‘Annus Horribilis’

Our city, and indeed the nation, is reeling from the assassinations of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. These two officers of the law, both married, with the 40-year-old Ramos having two sons and Liu being recently married, were gunned down for no reason other than the fact that they […]

Two Saintly Popes

The canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this weekend are dual reasons for celebration. Both men, of happy memory for many of our readers, were essential to the fulfillment of the mission of the Second Vatican Council.

John Paul II and John XXIII To Become Saints on April 27

by Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare two of his predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27, 2014. The pope […]

Here Are the Movers and Shakers Of the Second Vatican Council

by Michael Swan TORONTO (CNS) – The Second Vatican Council was the biggest stage in the history of the Church. There were more bishops present than at any of the 20 previous councils stretching from the First Council of Nicaea in 325 to the First Vatican Council in 1870. The bishops present came from more […]