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Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world and focusing particularly on the teachings of Saints Paul VI & John Paul II, Papas Benedict XVI & Francis. In the last 10 years there have been voices from 128 countries on over 40 audio Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and on Totus2us RSS feeds, Spotify & iTunes amongst others, most mp3 episodes fall broadly into three areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life). By dwelling on what is good, true and beautiful, it is hoped Totus2us can help us to pray and have the courage to trust in and follow Jesus.

Some of the feast days this month: 1st May - St Joseph the Worker  2nd May - St Athanasius  3rd May - IV Sunday of Easter (also feast of Ss Philip & James)  4th May - Holy Martyrs of England and Wales  8th May - Our Lady of the Rosary (Pompeii, 875)  10th May - V Sunday of Easter (also feast of St John of Avila & St Damien de Veuster)  12th May - St Leopold Mandic of Castelnuovo & St Germanus of Constantinople  13th May - Our Lady of Fatima  14th May - St Matthias  18th May - St Leonard Murialdo  19th May - St Crispin of Viterbo  21st May - Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (40 days after Easter Sunday)  22nd May - St Rita of Cascia  25th May - St Bede the Venerable & St Maria Madalena de' Pazzi  26th May - St Philip Neri  27th May - St Augustine of Canterbury  29th May - St Paul VI & Bl Joseph Gérard  30th May - St Joan of Arc  31st May - Solemnity of Pentecost (also feast of The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth)

During this extraordinary time when many around the world are unable to attend Holy Mass and are in situations of ordeal, suffering & grief, more resources of prayer are being shared on the internet. Amongst them, Totus2us particularly recommends the livestream from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, with a round the clock schedule of prayer, including 3 Masses, Adoration, 3 rosaries, the Divine Mercy chaplet & the Divine Office.

Today's something about Mary

is by Gabriela, from Ecuador      

"I do have great faith in the Virgin Mary because she’s the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and she can advocate for us in our greatest need. She’s there with him and she has the power to spread her love and her holy arms just around us with just that - her pure love."

On Sunday 13 October 2013, Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square. In June 1981 (just a month after the assasination attempt on JPII on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima), it was reported the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to 6 children in Medjugorje (in what was then communist Yugoslavia), introducing herself to them as the 'Queen of Peace'. The 6 visionaries say she has been appearing every day since.

18th May 2020 = centenary of the birth of St John Paul II. Yippedee-skippedee-doo-dar-day-hurray!
Thanks be to God for the life of Karol Woytyla, Papa San Giovanni Paolo II, JPII, JP2 ♥

Papa St John Paul II in New York  
Central Park, New York, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary 1995

"I invite you to reflect on what makes each one of you truly marvellous and unique. Only a human being like you can think and speak and share your thoughts in different languages with other human beings all over the world, and through that language express the beauty of art and poetry and music and literature and the theatre, and so many other uniquely human accomplishments.

And most important of all, only God’s precious human beings are capable of loving. Love makes us seek what is good; love makes us better persons. It is love that prompts men and women to marry and form a family, to have children. It is love that prompts others to embrace the religious life or become priests. Love makes you reach out to others in need, whoever they are, wherever they are. Every genuine human love is a reflection of the Love that is God himself, to the point where the First Letter of St John says: "The man without love has known nothing of God; for God is love" (1 Jn 4, 8). .."

Papa St JPII on Pentecost Sunday in Coventry       
Coventry Airport, Sunday 30 May 1982, during his pilgrimage to Great Britain

".. On that first Pentecost our Saviour gave the Apostles the power to forgive sins when he poured into their hearts the gift of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit comes to you today in the Sacrament of Confirmation, to involve you more completely in the Church’s fight against sin and in her mission of fostering holiness. He comes to dwell more fully in your hearts and to strengthen you for the struggle with evil. My dear young people, the world of today needs you, for it needs men and women who are filled with the Holy Spirit. It needs your courage and hopefulness, your faith and your perseverance. The world of tomorrow will be built by you. Today you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit so that you may work with deep faith and with abiding charity, so that you may help to bring to the world the fruits of reconciliation and peace. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit and his manifold gifts, commit yourselves wholeheartedly to the Church’s struggle against sin. Strive to be unselfish; try not to be obsessed with material things. Be active members of the People of God; be reconciled with each other and devoted to the work of justice, which will bring peace on earth. .."

