Righteous Judgment: On the Death of Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court justices and family members listen to prayers near the casket of Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court in Washington February 19 (CNS photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Reuters) A brilliant jurist, he manifested the distinctively Catholic habit of self-criticism, born of humility… The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 [...]

Benny Lai

The late Benny Lai. Benny Lai, the dean of the journalists accredited to the Holy See, a prolific essayist and author, died in Rome on December 12 at the age of 88. He had been covering Holy See affairs for more than 60 years, since the early 1950s. Lai had been sick for some [...]

Death: Will It Be Followed By Eternal Life?

  Pat Morse and Pope John Paul II “The level of commitment required is determined by the value of the prize we seek.” —George “Pat” Morse, on the effort needed to prepare for death. From the moment of our birth, we are moving inexorably toward the most important event in our lives: our “Death.” [...]

The Birth of Italian Renaissance Art

A man for whom faith and family were not just important, but everything: such a man was George “Pat” Morse, who died on June 19 at the age of 96. He was for many years the associate editor of this magazine and author of a “Reflections” column that was widely read and influential. I have three [...]

Polish Primate Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83

Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, primate of the Catholic Church in Poland, during the final years of Communism and during the restoration of democracy. Retired Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, who served as Primate of the Catholic Church in Poland during the final years of Communism and during the restoration of democracy, died January [...]

The Late Gregor Volken

“Acriter et fideliter.” With courage and faithfulness. This is the ancient motto of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, and the words well describe the life and character of the late Gregor Volken, vice-commandant of the corps, who served four Popes for 38 years and two months, making his one of the longest services in the history of [...]

Benedict XVI’s Confessor, Polish Franciscan Mariusz Paczóski, Dies

Some years ago, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal confessor was no longer available, as he had to leave Italy; then the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith showed the desire to have a new confessor from the Franciscan Conventual Friars, who are the official confessors at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. [...]

Cardinal Ignace Daoud, Former Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Dies at 81

Blessed John Paul II creates Ignace Moussa I Daoud a cardinal in the consistory of February 21, 2001(Galazka photo). Cardinal Daoud. Mourning the death of Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, who died April 7 in a Rome hospital, Pope Benedict XVI also prayed for the people of the Middle East “living through difficult [...]

Pope Offers Condolences on Death of Patriarch Shenouda III of Alexandria

Pope Shenouda III of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Praising the ecumenical commitment of the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shen­ouda III of Alexandria, Egypt, Pope Benedict XVI on March 18 offered his condolences to Orthodox Christians in Egypt on the death of their patriarch. Pope Shenouda, who served as patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church [...]