Posts Tagged ‘JPII’

Still saintly? McCarrick report complicates JPII’s legacy

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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A new Vatican report’s revelations that Pope John Paul II disregarded reports about ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct had Catholics on Wednesday debating the legacy of one of the modern church’s towering figures. The report triggered questions about whether John Paul was rushed through the saint-making process, and whether the author of contemporary Catholic teaching Read more

JPII stolen relic returned

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A relic containing the blood of Blessed John Paul II, which was stolen last Sunday  from an Italian church, has been been safely returned and the local bishop has forgiven the thieves who took it. The small piece of blood-soaked cloth,  taken from from Pope John II’s cassock after he was shot by an assassin Read more

Pilgrim Pope to revive Catholic faith in Cuba

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Pope Benedict was visiting Cuba as a pligrim, honouring Cuba’s patron on the 400th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin of Charity said Cuban Cardinal, Jamie Ortega. Ortega made the statements in a rare state TV address, granted to him by Cuban authorities. “There was great interest in this pilgrimage because the pope is determined Read more

Second miracle attributed to JPII

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A second miracle attributed to the late pope John Paul II has been reported and he could be made a saint soon.

The miraculous healing was reported in Italy’s Panorama weekly yesterday, citing documents sent to the Vatican.

It occurred just weeks after John Paul II’s grandiose beatification on May 1 last year, which put him on the path to sainthood just six years after his death and was attended by over a million people.

The second miracle, about which no details were reported, was chosen from among four reported miracles and documented by the promoter of Karol Wojtyla’s canonisation, Bishop Slowomir Oder, Panorama said.


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1 million expected for JPII’s beatification

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The second miracle John Paul needs to become a saint may be lying in wait in Rome: that is to find a room during his beatification. Predictions of upward of 1 million people pouring into Rome for the May1 event has seen the price of accommodation skyrocket. Rev Gregory Apparcel, rector of the Santa Susanna church, Read more

John Paul II the Christian being beatified

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Pope John Paul II is being beatified not because of his impact on history or on the Catholic Church, but because of the way he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. “Clearly his cause was put on the fast track, but Read more

As John Paul beatification nears, criticism mounts

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Few deny that Pope John Paul II was a towering figure of the 20th century, a great pope of great consequence. His record-fast beatification, though, has prompted questions even from some supporters who suggest the Vatican should first answer lingering concerns about the flaws of his papacy. John Paul’s holiness and accomplishments aren’t much in Read more

Second miracle for John Paul II

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

As the Church looks for a second miracle attributed John Paul II, one may be forth-coming from Spain. The first miracle, allowing for John Paul’s beatification on May 1, was the cure of a French nun with Parkinson’s Disease, the disease John Paul died from. A second miracle is required in order that he is Read more

Generation to gather and thank John Paul the Great

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

With his 26-year pontificate, soon-to-be Blessed John Paul II guided, educated and inspired a whole generation of Catholics. These Catholics often refer to him as John Paul the Great, and point to his witness when they speak of their vocations — to the priesthood, to religious life, to marriage — and to the universal call Read more

John Paul II statues already a big hit

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Statues of John Paul II are in high demand with Polish sculptor Czeslaw Dzwigaj already fulfilling 70+ orders, and more continue to “pour in”. “With the beatification, priests now want a statue in their church with a reliquary at the base so parishioners can practice the cult of devotion of John Paul II,” Dzwigaj said. Read more