Pope John & John Paul

In light of the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII this weekend, the Vatican has announced an official prayer to each of these two new saints, along with an official app for each.

The beautiful, simple prayers were released in Italian, but the Catholic News Service provided the following translations:



Oh, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh St. John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all.





Dear Pope John,

Your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness. You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered around the table to share bread and faith: pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes.

Without outstretched hands you sowed hope, and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as he prepares a new humanity: help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good.

You loved the world with its light and darkness, and you believed that peace is possible: help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities.

With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress: you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given to us not for striking, but for embracing and drying tears.

Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness but that we bring the light, bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary.



canonizzazione-giovanni-paolo-ii-giovanni-xxiii-sliderGet the Apps…

Increasingly tech-savvy, the Vatican has also created an “Official App of Canonization” for each pope. You can use these to read their biographies and encyclicals, get live news from the canonization and more. Go ahead and download both apps – they’re free!


Saints John Paul II and John XXIII, pray for us.





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  1. says

    I ask for fortitude to absolve bad habits…but I deeply give thanks that these two precious and holy men blessed our lives. May their Saintly Presence be a consolation and faith filled presence.

  2. Bernadette Walker says

    St.John Paul II ,pray for us † help us bring back our children to their faith in Christ.The seed was planted at their birth. May God’s Will be done †

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