John Paul's relics appearing in Poland

Several weeks before the former pontiff’s scheduled beatification, remnants and reminders of his life are everywhere.   Pictured below: the blood-stained sash he wore when he was shot, now on display in Czestochowa, Poland. Details: Pope John Paul II is not yet a saint, but objects donated by his longtime secretary are already being venerated [Read More...]

John Paul named patron for World Youth Day 2011

I can’t think of a more appropriate choice, can you? Details: The future Blessed Pope John Paul II will be the official spiritual patron of World Youth Day 2011, which will be Aug. 16-21 in Madrid. The Vatican announced Jan. 14 that Pope Benedict XVI would beatify his predecessor, the pope who founded World Youth [Read More...]

This video gets to me every time

No matter how often I see it, it just knocks me into a puddle of tears.  Today seems a good day to give it another look: (soon-to-be-Blessed) Pope John Paul and Tony Melendez, in Los Angeles, in 1987. You can read more about Tony here. He also has a website. But watch the video.  It [Read More...]

"Put out into the deep and lower your nets for a catch"

If you need a reminder of why Pope John Paul will soon be known as “Blessed,” this wonderful video tribute by Salt+Light TV says it all. Take a few minutes and be reminded of a great man’s message, and mission. [Read more...]

Coming May 1: Blessed John Paul

You can read the decree announcing it at Vatican Radio.  It says, in part: John Paul II’s pontificate was an eloquent and clear sign, not only for Catholics, but also for world public opinion, for people of all colour and creed. The world’s reaction to his lifestyle, to the development of his apostolic mission, to [Read More...]

The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister

A new book looks at the pivotal roles played by three world leaders  in defeating Soviet communism. Details, from Zenit: Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were well known for their tenacious and principled leadership that, according to many historians, combined to help defeat Soviet communism. But what can we learn from [Read More...]