Posts Tagged ‘John XXIII’

Ecumenism must begin in Rome

Friday, April 10th, 2015

John XXIII at the Opening of Vatican II, the 21st Ecumenical Council: The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another. Further, the Pope said that it is necessary first of all that the Church should never depart from the sacred Read more

Miracles that led to Ss John XXIII, John Paul II

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Floribeth Mora Diaz fought back tears on Thursday (April 24) as she claimed that the late Pope John Paul II had saved her from an inoperable brain aneurysm three years ago. Mora will be on hand at Sunday’s historic ceremony in St Peter’s Square as Pope Francis canonizes both John Paul and Pope John XXIII, Read more

The holiness of papal saints

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

‘Holiness, a message that convinces without the need for words, is the living reflection of the face of Christ’. Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium). These words have always appealed to me, challenged me and inspired me to try to be a ‘living reflection of the face of Christ’. Read more

What the canonisations of two popes tells us

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Every spring in Rome, the big production is normally the Easter Mass celebrated by the pope. This year Easter remains the spiritual linchpin, but in popular terms it’s more like a warm-up act for next Sunday’s double-play canonisations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. This will be the first time two popes have Read more

Pope Francis could have been Pope John XXIV

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Pope Francis originally wanted to be named Pope John. The revelation comes in a recently published book called the “Diary of a Papist”, by author and journalist Gianluca Barile. The book, full of news and information about the Church and papacy, carries a rumour from Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, a good friend of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Read more

Newest and oldest cardinal, a sprightly 98!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

When the freshly named patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, chose 37-year-old Fr. Loris Capovilla as his private secretary in 1953, a skeptical adviser told the cardinal that the priest looked too sickly to bear the strain of his new job. “Then he’ll die as my secretary,” replied the future pope, now known as Blessed Read more

Why Pope John XXIII is on the road to canonisation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Pope Francis declared this summer that two of his predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II have lived documentably holy lives and are entitled to the hallowed title of saints! No one has to be reminded about the life of Pope John Paul II. He was dramatically on the scene until less than a Read more

John Paul II and John XXIII may be canonised together

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Pope Francis has approved the canonisations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII— in the latter case waiving the requirement for a second miracle. Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said both canonisations could take place before the end of this year, and Vatican journalists are speculating that both pontiffs could be declared saints at Read more

Saints John Paul II and John XXIII

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Today’s announcement by Pope Francis of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II was not a surprise. From the time of his death in 2005, when crowds shouted “Santo Subito!” in St. Peter’s Square, to Pope Benedict XVI’s waiving of the normal five-year rule (the process of canonization normally doesn’t begin until five years after Read more

A vision of peace – how ‘Pacem in Terris’ helped change the world

Friday, April 12th, 2013

‘Pacem in Terris’ was born in the mind of Blessed John XXIII in the fall of 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis, when he served as a back channel between President John F. Kennedy and the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, urging dialogue to end the most dangerous confrontation of the cold war. For the pope, Read more