Full Transcript of Cardinal Dziwisz's Interview with EWTN

07/27/2016 Comment

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Just days before World Youth Day opened in Krakow, EWTN Germany’s Robert Rauhut sat down for an extensive interview with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The archbishop of Krakow and long-serving private secretary of Pope St. John Paul II not only shares his hopes and expectations of World Youth Day, but also discusses various other highly significant topics including John Paul II’s legacy to the world, the Third Secret of Fatima and the consecration of Russia, his friendship with Joseph Ratzinger, and John Paul's love for youth, the future of the Church and society.


Your Eminence, this year is particularly interesting for the Church in Poland. It is the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism...READ MORE

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World Youth Day in Krakow: Fraternity Not Violence Must Prevail

The murder of a French priest by ISIS affiliated assailants overshadowed today's opening Mass of World Youth Day but the Gospel message triumphed.

07/26/2016 Comments (3)

A pilgrim prays during the opening Mass of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 26, 2016.

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An afternoon of storms and heavy rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds and thousands of pilgrims who have been descending on Krakow all day for the opening Mass of the 31st World Youth Day.

Chanting, cheering, and the sound of countless languages being spoken emanated from streams of young people making their way to the Mass, dressed in multicolored plastic ponchos to keep off the rain which cleared in time for the open air liturgy in a large park near central Krakow.

But the heavy downpour and muggy afternoon also matched the news coming out of France. The murder in Rouen of 86 year old Father Jacques Hamel by Islamists has naturally shaken everyone here, especially coming so...READ MORE

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Vatican Statement on Killing of Priest in France

07/26/2016 Comments (32)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has issued the following initial statement on the murder of a priest in Rouen, France earlier today (my translation). French President Francois Hollande has said that the two assailants "claimed to be from Daesh", also known as the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). 

"It is new, terrible news which unfortunately adds to a series of violent attacks that in recent days have already disturbed us, creating immense pain and concern.

We are following the situation and we await further information to better understand what happened.

The Pope has been informed and participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence, with the most radical...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues New Apostolic Constitution on Women's Contemplative Life

07/22/2016 Comments (13)
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Pope Francis with women religious at the Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square on June 30, 2016.

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The Vatican today published Pope Francis’ new apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative life, Vultum Dei quaerere (Seeking the Face of God).

The document, signed on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29 and released on the new liturgical feast of St. Mary Magdalene, eloquently praises the contemplative vocation and begins by explaining its essential nature, one which offers the world a prophetic sign and is devoted to “exclusively seeking” the face of God.

The apostolic constitution has a chapter devoted to esteem, praise and thanksgiving for contemplative life, and says that women contemplatives in particular have produced “a rich harvest of grace and mercy.”

But the Pope...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sarah: St. Mary Magdalene Helps Us Recover Primacy of God

07/21/2016 Comments (1)

In an article in L’Osservatore Romano to coincide with the new liturgical feast of St. Mary Magdalene on Friday, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the great woman saint reminds us of the need to “recover the primacy of God and the primacy of adoration in the life of the Church and in liturgical celebration.”

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments recalls in a reflection on the preface of the new liturgical feast that Mary Magdalene “was the first to adore” the newly risen Lord, and that He “honored her with the task of being Apostle to the Apostles, so that the good news of new life might reach the ends of the earth.”

For this reason, he...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls President of Nice Region: 'What Can I Do to Help?'

07/18/2016 Comments (4)
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Pope Francis last night telephoned the president of the Nice region in southern France, Christian Estrosi, to express his sorrow over Thursday’s terrorist attack and asking what he could do to help. 

According to the Italian Adnkronos news agency, the Pope called Estrosi, a former mayor of Nice and president of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, at 7p.m. “apologizing because he doesn’t speak French well.”

“The first thing he said to me was ‘What can I do for you?’”, said Estrosi, who was mayor of Nice until mid-June. “He promised that he would soon meet the victims’ families. It was a phone call that gave great comfort and is what’s needed in order to start over.”


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Pope Francis and His Unofficial Spokespeople

07/15/2016 Comments (12)
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Pope Francis and Father Federico Lombardi speaking to reporters on the papal plane to Armenia, June 24, 2016

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Pope Francis raised eyebrows this week by choosing a Protestant theologian, Marcelo Figueroa, to edit a new Argentine edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

From September, Figueroa, who is a personal friend of the Holy Father and former head of Argentina’s Biblical Society, will begin editing the edition that will combine eight pages of exclusive local content with the weekly Spanish-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano.

His appointment follows reportedly increasing opposition to the Pope in his native country.

In an interview with the Argentine newspaper La Nacion last week, Francis denied he had any problems with the country’s new center-right president Mauricio Macri (the Pope recently...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Condemns 'Blind Violence' of Nice Attack

French bishops call on the nation to pray for the victims and their families at Mass this Sunday.

07/15/2016 Comments (4)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, has sent the following message of condolence on behalf of Pope Francis to Archbishop André Marceau of Nice following last night's terrorist attack in the southern French city.

"While France was celebrating its national day, blind violence struck the country in Nice, causing many casualties, including children. Condemning such acts again, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his deep sorrow and his spiritual closeness to the French people. He entrusts God's mercy on those who lost their lives, and shares deeply the pain of bereaved families. He expresses his sympathy to those injured and to all those who contributed to the rescue, asking the Lord...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