R.I.P. Cardinal Edmund Szoka. Detroit and the World Have Lost a Great Leader.

Sad news today from the Archdiocese of Detroit, where former Detroit archbishop and former President of Vatican City State Edmund Cardinal Szoka has gone to his eternal reward.According to the Archdiocese of Detroit website: With sadness and great hope in the Resurrection we share news of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 and went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope … [Read more...]

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Rome’s Sant’Ignazio: Surprises Everywhere

So we were walking around Rome... trudging, actually... for what seemed like hours.  And miles.  Or kilometers, I suppose, since we were in Rome.Anyway, we wandered toward Campus Martius, past gelato stands and trattorias and open markets, past offices and apartments, surrounded by pedestrians and taxis and Vespas, and then.... there on our right, standing in the middle of a bustling city block, was a church.  (Click on this and other images to see the fine details.) It was Sa … [Read more...]

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Americans to Join Pope Francis for Charismatic Conference in Rome

Two Americans, Dr. Ralph Martin, founder of Renewal Ministries, and Patti Mansfield, popular Catholic author and speaker, will join the Holy Father and 52,000 Charismatic Catholics from more than 50 countries on Sunday afternoon, June 1, at the Olympic Stadium of Rome.On that day, Pope Francis—the first pontiff to ever visit a sports stadium in Rome--will participate in the 37th National Assembly of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement. The June 1-2 conference has the theme of "Convert! … [Read more...]

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