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Vatican Celebrates Blessed John Paul II and New Saints (2877)

The faithful and Benedict XVI reflect on holiness.

10/23/2011 Comment

ROME—Blessed John Paul II was remembered with celebrations all over Rome on Oct. 22, his first feast day since his May 1 beatification earlier this year.

Among other events in Rome, the day was celebrated with a pilgrimage from one papal basilica to another.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, head priest of St. Peter’s Basilica, started off the pilgrimage in St. Peter’s Square in the early afternoon. It concluded four hours later with a prayer vigil at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Diocese of Rome’s vicar, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, then celebrated Mass.

The blessed’s personal secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisc of Krakow, Poland, celebrated Mass at St. Peter’s earlier in the day with...READ MORE

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Saintly Specialties for Everyday Lives (4731)

Heavenly aid in your time of need.

10/23/2011 Comment
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This originally appeared in our Oct. 23-Nov. 5 print issue.

We go to certain people to ask for a favor or for help in some difficulty.

Same goes for the spiritual side.

All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 should help us realize that we have unlimited help available from scores of saints.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments tells us in its Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy that saints and blesseds are our “intercessors and friends,” and some are “patrons of professions, of particular circumstances, like in childbirth (St. Anne) or death (St. Joseph) or in obtaining specific graces. In other words, some saints have one or more specialties — like St....READ MORE

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The True Hope That Does Not Disappoint: Editorial on Faith in a Secular World (2490)

Oct. 23 issue feature.

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The intense quasi-spiritual reaction to the death of Steve Jobs, who was characterized in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed as “The Secular Prophet,” and the Obama administration’s increasingly bold challenge to the religious freedom of Catholic institutions reflect a powerful current of secularism moving within American culture. In these past weeks, we have witnessed secularism in both beguiling and thuggish forms, reflecting an inner contradiction its supporters would prefer to ignore.

Jobs — baptized Christian and a practicing Buddhist — was no self-professed enemy of religion. But his extraordinary success as an entrepreneur who innovatively wedded function with form in personal...READ MORE

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Italian Politician Promotes Human Dignity (1899)

Rocco Buttiglione decries an emerging post-Christian Europe. Oct. 23 issue feature.

10/23/2011 Comment

Seven years ago, the Italian politician Rocco Buttiglione was forced to withdraw his nomination as the European Union’s new commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security because of his Catholic views on homosexuality and women.

Today he is vice president of Italy’s lower house and patron of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, a Rome-based think tank that aims to support Catholic politicians to speak out in defense of Christian values. The institute’s guiding principle is the truth that man is created in the image and likeness of God.

Buttiglione, a philosophy lecturer and friend of the late Blessed Pope John Paul II, gave this interview from his Rome offices in September.



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Catholic Vision of Frank Capra, Baldichin by Baldichin, Beauty is Objective, and much more! (2548)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/22/2011 Comment

Baldichin By Baldichin. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn more.

Behind Mighty Macs Film: Sisterhood of the Rosary - Joel & Lisa Schmidt, Practicing Catholic

The Mighty Macs is a Rush! - Peggy Bowes, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hug the Cactus - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Catholic Vision of Frank Capra - Maria Elena de las Carreras Kuntz, Crisis Magazine

Baldichin By Baldichin - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

A Good Marriage - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

Beauty Is Objective - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Friar who Led an Army against the Turks - Catholic Herald

Halo Shapes: Round or Triangular? - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

The Next Patriarch of Venice - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Can a Baby be Validly...READ MORE

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Holiness in the Midst of Holocaust (3217)

How Pope John Paul II offered an answer to the horror of the Holocaust. Oct. 23-Nov. 5 issue feature.

10/22/2011 Comments (2)
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Pope John Paul II offered an answer to the horror of the Holocaust.

“Can it still be a surprise to anyone that the Pope born and brought up in this land, the Pope who came to the See of St. Peter from the diocese in whose territory is situated the camp of Oswiecim (Auschwitz), should have begun his first encyclical with the words ‘Redemptor Hominis’ and should have dedicated it as a whole to the cause of man, to the dignity of man, to the threats to him, and finally to his inalienable rights that can so easily be trampled on and annihilated by his fellowmen?”

Pope John Paul II offered this anguished reflection during his 1979 visit to Auschwitz, located about an hour’s drive from...READ MORE

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JP2 Mass Appeal (2194)

Publisher's note for Oct. 9-22 issue in time for John Paul II's first feast day, Oct. 22. John Paul, pray for us!

10/22/2011 Comments (2)

Our series on the new translation of the Missal continues in this issue with a thoughtful expository story on collects and prefaces by Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll.

Providentially, his story falls in the publishing cycle that includes the first celebration of the feast day of Blessed Pope John Paul II (Oct. 22). It doesn’t seem like it has been five and a half months since that incredible weekend in Rome in May when Pope Benedict XVI beatified his immediate predecessor. And so the Church will use for the first time the Collect specifically for Masses of thanksgiving for Blessed John Paul.

We hope you will join us in offering thanks on that day for the gift of Blessed Pope John Paul II...READ MORE

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A Soul in Turmoil (1835)

Saturday Book Pick: Poor Banished Children by Fiorella De Maria

10/22/2011 Comments (3)

With very few exceptions, I have always been suspect of novels published during the last 30 years or so. Poor Banished Children by British novelist Fiorella De Maria is one of the exceptions.

The novel is engaging, compelling and beautifully written. Set in 17th-century Europe and North Africa, a savage and terrifying time and place of Barbary pirates, slavery and widespread murder, Poor Banished Children is the story of Warda, an afflicted soul singularly in search of authentic love.

As an innocent girl compelled by love, Warda wraps herself next to her dead father’s body as he lies in state, an act appalling to the superstitious beliefs of the day.

Shunned by her family, Warda is...READ MORE

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