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The Story Of St. Pope John Paul II And The Mysterious Homeless Man 

The Story Of St. Pope John Paul II And The Mysterious Homeless Man 

Pope Francis recounted this well known story in the Vatican about his saintly predecessor

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is not the first pope to have a heart for the homeless, as he himself attests.

In a new interview with an Italian magazine run by homeless people, “Scarp de’ tenis” [i.e. “Tennis shoes” or “Sneakers”], Pope Francis recounts a famous story told in the Vatican about Pope John Paul II and a mysterious homeless man.


As the story is perhaps less well known outside the Vatican walls, here we share it with our readers. Below is the exchange from the interview.


Question: Your Holiness, when you meet a homeless person what is the first thing you say to him?


Pope Francis: “Good morning. How are you?” Sometimes one exchanges a few words, other times one enters into relationship and listens to interesting stories: “I studied at a Catholic boarding school; there was a good priest….” Someone might say: why should this interest me? But people who live on the street understand immediately when there’s real interest on the part of the other person, or when there is — I don’t want to say ‘that feeling of compassion’ but certainly one of pain. One can see a homeless person and look at him as a person, or like a dog. And they are well aware of these different ways of looking at them.


There is a famous story in the Vatican about a homeless person, of Polish origin, who usually stayed in Piazza Risorgimento in Rome. He didn’t speak to anyone, not even the Caritas volunteers who brought him a hot meal in the evening. Only after a long time did they manage to have him tell his story: “I am a priest. I know your pope well; we studied together in seminary,” he said. Word arrived to St. John Paul II, who heard the name, confirmed he was in seminary with him, and wanted to meet him. They embraced after 40 years, and at the end of the audience the Pope asked the priest, who had been his companion in seminary, to hear his confession. “Now it is your turn,” Pope John Paul II said. And his companion from seminary went to confession with the Pope. Thanks to the gesture of one volunteer, a hot meal, a few words of comfort, and a look of kindness, this person recovered and resumed a normal life that led him to become a hospital chaplain. The pope helped him. Certainly this is a miracle, but it is also an example to say that homeless people have a great dignity.


At the archbishop’s palace in Buenos Aires, under a doorway between the grates there lived a family and a couple. I met them every morning on my way out. I greeted them and always exchanged a few words with them. I never thought of driving them away. Someone said to me: “They dirty the Curia,” but the dirt is inside. I think we need to talk to people with great humanity, not as if they had to repay us a debt, and not treating them as though they were poor dogs.

How A Man Falsely Accused Of Murder And Rape Got His Name Cleared Through St. Pope John Paul II’s Intercessions 

How A Man Falsely Accused Of Murder And Rape Got His Name Cleared Through St. Pope John Paul II’s Intercessions 

Touched by his story, Pope Francis later embraced Tomasz Komenda in Rome, during one of his Wednesday Weekly Audience.


It’s a real miracle. An incredible, inspiring story. 

In 2000, a 23-year-old Polish man, Tomasz Komenda, was accused of rape and murder of a young 15-year-old girl. Despite his denials, he was found guilty due to scientific “proof” — two experts confirmed that the teeth marks found on the victim’s body matched those belonging to Komenda.

Once in prison, the young man was in a veritable hell. Rapists were harassed, humiliated, and sometimes even tortured by their fellow inmates. And Komenda couldn’t rely on the prison guards to ensure some sort of protection and order. As he explained in an interview with a Polish TV show, they “looked away.”

His prayer to St. John Paul II

As he was unable to convince anyone of his innocence, the young man looked for help elsewhere. Although an unbeliever, he started praying to John Paul II. At the top of his bed, the Polish pope looked at him, smiling, in a photo given to him from his mother. “If you are a saint,” prayed Komenda, “You are in heaven with this girl. If you must take me up there, take me now. If I must be free, let me be free.”


TOMASZ KOMENDA

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Six months after this cry from the heart, a policeman knocked at his prison cell. He didn’t believe in this young man’s guilt and would help him prove his innocence. After a year of legal disputes Komenda was cleared. “The Holy Father heard me,” he shared joyously. And when he was released in mid-May, he immediately promised to go to Rome to thank John Paul II, at his tomb.

“Only those who keep their word are respected” claims a Polish proverb. And Komenda kept his word. Less than a month after his release from prison he was in St. Peter’s Basilica, surrounded by his mother and father, where he prayed privately in front of the altar where John Paul II is buried.

Pope Francis touched by his story

Komenda was unaware that his story had reached as far as the Vatican. The Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who also happens to be Polish, had got wind of the story. The now freshly-appointed cardinal contacted the family and invited them to accompany him to St. Peter’s Square, where Pope Francis holds his general audience on Wednesdays.

TOMASZ KOMENDA

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Divine Providence has a way of doing things. The family got as far as the pontiff himself, and were asked to say a few words. Touched by what he heard, Francis spontaneously held Komenda in his arms for a long time. He then asked his photographer to take some photos of him with the young man.

