Posts Tagged ‘St John Paul II’

Vatican to release document on consecrated widowhood

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The Vatican will release a document on consecrated widowhood later this year. This was reported by Avvenire, a newspaper owned by the Italian episcopal conference. The paper noted that there are 200 consecrated widows in Italy and that another 100 are in formation. Consecrated widowhood was noted by St John Paul II in a 1996 apostolic Read more

Making a difference: remembering The Gospel of Life

Friday, July 10th, 2015

While Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si’ is enjoying wide publicity, few people are aware this year marks the 20th anniversary of another powerfully prophetic social justice and peace encyclical: Evangelium Vitae (“The Gospel of Life”). Trying to awaken the conscience of the world to reject the “culture of death” which creates “structures of sin,” Read more

Cardinal Marx finds new evangelisation concept problematic

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The president of the German bishops’ conference has admitted that he has difficulties with the notion of the new evangelisation. Cardinal Reinhard Marx told the French Jesuit journal Etudes that he finds this “concept” to be problematic. The term “new evangelisation” was referred to by St John  Paul II in Redemptoris Missio (33). Its application Read more

Anti-Catholic politician Rev. Ian Paisley dies in Belfast

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Northern Ireland politician Rev. Ian Paisley, who was infamous for his anti-Catholic rhetoric, yet came to share power with his enemies, has died. Rev. Paisley died in Belfast on September 12, aged 88. He had a history of heart ailments. He served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first Read more

Two new saints for the Jews

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It is a poignant coincidence that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as Catholic saints on the eve of Yom Hashoah, the international day of Holocaust remembrance observed in Israel and by Jews around the world. These two popes’ personal narratives are inseparable from the Holocaust, and their reactions to the Read more

Unity theme of #2PopeSaints

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

[Sunday]’s canonisation of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II drew 800,000 people to Rome. I spoke with a small fraction of the massive crowd that filled the streets near the Vatican, but every one of them agreed: Two popes, two saints, two more reasons to be happy. Much of the commentariat – and 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

Pope Francis canonises Sts John XXIII and John Paul II

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Pope Francis has praised Sts John XXIII and John Paul II as men who modernised the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions. The Pope said this during his homily at a canonisation Mass at St Peter’s Square on April 27 before an estimated 500,000 people. A few minutes earlier, he had formally declared Read more

St John Paul II’s actions on abuse questioned before canonisation

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Supporters of St John Paul II have defended his track record on dealing with clerical sexual abuse in the hours leading up to his canonisation. At a briefing 48 hours before the ceremony, papal biographer George Weigel said there was an “information gap” between the United States and the Holy See up to 2002. “But Read more