October 22 is the optional Memorial of Blessed John Paul II. The annual celebration of Blessed John Paul II was inserted into the liturgical calendars of the Diocese of Rome and all the Dioceses of Poland as a “memorial” to be observed on 22 October. Here are the proper liturgical texts for observance of the Memorial in the Mass and Divine Office. The U.S. Bishops voted to ask Vatican to add pope to U.S. calendar last November they stressed John Paul’s zeal for families, youth, the sick and noted his promotion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, New Canon Law Code Liturgical prayers and readings for the feast can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/pope-john-paul-ii/memorial-of-blessed-john-paul-ii.cfm
“Unceasingly the Church implores from God mercy for everyone. At no time and in no historical period — especially at a moment as critical as our own — can the Church forget the prayer that is a cry for the mercy of God amid the many forms of evil which weigh upon humanity and threaten it. “The more the human conscience succumbs to secularization, loses its sense of the very meaning of the word “mercy,” moves away from God, and distances itself from the mystery of mercy, the more the Church has the right and the duty to appeal to the God of mercy with loud cries! Bl. John Paul II June 7, 1977 Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, Poland .(Dives in Misericordia, n. 15).
April 2, 2005 John Paul II passed away at 9:37 p.m., the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, which he had instituted. Millions of people mourned his death the world over, as the bells of St. Peter’s Square somberly tolled continuously over and over again to mourn his passing . On April 8th, John Paul II was buried in the Vatican Grotto following the solemn funeral celebrated in St. Peter’s Square. and he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011.
Bl. John Paul II the Fatima Pope was Beatified on May 1, 2011 which also was the first Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Benedict XVI explained the date was chosen for the beatification because it was on the eve of Mercy Sunday that his earthly life ended. “Those who knew him, those who esteemed and loved him, cannot but rejoice with the Church for this event.” In St. Peter’s basilica, the tomb for Bl. John Paul II is set in one of the altars, in the chapel of St. Sebastian where his mortal remains are reposed today.
Pope Francis recently announced he would declare his two predecessors Bl. John XXII and John Paul II saints at a single ceremony April 27. Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. The pope made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an “ordinary public consistory,” a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes. The consistory took place in the context of a prayer service in Latin and included the reading of brief biographies of the two candidates for sainthood. (Read complete article on Catholic News Service).