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2020 2020 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Karol Wojtyla's birth YEAR OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II 1969 1969 Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow (future Pope John Paul II) visited the Shrine of American Czestochowa for the first time. FROM SHRINE ARCHIVES 1976 Second visit of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) along with the delegation of Polish Bishops. They came to USA for the 41st International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia and were staying at the Pauline Fathers Monastery in Doylestown. FROM SHRINE ARCHIVES 1976 1980 In August 1980 Pope John Paul II blessed and signed the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, which is now located in the lower church at the Chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa. FROM SHRINE ARCHIVES 1980

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During this current year, we are celebrating a hundredth anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II. He was born in on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He became a Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 1978. His ministry and teachings were a great gift for all of us. That is why during this special time we want to celebrate this amazing man, sharing our memories of him (especially of his two visits to our Shrine, which he made as a Cardinal) and pondering upon his words. We also want to grow in our devotion through his intercession and as he has always taught us, we want to consecrate ourselves to Mary – Totus Tuus. 

On this page, we will continue to post interesting and enriching content about our beloved Saint John Paul II. Make sure you visit this section of our website regularly!

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla at American Czestochowa 

Totus Tuus Prayer

Totally yours, Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always. 

– Pope John Paul II 


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