- Aug 5, 2020
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.
Lithuania’s new cardinal, a veteran of Soviet prisons and labor camps, counts on not being assigned “specific duties” following his elevation so he can continue serving his local church.
In George Weigel’s latest book, he’s not reflecting on the Pope Francis era, but the entire global situation over the last quarter-century.
Soviet-era Lithuanian Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis will be beatified on June 25 in Vilnius. Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, president of Lithuania’s bishops’ conference, said the martyred prelate had “offered up his sufferings for the conversion of Russia,” while also “moving the church forward” by instructing clergy to remain with their flock even if it meant persecution and exile.
In 1917, meaning, purpose, value, along with transcendence, dignity, and benevolence were rapidly being shed, and this interior emptiness was fueling humanity’s ungodly rage and desire for annihilation. It was into that environment that Mary injected herself in Fatima, bringing a message of light and hope.
A Polish priest who was arrested by the Soviets in 1940 and charged with being a “Vatican agent,” who was then shipped off to Kazakhstan and who volunteered to stay even after his release to minister to other Catholics sent to the gulag, was beatified on Sept. 11.