John Paul II

John Paul II, Youth Minister

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyła had a well developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the

Courage in the Slough of Despond

I never took a class from the historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook—“History is an antidote for despair”—has stuck with

Saving Synod-2018 from Itself

Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working document,” for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held

Full-Immersion Catholicism

As this Catholic annus horribilis continues to unfold, perhaps some good news is in order; first, a little background. In late 1991, Italy’s Rocco Buttiglione and America’s Michael Novak had an idea: create

WYD-1993: The Turning Point

On this twenty-fifth anniversary of World Youth Day in Denver, I can’t help sharing one of my favorite personal memories of John Paul II. It was December 15, 2004, and

A Pastor in Full

Almost a quarter-century ago, Fr. Jay Scott Newman, back in Rome to finish a graduate degree after his priestly ordination in Charleston, took me on an extended ramble around the

Acts and Us

The Church’s custom of reading virtually all of the Acts of the Apostles at daily Mass during the Easter season struck me as particularly apt this year, and for three

INTERVIEW: God & I: George Weigel

The following interview with EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel was conducted by Fr. Mario Conte and ran in The Messenger of Saint Anthony, a magazine published by the Conventual Franciscan friars of

The Holy See, China, and Evangelization

In a recent interview, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, suggested that certain critics of a deal between the Vatican and the People’s Republic of China

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