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Blessed John Paul II’s feast day added to US liturgical calendar

October 22, 2012

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has approved a request by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to add Blessed John Paul II’s feast day to the US liturgical calendar as an optional memorial

The Pontiff’s feast day is October 22, the day on which he inaugurated his Petrine ministry. The collect for the Mass is the following:

O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the blessed John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns …


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