VATICAN CITY - Sunday at the Vatican, Pope Francis will preside over a ceremony to declare Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints—an event that commemorates the legacies of two of the Roman Catholic Church's most popular popes.
Illinois State Senator Mike Connelly had a chance to shake hands and have brief interaction with Pope John Paul II in 1985. He posted a photo and reminisced about the occasion on his Facebook page this weekend:
"Circa April 1985, I attended a Papal Audience in Rome while a student at Loyola's Rome Center. I made it to the barricades as John Paul II made his way around. I listened to him greet everyone in their native tongue: Polish, Italian, English...," Connelly recalled.
"I grabbed his left hand and said 'Papa, Chicago loves you. When are you coming back to Chicago?' He continued on and then turned back, pointed at me and said 'You tell Chicago I said hi.'"