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John XXIII and John Paul II: Canonizing the Bookends

John XXIII and John Paul II: Canonizing the bookends George Weigel Pope Francis’s bold decisions to canonize Blessed John XXIII without the normal post-beatification miracle, and to link Good Pope John’s canonization ceremony to that of Blessed John Paul II, just may help re-orient Catholic thinking about modern Catholic history. For what Francis is suggesting,…

I Knew during his Lifetime that John Paul II Was a Saint

Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint  In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life. “In the years in which I collaborated with him, it was…

Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Pope audience: Why do you seek the living among the dead Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis’ weekly general audience, the first of the Easter season. The crowd was such, that the Holy…

Blessed John XXIII: Cardinal Capovilla and the Canonization

Blessed John XXIII: Cardinal Loris Capovilla and the canonisation Cardinal Loris Capovilla was for many years the personal secretary of John XXIII and recently wrote how this twentieth century Pope rather than arouse in us feelings of nostalgia should encourage us to look towards the future. Fabio Colagrande asked him what he meant by that…

Mary Magdalene’s Journey out of Fear to Easter Faith

Mary Magdalene’s Journey out of Fear to Easter Faith As I have commented before, all the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a “journey” of sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts…

Let the Joy of the Risen Lord be Imprinted in our Hearts

The joy of the Resurrection , to the amazement of the disciples and the women who bring the announcement “is impressed on our hearts, transpiring in our lives. This is not a masquerade! It comes from within, from a heart immersed in the source of this joy, like that of Mary Magdalene, who wept for…

Easter “Urbi et Orbi” Message

Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message of Pope Francis Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see…

The Whole Earth Keeps Silence Because the King is Asleep

Ancient Easter Homily by Bishop Melito of Sardis We present an ancient second century homily given on Holy Saturday by Bishop Melito of Sardis. This is the day when we are invited into the deep, hope filled prayer of the whole Church as we prepare for the great Easter Vigil: The whole earth keeps silence…

The Face of Christ, The Face of Man

WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM LED BY THE HOLY FATHER POPE FRANCIS GOOD FRIDAY Rome, 18 April 2014 “The Face of Christ, the Face of Man” MEDITATIONS by H.E. Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano INTRODUCTION He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and…

Come Down from the Cross and We Will Believe

Come Down from the Cross and We Will Believe. A Meditation on “Crucial” Decision by Jesus One of the most remarkable aspects of the crucifixion of Jesus is the humble reserve he displayed. As God, he had the power to end his suffering and humiliation in an instant. He had already reminded Peter, Do you…