Our times have great need of an act of witness openly expressing the desire to bring nations and regimes closer together, as an indispensable condition for peace in the world. Our times demand that we should not lock ourselves into the rigid boundaries of systems, but seek all that is necessary for the good of man, who must find everywhere the awareness and certainty of his authentic citizenship.
-Blessed John Paul II, 1979
Check out this Catholic News Agency article for the story of Blessed John Paul II’s role in the fall of the Soviet Union.
Blessed John Paul II, as we countdown to your canonization, please pray for peace and unity in our world!