Vatican to open WWII secret archives of Pope Pius XII

Vatican to open WWII secret archives of Pope Pius XII

Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open its archives on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Confidential files of the pope who led the Church during World War II will be made available next year. “Serious and objective historical research” will be able to evaluate Pius XII’s “hidden but active diplomacy” “in its…
Pope Francis approves canonization of John Henry Newman

Pope Francis approves canonization of John Henry Newman

CNA—Pope Francis Wednesday approved the canonization of Bl. John Henry Newman, a Roman Catholic cardinal, scholar, and founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in England. Following a Feb. 12 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope signed off on a second miracle attributed…
Just Announced: 70th Official Church-recognized Miracle at Lourdes

Just Announced: 70th Official Church-recognized Miracle at Lourdes

CNA — Another miracle was officially recognized at the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, the 70th Lourdes miracle recognized by the Catholic Church. The miracle was officially declared by Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonin of Beauvais, France on Feb. 11, the World Day of the Sick and the feast day of Our Lady…
Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A parishioner remembers his brave pastor

Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A parishioner remembers his brave pastor

Crisis—2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of communism’s collapse in Poland and Eastern Europe. It will also mark 35 years since the murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko. I was safe in California when the communist secret police killed my old vicar in Poland in October 1984. In May 1980, Father “Jurek” Popiełuszko was assigned to our…
Why Archbishop of Algiers calls 19 newly beatified ‘Models for the Church’

Why Archbishop of Algiers calls 19 newly beatified ‘Models for the Church’

CNA—Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers said that Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, are “models for our lives as disciples today and tomorrow.” The Algerian martyrs were beatified Dec. 8 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran. “The beatification of…