“There will be saints among the children.” So said Pope Pius X, when he lowered the age that children could receive their First Holy Communion. Previously, children had to be 10 or 12, now they are typically in second grade, or about seven or eight years old, though exceptions are made for some who are
John Paul II couldn’t strike a deal that satisfied the SSPX. Nor could Benedict. Enter the unlikeliest of bridge-builders On the weekend that posters of a scowling Pope Francis were plastered over Rome by traditionalists protesting against his “bullying” tactics, news filtered through that Rome is on the verge of signing a deal with the
When Pope John Paul II passed away on April 2, 2005, hundreds of thousands around the world mourned the loss. Today, an entire generation has no idea who he was or what he accomplished in his lifetime Many learned a little about Pope John Paul II when he was canonized April 27, 2014, but many
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.
It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives
The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi Humanity should feel ashamed it can wage war, kill the innocent, bomb cities and prevent food and medicine from reaching survivors, Pope Francis said today during his morning homily. Violence and division are the work of the devil who “wants to kill
Ten years have passed since the death of the Pope John Paul II yet the works of his hands can still be felt and seen on bishops who debate to uphold the true doctrines and teaching of the Catholic Church at the on-going synod meeting sheduled to end on Sunday 25th of October. The saint
Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person. “The thing that was attractive, that attracted young people to John Paul II, was not even what he was saying to them, but
Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2014 / 04:48 am .- Saint John Paul II’s deep love for the world and for God continues to inspire people today to draw near to Christ, teaching them not only about sanctity, but about humanity, say those who were close to the late Pope. “He was just a human being
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.