Papa St JPII at Mass in Melbourne  
Flemington Racecourse, Australia, 28th November 1986

"Will the Christian community defend the gift of life from conception to the moment of death? It is not the quality of life - however important this may be - which makes life sacred, but the very fact of our existence. Life is a gift of God. Man is merely its administrator within the limits of the Creator’s design. If the vulnerable and defenceless are not safe, no one is safe for long. No human rights are safe in a world without firm moral principles, in a world where everything is relative and depends merely on a particular opinion or point of view. God has given us our reason and his revealed teaching, in order to help us recognize these truths and defend fundamental values. If we explain them badly or ignore their consequences in public life, we will have betrayed our Christian heritage.

My visit is meant to be an invitation to the ecclesial community in Australia and especially to the laity to take a firm stand on the side of life and love, truth and justice, and the dignity of every human being. Ultimately I am asking you to take a stand for God! What I am saying is this: "Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him." This is the great task of the priestly People of God."

Papa JPII na Beatificação de Francisco e Jacinta   
Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima, 13 de Maio de 2000

"A minha última palavra é para as crianças: Queridos meninos e meninas, vejo muitos de vós vestidos como Francisco e Jacinta. Fica-vos muito bem! Mas, logo ou amanhã, já deixais essa roupa e... acabam-se os pastorinhos. Não haviam de acabar, pois não?! É que Nossa Senhora precisa muito de vós todos, para consolar Jesus, triste com as asneiras que se fazem; precisa das vossas orações e sacrifícios pelos pecadores.

Pedi aos vossos pais e educadores que vos metam na «escola» de Nossa Senhora, para que Ela vos ensine a ser como os pastorinhos, que procuravam fazer tudo o que lhes pedia. Digo-vos que «se avança mais em pouco tempo de submissão e dependência de Maria, que durante anos inteiros de iniciativas pessoais, apoiados apenas em si mesmos» (S. Luís de Montfort). Foi assim que os pastorinhos se tornaram santos depressa. Uma mulher que acolhera a Jacinta em Lisboa, ao ouvir conselhos tão bons e acertados que a pequenita dava, perguntou quem lhos ensinava. «Foi Nossa Senhora» ― respondeu. Entregando-se com total generosidade à direcção de tão boa Mestra, Jacinta e Francisco subiram em pouco tempo aos cumes da perfeição."

Papież Święty Jan Paweł II w Warszawie      
Poland, Vigil of Pentecost, 2 June 1979

"Dzieje narodu zasługują na właściwą ocenę wedle tego, co wniósł on w rozwój człowieka i człowieczeństwa, w jego świadomość, serce, sumienie. To jest najgłębszy nurt kultury. To jej najmocniejszy zrąb. To jej rdzeń i siła. Otóż tego, co naród polski wniósł w rozwój człowieka i człowieczeństwa, co w ten rozwój również dzisiaj wnosi, nie sposób zrozumieć i ocenić bez Chrystusa. „Ten stary dąb tak urósł, a wiatr go żaden nie obalił, bo korzeń jego jest Chrystus” (Piotr Skarga, Kazania sejmowe).

Trzeba iść po śladach tego, czym — a raczej kim — na przestrzeni pokoleń był Chrystus dla synów i córek tej ziemi. I to nie tylko dla tych, którzy jawnie weń wierzyli, którzy Go wyznawali wiarą Kościoła. Ale także i dla tych, pozornie stojących opodal, poza Kościołem. Dla tych wątpiących, dla tych sprzeciwiających się."

Catechesis with Pope Francis      
The third day He rose again

"First of all we note that the first witnesses of this event were women. At dawn, they went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, and find the first sign: the empty tomb (cf Mk 16, 1). Then follows the encounter with a Messenger of God who announces: Jesus of Nazareth, the Crucified One, is not here, he is risen" (cf v 5-6). The women are driven by love and know how to welcome this announcement with faith: they believe, and immediately transmit it, they do not keep it for themselves, they transmit it. The joy of knowing that Jesus is alive, the hope that fills the heart, cannot be contained. This should also happen in our life. Let us feel the joy of being Christians! We believe in a Risen One who has conquered evil and death! Let us have the courage to "go out" to bring this joy and this light to all the places of our life! The Resurrection of Christ is our greatest certainty; it is the most precious treasure! How can we not share this treasure, this certainty with others? It is not only for us, it is to be transmitted, to be given to others, to be shared with others. This is precisely our testimony."

