Pope hails role of St. John Paul in Berlin Wall’s fall

by Cindy Wooden  |  published on November 11, 2014

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said the sudden end to the division of Europe was prepared by the prayers and sacrifice of many people, including St. John Paul II.

After reciting the Angelus prayer Nov. 9 with visitors in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis spoke about the 25th anniversary of the wall coming down, a wall “that for so long cut the city in two and was a symbol of the ideological division of Europe and of the entire world.”

“The fall was sudden, but it was made possible by the long and hard commitment of many people who struggled, prayed and suffered for it, some even sacrificing their lives,” the pope said. St. John Paul II, he said, had “a role as protagonist” in the change.

During his lifetime, the Polish-born pope refused to claim personal credit for the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, but he knew his preaching and his support for human dignity and freedom energized the forces for change, particularly in his homeland.

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