Meeting with government leaders and visiting the shrine of the Black Madonna, Pope Francis demonstrated an understanding of Polish Christianity’s unique history as well as the challenges it faces today.
Despite Pope Francis’ initial plans, his visit to Poland for
World Youth Day has been complemented by a pastoral visit to the country,
including a meeting with the Polish government and president and a Mass in
Czestochowa celebrating 1,050 years of Polish Christianity. The Pope’s words
during these events reveal his profound respect for the Polish nation and
The history of Christians and Jews in Poland is long and complicated. An exhibit at Krakow’s Jewish Community Center illustrates John Paul II’s role in bringing the two groups closer together.
As Krakow hosts this
year’s World Youth Day, many local institutions, from museums to cinemas and
more, are hosting events related to the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and Pope
John Paul II. Among the most unexpected of these may be an exhibit of photos of
John Paul II at the Krakow Jewish Community Center. This moving tribute to the
Polish pope illustrates the enorm...
Fr. Jacques Hamel, 84, was killed Tuesday after two armed gunmen stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass.
Pope Francis has decried the
“absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in
northern France was taken hostage during Mass.
statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of
the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,”
Despite the appalling specter of Islamic terrorism now gripping Europe—the attacks and slaughter in Munich, Nice, Brussels, Paris—Europeans, while once united in faith, aren't likely to seek the intercession of St. James today.
Sojourns with Schall
“Europe will return to the faith or she will perish.” Hilaire Belloc, Europe and the Faith.
Soon after the March, 2004 bombing of Madrid’s Atocha train station by Al Qaeda partisans, there were calls to remove the statue of Saint James the Moorslayer from Spain’s famous cathedral in Santiago de Compostela....
A new book explores the Jesuit connection to world Catholicism and world problems in the 19th and 20th centuries.
“When your venerable rector pressed me into service and
informed me in his masterful way that I was to speak this morning on the 400th anniversary
of the Jesuits, I got down the dictionary to see just what they were. I had
known a few in my time, but it is difficult merely by knowing thousands of
Jesuits to discover their mysterious individuating notes. It is even true...