The Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union in Brussels organised a videoconference to mark the 100th anniversary of John Paul II’s birth on Wednesday.
The conference was attended by guests from Poland, the Holy See, Brussels, and the US.
Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Częstochowa, Wacław Depo, addressed the participants of the conference, saying that Pope John Paul II taught Poles “their faith, culture, and national identity.”
“I am pleased that on the 100th anniversary of his birth we can confirm, and at the same time commit to one another, to pass on the great cultural heritage of the European nation,” he said.
The head of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union, Andrzej Sadoś, said that Polish authorities wished to commemorate the special occasion of the 100th anniversary of John Paul II’s birth. “This is why from several places spread around the world, we discuss the heritage of the Polish Pope,” he said.
Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He was elected pope on October 16, 1978. He died on April 2, 2005. He was beatified on May 1, 2011, and canonised on May 27, 2014.