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...]

Will this be a new tourist spot in the nation’s capital?

Efforts are underway to rebrand the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington as a major pilgrimage site. CNS has a preview below. Post by Catholic News Service. [Read more...]

Before there were dancing bishops, there was THIS

Someone found this video below in a time capsule and shared it with me. From Sydney, Australia in 1986.  (Source of the above image, which is just too adorable for words.)   Enjoy. [Read more...]

St. John Paul?

It could be coming soon:  “A saint now!” The canonisation of Wojtyla is getting closer quickly and it could be celebrated next October. In fact, in the past few days, the medical council of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognized as inexplicable one healing attributed to the blessed John Paul II. A [Read More...]

Homily for October 22, 2011: Blessed John Paul II

[Note: my parish is celebrating a special "high" mass Saturday to mark the first Feast of Blessed John Paul II.] [Click here for the readings] By a happy coincidence, this gospel touches on a theme that was so vital to Pope John Paul.  In the parable, a tree is given one more chance to bring [Read More...]

New seminary to be named for Blessed John Paul

It will be in Washington, DC, according to CNS: Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington has announced that the new archdiocesan seminary opening for the fall semester will be named for Blessed Pope John Paul II. The seminary, which will be located in Northeast Washington will serve as a college-level pre-theology house of formation, with [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Blessed Karol the Worker

An appropriate snapshot, I think, for this day — which coincides with the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Below, a favorite picture of a young Karol Wojtyla, our worker pope, now Blessed. [Read more...]

Live from Rome

Plucky Elizabeth Scalia nabbed a seat near the festivities and has been live-blogging the big event. Check out her impressions, updated throughout the day, over at The Anchoress. [Read more...]

The pope was his co-pilot

Below, John Paul checks out the cockpit on Shepherd I during his first trip to the United States in 1979. One of the pilots for that trip, Nelson Krueger, has published a charming gallery of photos from that trip — which includes a shot of a guitar that the pope used to play “Silent Night” [Read More...]

Historic first: new parish in U.S. to be named for Blessed John Paul

The possibility was announced earlier this week, when the Vatican outlined its guidelines for celebrating his feast in October. Now, a new Rhode Island parish may be the first to claim the late pontiff for its patron — using the title “Blessed” — providing it gets permission from Rome. Details: Two more Roman Catholic parishes [Read More...]


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