The Original Dynamic Duo

During my research for the Church Alive series I came across this epic CNS file photo of Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Karol Wojtyla. The photo’s caption reads, “Paul VI, who served in Poland during his early priesthood, held the future Pope John Paul II in high regard.” Not only do they both look like don dadas, but they’re the original dynamic duo when it comes to the Second Vatican Council. Although John XXIII called the Council, Paul VI was the person who actually did all the work. He’s responsible for promulgating the major documents that came out of the Council. Pope John Paul II, moreover, was the person who enacted the Council’s vision throughout his reign as one of the longest serving pontiffs in Church history.

So if you want to know what the New Evangelization is, just take a page out of either one of these men’s lives. I highly recommend Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi: although this document was penned just under forty years ago, it reads as if it was written yesterday.

And if you really want to up your game, check out the Church Alive series! This is a sure way to level up when it comes to this huge and sometimes intimidating topic. Included in our DVD set is a 75-page study guide which is very handy literally and figuratively: its small and fits in the palm of your hand and it gives you all the goods like bios, resources, synopses, and study questions.

As Robin would say: Holy History, Batman!


Credit: CNS file photo

This is Christmas – Hospitality in Honduras

Woman and girl stand outside home in poor neighborhood of Honduras

A woman and a girl stand outside their home Dec. 4, 2013 under a sign that says “Merry Christmas” in Spanish in a poor neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

CNS photo/Jorge Cabrera, Reuters

This is Christmas – Celebrating St. Nicholas Day in Prague

CHRISTMAS TREE ILLUMINATED ON EVE OF ST. NICHOLAS DAY IN PRAGUE A Christmas tree is illuminated in the Old Town Square on the eve of St. Nicholas Day in Prague Dec. 5, 2012. St. Nicholas Day marks the start of Christmas for the Czech people.

CNS photo/David W Cerny, Reuters

This is Christmas – Illuminating St. Mary’s Cathedral in Australia

CATHEDRAL ILLUMINATED  FOR CHRISTMAS IN SYDNEYSt. Mary’s Cathedral is illuminated by a 246-foot projected Lights of Christmas display Dec. 13, 2012 in Sydney.

CNS photo/Tim Wimborne, Reuters

This is Christmas – Lighting a Candle at the Church of the Nativity

PALESTINIAN CATHOLIC LIGHTS CANDLE INSIDE CHURCH OF NATIVITY ON CHRISTMAS EVEPalestinian Catholic Samar Basir, 26, lights a candle while holding his niece, Salina, at the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Dec. 24, 2009.

CNS photo/Debbie Hill

This is Christmas – Blessed Are Those Who Hunger

NUN CHATS WITH REFUGEES AT CAMP IN INDIA DURING CHRISTMAS LUNCHA Missionary of Charity nun chats with refugee children at Christmas lunch at the refugee camp at G Udaigiri, India.

CNS photo/Anto Akkara

This is Christmas – Where Angels Tread

CHILDREN DRESSED AS ANGELS TAKE PART IN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL IN NICARAGUAChildren dressed as angels take part in a Christmas festival in the streets of Managua, Nicaragua, Dec. 21, 2008.

CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters

This is Christmas – Children of God

IRAQI BOYS PRAY FOR PEACE DURING MASS AT CHALDEAN CHURCH IN JORDANTwo Iraqi boys hold candles as they pray for peace in Iraq and Syria during Mass at a Chaldean Catholic church in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 23, 2012.

CNS photo/Ali Jarekji, Reuters

This is Christmas – Blessed Are The Poor

PEOPLE PRAY IN BUS DURING CHRISTMAS MASS FOR HOMELESS IN FRANCEPeople pray during a Christmas Mass for the homeless in a bus in Nice, France, Dec. 25, 2010.

CNS photo/Eric Gaillard, Reuters

This is Christmas – Christmas in Minnesota

Father, daughter take away Christmas tree from farm in MinnesotaTony Baker and his daughter Mesa take away a Christmas tree from Rum River Tree Farm in Anoka, Minnesota Dec. 8, 2013.

CNS photo/Eric Miller, Reuters