Tag Archives: JPII

Benedict XVI on Music, Liturgy, John Paul II

Our pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, gave a speech yesterday at Castelgandolfo (the papal summer residence), where he received doctorates honoris causa from two Polish universities. Even though he has gone on record saying that he would not write any more theological … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Fatima

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. I share with you a homily that I gave at a high school in my diocese at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, a … Continue reading

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Over, But…

The month of May, specially dedicated to Our Lady, may have concluded a few days ago, but read what Pope Saint John Paul II had to say about that, back in 1979: The month of May cannot end; it must … Continue reading

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Thirty Three Years

Thirty-three years ago, today… …the Turkish assassin Mehmet Ali Agca shot Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. Thanks to the protection of Our Lady of Fatima, the holy pope survived that attempt – the doctors considered that in … Continue reading

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Two Pope Saints

In the lead-up to next Sunday’s canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, be sure to check out the official site for the canonization, 2papisanti.org. (The URL is in Italian, but it will load the English page.) In fact, I … Continue reading

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Ninth Anniversary

Nine years ago today, at 9:37pm Rome time, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II went to the Father’s house. Twenty five days from now he will be declared a saint. Blessed – soon Saint – Pope John Paul II, … Continue reading

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Nice Place for Prayer

Here is a view from my visit to the Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo last weekend. The guide said that Pope John Paul II liked to pray in this spot. More information on visiting the gardens.

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Indissolubility, Family, and Truth

Continuing in my series on the Church’s teaching concerning the indissolubility of the marriage bond, here is a passage from an Apostolic Exhortation that Pope John Paul II addressed to the Church in Europe – though obviously it speaks of … Continue reading

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Educators in Prayer

PARENTS: EDUCATORS IN PRAYER By reason of their dignity and mission, Christian parents have the specific responsibility of educating their children in prayer, introducing them to a gradual discovery of the mystery of God and to a personal dialogue with … Continue reading

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The Indissolubility of Marriage

* * * Pope John Paul II: It is a fundamental duty of the Church to reaffirm strongly… the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage. To all those who, in our times, consider it too difficult, or indeed impossible, to … Continue reading

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Cyril and Methodius

Today is the feast day of the brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius, the great Apostles to the Slavic peoples. I will let you go here to read a more complete (short) biography of these great saints, so beloved in the … Continue reading

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Concelebration in Multiple Languages?

What happens when a bunch of priests from different places are together, and there is a concelebrated Mass? Can they all just say the various parts of the Eucharistic Prayer in their own individual languages? The answer is: NO, there … Continue reading

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