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To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II

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Rupture by Stealth?

According to a source well-positioned to know, one of the behind-the-scenes dramas of the present pontificate involved Pope Francis’s determination to amend the Catechism of the Catholic Church and declare capital punishment

Ticket to Oblivion?

In the days before Pope Paul VI simplified the rituals surrounding the creation of new cardinals, men who had previously been informed that they had been chosen gathered in Rome;

Aroused Consciences Changing History

Forty-five years ago, the New York Times cast its gimlet eye over the first three days of Pope John Paul II’s return to his Polish homeland. Reading the signs of those times

Invoking John Paul the Great

ROME. Age certainly accelerates one’s sense of the passage of time.  Well do I remember high school classes that felt as long as Würm Glaciation, the minute hand circumambulating the clock’s

John Paul II: the Priority of Culture, and the Contemporary Culture Wars

On November 29th, 2023, George Weigel delivered a lecture titled, “John Paul II: the Priority of Culture, and the Contemporary Culture Wars” at the Angelicum in Rome.

The lecture explored John Paul II’s teaching on the priority of culture in the free and virtuous society of the future, as he outlined in Centesimus Annus.

John Paul II
Knowing Suffering from Inside

Imagine yourself as a twenty-year-old Polish worker living in a dingy apartment in Dębniki, a working-class neighborhood of Kraków, in early 1941. After a brilliant beginning to your university career,

John Paul II and Me (and the Poles)

In the first chapter of Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy quoted an exasperated congressman, John Steven McGroarty, who wrote an irritating constituent in these neatly acerbic terms: “One of the