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  • Cheers And Petals For The Turk Who Shot The Pope

    01/12/2006 6:20:50 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 643+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-13-2006 | Kate Connolly
    Cheers and petals for the Turk who shot the Pope By Kate Connolly, in Istanbul (Filed: 13/01/2006) Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish nationalist who shot Pope John Paul II, was showered with petals by supporters after being released from prison after 25 years. The man responsible for one of the 20th century's most notorious assassination attempts shook hands with guards before being driven away from Kartal high-security jail in Istanbul yesterday. Mehmet Ali Agca arrives at a military recruitment centre Dressed in jeans, he said nothing to journalists but held aloft a magazine showing a photograph of his meeting with...
  • The Nuclear Option: Pope Francis Threatens Legacy Of Pope John Paul II,Ronald Reagan

    09/23/2015 11:44:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 | Charles Hurt
    Speaking under the hateful gaze of Che Guevara in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution — a shrine to ruthless communism — Pope Francis scolded us to “serve people, not ideas.” “Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas,” he said. “We serve people.” What a quaint and beautiful concept to ponder here in this fallen world full of violent men who thirst for absolute power and feast on death, rape and slavery.
  • Pat Buchanan: Is capitalism diabolic?

    07/19/2015 3:11:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies ^ | 7-19-15 | Pat Buchanan
    On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s head. For John Paul II had seen up close what communism did — to his country, his church and his people in 45 years of Bolshevik rule. On his arrival in the Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega in 1983, Pope John Paul castigated a priest-collaborator who dared to serve that...
  • Israel’s Great Opportunity

    06/20/2015 5:19:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 19, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Over the past two decades Israel has managed to destroy its regional reputation. With our own hands, we have twice shown our neighbors they have little reason to tie their fates to ours. We are unreliable. In 1994, Israel betrayed the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza who had helped us fight against PLO terrorists for decades. Open season on our Palestinian allies officially began in July 1994 with the entrance of thousands of PLO terrorists – led by Yasser Arafat – into Gaza and Jericho. Arafat’s henchmen did not limit their murderous wrath to the Palestinians who saved countless...
  • Liberal Academic Says America’s Founding Document Outmoded

    05/19/2015 7:18:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 152 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Top Vatican adviser Jeffrey Sachs says that when Pope Francis visits the United States in September, he will directly challenge the “American idea” of God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Sachs, a special advisor to the United Nations and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a media superstar who can always be counted on to pontificate endlessly on such topics as income inequality and global health. This time, writing in a Catholic publication, he may have gone off his rocker, revealing the real global game plan. The United States, Sachs writes in the Jesuit publication,...
  • Fatima Message ‘Lifts Veil’ on Past Century, was ‘Turning Point’ of JPII Pontificate, Says Cardinal

    05/08/2015 1:11:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Stating that “there is no fourth secret nor are there other hidden secrets,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, delivered a lengthy address on the Fatima apparitions at the Pontifical University Antonianum on May 7. The 20th century, said Cardinal Amato, was expected to be a time of “reason and brotherhood,” but instead saw the beginning of an era of Christian persecution: “the Armenian genocide, the Mexican repression, the Spanish persecution, the Nazi massacres, the Communist extermination, and, in this first part of the third millennium, Islamist persecution.” “The message of Fatima in...
  • Neo-Catholic Amnesia: John Paul “the Great” Goes into the Memory Hole

    12/04/2014 6:25:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 29, 2014 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In The Great Façade (2002)—soon to be republished in a second edition with new chapters covering the past twelve years of the “regime of novelty”—I refuted the accusation of neo-Catholic polemicists that traditionalists are improperly “pitting one Pope against another” when they note the obvious: that the Popes since Vatican II have been saying and doing things every one of their predecessors, including even John XXIII, would have considered unthinkable. In the neo-Catholic view of our situation this plain fact is inadmissible, for whatever the Pope or his delegates in the Holy See pronounce or approve is, for them, ispso...
  • The Rosary is the remedy in this present crisis

