Pope John Paul II Day

Pope John Paul II Day
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Official nameDzień Papieża Jana Pawła II
Observed byPolish
SignificanceCommemorates the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła to become Pope
DateOctober 16
Related toPapal Day

Pope John Paul II Day is a Polish festival celebrated every year on October 16. It was established by the Polish Parliament as a tribute to Pope John Paul II. In parallel, it is celebrated by the Catholic Church in Poland as Papal Day, which falls on the Sunday preceding the anniversary of the election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope.

The significance of the date

On October 16, 1978, the Archbishop of Kraków Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was elected as Pope and took the name John Paul II. He was the first Pope in 455 years who was not Italian.

On the same day in 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

The establishment of the holiday

October 16 was established as an official celebration by the Polish Parliament on 27 July 2005 - as stated in the resolution - "a tribute to the greatest authority of the twentieth century, a man who reached into the sources of Christianity, taught us solidarity, courage and humility" ("w hołdzie największemu autorytetowi XX wieku , człowiekowi, który sięgając do źródeł chrześcijaństwa , uczył nas solidarności, odwagi i pokory").

The law establishing the holiday was supported by 338 deputies, three were against and two abstained.

The history of the holiday

The day was celebrated for the first time in 2001 but is not a day off from work.

Papal Day in the Polish Catholic Church

Since 2001, the Polish Catholic Church has celebrated Papal Day, a day of gratitude, communion with Pope John Paul II and the promotion of his teaching. It falls on the Sunday before October 16. The coordinator of the day is the Foundation Work of the New Millennium. On Papal Day, money is raised for scholarships for talented Polish youth from low-income and poor families.

Themes for Papal Day

Day Theme
2001 The Pontificate Gorges (October 14)
2002 John Paul II - Witness to Hope (October 13)
2003 John Paul II - Apostle Unity (October 12)
2004 John Paul II - The Pilgrim Room (October 10)
2005 John Paul II - The Truth Advocate (October 16)
2006 John Paul II - Servant of Charity (October 15)
2007 John Paul II - The defender of human dignity (October 14)
2008 John Paul II - The young teacher (October 12)
2009 John Paul II - The Pope freedom (October 11)
2010 John Paul II - The courage of holiness (October 10)
2011 John Paul II - Man of Prayer (October 9)
2012 John Paul II - The Pope family (October 14)
2013 John Paul II - The Pope of dialogue (October 13)
2014 John Paul II - Holy B (October 12)
2015 John Paul II - Patron of Families (October 11)[1]
2016 Be witnesses of mercy (October 9)
2017 Let's go forward with hope (October 8)
2018 Radiation of Paternity (October 14)

See also


  1. ^ "Jubileuszowy XV Dzień Papieski "Jan Paweł II - Patron Rodziny"" [Jubilee XV Papal Day "John Paul II - Patron Family"]. Niedziela (in Polish). Częstochowa: Kuria Metropolitalna w Częstochowie. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-10-16. Under the headline "John Paul II - Patron Family" on October 11 this year. It will be celebrated on the fifteenth Papal Day.


  • Ustawa z dnia 27 lipca 2005 r. o ustanowieniu 16 października Dniem Papieża Jana Pawła II
  • Dzień Papieski – information in Polish about past Papal Days

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