John Paul II

Benedict XVI and the Future of the West

A year ago, my subject would probably have struck some as counter-intuitive, implausible, even absurd: why would an octogenarian German theologian with little practical experience of political and economic life

The Enduring Importance of Centesimus Annus

Amidst the excitement of John Paul II’s beatification on May 1, the twentieth anniversary of the late pope’s most important social encyclical Centesimus Annus, got a bit lost. Blessed John

An Open Letter to My Friends in Poland

A son of Poland is now Blessed John Paul II. What is Poland to do now? If a friend might offer a suggestion: the Church in Poland should start looking

The Beatification of John Paul II

Rome — Two hours before the Mass of beatification for John Paul II began on May 1, I looked up from our NBC platform near the Castel Sant’Angelo and saw

A John Paul II Beatification Catechism

1. Has the beatification of John Paul II been a rush job, as some have charged? No one said that the beatification of Mother Teresa was rushed, despite the calumnies

All War, All the Time

Martyrdom has been an integral part of Christian life since the Acts of the Apostles. Yet to many Christian minds, “martyrdom” is imaginatively confined to first-century Christianity — a matter

A Life of Miracles

The otherwise inexplicable cure of a French nun suffering from Parkinson’s Disease was accepted in early January by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and Pope Benedict XVI as

Papal Humor

Despite the world’s fascination with All Things Papal, there isn’t much out there about papal humor. Which is, in a sense, entirely understandable: it takes a certain breadth of imagination,

A Promise To John Paul II

On the evening of December 15, 2004, I had dinner in the papal apartment with John Paul II and several of his aides. Although his health had been deteriorating steadily

The Solidarity Difference

Thirty years ago, on August 31, 1980, an electrician named Lech Walesa signed the Gdansk Accords, ending a two-week-old strike at that Hanseatic city's Lenin Shipyards. Walesa signed with a

Surrounded by Martyrs

CRACOW. A lot has changed over the twenty years I’ve been coming to this beautiful city. The grayness and disrepair that were by-products of communism have been replaced by architectural

What JFK Wrought at Houston

Sandro Magister's “Chiesa” [Church] newsletter (available at http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it) is an indispensable resource for anyone seriously following the major debates within the Catholic Church, the ideas shaping the pontificate of Benedict

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