    11/03/2014 2:51:26 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 8 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | November 3, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2014 The German magazine Stimme des Glaubens reported years ago that Pope John Paul II had commented on the Third Secret of Fatima during a conference in Fulda, Germany in 1980. In this report, Pope John Paul II said, " should be sufficient for all Christians to know this: if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something to be so much...
  • Poland's Walesa kneels in prayer at funeral mass for former foe Jaruzelski

    05/31/2014 12:06:17 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/30/2014 | JAKUB IGLEWSKI AND CHRISTIAN LOWE
    (Reuters) - Lech Walesa, head of the Solidarity movement that ended Communism in Poland, knelt in prayer on Friday at a Catholic funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who for decades was his sworn enemy.
  • Giant Pope John Paul II Crucifix Collapses And Kills Young Man In Italy

    04/24/2014 12:34:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 4/24/14 | Yasmine Hafiz
    <p>Just two days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, a giant crucifix erected in his honor collapsed in Italy, crushing a young man and killing him, according to ANSA.</p> <p>A piece of the 30-meter (98-foot) high wooden crucifix fell down during an event near the village of Cevo, in northern Italy, instantly killing the 21-year-old man. The Jesus Christ figure attached to the cross is six meters high and weighs 600 kg, according to AFP.</p>
  • Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope (To be Canonised Sunday)

    04/24/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 16 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4-24-14 | Nick Squires
    An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican. In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of...
  • Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

    04/27/2014 5:25:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    iTV ^ | 24APR2014 | Staff Writer
    A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome. The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital. The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998. In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be...
  • Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world (3D in cinemas, for free)

    04/14/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    RNS ^ | April 14, 2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.View down Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris via Flickr City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27.For the first time viewers will...
  • Solemnity is the order of the day for John Paul II and John XXIII’s double canonization

    04/01/2014 5:26:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 31, 2014 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    The Vatican Press Office has published the details regarding the preparations for the canonisations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, to be celebrated on 27 April. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be present Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican city A simple prayer vigil in various churches across Rome the night before the big day, hundreds of thousands of faithful and the possible - though as yet uncertain – presence of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. This is what the Vatican has in store for the double canonization ceremony that will make John XXIII and John Paul II saints...
  • Papal Funeral Will Follow Ancient, Unique Rite

    04/06/2005 9:30:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies · 3,351+ views
    Vatican, Apr. 06 ( - The funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II (bio - news) will be held in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday morning, April 8, at 10. The details of the unique ceremony-- which is expected to last 3 hours-- are laid out in the apostolic constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis , promulgated by Pope John Paul in 1996. That document, setting the procedures for the burial of one Pontiff and the election of a successor, stipulates that a Pope's funeral, should be held between 4 and 6 days after his death. Pope John Paul died in the...
  • Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II to be canonised

    07/05/2013 4:34:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/5/2013
    It has been announced that Blesseds Pope John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII are to be canonised. No dates for the canonisation ceremonies have yet been immediately given. Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul II who was beatified in May of 2011.
  • The Greatest Thing To Ever Come In Three

    04/08/2013 12:10:37 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-8-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Rush Limbaugh said this morning that many thought it was a coincidence that three strong leaders who were able to beat back the evils of the world during their time could be on the same stage at the same time. He disagreed.I do too.I hope Lady Tatcher is finding the peace that was never afforded to her in this life by miserable liberals who now dance on her grave.
  • A Horrible Easter Anniversary: The Killing of Terri Schiavo

    03/26/2013 12:51:15 AM PDT · by kathsua · 11 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 3/25/13 | Debi Vinnedge
    As Holy Week begins and we reflect on the passion of Jesus Christ, it is especially appropriate to remember another person who eight years ago at this time was subjected to a tortuous, brutal and heinous death – one whose anniversary falls this year on Easter Sunday: Terri Schindler-Schiavo. And just as the Church now ushers in our new Pope Francis, I am reminded how two days after Terri’s death we also lost our Holy Father. As Pope John Paul II lay dying at the Vatican his aides would later tell the Schindlers that when he learned of Terri’s death,...
  • Christmas is a Reminder and a Test

