Today is the liturgical feast day for Pope St. John Paul II. It is worth remembering the encouraging words that the new pope uttered during his installation in 1978. The exhortation to "Open the doors wide to Christ" was delivered to a Church which was adjusting to the changes of Vatican II and world in upheaval.
and who willed that the blessed John Paul II
should preside as Pope over your universal Church,
grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,
the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns.