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S+L BLOG: Pope John Paul II



On May 1st we celebrated the Beatification of John Paul II. That 1.5 million (!) people gathered in Rome for this historic event is a testament to the connection that the Polish Pontiff had with the faithful. He was a great communicator — and some consider that one of the lasting hallmarks of his life. ...read more
The crowds shouted “Santo Subito” — Sainthood now! – at his funeral, and now some six years later he’ll be joining the ranks of the saints! This Sunday Pope John Paul II will be declared Blessed. Our coverage for the Beatification Mass begins at 3:30am ET/12:30am PT on May 1st, and includes our production Thank ...read more
Totus Tuus – “totally yours” – the apostolic motto for Pope John II inspired by Mother Mary’s perfect example, is also the title of the concert gala hosted by Catholic Youth Studio on Sunday, May 8th at Roy Thompson Hall. The Mother’s Day gala concert is in honour of Pope John Paul’s May 1st beatification ...read more
On Monday, our friends over at HeadlineBistro.com began a series of articles from prominent Catholic commentators examining the influence of Pope John Paul II. The series, titled John Paul II: A Blessed Legacy, will feature columns by: Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on John Paul II and the Civilization of Love George Weigel on John Paul ...read more
The May 1st beatification of Pope John Paul II is quickly approaching. Catholic News Service’s Rome correspondent Carol Glatz and Rome Bureau Chief John Thavis have the details on the many preparations taking place. To download Flash Player please click here ...read more
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work – there’s a big job ahead that will certainly involve some seat, toil, and heartache. But the end result? Well, the job itself as assigned by Pope John Paul II, is to build a Civilization of Love so I think that speaks for the end product ...read more
The day October 22nd has a storied history. A parliamentary committee chose the design that would become the Canadian flag. The Supremes became the first all-female music group to have a number one selling album. Toastmasters was established. Some even speculate that Harry Houdini’s physical encounter with a student in Montreal on that day eventually ...read more
In February 2009 my wife and I drove my colleague, Kris Dmytrenko, to the Buffalo, New York airport. He was flying to Rome for work, and giving him a ride to the airport gave us the opportunity to visit a few shrines in the upstate New York area. One of the shrines we visited was ...read more
On Thursday, Salt + Light CEO Father Thomas Rosica, CSB will be speaking at the University of Toronto’s Newman Centre. Three very special and great men are the reasons behind the event.  One was just beatified this past weekend in England by Pope Benedict XVI, the other a Venerable Pope whose life and legacy will ...read more