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...]

Pope Francis Opens the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo to the Public

Garden - Castel Gandolfo

Yesterday in Rome, it was announced that Pope Francis had opened his gardens at Castel Gandolfo to the public.Tourists will now be able to tour the gardens of the Pontifical Villas  where, according to the director of the Vatican Museums, "the splendor of art and the glory of nature co-exist in admirable equilibrium."A 90-minute guided tour, either in Italian or in English, will be offered each Monday-Saturday; tickets can be obtained through the Vatican Museums via an on-line booking … [Read more...]