“The development and welfare of people in the Balkans have only one name: peace!”
Celebration of the feast of Chair of Saint Peter – Memorial day of Holy John Paul II
On Friday, February 22 2019, the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter was celebrated in the co-cathedral of Belgrade Archdiocese, the parish Christ the King, by solemn mass which was particularly enhanced by commemorating the first memorial day of the Pope Saint John Paul II, whose relics can be found in our parish.
Memorial day of Pope Saint John Paul II will be celebrated every 22nd in the month, when the Pope’s relics will be displayed in the church Christ the King during the holy mass and chosen preachers will deliver appropriate sermons. Prior to every holy mass, the believers will have an opportunity for Eucharistic adoration and veneration of relics of Pope Saint John Paul II.
Reverend Ivan Poleto, a chancellor of the Archdiocese, had an honor to commence this devotion by holy mass, prior to we had Eucharistic adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and who reminded us of Saint John Paul’s II life in his sermon, the first Slav on the throne of Saint Peter, the Pope with the longest pontificate in history, a great traveller, a man of peace. Reverend Poleto also reminded of Pope’s great wish to visit this territory, especially Serbia. The Pope had that wish his whole life and God, as the Reverend said, fulfilled it in this way, through presence of his relics in Belgrade, Serbia which he, a great friend and protector of the youth, yearned to visit, and who put all his efforts in the evangelizing of the youth, for whom he established World Youth day at the very beginning of his pontificate. Saint John Paul II left a strong message to the young and the elderly in these countries 25 years ago, on September 10, 1994: “The development and welfare of people in the Balkans have only one name: peace!”