He ascended into heaven & is seated at the right hand of the Father      

Francis: "Jesus is the unique and eternal Priest who with his passion has traversed death and the sepulchre and has risen and ascended into Heaven; He is beside God the Father, where he intercedes for ever in our favour (cf Heb 9, 24). As St John affirms in his First Letter, He is our advocate: how beautiful it is to hear this! When someone is summoned by a judge or goes into a case, the first thing he does is to seek an advocate to defend him. We have one who always defends us, who defends us from the snares of the devil, who defends us from ourselves, from our sins! Dearest brothers and sisters, we have this Advocate: let us not be afraid to go to Him to ask forgiveness, to ask for blessing, to ask for mercy! He always forgives us, he is our advocate: he always defends us! Do not forget this! Jesus's Ascension into heaven makes us know this very consoling reality for our pathway: in Christ, true God and true man, our humanity has been brought to God; He has opened the passage for us; He is like a roped leader when one climbs a mountain, who has reached the summit and attracts us up to Him in leading us to God. If we entrust our life to Him, if we let ourselves be guided by Him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our saviour, our advocate."

He will come in glory to judge the living & the dead    

Francis: "Firstly let us remember that, with the Ascension, the Son of God brought to the Father our humanity assumed by Him and wants to attract everyone to himself, to call the whole world to be welcomed into God's open arms, so that at the end of history the whole of reality may be consigned to the Father. There is, however, this “immediate time” between the first coming of Christ and the last, which is precisely the time that we are living. .. it is a time of vigilance; time in which we must keep alight the lamps of faith, hope and charity, in which to keep our hearts open to goodness, beauty and truth; time to live according to God, because we do not know either the day or the hour of Christ’s return. What is asked of us is to be prepared for the encounter — prepared for an encounter, for a beautiful encounter, the encounter with Jesus -, which means knowing how to see the signs of his presence, keeping our faith alive, with prayer, with the Sacraments, being vigilant so as not to fall asleep, so as not to forget about God."

Fr Philip (21.03.20): "Inspired by a scene in St Faustina's Diary, where she was spiritually transported by the Lord in order to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the bedside of a dying man she did not know, I'd like to suggest that we commit to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day for the days ahead to spiritually place ourselves beside one of the poor unfortunate men & women who are dying alone in hospitals all over the world because of this virus, some of whom are perhaps not well prepared spiritually for their earthly end. If families were to pray it then several dying persons would be spiritually adopted with the one prayer of the Chaplet.
Praying the Chaplet for the dying, we will petition Jesus to enfold them in his Merciful Love in their final hours & grant them a strong experience of his consoling presence before they take their leave of this life. This would be a great act of mercy & love for those who are victims of this virus & who are approaching their end.
Please consider taking part in this project. There is no need to sign up to anything. It is a simple movement which, please God, will bear enormous fruit for the souls for whom we pray."

Divine Mercy Chaplet (English)      sung chaplet  
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

La Coronilla a la Divina Misericordia (Spanish)     
Padre Eterno, te ofrezco el Cuerpo, Sangre, Alma y Divinidad de tu amadísimo Hijo, Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, como propiciación de nuestros pecados y de los del mundo entero.
Por su dolorosa Pasión, ten misericordia de nosotros y del mundo entero.

Le Chapelet à la Miséricorde Divine (French)   
Père Eternel, je t’offre le Corps et le Sang, l’Ame et la Divinité de ton Fils bien aimé, Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ. En réparation de nos péchés et de ceux du monde entier.
Par sa douloureuse Passion,sois miséricordieux pour nous et pour le monde entier.

La Coroncina della Divina Misericordia (Italian)     
Eterno Padre, Ti offro il Corpo e il Sangue, l'Anima e la Divinità del tuo dilettissimo Figlio e Signore Nostro Gesù Cristo in espiazione dei nostri peccati e quelli del mondo intero.
Per la sua dolorosa Passione abbi misericordia di noi e del mondo intero.

Terço a Divina Misericórdia (Portuguese)    
Eterno Pai, eu Vos ofereço o Corpo e Sangue, Alma e Divindade de Vosso Diletíssimo Filho, Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, em expiação dos nossos pecados e dos do mundo inteiro.
Pela sua dolorosa Paixão, tende misericórdia de nós e do mundo inteiro.

