“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 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...]

April’s canonizations in Rome could draw record crowds

Thinking of making the trip?  You better like crowds. From Religion News Service:  Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be attended by as many as 100 heads of state in what is likely to be the biggest draw in the [Read More...]

“He was a typical village priest…”

Last year on this day, my parish celebrated a special Mass to mark the first feast day of Blessed John Paul II.  Below is part of my homily for that occasion. It remains a personal favorite of mine. Blessed John Paul, pray for us!  — DGK He was a typical village priest.  He said mass, [Read More...]

For Labor Day: “By means of work, man participates in the activity of God himself”

Karol Wojtyla, as a young factory worker in Poland. “I come from your midst. I come from the quarries of Zakrzowek, from the Solvay furnaces in Borek Falecki, and then from Nowa Huta. Through all these surroundings, through my own experience of work, I boldly say that I learned the gospel anew.” — Pope John [Read More...]

Flashback: a classic moment of inspiration by Tony Melendez

CNS blogger Emma Lulgard reports that the legendary performer sang Thursday at World Youth Day in Madrid — which, of course, brought back for some of us vivid memories of Tony Melendez’s stunning performance for Pope John Paul (and a much younger Roger Mahony) in Los Angeles in September 1987.  Just watch. This performance — [Read More...]

Coming soon: "The Church of Blessed John Paul II"?

It could happen — most notably in the late pontiff’s native Poland. The Vatican today released guidelines for observing the soon-to-be-Blessed’s feast day — to be marked on October 22 — along with the collect for that feast day’s mass, and other details: In the Diocese of Rome, where Pope John Paul served as bishop, [Read More...]


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