensely, as he has shown repeatedly with his phone calls to his predecessor Benedict XVI,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement.

La Stampa reports that Pope Francis was very close to Blessed John Paul II, who appointed him bishop and cardinal.   Cardinal Bergoglio gave the following insights into Blessed John Paul II following his death and beatification:

“John Paul II had no fear, this is precisely why he combated dictatorships.”

“Pope Wojtyla had no fear because he lived his life in contemplation of the Risen Lord. The courage and resoluteness Christ’s resurrection gives us, the peace forgiveness gives us through the Lord’s mercy, take away our fears.”

“He was a coherently witness of the Lord; he was in communion with his people, whilst remaining a man of God. Coherence cannot be bought, coherence cannot be studied. Coherence is cultivated in the heart. I believe we can say John Paul II was a coherent man because he allowed himself to be shaped by God’s will. At a time in which we need witnesses more than teachers, John Paul II was a living testimony of faith, right up until the end.”

Protect the Pope comment: At Protect the Pope we take heart from the fact that Pope Francis prayed at the tombs of both St Pius X, Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. Through the intercession of these great and saintly popes we pray that Pope Francis will be guided to make the right decisions for the future of the Church. We take particular heart from the fact that Pope Francis prayed at the tomb of St Pius X because it is clear for all to see that we need a another warrior pope prepared to take on the modernist dissent that is rife among some cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons and laity, particularly those self-styled theologians who are Catholic who are given platforms to spread their dissent in dioceses, parishes and in the national media.

4 comments to The Holy Father prays at tombs of St Peter, St Pius X and Blessed John XXIII on anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death

  • Rifleman819

    At what stage can our Archbishops in England and Wales issue a signed statement regarding theological credentials to be held in order to claim the description of “Catholic”?

    And equally to state that well-intentioned Catholic institutions should not be financially supporting”Catholic” media that promote dissent?

    We look to them above all for firm and unequivocal leadership in these regards.
    Will it ever happen? I believe we have reached that “Rhineland” moment-an ecclesial re-run of 1936….when we now know that had the democratic powers stood up to Hitler then -there might have been no WW2.It was a watershed moment-we now have ours in 2013.
    A situation of drift needs firm and early ,decisive handling.
    Catholics are getting that touch on the tiller in Shrewsbury and Portsmouth dioceses.False ecumenism is at an end and after 50 years we can re-catechise without fear of diluting our message.
    Our episcopate pool is about to undergo re-stocking and the Nuncio is already proving too wise for some of the ageing carp who wish for clones.
    Exciting times.

  • I hope we’ll see Saint JP2 soon…

  • Kinga Grzeczynska LLB

    I suggest that you do what we do:

    First Friday – after Mass – Litany to the Sacred Heart
    First Saturday – after Mass – Rosary to the Immaculate Conception and Litany of Loretto
    Every Friday after Mass (depending on the month) Litany to the Precious Blood, The Holy Name of Jesus or Our Blessed Lady – Loretto Litany.
    Feast days, Litany or Novena to St Joseph, St Anthony, Padre Pio etc.
    Rosary – three times per week – after Mass
    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday and Friday
    Chaplet of Divine Mercy every Friday before the Blessed Sacrament

    Promotions of the Sacrament of Confession
    Pre baptismal courses for parents and Godparents- obligatory to attend before baptism takes place.
    Pre Sacrament of Matrimony course for the couple – obligatory to attend.
    If the couple is not married – ask why? Promote the Sacrament of Matrimony.

    Tell the children in Catholic schools that it is obligatory to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion EVERY Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, except in cases of illness.

    All these softly softly approaches used in the past have created the mess that Catholicism finds itself in now in the United Kingdom.

    Do not be afraid and have courage – tell your people what they have to do to be a Roman Catholic, following the Holy Father Pope Francis.

    Each and every one of us is called through baptism to defend Christianity. Teach your children and your childrens children.

    Simply do it!

    Kinga Grzeczynska

  • peter

    I wonder what we mean by dissent. For example Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Marie-Dominique Chenu and Henri de Lubac just from the top of my head were labelled as dissenters prior to the Second Vatican Council yet I think 3 of them were made experts for the Council by John 23. They hadn’t changed their views, the church changed. It is the same with other theologians such as Edward Schillebeeckx they too were under suspicion but contributed enormously to the Council.

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