Pandemic delays beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

Pandemic delays beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

CNA—The beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former Primate of Poland who heroically resisted Communism, has been postponed because of the coronavirus. Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz said April 28 that the beatification would no longer take place as planned in Warsaw’s Piłsudski Square on June 7. “A pandemic threatening the health and life of people makes…
The Seductions of Socialism: The Church’s consistent response through the ages

The Seductions of Socialism: The Church’s consistent response through the ages

Materialism, fantasy and false worship were the temptations Satan thrust at Christ, and he is tempting our nation the same way. These seductions are a formula for Socialism, which Winston Churchill in 1948 defined as “The philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”    A poorly educated generation succumbs to adolescent…
Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

The Polish Bishops’ Conference has asked Pope Francis to name St. John Paul II a patron of Europe and doctor of the Church. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish Bishops Conference, sent the request to the pope on Oct. 22 – the feast day of John Paul II. “The pontificate of the…
9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

CNA—As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. “I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday.…
Archbishop Chaput: Catholics need faith and reason, not a new paradigm

Archbishop Chaput: Catholics need faith and reason, not a new paradigm

CNA—St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) will mark its 21st anniversary this year, on Sept. 14.  Last year, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reflected on this encyclical in his essay “Believe that you may Understand” that appeared in the March 2018 issue of First Things. It is worth revisiting this…
Freedom, Law and the Pursuit of Holiness

Freedom, Law and the Pursuit of Holiness

—Homily Given on the Occasion of the Annual Red Mass for the Diocese of Dallas, Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, October 13, 2018 -28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year “B”— Introduction Your Excellency Bishop Burns, Your Excellency Bishop Kelly, my brother priests, dear deacons, brothers and sisters in Christ: it is a…
Archbishop of Denver Talks about Evangelizing Youth

Archbishop of Denver Talks about Evangelizing Youth

About 200 people flocked to St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Dublin, CA, this week to hear the Archbishop of Denver, Samuel J. Aquila, speak about how a strong lay apostolate movement was built in Denver (full transcript here). The evening was made possible by Catholics at Work, a faith-based organization that brings inspiring speakers to…
A Sobering Look at the Muslim Expansion: Evangelization in Context

A Sobering Look at the Muslim Expansion: Evangelization in Context

 October 7, 1571, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Feast date was so named for the powerful role of the Rosary in winning the Battle of Lepanto; a victory that literally turned around the unrelenting tide of ongoing Islamic invasion and conquering of Christian Europe at the time. (Remember, today’s city of…
Demonstrations in Iran:  The Information Wants to Be Free

Demonstrations in Iran: The Information Wants to Be Free

The ongoing demonstrations in Iran, touched off by public outrage at what is believed to be fraudulent vote counting in the recent Presidential election, has completed its sixth day. Not since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 has there been this much sustained, grass roots political protest in what is one of the world’s most closed…
Totus Tuus: Pope Benedict XVI Remembers John Paul II

Totus Tuus: Pope Benedict XVI Remembers John Paul II

VATICAN CITY  (Zenit.org)— Below is a translation of the homily delivered by Pope Benedict XVI on April 2, at the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, to mark the fourth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death. * * * [Translation from Italian:] Dear Brothers and Sisters! Four years ago, exactly today [April 2], my beloved…
Christ Inspired, Secular Challenged

Christ Inspired, Secular Challenged

Do you find it challenging to live a balanced Christian life that unites faith, family and work?  Does your Christ-inspired faith sometimes get deflated throughout the course of everyday life?  Many of us feel overwhelmed by the obstacles we face from an increasingly agnostic media, religious-indifferent work environments, and declining family-focused values. This constant battle…