“John Paul II . . . on Good Friday before his death, carried the cross in his hands. The cross. We no longer saw the face of Wojtyla which we saw for many years. We saw only from behind — the image of him and the cross in his hands, because he was a man who really clung to the cross, saying, ‘This is the road that will make you free,'” Monsignor Jaroslaw Ceilecki,Â Director of Vatican News Service, as quoted in the movie Nine Days That Changed the World (a must see as our Church and the world prepares to honor Pope John Paul as Blessed next week).