Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and around their television sets to pray for Pope John Paul II as he passed away on April 2, 2005. They remembered the more than 26 years he served as the Holy Father; the courage he had in fighting communism; his immense love; and his adventurous spirit.
After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism. In 1960, several Cuban Catholic bishops signed a letter re-affirming the Church’s long-standing rejection of communism and called for Catholics to reject it. In response, his government confiscated Catholic property and arrested
Fr John Thompson once drove an ambulance from Liverpool to Ethiopia, stopping in Rome for the Pope to bless it A well-loved Liverpool priest has passed away at the age of 81. Fr John Benedict Thompson was parish priest at St Francis de Sales, Walton, for 32 years. He will be remembered locally for his
Full Question Is it true that in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, the pope said that everybody will be saved and no one will go to hell? Answer Absolutely not. In fact, the pope states that one problem in the modern Church is that priests do not preach enough about hell. The pope
General audience of August 1, 1984. 1. For today we have chosen the theme of “responsible parenthood” in the light of the Constitution “Gaudium et spes” and of the Encyclical “Humanae vitae.” The Council document, in treating of the subject, limits itself to recalling the basic premises; the papal document, however, goes further, giving to
Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 12:33 pm .- A state-of-the-art exhibit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine will show that the late Pope’s example of holiness is for every person, not a privileged few, the shrine’s executive director said. “People can realize that they are like John Paul II in this sense.
From Mother Theresa in a cinammon bun, to the Virgin Mary on a toasted cheese sandwich – images resembling religious icons are regularly spotted in unlikely places. Now this fiery figure – photographed in a bonfire in Poland – is being hailed as Pope John Paul II making an appearance from beyond the grave.