    12/22/2012 6:04:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | December 22, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    "The greatest gift which America has received from the Lord is the faith which has forged its Christian identity," Pope John Paul II wrote in a document on the Church in America in 1999. Here at the end of 2012, the words might be the rallying cry of the season -- a reminder, a challenge, a warning -- and a gift to be pondered born of a grotto in Bethlehem. And it's not just something for Christians. As the pope wrote at the time: "The evangelization which accompanied the European migrations has shaped America's religious profile, marked by moral...
  • The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    12/18/2011 10:50:36 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies ^ | 12/19/2011 | Brian Kopp
    Monday, December 19, 2011 The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the ChurchBy Brian Kopp Earlier this fall, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Venerable Elena Aiello, bringing to light her little known prophecies, which have strong parallels to those of both Our Lady of Akita as well as statements Pope JPII and Cardinal Ratzinger made in the past regarding the Third Secret of Fatima. (See this earlier blog post for a summary of the parallels: For fourth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope draws attention to little known prophecies of Venerable Elena Aiello) Now, Pope Benedict XVI is...
  • Controversial John Paul statue looks set for makeover...

    08/30/2011 9:36:19 PM PDT · by bronxville · 29 replies ^ | 29 August, 2011 | Staff
    Controversial John Paul statue looks set for makeover Artist ready to make some alterations 29 August, 16:02 (ANSA) - Rome, August 29 - A statue of the late Pope John Paul II at Rome's main train station looks set to be modified after causing a wave of disapproval. Its author, Italian sculptor and Pontifical Culture Commission member Oliviero Rainaldi, said he is willing to make small alterations to the statue's head and neck, amid reports that a city commission wants a makeover. Rising in the middle of a flowerbed outside the Termini station, the five-metre bronze monument, which has now...
  • Bin Laden is late pope's 'miracle': Peru leader

    05/02/2011 1:36:29 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    AFP Google ^ | May 2, 2011
    LIMA — It was more than just an answer to prayer. A US military mission that cornered and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was nothing short of a miracle, said Peru's President Alan Garcia, who attributed the divine intervention to newly beatified pontiff John Paul II. "His first miracle has been to rid the world of this incarnation of evil, this demon of hatred and criminality," the Peruvian leader said, referring to the Al-Qaeda leader. The late John Paul II showed uncanny timing, with his miracle falling on the very same day as a Rome ceremony beatifying him. Pope...
  • John Paul the Great and the Denver World Youth Day "Miracle"

    03/12/2011 11:20:32 AM PST · by swissguard007 · 28 replies ^ | Randall J. Meissen
    When the Vatican announced that World Youth Day would be held in Denver in 1993, many news experts predicted that the event would be a failure. The United States, they said, was different than countries like Poland and Argentina, where previous World Youth Days had met great success. The United States, they claimed, lacked an entrenched tradition of Catholic pilgrimage, the traveling distances required to assemble a large gathering from across the country were too large, and most importantly American young people would simply be uninterested in the pope or his message. On August 10, 1993, stunned reporters crumpled their...
  • End Abortion

    01/29/2011 6:47:18 PM PST · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Hutchihnson News ^ | 1/28/11 | VIVIANNE HOSKINSON
    On the 38th anniversary of the passage of Roe vs. Wade, a decision that has now meant the death of over 50,000,000 babies in the United States, we must remember: Abortion destroys lives. Abortion destroys women. Abortion destroys men. Abortion destroys families. Because of someone's choice, a baby does not have a chance at life, nor a choice. As the venerable John Paul II once said: "The Law of God is univocal and categorical ... 'You shall not kill.' No human lawgiver can therefore assert: it is permissible for you to kill, you have the right to kill, or you...
  • John Paul II to be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Divine Mercy

