- July 30, 2016
In his epic address to the U.S. Congress in September last year, Pope Francis laid out a vision of a politics for the common good. Recently, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton laid out their visions too -- in acceptance speeches at their conventions. How did they square up against Francis?
July 2016 has been one of the bloodiest on record for terrorist incidents, with a body count reaching almost 2,000 innocent lives, but it also brought the answer in the form of a vast army of positive, loving young people, invested in friendship and faith, who gathered in Krakow, Poland.
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.
Let’s face it: many older people find youth Catholics hard to understand. But if they look a little at World Youth Day this week, they might learn a thing or two.
Born under a tree in a refugee camp in Turkey, Christina Shabo’s family fled Iraq when her mother was pregnant with her. Grateful for her life’s blessings, she’s determined to give back to her people — which includes praying for the conversion of ISIS fighters.
World Youth Day now includes a papal lunch with selected young people. They found the pope humble, straightforward, ‘like a father’. Over the pierogi and sernik, he had advice for them.
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.
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.
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
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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
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