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Pope John Paul II delivers his blessing as he enters St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Jan. 1, 2005. - Andrew Medichini, STF. As my impromptu Lenten series draws to a close and we come to the doorstep of the three holy days marking the Last Supper, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, ...
Pope John Paul II visited Ireland when Catholicism was at the height of its power over the Emerald Isle. How different a challenge Pope Francis will face when he visits in the summer of 2018. Pope Francis will visit an utterly changed Ireland to that which greeted John Paul II in September 1979. For starters ...

After St. John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, the huge crowd at his funeral chanted “Santo Subito!” for the well-traveled, much-beloved pope. Long before Pope Francis earned the nickname, St. John Paul II was known as “the people's pope.” St. John Paul II recognized the value of modern travel and mass ...
Saint John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy in Salem could not be more thrilled. The shrine, which was recently converted from a Polish parish, is welcoming Cardinal Sean O'Malley to an April 8 Mass, along with a relic of Saint John Paul II, who was pope from 1978 to 2005, said Bishop Mark O'Connell, the ...
I attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome and experienced first hand the deep love of this man by thousands present from all over the world. History will remember him as spiritual guardian of the sanctity of life and great moral leader and teacher of the salvific power of faith. I was especially ...
As our celebration of Easter Sunday approaches, it is beneficial to reflect upon every Sunday as a weekly Easter, as St. John Paul II reminded us in his Apostolic Letter of 1998, known by the first words: “Dies Domini.” In today's culture, how do we stop the whirl of activity and busyness that is the rhythm of ...

In Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, Baltimore-born papal biographer George Weigel reflects in a highly personal way on the 15 years he devoted to chronicling the life and times and impact of John Paul II in Witness to Hope (1999) and The End and the Beginning (2010).
Did the Vatican really understand the communist mindset, and the strengths and weaknesses of communist rule? And while the Polish St. John Paul II unquestionably did, it's open to question whether this can be said of Francis. However this is argued, Rome has some powerful assets to deploy in pursuit of ...
The Papal Conclave of October 1978 – triggered by the sudden death of Pope John Paul – saw then-Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, elected as the new Pontiff. Cardinal Wojtyla accepted his election and took the pontifical name of John Paul II. Pope John Paul II, or Saint John Paul the Great, ...
upper providence >> More than 300 students from Pope John Paul II High School Studio 38, the largest extracurricular activity on campus, take the spotlight March 9-11 and March 16-17 with “Footloose.” The musical is the 1998 stage adaptation of the 1984 film. The Broadway version ran more than 700 ...
ROYERSFORD >> More than 300 students from Pope John Paul II High School Studio 38, the largest extracurricular activity on campus, take the spotlight March 9 to 11 and March 16 and 17 with “Footloose.” The musical is the 1998 stage adaptation of the 1984 film. The Broadway version ran more than ...
According to a recent YouTube video of a homily preached by Msgr. Mauro Longhi, an Opus Dei priest and former official in the Congregation for Clergy, Pope St. John Paul II was a true mystic who dialogued with Jesus and Mary and even had prophetic visions of the future. Msgr. Longhi accompanied ...
A statue of St. John Paul II will be removed from public land in a small French city, after a 2017 court order ruled its cross must be removed. The statue, nearly 25 feet tall, portrays Pope Saint John Paul II praying beneath an arch adorned with a cross. Its Russian sculptor had given the statue to the town, and ...
An 18-year-old Pope John Paul II Catholic High School student was arrested Wednesday (Feb. 28) after authorities say he wrapped duct tape around a plastic bottle as a "prank," turning a lockdown drill into a real lockdown. Austin Lang was arrested on a charge of interfering with the educational ... student School
Saint Vincent College on March 21 will host a lecture on Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan. Paul Kengor, a professor at Grove City College, will present on his book: “A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.” The free event ... student School
The archdiocese is hoping that the John Paul II relic will draw people to the Shrine of Divine Mercy, which celebrates Masses and hears confessions in English and Polish. The relic, along with a relic of Kowalska that is already at the shrine, will be available for daily adoration, according to church officials. student School
They've come across the pond from Mexico to Rome to perform “The Goldsmith's Workshop,” a play written by John Paul II before being ordained a priest. The work involves the family and love. GERMAN GASTELUM Director, “The Goldsmith's Workshop” “That's exactly why we came, to perform the work, ... student School

