Cardinal Dziwisz on Publication of Bl. John Paul II's Personal Notes
"Karol Wojtyła - John Paul II
I Am Really In God’s Hand
Personal Notes 1962-2003"
‘I do not leave any possession which should be kept. Please, give away my things of everyday life to others. Please, burn the personal notes. I would like to ask Fr. Stanisław, whom I thank for such a long-term and forgiving cooperation and help, to take care of these things. Whereas I keep my other thanks towards God in my heart, because they are difficult to express’ (John Paul II, Testament 6.03.1979). This request was left by the Holy Father John Paul II in his testament. I faithfully fulfilled the will of the Holy Father after his death in 2005, giving all his things which he had, especially his personal souvenirs. However, I was not courageous enough to burn these sheets of paper and notebooks with his personal notes, which he had left, because they include important information about his life. I saw them on the desk of the Holy Father, but I had never read them. When I saw the testament, I was moved by the fact that John Paul II, whom I had accompanied for nearly forty years, entrusted me also his personal matters.
3 Reasons Young People Love the Church and What We Can Learn From Them
“Keep the youth close to you: they will keep you young and faithful.” These are telling words that Blessed John Paul II shared with Fr. Thomas Rosica in the later days of his pontificate. John Paul II had a great love for all young people, until the very end of his life.
There are some who suggest that the Church is dying, that our pews are emptying of young people and that faith has become a disposable good in our modern times. Blessed John Paul II believed just the opposite.
Upcoming Concert Will Celebrate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII
An upcoming concert in Washington will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace.
Pope on World Communication Day: Slow Down, Engage and Help
The Vatican released Pope Francis' first message for the World Communications Day. In line with the main themes of his pontificate, the focus is on using modern methods of communication to build "authentic encounters.”
With the Internet and social networks dominating the way people reach out to others, the message calls on people to go beyond just connecting with each other.
BEFORE THE CROSS - Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message
In 1995, Blessed John Paul II published his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life). The Holy Father told us -- in no uncertain terms -- that life is at the heart of the message of Jesus and that we are called to preach the Gospel of life "with dauntless fidelity as 'good news' to the people of every age and culture."
The pope's teaching was (and is) timeless. But it is also particularly appropriate for our time and place. This same pope, while he was still a cardinal, once observed the following:
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously..."