So That All May Believe: The “Miracle of the Sun”

Fatima - crowd in the rain

It was raining at the Cova da Iria on October 13, 1917--raining so much, in fact, that the crowds gathered there, their clothing drenched and dripping, slipped in the puddles and along the trails of mud.   Those who had umbrellas opened them against the downpour, but they were still splashed and sodden.  All waited, their eyes on three peasant children who had promised a miracle. And then, at high noon, something remarkable happened:  The clouds broke, and the sun appeared in the sky.  Unlike any … [Read more...]

World Youth Day Logo: Blessed Are the Merciful

WYD 2016 logo - final

OK, here it is:The logo for World Youth Day 2016 has just been unveiled.  At a press conference this morning, the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day were announced.According to the Vatican Information Service, Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists, and the theme of the celebration. The logo of the 2016 World Youth Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, 5.7: … [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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X