    01/15/2011 5:46:58 AM PST · by tcg · 25 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/15/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On April 2, 2005 at 9:37 p.m. the Venerable Pope John Paul II died. In April of 2009 his beloved successor, Pope Benedict XVI, told Pilgrims gathered in Rome "With you, I pray for the gift of beatification". That prayer has been answered. Friday, January 14, 2011 the Holy See released the "Decree for the Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II". ...The choice of the Feast of Divine Mercy, May 1, 2011 is not accidental. He had a deep devotion to his fellow Pole Sr. Faustina Kowalska and to the Divine Mercy devotion identified with her. ...Pope...
  • WTC Mosque, Meet the Auschwitz Nuns

    08/03/2010 9:50:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies · 26+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8-3-10 | William McGurn
    With every passing day, the dispute over the planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero grows more acrimonious. These feelings will probably only get worse today, when the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission is expected to remove another hurdle by ruling against landmark status for the undistinguished old building the center will replace. So maybe it's time to look beyond the lawyers and landmark preservation commissions and regulatory agencies. When we do, it will be hard to find a better example than the grace and wisdom Pope John Paul II exhibited during a similar clash involving another hallowed site on...
  • John Paul II's Tomb, 5 Years Later

    04/03/2010 8:14:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 434+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/2/10 | Carmen Elena Villa
    Now One of Rome's Most Visited SitesVATICAN CITY, APRIL 2, 2010 ( Since 2005 when Pope John Paul II passed away, the Vatican grottoes where his tomb is found has become one of the most frequented tourist sites in Rome. Officials at St. Peter's Basilica told ZENIT that an average of 12,000 people visit the tomb each day. It's open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 in the evening (6 in the summer). Many pontiffs rest near John Paul II, not least on the list, the first Pontiff ever: St. Peter. An announcer in several languages calls visitors...
  • My Son's Textbook "Screws" Ronald Reagan and John Paul II

    03/11/2010 11:00:57 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 67 replies · 2,021+ views
    The Lid ^ | 3/11/2010 | The Lid
    I have spent much time during the past few evenings helping my son study for his History test later in the week. As I worked with him through his studies, I found that his class is presenting a new version of History, a version that never occurred. And while you can make a case for different interpretations of events that happened centuries ago, his text book and curriculum distorts events that I saw with my own eyes. The Book in question is published by McDougal Littell and is called World History Patterns of Interaction. The test covers much of the...
  • Pope John Paul II and Pope Pius XII move closer to sainthood

    12/19/2009 5:10:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 575+ views
    Times Online ^ | 12/19/2009 | Simon Alford
    The controversial wartime pope accused of failing to openly condemn the Holocaust has moved a step closer to sainthood, the Vatican has confirmed. Pope Pius XII will be declared venerable after the current pontiff Pope Benedict XVI approved a "heroic virtues decree", the first of three stages before canonisation. To be declared venerable, a church investigation has to conclude that the person in question lived a life of exemplary holiness and heroic virtue. There must be nothing in the dead person’s writings that enables these characteristics to be challenged. Pope Benedict has also agreed to declare his predecessor Pope John...
  • Pope John Paul II 'whipped himself in remorse for sins': Open discussion / Not caucus

    11/23/2009 10:49:30 AM PST · by Mr Rogers · 210 replies · 2,638+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 23 Nov 2009 | Nick Pisa
    Sister Sobodka said: "Several times he (Pope John Paul) would put himself through bodily penance. "We would hear it – we were in the next room at Castel Gandolfo. You could hear the sound of the blows when he flagellate himself. He did it when he was still capable of moving on his own." The flagellation is also confirmed by another bishop who has given testimony. Emery Kabongo was a secretary for Pope John Paul. "He would punish himself and in particular just before he ordained bishops and priests," he said. "I never actually saw it myself but several people...
  • President Reagan and Pope John Paul II

    06/25/2009 8:20:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 931+ views
    CE ^ | George Weigel
    President Reagan and Pope John Paul II June 25th, 2009 by George Weigel They were two of the giant figures of the last half of the 20th century — Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II — and they had many things in common. Both were trained actors whose craft had taught them the power of words to change minds and hearts. Both came to eminence through unconventional routes, and against the grain of a lot of the common wisdom. Both had a healthy skepticism about the conventions that surrounded their offices, and both intuited that diplomats, no matter how...
  • John the Baptist, an Enduring Model of Fidelity to God

