- July 23, 2016
American politics has been trapped in a liberal/conservative binary long enough, and this is the perfect election cycle to send a message that we will not choose between two candidates who do not share our fundamental values. The average American is neither pro-choice nor pro-life—or, they're both pro-choice and pro-life.
Walking around the streets of Krakow ahead of World Youth Day, the largest regular Catholic gathering in the world, one can find hundreds of reminders that the whole Catholic world is focused here, and here are several slices of life from the run-up to the event.
The first two of our World Youth Day saints, St. Edith Stein and St. Pope John Paul II, were intellectuals. They were, if you like, “head saints,” The second pair, however, Sts. Maximilian Kolbe and Faustina Kowalska, are “heart saints" who burned with the love of God.
Just four days away from Pope Francis’s arrival, the Vatican has put out a press release on the situation with refugees in the country which amounts to a preemptive strike by the Polish bishops against political efforts to drive a wedge between them and the pope.
Francis will be the third pope to visit Poland, after St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and his Vatican spokesman recently insisted there would be no changes or cancellations to the pope’s schedule because of security fears. People attending events will be checked by scanners and will have to leave behind any sharp or otherwise dangerous objects, which can be retrieved later.
A Croatian court on Friday annulled a 1946 verdict against a Catholic cardinal who had been convicted by the former Communist authorities of collaborating with the pro-Nazi puppet regime during World War II, and who is today a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church.
Sister Carleen Reck, a Roman Catholic nun who works in criminal justice and prison ministry, is part a wave of women religious who are winding down their life’s work in education, health care, parish ministry and social justice arenas.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections, based on his family’s Catholic faith, to challenge the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance.
Pope Francis warns Catholic sisters that contemplative life can “meet with subtle temptations” — the most dangerous being: listlessness, falling into mere routine, lack of enthusiasm and hope, and “paralyzing lethargy,” he said. In response in a new document, he encouraged centrality and the place of prayer in daily life.
American Cardinal Raymond Burke, known as an outspoken champion of the Catholic Church’s conservative wing, has said that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government” and wants Western nations to make clear they have no intention of becoming a “Muslim state.”
Earlier this month, Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero was tapped for the number-two position in the Holy See press office. She was immediately swarmed by press and headlines – and fascination — because she is a woman, and a laywoman at that. I loved her answer to questions prodding her
Viewed from his hometown of Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II could be styled as the last and greatest expression of the Habsburg spirit, meaning a a broadly tolerant, open and cosmopolitan view of the world that saw national pride and loyalty not as a threat of imperial cohesion but one of its sources.READ MORE
As the countdown to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, continues, here are seven things every interested Catholic should know, whether heading to Krakow or not, including the social media dimensions of the event and also the sacrifices some volunteers are making.READ MORE
Pope Francis warns Catholic sisters that contemplative life can “meet with subtle temptations” — the most dangerous being: listlessness, falling into mere routine, lack of enthusiasm and hope, and “paralyzing lethargy,” he said. In response in a new document, he encouraged centrality and the place of prayer in daily life.READ MORE
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A joint working group between the Vatican and the Serbian Orthodox Church recently had its first meeting to examine the role of Croatian Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac before, during and after World War II, and it’s time for the Serbian side to put their cards on the table in terms of why they believe this process is necessary.READ MORE
Earlier this month, Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero was tapped for the number-two position in the Holy See press office. She was immediately swarmed by press and headlines – and fascination — because she is a woman, and a laywoman at that. I loved her answer to questions prodding herREAD MORE