Identified with Christ abandoned on the Cross, Chiara Luce Badano, a young focolarina, was born in 1971 in Savona, Northern Italy. She died in 1990, after an illness that surprised her, but she always radiated a luminous joy that confirmed the name “Luce” that Chiara Lubich (founder of the Focolare Movement) had given her.
But who was Saint John Paul II?
Karol Wojtyla was born on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice, Poland, into a Catholic family.
After being ordained a priest, he was immediately sent to Rome to finish his doctoral thesis. It was during his stay in Rome that he came into contact with the pastoral work of the JOC (Young Catholic Workers), and he understood that the priesthood is closely linked to the pastoral work and apostolate of the laity.
Appointed Bishop of Krakow at the age of 38, he took part in the Second Vatican Council, to which he actively contributed by drawing up conciliar documents.
After the death of Pope John Paul I, at the age of 58, Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope and took the name of John Paul II.
He died on 2 April 2005 and was canonised on 27 April 2014. His liturgical feast day is celebrated on 22 October.