“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...]

Italians Watch the Canonization in 3D Glasses

Watching canonization w 3D glasses

An amazing photo from Bergamo, the northern Italy town which was the birthplace of Pope John XXIII.At the parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, the faithful who did not brave the crowds at St. Peter's Square to attend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in person gather to do the next best thing:  They're watching the screening with the aid of 3D glasses.AP photo by Luca Bruno.See this and other amazing photos of the Canonization at The … [Read more...]

Cardinal George Will Miss the Canonizations, Due to Recurrent Cancer

Cardinal-George

When the world's Cardinals gather in Rome April 27 for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George will be watching from home.Cardinal George told us last month that his cancer, which had metastasized from his bladder to his kidney and liver, had again become active.  Doctors found new cancer cells in his right kidney, meaning that he would once again be undergoing chemotherapy.His Eminence has now received two doses of chemotherapy, one … [Read more...]


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