Pope John XXIII
St. Joseph’s in Camden has long been a center of the local polish Catholic community, it even houses a relic from John Paul II. And on Sunday, the pews were filled as his life and legacy were honored.
Bishop David O’ Connell of the Diocese of Trenton says Popes John Paul II and John the XXIII both helped to renew the strength of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla, became good friends with Philadelphia’s former Archbishop John Krol. Both were made cardinals at the same time in 1967.
The Philadelphia Archdiocese will send a contingent of pilgrims to Rome at the end of next month to share in the canonization of two new saints, one of whom had visited Philadelphia just 35 years ago.