Will Blessed Pope John Paul II Be Canonized on October 22?

Workmen install a large banner in St. Peter's Square on May 3, 2011, one day after the Beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

The medical council charged with reviewing a possible miraculous healing attributable to Pope John Paul II has ruled it “inexplicable” and has forwarded the file to the Vatican Congregation for the Saints for further study.According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the canonization of Karol  Wojtyla is moving forward and may happen as early as October 2013.  The proceedings have been conducted in secrecy; but Andrea Tornielli, reporting from Vatican City, reported: In January, the postu … [Read more...]

C. Everett Koop: The Padre Pio Connection

Padre Pio

You probably heard that C. Everett Koop, who served as Surgeon General under President Ronald Reagan, died on February 25 at the age of 96. Dr. Koop, who was Surgeon General from 1981 through 1989, was the most visible and the most influential person ever to hold that office.  During his tenure Dr. Koop raised our national awareness regarding the health dangers of cigarette smoking, and established an aggressive government policy toward AIDS.  He fought to strengthen the rights of ha … [Read more...]

“The Lourdes of Germany”: Our Lady of Altötting and the World Day of the Sick

Our Lady of Altotting

In southeastern Germany, in the region of Bavaria, there stands an octagonal chapel which dates back to A.D. 660.  The chapel, constructed of native stone, is home to a small limewood statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, darkened by age, by the smoke of thousands of candles which have burned there, and by a fire which nearly destroyed it in A.D. 990.  The chapel is known to native Germans as the Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting or the Chapel of Grace (in German, Gnadenkappelle).For over 500 ye … [Read more...]