- July 29, 2016
With a visit Saturday morning to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki and then a Mass at Krakow's sprawling Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis paid homage to his storied predecessor Saturday morning and to St. Faustina Kowalska, whose legacies hang over his Year of Mercy.
In a brief stop at a Krakow parish Saturday night, Pope Francis offered up a prayer to God imploring an end to the "sore of terrorism," and asked that the recent "devastating wave of terrorism" may come to an end.
For one week at World Youth Day in Krakow, no border divided Americans from Mexicans, Middle Easterners from Europeans, Ukrainians from Russians. For one week, the reminder of what unites them was more important than that which divides them.
During his trip to Krakow for World Youth Day, Pope Francis has extended a papal tradition by using the city’s most famous window, at the archbishop’s residence, to interact with the crowds, but Francis’s impromptu remarks this time have had a more somber tone.
Pro-life Democrats, many of them Catholics, believe that the party will recover its roots and broaden its electoral base if it embraces the pro-life cause. Pro-life, they say, is not just about being anti-abortion.
Mercy is the big theme of WYD. But so is mission. Connecting the two ideas may not be so odd, according to British pilgrims at a session led by the Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut
A furious imam in Fr Jacques Hamel’s town launched a scathing attack on his killers at Friday prayers in the mosque of Sainte Etienne de Rouvray, which was built on land donated by a neighboring parish.
Pope Francis knew coming into Poland that his pitch for welcome and compassion for migrants and refugees might be a tough sell in a country worried about both terrorism and jobs, so he’s packaged it in terms of both Polish tradition and the spiritual concept of Divine Mercy associated with great Polish saints.
Right in the middle of a pumped-up, ‘let the good times roll’ celebration of the faith in the form of World Youth Day, Pope Francis delivered a reality check on Friday — reminding young people of the reality of pain in the world, and insisting that God is found wherever there’s suffering.
A New York rabbi, Michael Schudrich, whose grandparents all immigrated from Poland, had long hoped to see this morning’s meeting Pope Francis and some of the remaining Poles who risked their lives during World War II to help and protect Jews.
On Friday, Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler’s forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews.
During his visit to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp on Friday, Pope Francis offered a powerful lesson that great acts of goodness can also occur alongside terrifying evil by meeting 25 “Righteous Among the Nations,” including a Catholic nun and a priest representing two sainthood candidates.READ MORE
Right in the middle of a pumped-up, ‘let the good times roll’ celebration of the faith in the form of World Youth Day, Pope Francis delivered a reality check on Friday — reminding young people of the reality of pain in the world, and insisting that God is found wherever there’s suffering.READ MORE
Krakow is one journalist’s first World Youth Day. She finds herself crying a lot — especially in the Mercy Center. Maybe it’s the testimony of drug addicts who have come to new life, or the music of Matt Maher — whatever, she’s taking part because someone invited her in. There’s a lesson there.READ MORE
World Youth Day offers super-charged religious feeling, a lived experience of faith, heartfelt preaching, and much more besides. But what happens when pilgrims come home? Their parishes can learn a few lessons from Krakow, says a Passionist priest.READ MORE
A New York rabbi, Michael Schudrich, whose grandparents all immigrated from Poland, had long hoped to see this morning’s meeting Pope Francis and some of the remaining Poles who risked their lives during World War II to help and protect Jews.READ MORE
In a wide-ranging interview for CRUX, the spiritual leader of the world’s 200,000 Syriac Catholics describes the growing despair of the Iraqi refugees, the war in Syria, Bashar Assad, and the causes of Islamic fundamentalism.READ MORE