- Dec 12, 2019
Today is the 40th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II.
One hundred years after receiving Vatican approval to begin missionary work in China, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers recalled the “original inspiration and holy stubbornness” of the society’s founders during a celebratory centennial Mass April 2 in Maryknoll.
Renowned American scholar of religion Martin Marty, a Lutheran himself, has written a book on this year’s 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and he’s reminding us that five centuries ago, it was Catholics, not Protestants, whose hearts Luther stirred — because, he says, he hit on precisely the issues with which they were struggling at the time.
When a devastating 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy last year, 299 people died and the small town of Amatrice was all but wiped from the map. The birthplace of the legendary pasta all’amatriciana, the town has given the Catholic Church a great deal over the centuries, and Catholics rallied to its aid. Today, however, one year later, the need is still very real.
April 1 marks Crux’s “Independence Day,” meaning the one-year anniversary of our life as an independent news agency no longer part of the Boston Globe. While much has changed, one thing remains constant: Crux’s determination, in an era of ideologically and politically aligned news, to lean neither to the left nor the right, but to embody the classic Catholic both/and.
From voyages to the peripheries to blockbuster documents and press conferences and beyond, the first four years of Francis’s papacy have been filled with memorable moments. Here’s a sampling of personal favorites from Crux staff and contributors.