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This Wednesday, there were solemn Masses and other celebrations throughout Poland commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II on the third anniversary of his death. A national poll conducted by the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita shows the day has become more important than the nation’s Independence day.

This year, for the second year in a row, the magazine Zeszyty Karmelitanskie (The Notebook of the Carmelites) is honoring the late pontiff with poems written by Catherine Hamilton of Portland.

~~ 4/4/2008 Catholic Sentinel  ~~


Catherine Hamilton and her husband, Dr. Gregory Hamilton, of Portland met John Paul II in 2000. On April 2, the sixth anniversary of his death, she found herself reflecting on that trip. “I found myself looking at the photo album . . . remembering Mass in his private chapel and the chat in his library.” Of Polish descent herself, she spoke to the pope in his native language.

~~ Nancy Haught ~~ May 1, 2011 on


Cathy sees the pope almost as a brother, since their families share a Polish heritage.

~~ By Nancy Haught
The Oregonian
Saturday, April 2, 2005