- Aug 9, 2020
Those who stood in defense of human dignity, justice and charity against the violence and totalitarianism of the 20th century often paid with their lives. Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, by the grace of God, did not.
Soviet political prisoners from various backgrounds begged St. John Paul II’s help in secret messages after his 1978 election, according to a former inmate in recollections published for the late pope’s hundredth birthday.
For decades, to put “pope” and “Bulgaria” into the same sentence was to summon thoughts of tragedy and conspiracy in the wake of the 1981 assassination attempt against St. John Paul II, however, Pope Francis’s upcoming visit seems destined to set a different tone.
Ahead of his May 31-June 2 trip to Romania, Pope Francis on March 19 officially recognized seven Romanian Greek Catholic bishops killed under the country’s communist regime as martyrs.
The first new Roman Catholic church to be completed in Cuba since the country’s 1959 socialist revolution was inaugurated with the aid of a Florida congregation Saturday, in a ceremony that observers called a hopeful sign amid international tensions.
A new two-volume manuscript on political and social philosophy, authored by St. John Paul II in the 1950s, will dispel views of him as “an intellectual cut off from social concerns” and clarify his lifelong stance on political and ideological issues, said the book’s editor.