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Benedict XVI: I Knew During His Life That John Paul II Was a Saint (6935)

In a new interview with a Spanish newspaper, the pope emeritus cited John Paul II’s ‘courage for truth’ as ‘a primary measure of holiness.’

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ROME — In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that his predecessor’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life.

“In the years in which I collaborated with him, it was ever clearer to me that John Paul II was a saint,” said Benedict XVI during an interview with Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch, which was published April 20 in the Spanish newspaper La Razon.

“Naturally, his intense relationship with God, being immersed in communion with the Lord, needs to be taken into account, above all,” the pope emeritus said of his predecessor.

Benedict XVI, who served under Pope John Paul II as prefect of...READ MORE

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The UK Offering the Way Forward Out of the Vocations Crisis, Catholic Radio Returns to LA and More! (2330)

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04/23/2014 Comment

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Shakespeare at 450: Slaying the Anti-Catholic Dragons (5402)

COMMENTARY: The considerable evidence for the Bard’s Catholicism is rooted in the solid facts of his life and in the theological, philosophical and moral truths to be found in his work.

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Today is St. George’s Day. It is also Shakespeare’s birthday, and, believe it or not, it is the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday, it is also singularly appropriate that England’s greatest poet should have been born and should have died on the feast day of her patron saint.

On such a prestigious anniversary, it would do us well to remind ourselves of the enduring stature of the Bard of Avon.

Arguably the three greatest writers of Western civilization are Homer, Dante and Shakespeare. Of the first of these, very little is known. Homer, it seems, has disappeared amid the murk and mists of history. So great and...READ MORE

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Postulators Reflect on Humanity of John Paul II, John XXIII (2477)

The soon-to-be-canonized popes were not without human limitations, but both displayed saintly characteristics that were evident from a young age.

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Father Giovangiuseppe Califano (l) and Msgr. Slawomir Oder (r) with Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi at the Holy See Press Office on April 22.

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VATICAN CITY — The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that the soon-to-be-saints also had faults that show their “humanity.”

At the Holy See Press Office April 22, Msgr. Slawomir Oder and Father Giovangiuseppe Califano discussed both the innate signs of holiness as well as the limitations of the popes.

Msgr. Oder recalled that John Paul II “was a man with blood in his veins,” and as such “had no problem in showing his feelings” — sometimes “he was angry, which demonstrated his humanity.”

The Polish priest noted that, in one of his trips, Pope John Paul II was told to use a bulletproof vest. However, the pope...READ MORE

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Arizona Law Allows Unannounced Inspections at Abortion Centers (2774)

The new law removes special rules for abortion facilities that exempted them from the health-and-safety requirements imposed on other medical providers.

04/23/2014 Comments (6)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that ended special health-inspection rules for abortion facilities, an action proponents say will help prevent dangerous conditions that women do not face at other regulated medical providers.

“This law ensures abortion clinics are subject to the same inspection standards as all other medical facilities in the state,” said Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, which helped write the law.

“Abortion-clinic inspections matter, and it is unconscionable that they would be exempt from commonsense health-and-safety standards,” she said.

Herrod added Brewer’s signing of the bill into law was “another tremendous...READ MORE

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Remembering a Family Friend: Father Karol Wojtyla (6070)

Wanda Poltawska’s daughter recounts their special relationship with St. John Paul II.

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Father Karol Wojtyla (c) at Catherine Poltawska’s first Communion on June 21, 1959. Her mother, Wanda, is on the far left, younger sister Ania is beside Father Wojtyła, and Andrzej Poltawski is at the right with his mother.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated since the story went to press in the print edition.

ROANOKE, Va. — At the time of his death in 2005, St. John Paul II had no close blood relatives, yet the vast crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the time of his funeral revealed that this spiritual father had touched the lives of countless people across the globe.

Ania Dadak was among the mourners at the funeral Mass conducted by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and she was to return to St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of the Church’s first Polish pope on April 27. While the faithful knew John Paul II as a spiritual shepherd who spoke out against a “culture of death” and advanced the...READ MORE

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Pope Gives Easter Treats to Hospitalized Children (2063)

The Holy Father sent chocolate eggs during Holy Week to the children in the oncology unit at Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital.

04/22/2014 Comment

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ROME -- Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with cancer.

According to hospital officials, a van from the Vatican filled with chocolate eggs arrived at the facility during Holy Week, and the eggs were given to the children in the oncology unit.

The Bambino Gesu Hospital, known as “the Pope's Hospital,” was founded in 1869 and is the oldest pediatric hospital in Italy.

Families in Italy traditionally give chocolate eggs to their children during Easter. The eggs are often elaborately decorated and specially packaged at bakeries and candy shops.

Pope Francis met with children at the hospital during a Christmas...READ MORE

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Strength and Solidarity at the 118th Boston Marathon (2481)

Last year’s tragedy provides motivation for some of the 36,000 participants in the world’s oldest annual marathon.

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Timothy Vafides competes in the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21.

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BOSTON — Laurie Kearney, 47, of San Diego had already planned to run in the Boston Marathon for the 19th time before the terrorist bombs exploded a year ago — abruptly ending the iconic event with bloodshed, death and terror.

However, she said the attack motivated some of her San Diego friends to qualify for this year’s marathon “as a show of strength and support that the bad guys weren’t going to take away this race.”

Indeed, on a warm and sunny Easter Monday, the 118th Boston Marathon was held as scheduled, in part through the endurance of some 36,000 participants, the legions who cheered them on and law enforcement, medical personnel and volunteers who worked to ensure a safe day.


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