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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Quilt Block in Honor of Blessed Pope John Paul II
Blessed Pope John Paul II was born Karol Józef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920, in
Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became the bishop of Ombi in
1958, and became the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. He was made a
cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967, and in 1978 became the first non-Italian
pope in more than 400 years. He was a vocal advocate for human rights
and used his influence to effect political change. He died in Italy in
2005. It was announced in July of 2013 that he would be declared a saint
in April of the following year.
This 12" x 12" quilt block is based on Pope John Paul II's coat of arms. "The main representation is a cross, whose form, however, does not
correspond to the customary heraldic model. The reason for the unusual placement
of the vertical section of the cross is readily apparent if one considers the
second object inserted in the coat of arms the large and majestic capital M.
This recalls the presence of Mary beneath the cross and her exceptional
participation in the Redemption." (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/biography/documents/hf_jp-ii_bio_19781016_stemma_en.html)