    06/22/2009 11:02:57 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 12 replies · 758+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/27/01 | Pope John Paul II
    1. "The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name" (Is 49,1). Today we celebrate the birth of St John the Baptist. The words of the Prophet Isaiah are well-suited to describe this great biblical figure who stands between the Old and the New Testaments. In the long line of Israel's prophets and just men and women, John "the Baptist" was placed by God's providence immediately before the Messiah, in order to prepare the way before him by his preaching and by the witness of his life. Of all the saints, John...
  • Death Was the Seal of an Existence Totally Given to Christ

    04/02/2008 8:39:47 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies · 560+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 2, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    Death Was the Seal of an Existence Totally Given to Christ VATICAN CITY, APRIL 2, 2008 ( Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave today when he celebrated Mass on the third anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The date of April 2 has been imprinted in the Church's memory as the day the Servant of God Pope John Paul II [said] good-bye to this world. Let us again live with emotion the hours of that Saturday afternoon, when the news of his passing away was received...
  • Is this Pope John Paul II waving from beyond the grave? Vatican TV director says yes

    10/15/2007 7:37:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 59 replies · 289+ views
    daily mail ^ | 10.15.07 | NICK PISA
    This fiery figure is being hailed as Pope John Paul II making an appearance beyond the grave. The image, said by believers to show the Holy Father with his right hand raised in blessing, was spotted during a ceremony in Poland to mark the second anniversary of his death. Details appeared on the Vatican News Service, a TV station in Rome which specialises in religious news broadcasts. Scroll down for more Burned into the memory: The image that appeared in the bonfire, Tending his flock: Pope John Paul II at an audience in 2001 (right) Service director Jarek Cielecki, a...
  • The Gospel of Work

    09/27/2007 8:45:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 77+ views ^ | 5-5-2004 | Deacon Keith A. Fournier
    The Gospel of Work 5/5/2004 - 8:13 AM PST © Third Millennium, LLC By Deacon Keith A. Fournier Pope John Paul II recently addressed an assembly of the leaders of the “Catholic Action” movement in Italy on the “gospel of work”. He proclaimed a theme that is one of the many profound contributions of his extraordinary pontificate, the true meaning and redemptive value of all human work. In 1981 he authored an encyclical letter titled “On Human Work” that has received little emphasis. We live in an age that has lost its understanding of the Christian meaning of work,...
  • Dying pope didn't ask for euthanasia - doctor

    09/17/2007 8:02:22 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 269 replies · 306+ views
    Reuters ^ | Monday, 17 September 2007
    Doctors assisting Pope John Paul II in his final days never suspended medical treatment and the pontiff did not ask them to do so, his personal physician said. Pro-euthanasia activists in Italy have said the pope refused medical treatment such as artificial respiration and feeding because he wanted to be allowed to die. The Catholic Church forbids euthanasia, which has been at the centre of a heated debate in Italy in recent months. However, the church's Catechism says medical procedures that are "burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome" can be discontinued with the permission of the patient...
  • Group says John Paul II to return as anti-Christ

    01/31/2007 3:19:51 PM PST · by The Ghost of JG · 24 replies · 899+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | Robert Duncan
    World's Last Chance, a group that takes reading the Bible to all-new-extremes, claims to be "exposing one of the last unfulfilled prophecies of the Bible. Specifically, World's Last Chance believes that they have found clues within scripture that suggest Pope John Paul II is coming back ... and will be the next pope after Benedict XVI. That's right, as crazy it sounds, they believe that Pope John Paul II is going to magically appear here on earth and make our lives hell. With folks like this, it's no wonder that Christians get a bum rap. "How will the next pope...
  • Hardly a Vatican prisoner: Late pope made secret outings, says aide

