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Pope John Paul II Day is a Polish festival celebrated every year on October 16 Pope John Paul II Day is a Polish festival celebrated every year on October 16. It was established by the Polish Parliam…More
Pope John Paul II Day is a Polish festival celebrated every year on October 16

Pope John Paul II Day is a Polish festival celebrated every year on October 16. It was established by the Polish Parliament as a tribute to Pope John Paul II. In parallel, it is celebrated by the Catholic Church in Poland as Papal Day, which falls on the Sunday preceding the anniversary of the election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope. On October 16, 1978, the Archbishop of Kraków Cardinal Karol Wojtyła was elected as Pope and took the name John Paul II. He was the first Pope in 455 years who was not Italian. On the same day in 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. October 16 was established as an official celebration by the Polish Parliament on 27 July 2005 - as stated in the resolution - "a tribute to the greatest authority of the twentieth century, a man who reached into the sources of Christianity, taught us solidarity, courage and humility". The law establishing the holiday was supported by 338 deputies, three were against and two abstained. The day was celebrated for the first time in 2001 but is not a day off from work. Since 2001, the Polish Catholic Church has celebrated Papal Day, a day of gratitude, communion with Pope John Paul II and the promotion of his teaching. It falls on the Sunday before October 16. The coordinator of the day is the Foundation Work of the New Millennium. On Papal Day, money is raised for scholarships for talented Polish youth from low-income and poor families.