Translation of Full Interview With John Paul II's Close Friend, Dr. Półtawska

Discusses the synod, gender ideology, Humanae Vitae and more.

10/26/2015 Comments (2)

Here below is a translation by EWTN-Germany of their interview last week with Dr. Wanda Półtawska


(Krakow/Rome) Dr. Wanda Półtawska (93), married for 67 years with Professor Andrzej Półtawski, four daughters, eight grandchildren, psychiatrist, marriage and family counselor, university lecturer in pastoral medicine in amongst others Krakow and at the John Paul II Institute in Rome, member of the Pontifical Academy Pro Vita, longstanding member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, winner of the Gregorius-Order ... is one of the last great witnesses of the 20th century.

Not only has she survived a stay at a German...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Mass to Close Synod on the Family

10/25/2015 Comments (20)

Pope Francis delivering his homily today.


Here below is Pope Francis' homily at Mass in St. Peter's basilica this morning to mark the close of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which has been reflecting on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.


Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Mass for the Closing of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25 October 2015

The three Readings for this Sunday show us God’s compassion, his fatherhood, definitively revealed in Jesus.

In the midst of a national disaster, the people deported by their enemies, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims that “the Lord has saved his people, the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Closing Speech of Synod on the Family

10/24/2015 Comments (25)

Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church.

My heartfelt thanks go to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, its Under-Secretary, and, together with them, the Relator, Cardinal Peter Erdő, and the Special Secretary, Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Delegate Presidents, the writers, consultors and translators, and all those who have worked tirelessly and with total dedication to the Church: My deepest thanks!

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Will the Synod Final Report Twist 'Familiaris Consortio'?

10/24/2015 Comments (20)

As the synod fathers vote on each paragraph of the final report this afternoon, there are concerns that a proposal to admit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion will be subtly voted through, based on what many believe is a false interpretation of Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Familiaris consortio.

The paragraph of the final report in question allegedly doesn’t explicitly mention the Eucharist, but sources inside the synod say there are concerns that if passed, the word “discernment” will be interpreted differently according to where one stands on the issue.

“If I had to guess, my sense is that it will go through and be passed,” a synod source said, “though one...READ MORE

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Friend of JPII: 'Our Hope Is Not in the Synod, But in God'

10/24/2015 Comments (10)

Dr. Wanda Poltawska


Dr. Wanda Poltawska, 93, is one of the last great witnesses of the 20th century.

The Polish psychiatrist was a close friend of Pope St. John Paul II, a marriage and family guidance counselor, and has long served as a consultor to three Vatican discasteries. She is also a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp and Communist-ruled Poland.

In an interview yesterday with EWTN/CNA Germany, Dr. Poltawska discussed the Synod on the Family, and stressed that John Paul II's apostolic exhortation on the family, Familiaris consortio, continues to be relevant to today. 

Here below are some translated highlights from the interview:

On the synod

The words of Christ are written in the Gospel and...READ MORE

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BREAKING: Pope Creates New Vatican Department for Laity, Family and Life

10/22/2015 Comments (17)

The Vatican released the following statement this evening:

"Today, at the beginning of the afternoon General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father made the following announcement:

'I have decided to establish a new Dicastery with competency for Laity, Family and Life, that will replace the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Pontifical Academy for Life will be joined to the new Dicastery.

To this end, I have constituted a special commission that will prepare a text delineating canonically the competencies of the new Dicastery. The text will be presented for discussion to the Council of Cardinals at their next meeting in...READ MORE

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Petitioners: 'Utmost Importance' Pope Clarifies Doctrine as Synod Ends

10/22/2015 Comments (9)

A filial appeal of almost 70,000 signatures has been taken to Pope Francis, in addition to almost 800,000 delivered to him at the end of September, calling on the Holy Father to clarify Church doctrine at the Synod on the Family.

The organisers of the appeal said Thursday they had “just handed in a further 68,052 signatures requesting Pope Francis for a clarifying word as the only way to resolve the growing confusion amongst the faithful.”

In a forthright statement, the Filial Appeal Association said the signatures were delivered amid concerns about “chaos” at the synod, proposals for “very inclusive” pastoral language that threatens to undermine Church teaching, and the possibility of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Lays Out Vision for a More 'Listening' and 'Decentralized' Church

10/18/2015 Comments (120)

Pope Francis delivering his address at the Commemorative Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis has given a landmark speech (see full text below) in which he has outlined his vision for a more collegial, decentralized and “listening” Church, and a model of papacy and hierarchy designed to be of greater service to others.

Speaking in the Paul VI hall on the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops on Saturday, the Pope presented his hopes for a synodal church, one of “journeying together” and of “mutual listening” in which “everyone has something to learn.”

In an attempt to move away from a model of Church in which people “were only recipients” of a “framework of evangelization carried out by qualified actors”, the Pope stressed the importance of...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin