Posts Tagged ‘Pope St John Paul II’

A house divided…

Monday, November 20th, 2023
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It’s no secret that the Roman Catholic Church is deeply divided right now, perhaps as much as it’s ever been in the six decades since the end of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The fractures are most obvious on social media where even priests, bishops and cardinals preach from cyber pulpits all along the theological Read more

Vatican Girl – Why the Vatican is revisiting her mysterious disappearance

Thursday, April 20th, 2023
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Known as the “Orlandi case” and, thanks to a recent television series, the case of the “Vatican Girl“, it is the saga of Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in Rome nearly 40 years ago. Since her father worked in the Prefecture of the Papal Household, she and her family Read more

Vatican rips allegation JPII molested young girls

Monday, April 17th, 2023

The Vatican, Friday, pushed back hard, suggestions that 40 years ago John Paul II may have been involved in the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl and went out on the town with Vatican monsignors, looking for young girls to molest. Pietro Orlandi, the brother of a missing 15 girl, Emanuela Orlandi, made the allegation. However, Read more

Polish bishops hotly reject John Paul abuse claims

Monday, March 13th, 2023
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Abuse claims regarding Pope St John Paul II are unfounded, say Poland’s Catholic bishops. The fact that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla — the future Pope John Paul II—knew about abuse when he was an archbishop of Krakow, Poland, is neither new nor surprising, experts say. Others agree and are defending Poland’s national hero. Government figures, including Read more

When a pope asks forgiveness for past wrongs

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Representatives of Canada’s Indigenous communities were in Rome last week for a series of meetings with Pope Francis. The purpose of their visit was to urge Francis to publicly apologize for the abuse that their ancestors – and even some of them – suffered at residential schools run by the Catholic Church. But can a Read more

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

Return to Pope John Paul’s teachings on capitalism mooted

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Some Catholics say returning to Pope John Paul’s views on capitalism is in keeping with Catholic doctrine. Their views on capitalism contrast with those of Pope Francis, who is calling for a rethink of the free market economy. At a recent webinar, “Pope John Paul II Centennial: The Liberation of a Continent’s Political-Economic Systems of Read more

Thieves steal a vial containing Pope St John Paul’s blood

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Thieves have stolen a vial containing Pope St. John Paul’s blood from an Italian cathedral. On Wednesday last week the Spoleto Cathedral’ sacristan, who is in charge of protecting the building and its contents, discovered the vial was missing. Archbishop Renato Boccardo of Spoleto-Norcia, who was a close aide to John Paul for years at Read more

Vatican-China deal conceived under JPII, expert says

Monday, March 9th, 2020

The Vatican-China deal has caused two top prelates to but heads over the legitimacy of the Vatican’s 2018 agreement with China on the appointment of bishops. One expert on Chinese affairs has stepped in insisting that the deal was not only good, but a product of more than 30 years of Vatican diplomacy. Paolo Affatato, Read more

Father, brother, friend, voice of the poor: Cardinal Ortega, RIP

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Many adjectives describe Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who died last week: father, brother, cardinal of Cuban youth, voice of Cuba’s poor, Cuban bridge to the US, accomplished pianist. He “was an important, and at the same time, controversial man of the church, who played a critical role in gaining ‘more spaces’ so that the Catholic Church Read more