Posts Tagged ‘St Pope John Paul II’

JPII rose added to White House Rose Garden

Monday, August 24th, 2020

A rose named for the late Pope St. John Paul II has been included in a renovation of the White House Rose Garden. The Pope John Paul II rose, a white tea rose cultivar, is included in a redesign of the Rose Garden overseen by First Lady Melania Trump, which was unveiled Aug. 22. Other Read more

Pope lifts sanctions on suspended priest

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Pope Francis has lifted sanctions imposed on Fr Ernesto Cardenal of Nicaragua in 1984. On Monday, Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, the Vatican nuncio in Nicaragua, said Pope Francis had “granted with benevolence the absolution of all canonical censures” imposed on Cardenal. Cardenal (94) was suspended from his priestly ministry and duties by St John Paul II Read more

Pope dismisses accusations by ex-papal envoy

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Pope Francis has dismissed the accusations of a former Vatican ambassador that he covered up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Francis says an 11-page document of claims released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò “speaks for itself”. Asked about the letter from  in a press conference aboard the Aug. 26 flight back to Rome after his visit to Ireland, Francis Read more

Beatification process for St John Paul’s parents underway

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Plans to launch a beatification process for Emilia and Karol Wojtyla, the parents of Pope St John Paul II, are underway because of their contribution to his spiritual growth. Read more

Pope St John Paul II named as patron

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk wants Pope St John Paul II to be the patron the Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation. Shevchuk, who is the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church says “Ukrainians do not know Poles, their pains, aspirations, ambitions, as well as Poles do not know Ukrainians. “That is why an exchange and a dialogue is essential. Read more

Tributes flow for Billy Graham

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The late Billy Graham has drawn tributes from cardinals, bishops, priests and lay Catholics. Graham was a Southern Baptist evangelical preacher from the United States who was admired by many Catholics. He died last Wednesday aged 99. The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has paid tribute to Graham. “As anyone growing up in Read more

French court rules: remove cross on St John Paul’s memorial

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

A French court ruling over removing the cross above a statue of St Pope John Paul II has sparked a diplomatic row between Poland and France. The Council of State, which is France’s top administrative court, says the cross violates a law passed in 1905. The law bans any “religious sign or emblem” on a Read more

New Swedish cardinal wants women advisors

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The new Swedish cardinal, Anders Arborelius, has suggested Pope Francis consider creating a special advisory body of women. Their role would be similar to that of the College of Cardinals and would offer more opportunity for women’s leadership in the church. Francis made Arborelius Sweden’s first cardinal in a consistory on Wednesday. He said he Read more

Vatican’s first female-only association gets the nod

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The Vatican’s first female-only association has been formally approved as a Vatican association. Donne in Vaticano (“Women in the Vatican”) is open to all 750 women working for the Holy See and its attached institutions. So far about 50 women have joined. Women make up about a fifth of the Vatican workforce. Most of them Read more

Global warming now part of seminary teaching

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Global warming and the Catholic church do not seem to have any connection, on the face of it. However, priests are going to be learning about environmental concerns during their formation period at seminaries. Later, they’ll be expected to preach about the environment at Mass. How did this topic come to be included in the Read more