    01/23/2007 2:38:37 PM PST · by presidio9 · 63 replies · 1,685+ views
    CNS News ^ | 01/23/07
    Pope John Paul II made more than 100 clandestine trips to ski or hike in the Italian mountains and was rarely recognized by others on the slopes, his former secretary said. Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz described the secret outings in a book of memoirs, "A Life With Karol," which was being published in late January. An excerpt appeared Jan. 23 in the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero. The cardinal, who was Pope John Paul's personal secretary for 38 years, wrote that the pope, an avid skier and hiker in his youth, often felt pent up inside the Vatican. In the winter...
  • Anticommunism's Triple Threat A joint biography of Reagan, John Paul II and Thatcher

    12/27/2006 5:29:58 AM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 649+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 12/27/06 | THOMAS J. BRAY
    It was, as they say, a close-run thing. Within the brief space of 26 months, attempts on the lives of the three leaders who would see the curtain ring down on Soviet communism--Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher--failed. If any one of the killers had succeeded, history might have turned out very different. That's the thesis of John O'Sullivan's "The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister," and it's hard to dispute. The British-born Mr. O'Sullivan, currently editor-at-large of National Review and a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute, covered the Reagan presidency as a Washington journalist,...
  • Prime Minister John Howard's address to the Quadrant Magazine 50th Anniversary Dinner

    10/04/2006 4:00:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 832+ views ^ | 3rd October 2006 | The Honourable John Howard, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
    TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP ADDRESS TO THE QUADRANT MAGAZINE 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, SYDNEY Thank you very much Paddy McGuinness, Chief Justice, Justices, Your Eminence, Your Grace, my Parliamentary colleagues and ladies and gentlemen. I’m finally succumbing to Peter Garrett’s advice and its great to embrace an evening of culture and poetry and all of that after overdosing on my Philistine sporting pursuits over the weekend in almost the four corners of the Earth, from one side of the country to the other. But it really is an enormous pleasure for Janette...
  • Oriana and the Pope

    09/15/2006 7:46:31 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 327+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/15/06 | Purple Mountains
    In the past day or so an interesting confluence of events happened that occasionally occurs and makes one want to keep trying. First we honor the life of Oriana Fallaci, that famous and courageous Italian writer, who devoted most of her last years to warning Europeans against the threat to European culture and freedom from the Islamic invasion that is taking place there. Many of her pleas were directed at Pope John Paul II, who was so instrumental in bringing down the Soviet empire, but who gave few outward signs that Islamic fascism greatly concerned him. Oriana died today of...
  • Teaching the Theology of the Body

    05/10/2006 9:22:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 718+ views ^ | 05-10-06 | Mark P. Shea
    by Mark P. Shea Bible Study and Truth Tracts Author Other Articles by Mark P. SheaContact this Author Teaching the Theology of the Body 5/10/2006 George Weigel, the biographer of Pope John Paul II, has remarked that one of the most exciting "ticking bombs" of Catholic thought (set to go off sometime in the 21st century) is John Paul's teaching on the Theology of the Body. In This Article...What Is the Theology of the Body?Teaching KidsTeaching Teens What Is the Theology of the Body? In a nutshell, John Paul draws on the most basic message of the entire Christian tradition —...
  • The numbers game: Stats give picture of Pope John Paul's pontificate

    05/07/2006 3:41:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 442+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | May 7, 2006 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Under Pope John Paul II's 26-year papacy, the Catholic Church grew by 45 percent, struggled to replace priests and religious, and experienced a significant "graying" of its hierarchy, according to statistics released recently by the Vatican. In a sense, the statistics complete a by-the-numbers portrait of Pope John Paul's pontificate. They cover the period from 1978, the year of his election, through the end of 2004, three months before he died. The worldwide Catholic population increased by 342 million during that time, from 757 million to just under 1.1 billion. That sounds huge, but it was...
  • Replay of "The Last Days of Pope John Paul II" on CNN now- 10:04pm est. (vanity)

