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Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life.


Priest Murdered in Central African Republic

Church leaders in the Central African Republic have decried the Good Friday murder of a priest by a group of armed men. Father Christ Forman Wilibona, a priest for the Diocese of Bossangoa, was driving to his parish, Saint Kisito Church in Paoua, wh…

Pope Francis criticizes layoffs caused by the economic crisis (Video)

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John’s Paul II’s Doctor: I don’t know how he survived the shooting (Video)

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The Strength of Diplomacy: John Paul II and his meetings with world leaders (Video)

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Presentation of ‘One of Us’ Initiative

European Citizens’ Initiative “One of Us” European Parliament Hearing
Brussels – 10 April 2014
Grégor Puppinck, representative of the ECI
Introduction and conclusion

Introduction- presentation of the ECI One of Us
Today I have the honour of addressing you as a representative of the organising committee…

Postulators reflect on humanity of John Paul II, John XXIII

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2014 / 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The postulators of the canonization causes for both John Paul II and John XXIII told journalists at the Vatican that the soon-to-be-saints also had faults which show their “humanity.”

At the Holy See Press Office April 22, Monsignor Slawomir Oder and Father Giovangiuseppe Califano discussed both the innate signs of holiness as well as the limitations of the pontiffs.

Msgr. Oder recalled that John Paul II “was a man with blood in his veins,” and as such “had no problem in showing his feelings” – sometimes “he was angry, which demonstrated his humanity.”

The Polish priest noted that in one of his trips, Pope John Paul II was told to use a bullet proof vest. However, the pontiff strongly and negatively rejected the move, “because he trusted in another type of protection.”

Fr. Califano indicated that Pope John XXIII, known as the “good” Pope, also had faults and “used to worry too much about things.”

But, he added, the late pontiff also “had a sense of simplicity and wisdom that helped him to be ironic with himself.”

The priest recounted how one day a newly-appointed bishop confessed to John XXIII “that he could not sleep at night due to an anxiety which was caused by the responsibility of his office.”

“The Pope told him, ‘You know, I also thought the same when I was elected Pope. But one day I dreamed about my Guardian Angel and it told me not to take everything so seriously.’”

Both postulators concurred that “all of us have faults, but true holiness is the one in which man responds to the grace of God correcting their mistakes.”

The two also reflected on the saintly characteristics of both men, which they said could be seen from the time both Popes were young.

As a fifteen-year-old seminarian, Angelo Roncalli not only exhibited the qualities of his future episcopal motto – “obedience and peace” – but showed his deep humility and paternal care for others, Fr. Califano said.

University friends of Karol Woytyla were struck by the future saint’s prayer habits and profound understanding of the value of human life, Msgr. Oder added.

Canada’s Bishops Give Overview of Global Concerns to Prime Minister

Here is a message sent last Thursday to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper by the president of Canada’s bishops, regarding various issues of local and global importance. * * *
Dear Prime Minister, 
The following reflections are being written during the week that Jews around the world are celebrating Passo…

UN’s Rapporteur on Torture Called to Investigate Cases of Children Born Alive After Late Abortions

In an “urgent appeal”, the European Centre for Law and Justice has called the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to investigate on children born alive after late abortion, and on methods of late abortion, especially in the United-Kingdom and Canada: in Canada, between 2000 and 2011, 622 babies born alive after an abo…

Rome Prayer Vigils Organised on Eve of Canonization

The Vicariate of Rome is organising a number of liturgical events on the eve of Sunday’s canonisation.  At 5pm, in the basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, there will be an evening of vespers and a vigil Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Up until compline at 8.30p…

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