Pope Francis: read the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection
The “dominant sentiment” of the Gospel accounts, he said, is one of amazement and joy that comes from within. “Let this experience imprinted in the Gospel, be imprinted in our hearts and in our lives,” he said. “Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts, looks, attitudes, gestures, and words.”
Shifting opinions on death penalty: Views evolving after years of work
"There was a time when Catholics were very pro-death penalty," Cardinal O'Malley said April 1. Then Blessed John Paul II made a strong push to include opposition to capital punishment as a part of a consistent pro-life approach, he said. Activists took on the task of changing minds and hearts.
The Coming Canonizations: Deal Hudson on Saints and Dead Atheists
We know that St. Peter's Square will be overflowing with happy faces, banners waving, and spontaneous outburst of songs - in many languages - who will greet the arrival and presence of Pope Francis. What would the mood be like in Washington Square at the memorial service of the world's best known "militant atheist"?
Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer
According to hospital officials, a van from the Vatican filled with chocolate eggs arrived at the facility during Holy Week, and the eggs were given to the children in the oncology unit. Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with cancer.
Many of today's papal 'traditions' were Blessed John Paul's innovations
The first anniversary of Pope Francis' election brought stories highlighting the unique style he has brought to the papacy. Maybe people have forgotten how much of what passes today for papal "tradition" was actually an innovation of Pope John Paul II.
Pope might make surprise visits to war zones, says Secretary of State
Cardinal Pietro Parolin is quoted in a new Italian book as saying that Pope Francis would be willing to help “with his presence, even in an impromptu way,” to bring peace to realms of conflict. Cardinal Parolin observed that Pope Francis has frequently surprised the world, and has also drawn broad support for his peacekeeping efforts—most notably, his call for a worldwide day of prayer for peace in Syria on September 7, 2013.
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Pope John Paul II and the Orthodox Church
Pope John Paul II affirmed the importance of the ecumenical movement and strengthened the quest for the restoration of full communion with the Orthodox Church. Continuing the tradition established by Paul VI, Pope John Paul II traveled to Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1979 to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios, senior bishop of the Orthodox Church. This visit expressed the pope’s desire for dialogue between Rome and the Orthodox Church.
A Day Without Him
One of the few memories I have of both of my grandfathers is of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. When we would drive past a Catholic Church, my dad’s dad would always tip his hat (I love that he always wore hats) and my mother’s father would inevitably cross himself. I can remember my older brother asking why once and hearing my dad’s dad say, “It’s because He’s in there, in the tabernacle.” I recall looking at the church and wondering who could be in there that was so important. Who could it be who was so amazing that my grandfather would slow down and say hello even when he couldn’t be seen?
The Joys of a Praying Family
I felt guilty as I told my 5 year old daughter that we weren’t going to pray the rosary one night. She had come to me after she had brushed her teeth, ready and excited to pray. But I was tired and overwhelmed from a day that just seemed to go on and on. All I really wanted was for my children to head to bed, and for me to have a little bit of quiet. Her smile disappeared from her face and her shoulders slumped over. She quietly whispered, “Ok, Mama. Goodnight. I love you.” and wrapped her thin arms around me, burying her face in my side. I stroked her head and told her to go get her siblings, and we would pray together. Her head snapped up and the joy written in her eyes was evident. “Oh, thank you, Mama!” she exclaimed as she ran off to gather up all the other children.
John XXIII Transformed Catholics’ Understanding and Relations with Jews
In October 1962, more than 2,000 bishops began complex deliberations that concluded in 1965. During that time, many ecclesiastical reforms were debated, none more important than the Catholic Church’s often negative and turbulent relations with Jews and Judaism.