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As we approach the fourth anniversary of the canonisation of St John Paul 11, Jo Southby, a parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation, Chesterfield feels she has more reason than many to celebrate this event.

  Jo has always felt drawn to pray for Pope John Paul.  “It was a great thrill for me when he became Pope,” she explained.  “When he was shot and then diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I prayed even harder for him,“ continued Jo.

  Six years after Pope John Paul 11 died in 2005, Jo’s own health, which had been poor all her life, took a turn for the worse.

  Jo is clear that her continued devotion to St John Paul 11, now praying to him rather than for him, has really helped her health.

  Jo, now aged 84, would like her experience to help others in their prayer life and their faith.

Jo Southby in the Church of the Annunciation