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford has announced two lead administrators for the newly formed Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Aurora. Sister Ann Brummel, O.P. has been hired as the first head of school for the Academy and Karen Behrns will be the academy's first principal. Sister Ann Brummel ... student School
“I'm not really into that, to be honest with you,” said Harrison, the coach of the St. John Paul II boys basketball team and father of the school's only 1,000-point scorer, his son Devan. “The individual stuff is nice, and it's big for kids getting that, but I don't think that's why you play team sports.” Last Friday night ... student School
"I think there are evangelicals in the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox churches," he said. Did that, to name a name, mean that Pope John Paul II could be called an "evangelical." Graham laughed and said that he thought so and that the two men had discussed that. I said: #SAYWHAT or ... student School
Originally started by JPII Alumnus Amelia Ehmling, One Pretty Dress is an annual nonprofit event that provides free prom dresses to girls who would not otherwise be able to attend prom. The mission of the organization is simple: to put smiles and gorgeous dresses on every girl that walks through the door. student School
Holy Martyrs Parish, located at 120 Allison Road in Oreland, will offer a “First Saturday Morning of Recollection” on Feb. 3. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 am, followed by a holy hour. At the close of the holy hour, Dr. Denise D'Attore, headmistress of Regina Luminis Academy in Berwyn, will offer a ... student School
There's an old sporting adage that notes, “It's not the size of the dog in the fight... it's the size of the fight in the dog.” It's a saying that St. John Paul II hockey player Billy Dwyer was once told, and it follows him out onto the ice each time he laces up his skates and grabs his stick. “One of my lacrosse coaches ... student School
Mark McGwire, who was raised Catholic, kisses the ring of Pope John Paul II before a youth rally at the Kiel Center in St. Louis on Jan. 26, 1999. During his address, the pope referred to McGwire, who set a major-league record with 70 home runs the previous season. (AP Photo/ Amy Sancetta). student School
It was St. John Paul II's manifesto for how Church would usher in the third millennium once the year 2000 rolled around – “Y2K” as we used to call it. No doubt, if you're my age at least, you'll definitely remember that, and you'll remember secretly freaking out about the possibility of civilization's collapse as ... student School
To mark The Register's 125th year, we are digging into our archive to re-publish interesting stories from the pages of our past. As Pope Francis winds up his visit to Chile and Peru, we take a look back at another papal visit — the first one ever to Canada. Here is an excerpt from The Register article on Pope ... student School
In an appearance at Pope John Paul II High School Wednesday that appeared to be a little bit of both, Speaker Turzai praised his fellow state representatives who appeared alongside him so far away from the western part of the state he represents and promoted an expansion of education tax credits. student School
Three St. John Paul II Regional Catholic School students have been accepted into the honors program at Xavier High School in Middletown for the 2018-2019 school year. “Samuel Simko, Brody Santagata and Duane James have excelled in JPII's rigorous academic program and look forward to a ... student School
Pope John Paul II statue unveiled in French Quarter. A new statue of Pope John Paul II is up in the French Quarter, standing 6 feet tall in front of the very Cathedral wh... Posted: Jan. 9, 2018 11:13 AM. Updated: Jan. 9, 2018 3:28 PM. A new statue of Pope John Paul II is up in the French Quarter, standing 6 feet tall in front of ... student School
St. John Paul II Academy students (from left) Anthony Pecoraro, Cristina Wayt, Francesca Bastos, Ian Carr, David Curlee, Roman Desmond, Trace Nichols, Fabrice Blanchet and (in the truck) Peter Verna helped ship out 200 Christmas presents for the school's annual Back to Basics Christmas Angel ... student School
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new statue of Pope John Paul II stands in New Orleans' French Quarter, in front of the cathedral where he celebrated Mass in 1987. Pope John Paul II is the only sitting pope to walk New Orleans' streets. The Archdiocese of New Orleans donated the statue for the city's tricentennial. student School
In a video produced by the archdiocese, Cardinal Sean O'Malley said he will be giving the shrine a reliquary containing the blood of Pope John Paul II, who served as pontiff from 1978 to 2005. “Shrines in the lives of Catholics are very important institutions,” O'Malley said in the video. “People go in huge ... student School
NEW ORLEANS — A new statue of Pope John Paul II is up in the French Quarter, standing 6 feet tall in front of the very Cathedral where he officiated Mass in 1987. The Archdiocese of New Orleans donated the statue for the city's yearlong Tricentennial celebration. It's located in front of St. Louis Cathedral. student School
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new statue of Pope John Paul II stands in New Orleans' French Quarter, in front of the cathedral where he celebrated Mass in 1987. . Pope John Paul II is the only sitting pope to walk New Orleans' streets. The Archdiocese of New Orleans donated the statue for the city's ... student School
