- July 26, 2016
Pope Francis arrives in Krakow, Poland, on Wednesday, to preside over the 13th edition of World Youth Day, the biggest and most raucous celebration of the Catholic faith on the planet, for a trip that's destined to be a mix of the political and the pastoral.
Feeling politically homeless in 2016? Consider Krakow, Poland, where pilgrims from across the globe taking part in World Youth Day are a reminder that forming our consciences and acting as faithful citizens can begin at the bottom -- in our local community.
Pope Francis will pray silently when he visits Auschwitz Friday. But he has had much to say on the Holocaust in the past, according to an expert at Argentina's Pontifical Catholic University who also heads the Community of Sant'Egidio in Buenos Aires.
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The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a site called “Mercy Centre” in the heart of Krákow to offer youth a multitude of different mercy-themed events, as part of a service offered by the Knights who have been involved in World Youth Day for the past 25 years and are celebrating their 10th anniversary in Poland.
Two men armed with knives broke into a church in France, and held 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel and several others — including two nuns – hostage for 40 minutes, killing the priest before being being killed by the police. The French president said the attack was carried out by terrorist in the name of ISIS.
The Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate is a practicing Catholic whose politics have been deeply shaped by his faith. But he has drawn flak over his attempt to draw a distinction between his personal convictions and his public voting record on abortion and the death penalty.
Getting drug companies to produce AIDS-treatment drugs for African children is not easy. But the Vatican has told executives that while the profit may be small, the moral imperative is big. So far, they’re listening.
There are moments that capture the spirit of World Youth Day, when pumped-up young Catholics feel the joy of being surrounded by so many others who share their faith. And then there are the surreal moments, like when a bunch of English-speakers went in search of Mass ….
Prayer is the primary “work tool in our hands” Pope Francis said in his Angelus yesterday. The message was directed both at pilgrims coming to Poland for World Youth Day and at those who cannot make it.
Live from Krakow, Poland, John Allen and Ines San Martin of Crux debut “The Crux of the Matter” radio show on the “Catholic Channel”, Sirius XM 129. Today they’re talking to George Weigel, papal biographer and World Youth Day expert, along with volunteers, behind-the-scenes gurus, and pilgrims.
He may be a lion in winter today, but under St. Pope John Paul II no one had a more vital role than Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwiswz, who next week will be hosting an estimated 1.5 to 1.8 million young people in the city of Krakow for World Youth Day.READ MORE
Walking around the streets of Krakow ahead of World Youth Day, the largest regular Catholic gathering in the world, one can find hundreds of reminders that the whole Catholic world is focused here, and here are several slices of life from the run-up to the event.READ MORE
Francis will be the third pope to visit Poland, after St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and his Vatican spokesman recently insisted there would be no changes or cancellations to the pope’s schedule because of security fears. People attending events will be checked by scanners and will have to leave behind any sharp or otherwise dangerous objects, which can be retrieved later.READ MORE
American politics has been trapped in a liberal/conservative binary long enough, and this is the perfect election cycle to send a message that we will not choose between two candidates who do not share our fundamental values. The average American is neither pro-choice nor pro-life—or, they’re both pro-choice and pro-life.READ MORE
Just four days away from Pope Francis’s arrival, the Vatican has put out a press release on the situation with refugees in the country which amounts to a preemptive strike by the Polish bishops against political efforts to drive a wedge between them and the pope.READ MORE
Earlier this month, Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero was tapped for the number-two position in the Holy See press office. She was immediately swarmed by press and headlines – and fascination — because she is a woman, and a laywoman at that. I loved her answer to questions prodding herREAD MORE