How a Catholic pastor saved hundreds of his Jewish neighbors in the Warsaw Ghetto

How a Catholic pastor saved hundreds of his Jewish neighbors in the Warsaw Ghetto

CNA—All Saints Church in Warsaw is an imposing edifice. Its soaring twin bell towers were inspired by a Renaissance abbey in Italy. In 2017, it became the first building in Poland to be designated a “House of Life.” The title was awarded by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, named after the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of…

NEW FILM:  ‘A Hidden Life’ brings story of Bl. Franz Jaggerstatter and his wife to the big screen

NEW FILM: ‘A Hidden Life’ brings story of Bl. Franz Jaggerstatter and his wife to the big screen

CNA—A new film opening this weekend tells the story of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, whose refusal to fight for the Nazis in World War II led to his imprisonment and death. Franz was beatified by the Catholic Church in Austria in 2007. His wife, Franziska, was present at the beatification. She died in 2013 at the…

Medicine, Religion, Ethics, Professionalism : Seton Hall Seminarian Andrew DeSilva Reflects on Ethics Fellowship at Auschwitz

Medicine, Religion, Ethics, Professionalism : Seton Hall Seminarian Andrew DeSilva Reflects on Ethics Fellowship at Auschwitz

During the 2019 Days of Holocaust Remembrance, Deacon Andrew J. De Silva, a seminarian who completed his fourth-year of theology studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, reflected on his Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). The two-week program challenges its participants to reflect on the role of…

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…