October 22 - Feast Day of Saint John Paul II
In the Church’s universal calendar of feast days the memorial feast day of St. John Paul II is celebrated on October 22, the date of the inauguration of his pontificate in 1978. The decree from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments establishing his feast day noted that Pope Francis, who canonized St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII on April 27, 2014, approved the optional memorial, “given the extraordinary nature of these pontiffs in offering the clergy and the faithful a unique model of virtue and in promoting the life of Christ."
"Taking into consideration the countless requests from every part of the world,” Pope Francis took, “as his own the unanimous wishes of the people of God,” the decree said.
The feast day of St. John Paul II recalls those momentous days of October 1978 that marked the beginning of his historic pontificate. The College of Cardinals gathered in conclave in the Sistine Chapel elected Cardinal Karol Wojtyła of Poland as the 263rd successor to St. Peter on October 16, the feast of St. Jadwiga. Following his election and in response to the question, “”Do you accept?” the newly elected Pope John Paul II humbly said, “In the obedience of the faith, before Christ my Lord, entrusting myself to the Mother of Christ and of the Church, aware of the great difficulties, I accept.”