Prime Minister commemorates 13th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death

The Holy Father, John Paul II addressing Poland's parliament in 1999 said that "service of the nation must be directed to the common good, which guarantees the well-being of every citizen," PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Morawiecki, writing on the 13th anniversary of the pope's death, stressed that two decades later these words became the philosophy of the present government.

Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005 at the age of almost 85 years. Polish-born Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected the 264th pope on October 16, 1978. John Paul II guided the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years, five months and 16 days. It was the third longest pontificate in history.