New Light on Pius XII Cause?

05/11/2011 Comments (79)
CNS photo/courtesy of Knights of Columbus

Pope Pius XII talks with Count Enrico Galeazzi, the director of the Knights of Columbus in Rome, in this undated photo in an exhibit at the Capitoline Museum in Rome on the activities of the Knights of Columbus in the eternal city.

– CNS photo/courtesy of Knights of Columbus

I will be posting an interview this weekend with the archeologist at St. Peter’s Basilica necropolis, Pietro Zander. He was at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn., last week for the opening of an exhibit of Marian images from the Vatican.

Zander graciously gave me a personal tour through the exhibit and explained the significance of some of the paintings. He also talked a bit about his role in the beatification ceremonies for Blessed John Paul II a few days earlier.

Translating for us was Count Enrico Demajo, who heads the Knights of Columbus office in Rome. Count Demajo’s uncle was Count Enrico Galeazzi, an architect who was both the Knights’ representative in Rome and...READ MORE

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A Resurrection, of Sorts, for Iraqi Christian Refugees

A Christian couple brings new life to America, and pro-lifers celebrate with them.

04/23/2011 Comments (4)
2009 CNS photo/Khalid al-Mousuly, Reuters

A masked policeman mans a machine gun atop an armored vehicle outside a Christian church in Mosul, Iraq. The city imposed a curfew on vehicles in Christian neighborhoods in July 2009 in response to a series of bomb attacks targeting churches in Mosul and Baghdad, police said.

– 2009 CNS photo/Khalid al-Mousuly, Reuters

Paulos and Maryam are refugees from Iraq. They came to the United States six months ago, after spending a year and a half in Turkey as asylum-seekers under a U.N. program.

They are part of the flood of Christians who have left countries like Iraq in the face of Islamist persecution. And countries like Iraq, which were once proud Christian lands, are seeing the ancient Christian communities disappear.

I am using pseudonyms in referring to them because they — and their family members back home — are not out of danger.

And what does that danger look like? We’ve seen plenty of it on the news — and continue to, unfortunately. Some of the worst happened in Baghdad last October, and Paulos...READ MORE

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John Paul and You: Tell Us

03/25/2011 Comments (27)
CNS photo by Michael Okoniewski

Pope John Paul II kisses Angelina Tsukas-Spiera, 1, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix in 1987.

– CNS photo by Michael Okoniewski

Pope John Paul II will be beatified in little more than a month. Millions will descend on Rome to witness the historic beatification, led by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square. Millions more will watch the ceremony on EWTN and other television stations around the world.

It’s rare these days that a person is beatified so soon after death, though John Paul himself made an exception for another high-profile servant of God, waiving the rule for Mother Teresa of Calcutta that five years pass after her death before the beatification process could begin.

There is much to say about Karol Wojtyla, the Polish priest who became John Paul II in 1978 and led the Church into the Third Millennium....READ MORE

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Bernard Nathanson: ‘Profoundly Catholic’ in Approach to Life

The priest who will preach at the pro-life leader’s funeral describes Communion calls to his home.

02/23/2011 Comments (1)

I just updated our obituary of abortionist-turned-pro-life leader Dr. Bernard Nathanson, which Stephen Vincent reported for us. When we broke the story on Monday, it was way too early to report on funeral arrangements.

But Father Gerald Murray, who anointed Dr. Nathanson as he lay dying in New York last week, just told me that the funeral will be held at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral next Monday, Feb. 28, at 10am.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be the principal celebrant of the Mass, but Father Murray, a former judge on the tribunal in the archdiocese and now a pastor in Manhattan will preach.


Father Murray explained to me that Dr. Nathanson’s family had asked Archbishop Dolan...READ MORE

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Archbishop Hilarion on Christian Unity

‘We should not pretend we are close to solving this problem’

02/07/2011 Comments (15)
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Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk during an interview at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y.

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There’s been encouraging — sometimes tantalizing — news in recent years about the growing potential for Catholic-Orthodox unification. Pope Benedict XVI is said to be viewed more favorably by the Orthodox than his predecessor. The Catholic Archbishop of Moscow exclaimed in 2009 that unity with the Orthodox could be achieved “within months.” And the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation issued a document last October that envisions practical steps each Church can begin taking to begin the process of reunification.

But Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev is a lot more cautious about any predictions of imminent unity between East and West. Archbishop Hilarion...READ MORE

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The Hope of Guadalupe

01/24/2011 Comments (6)
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– 2008 CNS photo

The Spanish missionaries who hoped to convert the Indians of the New World may have been discouraged that their efforts were not bearing fruit.

But everything changed with the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531, and a culture of death was supplanted by a Christian society.

Likewise, the pro-life movement has seemingly seen little progress in the 40 years or more of trying to overturn laws that permit abortion. Abortions are up, and places like New York City, with its 41% abortion rate, rival the land of the Aztecs, where infants were sacrificed to appease angry gods.

But, Bishop William Lori said this morning, for the first time since the Roe v. Wade decision 38 years ago,...READ MORE

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A New Cardinal for Egypt

10/20/2010 Comments (6)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Coptic Patriarch Antonios Naguib of Alexandria, Egypt, is seen during a session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East at the Vatican Oct. 14. Patriarch Naguib was one of 24 new cardinals named Oct. 20 by Pope Benedict XVI.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

For many Catholics in the West, “Coptic” and “cryptic” might as well mean the same thing.

But Pope Benedict XVI has just named 24 new cardinals, and one of them is Coptic, so this is a good time for many Latin Catholics to learn a bit more about Copts.

Patriarch Antonios Naguib of Alexandria, Egypt, is one of the two dozen priests who will be created cardinal in the consistory on Nov. 20. He also happens to be one of the leaders of the Synod of Bishops that has been meeting since Oct. 10 at the Vatican considering the special challenges Christians face in the Middle East. That synod wraps up its work this Sunday.

For me, the Pope’s announcement was timely because I recently received a...READ MORE

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Cardinal Arinze on the Right Approach to Protecting Human Life

10/13/2010 Comments (3)

We don’t have a resident cardinal in Connecticut, where the Register is based. So it was a very special event last night at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., when Cardinal Francis Arinze delivered a lecture “In Defense of Human Life.”

Cardinal Arinze, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship, spoke in Holy Apostles’ recently dedicated, beautiful new campus chapel, still pungent with the sweet odor of freshly cut lumber.

The college’s Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center is revitalizing a lecture series after a hiatus of several years, and they could hardly have gotten a more eminent speaker to restart it.

In addition, John Haas, president of the...READ MORE

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John Burger came to the Register in 2001 as a staff writer after working as a reporter for Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a master's degree in English from Iowa State University and has taught in China and France.