In a video produced by the archdiocese, Cardinal Sean O'Malley said he will be giving the shrine a reliquary containing the blood of Pope John Paul II, who served as pontiff from 1978 to 2005. “Shrines in the lives of Catholics are very important institutions,” O'Malley said in the video. “People go in huge ... student School
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A new statue of Pope John Paul II stands in New Orleans' French Quarter, in front of the cathedral where he celebrated Mass in 1987. Pope John Paul II is the only sitting pope to walk New Orleans' streets. The Archdiocese of New Orleans donated the statue for the city's tricentennial ... student School
Ken Yuszkus/Staff photoFather Robert Bedzinski stands by the church altar at the St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy, which was opened by the ... In a video produced by the archdiocese, Cardinal Sean O'Malley said he will be giving the shrine a reliquary containing the blood of Pope John Paul II, who ... student School
On a sweltering day in September 1987, Pope John Paul II made history as the only sitting pope to walk the streets of New Orleans, inspiring what many would later describe as a spiritual reawakening and a renewed sense of volunteerism among many of those who saw him. More than 30 years later, on ... student School
It is a newly-commissioned marble statue of St. Pope John Paul II, which will be officially unveiled Sunday outside of the cathedral. The statue was designed to both commemorate the pope's 1987 visit to the city and honor New Orleans' 300th birthday. It took a huge crane and a work crew to move the statue ... student School
Holy Family Sunday, the last Sunday of the year, honors Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the holiest family that ever was or will be. It's the perfect time to start strengthening every family by imitating them. The Fatima seers knew it. At Fatima 100 years ago, “God chose to conclude the Message in Fatima, in October ... student School
It was his friend Stefan Wyszynski, archbishop of Warsaw. Now, Pope Francis has officially recognized Wyszynski's demonstration of “heroic virtues.” It's the first important step in the canonization process. Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski participated in the two conclaves in 1978 and helped elect John Paul II. student School
In 2002, Pope St. John Paul II did something quite rare in history: he restored a previously-removed saint to the Universal Roman Calendar. The saint whose suppression was reversed by John Paul is St. Catherine of Alexandria. Why the Catherine cult (that's “cult” as in religious devotion, not “cult” as in ... student School
Pope St. John Paul II's biographer, George Weigel, is well known for having written two seminal works on the late pontiff, but in a new book, he offers the reader something more: a behind-the-scenes, more-intimate portrait of the canonized Polish pope. In Lessons in Hope, Weigel recounts his conversations ... student School
In his new book, Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, author George Weigel writes that Pope John Paul II once noted wistfully that the first biographers who attempted to tell the story of his life “try to understand me from the outside, but I can only be understood from inside.”. student School
5 to find: Names, including Garth Brooks and Pope John Paul II, in Joe Dial's new book. By Jimmie Tramel Tulsa World ... Pope John Paul II addresses pilgrims and faithful from the window of his summer residence Castel Gandolfo neawr Rome, Italy, August 2, 1987. Pole vaulter Joe Dial of Marlow wrote in ... student School
All Christians are to identify with Christ in His sufferings on our behalf. This is quite biblical. A statement made by a bishop about Pope St. John Paul II is being seized upon as an alleged proof that popes think they are God, and that Catholics agree with such blasphemous nonsense. It was published in ... student School
What are the odds that on one Sunday I would come across the same exact phrase used by two men more than half a century apart? One man was Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr; the other was Pope St. John Paul II. This is the phrase: “Different human cultures are complementary.” I first found it ... student School
EIGHTH GRADE: Gabriella Angelini, Gabriella; Bargender, Grant; Dismuke, Jamari; Edwards, Carly; Garcia, Yaritza; Greulich, Elisabeth; Hanstedt, Elizabeth; Hokanson, Ryan; Kutsch, Erin; Peterson, Finnian, and Shawhan, Ethan. SEVENTH GRADE: Bargender, Rose; Gomez, Jennifer; Gordon, Emma; ... student School
In his three years as head coach at St. John Paul II, coach Chuck Jancaterino has seen his teams make some big strides each season. The 2016 team finished with a 12-9-2 record, while last season the Lions had a 10-9-1 mark, but both times the teams exited in the first round of the playoffs. At this present ... student School
CWN Editor's Note: The chalet in the Italian Alps where Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI spent vacations is being offered for sale. The lodge is Les Combes, owned by the Salesian order, was used by Pope John Paul II ten times, and by Pope Benedict twice, as a summer getaway. The above note ... student School


 

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