“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...]

LCWR Responds After Tense Meeting With CDF’s Cardinal Gerhard Müller

LCWR

On May 8, the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on their April 30 meeting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.The statement is significant in that it's a hopeful sign that the organization has heard the concerns expressed by Rome and may, in fact, be ready to listen--valuing its canonical status which has been conferred by the Holy See more than it values its autonomy.Because it's so important a document, I'm permitting the Sisters to … [Read more...]

In Rome, It’s Pedal to the Metal, Full Speed Ahead

St Peters Basilica

Is it just me?  I'm amazed lately by all of the reports coming out of Rome regarding new commissions and councils, and the heavy load they're carrying.  I know this is the Internet age and news is communicated quickly--but it certainly seems that Pope Francis has things rocking in the Eternal City!  THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS A statement has just been released, upon the conclusion of three days of meetings by the Council of Eight, the Cardinals (including our own Cardinal O'Malley of B … [Read more...]


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