- Oct 24, 2020
Pandemic restrictions have upset plans for pilgrimages and major public Masses celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II. But it hasn’t stopped book launches and an online film premiere about the life and legacy of Karol Wojtyla, who was born May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland.
The Legion of Christ religious order, which was discredited by its pedophile founder and the cult-like practices he imposed, says an internal investigation has identified 33 priests and 71 seminarians who sexually abused minors over the past eight decades.
A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abused as a child by the priest who would become Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but that the Vatican did nothing — claims he also made in a lawsuit this summer in New York.
Pope Francis lands today in Mozambique, the first of the 3 M’s of the Indian Ocean he will visit Sept. 4-10 during the 31st international trip of his pontificate.
The Salesians have launched not a sale but a contest: They’ve hired a consulting firm to solicit ideas about a creative new use for a property in northern Italy used by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI for their summer vacations.
Italy’s traditional August “ferragosto” lull offers a reminder of the thousand-and-one ways in which Italian culture shapes the ethos of the Vatican.