The Catholic Church remembers John Paul II as a saint for the first time
October 22, 2014
John Paul II was the 264th bishop of Rome and the first Slavic Pope. He was the first pope to visit Ukraine in 2001. St. John Paul II served the Church as pope from 1978 to 2005 it is the third-longest pontificate of any bishop of Rome. He had a profound influence on the Church and its direction after the Second Vatican Council.
The Ukrainian visit of John Paul II was the 94th pastoral visit during his pontificate. In total Saint John Paul II made 104 trips in different continents and visited 129 countries. He celebrated the beatification of 1340 blessed, including 28 Ukrainian Catholic martyrs of the Soviet period, and canonized 483 saints. He appointed 231 Cardinals from all over the world. He signed more than 100 official documents, including 14 encyclicals, 45 apostolic letters and the 14 apostolic appeals.
The process of beatification of John Paul II began shortly after his death. Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree to start the beatification process. The beatification of John Paul II was held on May 1, 2011, after the special commission confirmed the healing of a nun from Parkinson's disease after she prayed for intercession of John Paul II.
The process of canonization ended on July 2, 2013 and on April 27, 2014 Pope Francis solemnly proclaimed John Paul II a saint of the Catholic Church.