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Vatican invites youth to celebrate 40th anniversary of World Youth Day

Credit: Rome Reports The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and the John Paul II Foundation for Youth have organised a series of events...

Ciborium from JPII donated to East Gosford shrine

The collection of memorabilia at the shrine of St John Paul II at East Gosford is growing thanks to a donation from a local family. Gerard Colreavy travelled to the Hawaii island of Maui in January to visit his sister Jill and retrieve one of his family’s treasures—a ciborium used by St John Paul II to hold Communion hosts at the 1986 open-air Mass at Randwick Racecourse.

George Weigel: What St John Paul II meant by ‘free economy’

In a recent article on the social doctrine of St John Paul II in the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, Father Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ, had this to say about one facet of John Paul’s epic 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus: “To the key question, ‘After the collapse of communism, is capitalism the only alternative left?’ Wojtyła [ie, John Paul II] replied ...

George Weigel: Setting the record straight on Pope John Paul II

In the first chapter of Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy quoted an exasperated Congressman, John Steven McGroarty, who wrote an irritating constituent in these neatly acerbic terms: “One of the countless drawbacks of being in Congress is that I am compelled to receive letters from an impertinent jackass ...

George Weigel: my friend Cardinal Pell, the encourager

Just days before his sudden death, Cardinal Pell went with his friend George Weigel to pay his respects to Benedict XVI. The rest is history.

Theology of the Body will be felt

As part of a series on St Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, The Catholic Weekly asked Fr Anthony Percy what it...

Traditionis Custodes: a church big enough for all of us

I love the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), but not to the exclusion of all other masses. Because of this, I don’t like Traditionis Custodes. Thankfully in Australia our bishops — like most bishops worldwide — have applied it with common sense and have left most TLM communities alone. I think Pope Benedict’s solution was better […]

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Catholics should debate issues, not debase each other, cardinal says

Increasingly bitter polarisation is a problem, said Cardinal Pell in a recent interview.

George Weigel: A patriot first, and a hero

CRACOW. Thanks to the pandemic, it’s been two years since I was last in Cracow, where for three decades I’ve done extensive research and...

George Weigel: Remembering Poland’s heroes

It was a two-week whirlwind that changed my life forever, that first visit of mine to Poland in June 1991. Looking back on it,...

Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy spearheaded ecumenical, interfaith efforts

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has paid tribute to Australian Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy.

Latest McCarrick report indicates failure of Church response

Theodore E. McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts
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