Category Archives: Popes

Papa Luciani!!

I read with delight an article written by William Doino, Jr., on Pope John Paul I, Papa Luciani, over at First Things. Those of us who were present in Rome during those 33 days of Luciani’s papacy in the summer of … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” — St. John XXIII

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Holy Father’s Christmas Message to the World

As in every year, the Holy Father sends a message “to the City and to the World” (Urbi et Orbi). Here is Pope Francis’ 2014 message. URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE Thursday, 25 December 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“Violence is unworthy of man. Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity. Violence destroys what it claims to defend: the dignity, the life, the freedom of human beings. Violence … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“Purity of heart, carefully and constantly guarded, becomes the rule, and the radiance, of our whole life, and of every word and deed.” — St. Pope John XXIII

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More on Today’s Canonizations

In case you didn’t get to watch it live, here is the video (courtesy of Vatican TV) of today’s double canonizations. It is three hours long, but beautiful to see.

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Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II

Today, the Holy Father declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints of the Church and venerated as such worldwide. Millions of pilgrims were in attendance as well as dignitaries from throughout the world. What was probably … Continue reading

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The Two Popes Who Will Be Saints

This April 27th, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. In preparation for this event, the Vatican has launched a website. At this time, it is only in Italian, but even if you … Continue reading

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Evangelization: Who Said This?

We often attribute the New Evangelization to Pope John Paul II. Here is a quote from another pope who spoke of the evangelization of the of the world. Do you know who he was? We wish to remind the entire … Continue reading

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Pope John Paul I and Pope Francis

Finally, someone is recognizing what I and others have been saying since Pope Francis’ election as pope: He resembles Pope John Paul the FIrst (Papa Luciani). I say resembles not so much in his physical appearance – even though both … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day of Peace

“No more one against the other, no more, never! … war never again, never again war!” — Pope Paul VI

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August 6, 1978

Thirty-five years ago tomorrow, I was standing at a train station in Oslo, Norway along with three of my colleagues from the North American College. We were on a European month-long holiday, touring Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Our intention … Continue reading

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It Official: John Paul II and John XXIII will be Canonized!

The Holy Father has given his approval to the canonization of both Pope John Paul II and John XXIII. In a rather unusual move, Pope Francis has dispensed with the necessity of a second miracle in John XXIII’s case. (Please … Continue reading

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St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII

The reports are many that the last hurdle has been crossed. The Vatican congregation responsible for such things has attested to a second needed-for-canonization miracle, attributable to Pope John Paul II and will be submitting it to Pope Francis for … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ First Encyclical and the Completion of Luciani’s Catechesis

Pope Francis’ first encyclical, entitled Lumen Fidei, (The Light of Faith) will be released this Friday, 11 o’clock in the morning Rome time. There will be an English translation immediately available, so we excitedly anticipate its contents. I don’t know much about … Continue reading

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