The story doesn’t end there. The Komenda family were invited to dine with the then-Archbishop Krajewski. The meal was prepared by a once-homeless man named Enzo, who had also spent many years behind bars. “I will prepare him a feast like he has never had before!” exclaimed the chef.

Manila Cathedral Receives St. John Paul II’s Special Relic: A Vial Of His Blood

Manila Cathedral Receives St. John Paul II’s Special Relic: A Vial Of His Blood

Cardinal Dziwisz makes Christmas gift to Filipino Catholics.

The cathedral in Manila was blessed with a special gift this Christmas: a first-class relic of St. John Paul II — a vial of his blood given by his longtime aide Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz, archbishop emeritus of Krakow.

The rare relic was brought by a Poland-based Filipino nun who arrived in Manila on December 11.

“We hope to find a proper reliquary for it soon so that we could expose it for the veneration of the faithful,” a statement from the cathedral said.

John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral in February 1981. Two months later he named the cathedral a minor basilica.

“It’s a great honor for the Manila Cathedral, our Mother Church, to be the custodian of this precious relic,” Church officials said.

The cathedral is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of its post-war construction.

St. Pope John Paul II, Pray For Us! 

The Miracles That Saved St. Pope John Paul II From Being Killed Four Times

The Miracles That Saved St. Pope John Paul II From Being Killed Four Times

The Saint Pope John Paul II was a Pope who is viewed as one of the best Pontiff that the Catholic Church at any point had. He kicked the bucket at a maturity of eighty-five years of age (85-years of age) having filled in as the Pope for twenty-seven years (27 years).

Prior to his demise, the Pontiff had phenomenally gotten away passing in the accompanying occasions of immediate endeavours on his life.

1. Firearm play as a high schooler

At the point when the Pope was only a youngster around the age of 15-years of age, he had a companion his identity so partial to. He would dependably visit his companion at the parent’s bar.

One day a cop who ordinarily store his Gun for safety’s sake at the bar’s drawers when the liquor gets to his head, saved his firearm with the bar as common and went home.

The kid by one means or another got to the weapon where his dad kept it, and set-off to the back of the bar to play with his companion Karol Wojtyła (the future Pope John Paul II). He energetically pointed the weapon at Karol Wojtyła when the firearm went off and shoot a projectile at Karol Wojtyła. Supernaturally the youthful Pope was not hit. Notwithstanding the firearm was shot at about point-empty shell run, God still spared the then Future Pontiff.

2. Hit and Ran Over by a Nazi Truck

In 1944, Wojtyła was strolling home from a quarry site where he worked when a Nazi thumped him down and ran him over. A lady (an observer) shouted and kept running towards him to safeguard him, with the assistance of a German officer. At first, they thought he was dead however later acknowledged he was quite recently oblivious.

Wojtyła was raced to the Hospital. When he woke up in the healing centre he was altogether wrapped up with gauzes, he maintained cuts in a few sections of his body and significant shoulder wounds that would give him a changeless stoop.

His survival of that mishap was one of the affirmations for Wojtyła’s clerical Vocation as indicated by his biographer George Weigel (Witness to Hope, 71).

3. Shot Again, But this time by an Assassin

Many individuals knew about this specific death endeavour significantly more than whatever remains of the three endeavours on St. Pope John Paul II’s life.

The Assassination endeavour occurred on May thirteenth, 1980, the devour of Our Lady of Fatima. The Pontiff was in a Popemobile waving and welcome travellers at the St. Diminish’s Square when a professional killer (Mehmet Ali Ağca) rose up out of inside the group and shot his weapon four times at St. Pope John Paul II. The Pontiff was hit by the four slugs given that Ağca shot at a nearby point-empty shell extend. Ağca was quickly gotten and wrapped up

St. Pope John Paul II survived the assault as he was hurried to the healing facility for crisis treatment. At the point when Pontiff showed signs of improvement, he went to Ağca in Jail and actually pardoned him.

4. Stabbed by a Priest

On May twelfth, 1981, St. Pope John Paul II was cut by a Spanish Priest, Fr. Juan María Fernández Krohn on the eve of his death endeavour by Ağca. As of now St., Pope John Paul II was still scarcely recuperating from Mehmet Ali Ağca death endeavour from the earlier year.

Fr. Juan María Fernández Krohn was worried about post-Vatican II changes in the Church around then. He was persuaded that communists had penetrated the Church and that John Paul II was himself a socialist operator set on annihilating the Church. So he took matters into his own particular hands and plotted to kill the Pope.

Fr. Juan María Fernández Krohn at a Mass in Fatima, Portugal got through the security, just before the Mass and effectively cut St. Pope Francis with a blade cut. Fr, Krohn was captured. The Pontiff demanded he should state the Mass. His injuries were immediately treated, however in torments despite everything he held the mass, and asked for the episode be kept as a mystery, thus it was until the point that 2008 when his Secretary recounted the story in a narrative.

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