An Unexpected Privilege: The Day I Attended Mass with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!It was September 2003, and I was leading a pilgrimage to Rome for a group of Catholic CEOs, members of Legatus.  We were so busy--Every day of our pilgrimage was filled with tours of historic basilicas, meetings with Vatican officials, lunches and dinners and gelato stands and, of course, daily Mass.  In the entire week we were in Rome, I slept little.  There was only one "free" night, when members of our group were encouraged to explore t … [Read more...]

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Will Father Emil Kapaun Be Beatified Soon? (UPDATED)

The author interviewing Lieut. William Funchess (Photo: Dcn. Jerry Schiffer)

Father Emil Kapaun, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, was a U.S. military chaplain and prisoner of war during the Korean War who has been called a "Shepherd in Combat Boots." In 2013 he was honored posthumously by President Barack Obama, who presented the Medal of Honor. His cause for Beatification is currently being considered by the Vatican.Now, the Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, Bishop of Wichita, has declared a Year of Father Kapaun, beginning June 7, 2015 and concluding June 9, 20 … [Read more...]

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Blessed George Napier, Priest and Martyr, Pray For Us

On November 8, 1610, a British cleric by the name of George Napier was executed in Oxford, England, for the crime of being a priest.George Napier [alternate spelling: George Napper] was born at Holywell Manor in Oxford and studied at Corpus Christi College; but he was expelled from the school in 1568 as a "recusant"--someone who refused to attend Anglican services.  In 1580 he was imprisoned in the Wood Street Counter, a small prison in London, but was freed in 1589 when he acknowledged t … [Read more...]

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