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John Paul II’s mother chose life after her doctor advised an abortion

Over one hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and life-threatening pregnancy. The child would grow up to be St. John Paul II. In a new book published in … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, August 8 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Roman Ordinary calendar St. Dominic 1st book of Kings 19,4-8. Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it. He prayed for death: “This is … Continue reading

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The Ebbing of Truth

by Hadley Arkes on THE CATHOLIC THING St. John Paul II famously warned against the tendency to reduce “conscience” to the level of feelings passionately held. Conscience, rightly understood, took its guide from a body of objective moral truths. Detached … Continue reading

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Former Swiss Guard: St John Paul II Offered Witness of ‘Hope and Self-Giving’

By Roxanne King at the National Catholic Register: May 18 marks the 100th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s birth. For the occasion, former Swiss Guard Mario Enzler finally put down in book form what he has spent years sharing at … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter Marking St. John Paul II’s Birth Centenary

      From the National Catholic Register: Editor’s Note: Here is the full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The English translation of this letter, dated May 4, was … Continue reading

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Jesus, I trust in You!

From a homily given by St John Paul II for Divine Mercy Sunday, 22 April 2001, § 4-6: Jesus entrusted to [the fearful, astounded disciples] the gift of “forgiving sins”, a gift that flows from the wounds in his hands, … Continue reading

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A Marian Victory with Incalculable Historical Consequences

From mariedenazareth.com In 1920, the same year that Karol Wojtyla, the future Polish Pope Saint John Paul II, was born, the Red Army swept over the fledgling Polish republic. Between 14th and 20th August, 1920, the battle of the Vistula … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph the Worker, in the words of three Popes

In 1870, Pope Pius IX declared the great Saint Joseph patron of the universal Catholic Church. To foster even deeper devotion to Saint Joseph through the liturgy, and to counter the ungodly “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, … Continue reading

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