والاكليل الرحمة الإلهية (Arabic)    Korunka k Božímu Milosrdenství (Czech)    Der Rosenkranz zur Barmherzigkeit Gottes (German)    ΤΟ ΡΟΔΑΡΙΟ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΙΟΥ ΕΛΕΟΥΣ (Greek)    Corona Divinae Misericordiae (Latin)    Koronka do Milosierdzia Bozego (Polish)     Božie Milosrdenstvo (Slovak) 

Papa BXVI at JMJ Madrid 2011 Prayer Vigil  

"Queridos jóvenes, Hemos vivido una aventura juntos. Firmes en la fe en Cristo habéis resistido la lluvia. Antes de marcharme, deseo daros las buenas noches a todos. Que descanséis bien. Gracias por el sacrificio que estáis haciendo y que no dudo ofreceréis generosamente al Señor. Nos vemos mañana, si Dios quiere. Os espero a todos. Os doy las gracias por el maravilloso ejemplo que habéis dado. Igual que esta noche, con Cristo podréis siempre afrontar las pruebas de la vida. No lo olvidéis. Gracias a todos."

Papa JPII at WYD Toronto 2002 Prayer Vigil      

"The question will not go away: on what foundations, on what certainties should we build our lives and the life of the community to which we belong?

Dear Friends, spontaneously in your hearts, in the enthusiasm of your young years you know the answer, and you are saying it through your presence here this evening: Christ alone is the cornerstone on which it is possible solidly to build one’s existence. Only Christ – known, contemplated and loved – is the faithful friend who never lets us down, who becomes our travelling companion, and whose words warm our hearts.

The 20th century often tried to do without that cornerstone, and attempted to build the city of man without reference to Him. It ended by actually building that city against man! Christians know that it is not possible to reject or ignore God without demeaning man."

Papa JPII at JMJ Buenos Aires 1987 Vigil      

"He venido a descansar un poco con vosotros, queridos jóvenes. He venido a escucharos, a conversar con vosotros, a rezar juntos. Quiero repetiros, una vez más – como os dije desde el primer día de mi pontificado – que “sois la esperanza del Papa”, “sois la esperanza de la Iglesia”. ¡Cómo he sentido vuestra presencia y amistad en estos años de mi ministerio universal a la Iglesia! Vuestro cariño y vuestras oraciones no han cesado de apoyarme en el cumplimiento de la misión que he recibido de Cristo."

Papa BXVI's homily at Mass in Malta      
Floriana Granaries, Third Sunday of Easter, 18th April 2010

"More than any of the cargo we might carry with us – in terms of our human accomplishments, our possessions, our technology – it is our relationship with the Lord that provides the key to our happiness and our human fulfilment. And he calls us to a relationship of love. Notice the question that he put three times to Peter on the shore of the lake: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” On the basis of Peter’s affirmative response, Jesus assigns him a task – the task of feeding his flock. Here we see the basis of all pastoral ministry in the Church. It is our love for the Lord that must inform every aspect of our preaching and teaching, our celebration of the Sacraments, and our care for the people of God. It is our love for the Lord that moves us to love those whom he loves, and to accept gladly the task of communicating his love to those we serve. During our Lord’s Passion, Peter denied him three times. Now, after the Resurrection, Jesus invites him three times to avow his love, in this way offering him healing and forgiveness and at the same time entrusting him with his mission. The miraculous catch of fish underlined the apostles’ dependence on God for the success of their earthly projects. The dialogue between Peter and Jesus underlined the need for divine mercy in order to heal their spiritual wounds, the wounds of sin. In every area of our lives we need the help of God’s grace. With him, we can do all things: without him we can do nothing."

The Resurrection of Christ      

Words of Hope by Fr Dominic Faure: "The joy of the resurrection is a very hidden joy, probably only lived really by Our Lady and maybe John besides her, and even John started to really believe when, running to the tomb because of the request of Mary Magdalen, he finally believed. But a very hidden manifestation of the victory of Christ. The Resurrection is first of all for Christ and the Father, and for Mary. And, at the same time, we should remember that we were created in order to be glorfied, body and soul. God didn't choose as a Creator and Father to bond together a spirit, which is totally light, to matter, which is obscure, if He didn't have at the same time the intention to transform in a radical way this matter which is dark into light, and therefore to perfectly cooperate with the beauty, the splendour of a human soul glorified. So we were created for a total glorification body and soul."

Friendship with Christ      

Fr Dominic Faure: "Do I really desire to recover this simplicity for which I have been created? The simplicity of being a child of God, the simplicity of a beloved son,  ... Do I really desire to recover a life where I listen to one, I love one, I find security in one? Sure, from there we are going to love many, from Christ, in Christ, for Christ, but the simplicity of a life where I have one reference and only one. In the same way as Jesus has only one reference: to the Father - a son can only do what he sees his father doing, I can only say what I hear from my father, the father loves me because I always do what pleases him - only one reference. It's clear that when we have recovered this simplicity then we become a rock for others .. in the sense that you can count on them, they are faithful."

