At the canonizations: “I wanted to minister literally to the fringes”

CNS wrote about the extraordinary number of people who attended the canonizations this morning—and spoke with a certain deacon who said something wise and, in fact, moving: About 150 cardinals and 700 bishops concelebrated the Mass. About 6,000 priests attended, as well as deacons, to help distribute Communion to as many people as possible. U.S. [Read More...]

“Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus…”

From Pope Francis’s homily at the canonizations: The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for [Read More...]

The debate over canonizing two popes

From the always-interesting John Thavis:  The record-setting speed of John Paul II’s canonization does, indeed, raise some questions. The “Santo subito!” (Sainthood now!) banners in St. Peter’s Square at the funeral of the Polish pope reflected the sentiments of many faithful who thought his deep spirituality, evangelizing energy and strong defense of human rights made [Read More...]

“Dear deacons, be active apostles of the new evangelization…”

With canonization fever under way, I thought it would be a good time to remember what one of the future saints had to say about deacons. In 2000, during the Jubilee, Pope John Paul offered these remarks to deacons: Dear deacons, be active apostles of the new evangelization. Lead everyone to Christ! Through your efforts, may [Read More...]

The Nazareths of John Paul

From the vault, here’s part of a homily I delivered in 2011, on the occasion of the beatification of Pope John Paul II:  Less than a third of John Paul’s 85 years were spent as pope.  Most of his life, in fact, was spent living and working and praying among ordinary men and women in [Read More...]

The Canonization Chronicles: A deacon’s view in Rome this week

Deacon Bill Ditewig, in Rome for the canonizations, found the most important spot in the Eternal City: Bill will be blogging in the days ahead. His first impressions: I’m sitting at the base of one of Bernini’s great columns waiting for a deacon-friend to arrive from the Netherlands. Sitting near me, the next column over, [Read More...]

“As a Jew, my life…has been improved by the actions of these two individuals”

A different perspective on the impending canonizations, from a Jewish news service, JTA:  Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are being declared saints of the Roman Catholic church on April 27, the day that is also the eve of Yom Hashoah. It’s a coincidence but a notable one. These two post-Holocaust pontiffs revolutionized relations [Read More...]

Maryland parish offers regular “White Mass” named for St. Lawrence, to support “people with different abilities”

Details:  There’s a quiet room at St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown named after St. Lawrence. The story of St. Lawrence’s martyrdom helps underscore the reason for the room and the impetus for a growing community-based program in Southern Maryland that is touching the lives of people with “developmental differences.” The story of St. Lawrence will [Read More...]

Words to live by

So I arrived at work to find this banner in the lobby of the Cardinal Cooke Catholic Center in New York: I especially love the quotes at the bottom, which carry a diaconal spirit: “Christ, make me become and remain the servant of your unique power, the servant of your sweet power, the servant of [Read More...]

John Paul, patron saint of World Youth Day

From Pope Francis’ Angelus yesterday: At the end of this celebration I offer s special greeting to the 250 delegates – bishops, priests, religious and laypeople – who participated in the meeting about World Youth Days that was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. In this begins the journey of preparation for the [Read More...]


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