John Paul II

Letter #46, 2015: A Japanese Doctor in a Helicopter…

October 21, 2015, Wednesday — A Japanese Doctor in a Helicopter... It seems like the beginning of a bad joke. And, in fact, it is. A very bad joke, in fact... All of Rome this morning was in an uproar about the story that a Japanese doctor based in the United States who works in an [...]

Letter # 8, 2015: Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy

March 13, 2015, Friday — Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy “This is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth!”—Pope Francis, speaking on New Year's Day, 2015, in words which foreshadowed the announcement today of a Jubilee Year of Mercy [...]

Special – John XXII and John Paul II canonization

The images of the two new saints hanging from the balconies of St. Peter’s Basilica (the image of John Paul was a 1989 photo by our photographer Grzegorz Galazka) and an aerial photo of the vast crowd during the April 27 Mass. On April 27 in Rome, the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis [...]

Archbishop Fitzgerald on the Pope’s Friendly Outreach to Muslims

Pope Francis has reached out in a very friendly way to Muslims, calling them “brothers.” He has done so on a number of occasions, including at Aparecida on July 24, when he met a representative of Brazilian Muslims, and on August 11 when, from the Vatican, he extended his greeting to “the Muslims of the entire [...]

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