World Youth Day Krakow 2016      

Laurel, from Grenada: "... "

Pope Francis: "This is no time for denouncing anyone or fighting. We do not want to tear down, we do not want to give insult. We have no desire to conquer hatred with more hatred, violence with more violence, terror with more terror. We are here today because the Lord has called us together. Our response to a world at war has a name: its name is fraternity, its name is brotherhood, its name is communion, its name is family. We celebrate the fact that coming from different cultures, we have come together to pray. Let our best word, our best argument, be our unity in prayer. Let us take a moment of silence and pray. Let us place before the Lord these testimonies of our friends, and let us identify with those for whom “the family is a meaningless concept, the home only a place to sleep and eat”, and with those who live with the fear that their mistakes and sins have made them outcasts. Let us also place before the Lord your own “battles”, our “battles”, the interior struggles that each carries in his or her heart. And so, to live as a family, in fraternity, I invite all of you together to stand, to take each other’s hand and to pray in silence. All of us."

Man for Others      

Father Vincent Dike, from Nigeria: "So my prayer, my ordination, my priesthood and my vocation I would say came from my mum, who had been praying earnestly, just like St Monica, the mother of St Augustine. But as a person going through the seminary I remember taking a decision after my junior seminary that I wanted to be a priest. This was when I was 19 years old, I was in the senior seminary and I asked God, 'If you know I will be a good priest, please call me to your altar; and if you know I cannot make this, please help me to go and help out my family in any way your want.' And this journey has been amazing. And now 22 years a priest, I'm happy, I'm joyful, I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Go in Peace      

Leon, 35 & from the Philippines: "Very often we hear arguments: why do I have to go to a priest, why do I have to speak my sins? Well, you see, this is not a draconian requirement put on us by Our Lord but actually a sign of his love, that he has wanted to speak the language of the senses, the language of words and with those languages .. he has wanted to say to us 'I absolve you of your sins. I forgive you.' So that with the very ears with which hear the car horns on the street, the very ears with which we hear the most mundane things, we can hear his mercy. And his mercy spoken specifically to our own words, our own description of our sins. .. That's confession!"

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All around the world - our universal Catholic faith

You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech RepublicDominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, the Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Countries not included above which Saints Paul VI, John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI &/or Pope Francis have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Gabon, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iceland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Uruguay.

Our Lady's message through Mirjana Soldo:
Medjugorje, 2 March 2020

"Dear children, your pure and sincere love draws my motherly heart. Your faith and trust in the Heavenly Father are fragrant roses which you offer to me - the most beautiful bouquets of roses which consist of your prayers, acts of mercy and of love. Apostles of my love, you who sincerely and with a pure heart strive to follow my Son, you who sincerely love Him, you help; you be an example to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son - but, my children, not only with words but also with acts and pure feelings through which you glorify the Heavenly Father. Apostles of my love, it is a time of vigilance, and of you I am asking for love, that you not judge - anyone. Because the Heavenly Father will judge everyone. I am asking that you love, that you convey the truth; because truth is old, it is not new, it is eternal, it is truth. It testifies to God's eternity. Bring the light of my Son and keep breaking the darkness which all the more wants to seize you. Do not be afraid. Through the grace and the love of my Son, I am with you. Thank you."

Totus Tuus, Totus2us   

Totus Tuus - Totally Yours - was St John Paul II's motto, having entrusted his life, his priesthood, his all to Mary. Totus2us is being built with the same intention: to be all Mary's. The play on lettering gives Totus2us a 2nd meaning - Everything2us - as that is what Mary means to us.

This mosaic of the Madonna and Christ Child is on the front of the Apostolic Palace in St Peter's Square (near the Pope's window for the Angelus prayer). Beneath it is John Paul II's coat of arms and his motto, Totus Tuus; and beneath this is written MATER ECCLESIAE - Mother of the Church.

It is a tribute John Paul II wanted to make to Mary for her having saved his life in the assassination attempt on 13th May 1981, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Just 6 months later, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, John Paul II blessed the mosaic, a "sign of the heavenly protection of the Sovereign Pontiff, of the Church and of those who are in St Peter's Square."