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S+L BLOG: John Paul II



Here below is the full text in English of Pope Francis’ homily at the mass of Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII: At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. ...read more
One of the first times that I heard the phrase “the new evangelization” was in John Paul II’s Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte (at the close of the Great Jubilee of 2000): Over the years, I have often repeated the summons to the new evangelization. I do so again now, especially in order to insist ...read more
In a recent interview with ZENIT, Salt and Light’s Sebastian Gomes reflected on the significance of Pope John’s upcoming canonization in the context of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Vatican II.  What does “the Good Pope’s” canonization mean for a generation of Catholics who came of age long after the Council closed?  Read the full ...read more
Today on Perspectives: the date for the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII has been set. At the same time Pope Francis released another papal chirograph, establishing a Council of Cardinals to advise him on how to govern the church. In Canada, Vancouver hosted a Truth and Reconciliation event which ended ...read more
Below is the prayer written by Pope John Paul II to St. Augustine on the occasion of 1,650th anniversary of the saint’s birth. O great Augustine, our father and teacher, who knows the shining paths of God and also the crooked paths of men, we admire the marvels that divine Grace has worked in you, ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: The Knights of Columbus wrap up their Supreme Annual Convention with a relic from John Paul II and the launch of a new prayer campaign. Meanwhile, Pope Francis creates new financial laws at the Holy See in order to meet international anti-money laundering norms. Get the details on Perspectives. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: John Paul II and John XXIII could be canonized as early as this fall, Pope Francis speaks about meeting Jesus in the poor and suffering, and CNS Rome Bureau on Pope Francis’ first encyclical. ...read more
The feast of the Epiphany is celebrated in the Christmas season and through Matthew’s Gospel we become aware of the visit of the wise men or Magi who come in search of the Christ child so that they might present their gifts. It is interesting that in the homily of an early saint and bishop ...read more
Tonight on perspectives, pope Benedict XVI appeal for peace in Syria and Iraq, we look at the role of the Catholic Church in the AIDS treatment and we close our celebration of the 10th anniversary WYD 2002. ...read more
This post was written in 2010, just after Ontario hosted the G20 summit. Kris Dmytrenko reflects on how that event and the WYD2002 Way of the Cross changed the city. It takes a powerful force to interrupt the flow of a city like Toronto. If streets are closed for a parade, drivers find other routes ...read more