Mother of mercy, teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother - His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Basilica, Mexico City, January 1979. Karol Wojtyla. Born: May 18, 1920. Elected Pope: October 16, 1978. Died: April 2, 2005.