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

The faithful wait for Mass to begin at the great altar in St. Peter's Basilica, September 28, 2003

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...]

Churches Named for Blessed John Paul II Get a New Name This Weekend!

Blessed John Paul II Church Hamtramck, Michigan

In Hamtramck, Michigan, a Polish immigrant enclave in the center of Detroit, the parish of Blessed John Paul II was created in 2012 by the clustering of three churches:  Detroit's Transfiguration-Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Louis the King, and Hamtramck's St. Ladislaus.In the Diocese of  Buffalo, parishioners at Blessed John Paul II Church worship in a modern building, with five wooden reliefs commemorating Pope John Paul II's life on the wall behind the simple wooden altar.Both p … [Read more...]

Once Again Francis, Pope and Prophet, Issues Clarion Call for Unity

Christian Unity

Catholics and Evangelicals:  Have you noticed anything different about how we think of one another?When I was a small child, I remember people sometimes speaking of believers from other denominations almost with a hush. It was as though they were “other”—woefully misguided, wrong-headed—and we we should not associate with them.Vatican II did much to change that attitude. Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism, had the restoration of unity among all Christians as one of its princi … [Read more...]