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Rogito - The Deed for the Pious Transfer of His Holiness John Paul II


Updated: December 10, 2006

Casket of Pope John Paul II
Casket of Pope John Paul II
U.S. Government. White House Photo.

His memory lives on in the Church and in all human hearts.

The Rogito or the "Deed for the Pious Transfer of His Holiness John Paul II" is an official record of the Pope's life and most important works of the deceased pontiff.

The document was read in Latin by Archbishop Piero Marini, Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, as part of the rite of deposition of the body of Pope John Paul II. The Rogito was then place inside the Pope's coffin in which he was entombed.

This is the English translation of the official document.

Deed for the Pious Transfer of His Holiness John Paul II

In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April A.D. 2005, at 9: 37 p.m., while Saturday was drawing to a close and we were already beginning the Lord's Day, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church's beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father. The whole Church, especially the young, accompanied his passing with prayers.

John Paul II was the 264th Pope. His memory lives on in the Church and in all human hearts.

Karol Wojtyla, elected Pope on 16 October 1978, was born in Wadowice, 50 k. from Krakow, on 18 May 1920. He was baptized two days later in the parish church by the parish priest, Fr Francesco Zak.

He received his First Holy Communion at the age of 9 years old and the sacrament of Confirmation when he was 18. His studies were interrupted by the invasion of the Nazis who shut down the university; he went to work in a quarry and later in the Solvay chemical factory.

From 1942 forward, feeling that he was called to be a priest, he took the formation courses provided by the clandestine seminary in Krakow. On 1 November 1946, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Adam Sapieha. He was then sent to Rome where he earned a license and a doctorate in theology with a thesis on Doctrina de fide apud Sanctum Ioannem a Cruce.

He returned to Poland where he worked in pastoral ministry and taught the sacred disciplines. On 4 July 1958, Pope Pius XII appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow, of which Paul VI appointed him Bishop in 1964. It was in this capacity that he participated in the Second Vatican Council. Paul VI created him a Cardinal on 26 June 1967.

The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave on 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry.

John Paul II's Pontificate was one of the longest in the history of the Church. In this period we have seen many changes, in many aspects. The list includes the fall of several regimes to which he himself contributed; and in order to proclaim the Gospel he travelled to various nations.

John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, devoting to it all his energy. He was sustained throughout by the sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum and by his love for all. He had more Meetings than any of his Predecessors with the People of God, the leaders of Nations, in Celebrations and at General and Private Audiences, as well as during his Pastoral Visits.

His love for young people made him inclined to establish the World Youth Days, to which he summoned millions of young people in various parts of the world.

He successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially the meetings in Assisi.

He considerably increased the College of Cardinals, creating 231 Cardinals (plus one Cardinal in pectore). He organized 15 Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops - seven General Ordinary Assemblies and eight Special Assemblies. He established many new Dioceses and Circumscriptions, especially in Eastern Europe.

He reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia.

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