Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Apr 2011
Traditionally, the feast of Saints held the "dies natalis," which is the day of one's death or their "arrival in heaven." John Paul II died on April 2 but that day usually falls during Holy Week. To guarantee the day will be solemnly celebrated every year, the Vatican has decided his day of liturgical memory will be on October 22, the anniversary day of the Mass for the inauguration of his pontificate.
The decree comes from the Congregation for Divine Worship, which noted that until John Paul II is canonized, his memory can only be celebrated in Rome and Poland.