    04/01/2006 7:04:21 PM PST · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 191+ views
    Amazing life ... thank God for John Paul II. Santo Subito!
  • Remembering Pope John Paul II - one year later (vanity)

    04/01/2006 5:44:50 PM PST · by STARWISE · 26 replies · 563+ views
    His final illness and passing, one year ago today, shook the world. Hundreds of thousands people were compelled to go to Rome to pray for him .. to be near him .. as his illness finally extinguished the flame of his human body. He was so loving, so humble and so beloved, and is still sorely missed today. And, yet we know how blessed we were that he walked this earth in our time. His viewing and funeral were epic events. So many from all walks of life were touched by his life and grieved his passing, and were drawn...
  • Brezhnev hatched plot to kill Pope

    03/12/2006 12:35:35 PM PST · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 1,387+ views
    London Times ^ | 3/12/06 | John Follain
    EVER since Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman, shot the late Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981 in St Peter’s Square in Rome, investigators have tried to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries: did Agca act alone or was he obeying communist orders? This week an Italian parliamentary commission will officially conclude that Agca was part of a huge conspiracy masterminded by the GRU, the Soviet military secret service, on the orders of the politburo and Leonid Brezhnev, general secretary of the Communist party. The findings are already being considered by a Rome prosecutor who may...
  • Christmas Presence, Lenten Gifts

    02/25/2006 8:59:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 334+ views ^ | 02-25-06 | Leon J. Suprenant, Jr.
    by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr Other Articles by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr Christmas Presence, Lenten Gifts 02/25/06 Nine months after his election, Pope Benedict XVI issued his much-anticipated first encyclical letter, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (“God Is Love”). No doubt it will provide Christ-centered wisdom and encouragement to a world that increasingly looks for true love “in all the wrong places.” In This Article...Papal TransitionThe Church Is Alive!Vatican II Today Papal Transition As we drink in "Deus Caritas Est" and the many other blessings that God desires to give us this year, I'd like to focus our attention on the first...
  • Poland University Bans “I didn’t cry when the Pope died” T-Shirts

    02/22/2006 1:57:22 PM PST · by lizol · 15 replies · 870+ views ^ | February 21, 2006 | Terry Vanderheyden
    Poland University Bans “I didn’t cry when the Pope died” T-Shirts By Terry Vanderheyden LUBLIN, Poland, February 21, 2006 ( – A university in south-eastern Poland has banned a controversial “T-shirt for freedom” campaign expected to occur simultaneously with a campus human rights film festival. The t-shirts, which were to be worn through campus during the campaign by celebrities, boasted such things as “I had an abortion,” “I didn’t cry when the Pope died,” “I have AIDS,” “I don’t go to church,” “I masturbate,” or “I am gay,” according to a Radio Polonia report. The predominantly Catholic student population found...

    01/20/2006 12:32:25 PM PST · by servant675 · 257+ views
    Catholic Messages USA - Resources/News/Directory ^ | Jan. 1, 2006 | Vincent Bemowski
    "JUST" WARS & DOUBLE-TONGUED DEMOCRATS On May 2, 2003 Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, (Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) stated: “He (John Paul II) did not impose this position ('Iraq War not necessary') as doctrine of the Church but as the appeal of a conscience enlightened by faith” (Zenit News Agency). Unlike many U.S. Democrats, Pope John Paul's thoughts on the Iraq War were not voiced in an arrogant, judgmental manner. He loved America, and praised President George W. Bush's moral leadership (Zenit News - June 4, 2004). Pope John Paul II never praised...
  • Turk who tried to kill pope John Paul released from jail

    01/12/2006 12:34:22 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 18 replies · 486+ views
    Hürriyet ^ | January 12, 2006 | Hürriyet
    Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish prison on Thursday.Here are some key facts about the 48-year-old Turkish would-be assassin: * Agca shot and nearly killed Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981 in Rome's St. Peter's Square. He was arrested on the spot and a court gave him a life sentence. * Agca was pardoned at the Pope's request in 2000 after 19 years in an Italian jail. He was then extradited to Turkey to serve a separate sentence for robbery and murder. *...