First steps to sainthood for parents of St John Paul II

By Madoc Cairns, 17 March 2020
Emilia and Karol Wojtyła, parents of pope John Paul II with their elder son, Edmund. Image: Wikimedia Commons.


The Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski, announced on Wednesday 11 March that his archdiocese has opened the cause for beatification of the parents of Saint John Paul II.

Having received Vatican approval, the Archbishop signed an edict approving the cause on March 2, following the endorsement of the proposal by the Polish bishop’s conference in October 2019.

If the cause is successful, it could culminate in John Paul II’s father, Karol Wojtyla, and mother, Emilia Wojtyla (nee Kaczorowska), being declared saints.

Catholics in Krakow have been asked to provide the diocesan curia with any documentation or correspondence pertaining to Karol and Emilia by 7 May.

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With thanks to The Tablet and Madoc Cairns, where this article originally appeared.


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