The Pope John Paul II Rosary is a deluxe rosary from one of three officially-licensed purveyors to the Vatican.
The Venerable Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II reigned as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of Vatican City from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005. He has been the only Slavic or Polish Pope to date, and was the first non-Italian Pope since Dutch Pope Adrian VI in 1522. John Paul II has been acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. It is widely held that he was instrumental in ending Communism in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe as well as significantly improving the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion.
A Traditional Catholic Devotion
The Rosary, derived from the Latin word, rosarium, meaning "rose garden," is a popular and traditional Catholic devotion. Prayer beads are used to count the series of prayers that make up the rosary. The prayers consist of repeated sequences of the Lord's Prayer, followed by ten prayings of the Hail Mary, and a single praying of Gloria Patri, or "Glory Be to the Father." The Rosary is also sometimes accompanied by the Fatima Prayer. Each of these prayer sequences is known as a decade. The praying of each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of the "Mysteries of the Rosary," which recall the life of Jesus Christ.