From Jerusalem: Ecumenical Surprises During Pope Francis’ Holy Land Trip

Cecilia Lakin

It's a busy week for news from the Holy Land.  The Vatican is gearing up for Pope Francis's historic trip to the Holy Land on May 24-26.This will be a uniquely ecumenical trip:  Pope Francis will take with him his two good friends from his years as archbishop in Argentina, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, co-author of his book On Heaven and Earth, and Islamic studies professor Omar Abboud.And a highlight of his trip will be a planned meeting with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Ch … [Read more...]

The Holy See Did Not Commit Torture

....But you already knew that.Some people did not know that, though; and so the Critics of Anything Roman, always hoping to give the Church a black eye, tried to suggest that the sexual abuse of minors, which is an abomination and a clear violation of Catholic Church teaching, was a form of state-sponsored torture.Further, they alleged, the Church's stance in opposition to birth control and abortion is also torture.No surprises here:  Among the influential nongovernmental … [Read more...]

“Beauty Has Already Saved the World” – St. John Paul II’s LETTER TO ARTISTS, As Read by Students

May 2, 2011 - Workers hang a large banner on Bernini's Colonnade, St. Peter's Basilica, to celebrate the Beatification of Pope John Paul II

In May 2011, Pope John Paul II was beatified.And three years later, in April 2014, he was elevated to sainthood.   *     *     *      *      * On Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999, Pope John Paul II wrote an open letter to all artists -- both Christian and secular -- reminding them of their vocation to Beauty. He urged them not to waste their artistic talent but to develop it, and to put it at the service of humanity as an authentic vehicle of culture. *     *     *     *     * To commemorate … [Read more...]