- Dec 14, 2019
In both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions saints tend to play a major role in daily spiritual life, and when Pope Francis visits Bulgaria and Macedonia this weekend, their shared devotion of several towering figures in Eastern Europe will likely emerge as a key underlying theme.
Today marks the 51st anniversary of the death of Belgian Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, whose “See-Judge-Act” model has helped shape Pope Francis’s pastoral approach.
Speaking about St. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on establishing universal peace, ‘Pacem in Terris,’ Pope Francis said that even 55 years after its publication, the document still stands as “a permanent commitment” to peace.
Sixty years after his election to the papacy, St. Pope John XXIII’s remains are making their way to his hometown.
People in the Diocese of Bergamo, Italy, the home diocese of St. John XXIII, will host the remains of the late pope for 18 days as they mark the 60th anniversary of his election and the 55th anniversary of his death.
As Pope Francis visits Rome’s Regina Coeli prison today for Holy Thursday, it calls to mind the first time a pope did so — St. Pope John XXIII, the day after Christmas in 1958.