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The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

By Courtney Grogan, CNA

As World War II raged around him in Poland, St. Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another “weapon” – the Miraculous Medal.

“Even though a person be the worst sort, if only he agrees to wear the medal, give it to him…and then pray for him, and at the proper moment strive to bring him closer to his Immaculate Mother, so that he have recourse to her in all difficulties and temptations,”…

International scholars express concerns about John Paul II Institute

International scholars express concerns about John Paul II Institute

By CNA

A group of 49 academics from universities around the world has asked the administrators of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome to reinstate several faculty members recently dismissed from the institute.

Contributors to the recently completed Dizionario su Sesso, Amore e Fecondità, an interdisciplinary academic tome on sex, love, and fertility, expressed their view in an Aug. 3 letter to administrators of the institute.

The project, which involved scholars from multiple specializations, was coordinated by recently dismissed John Paul…

Diocese of Scranton launches investigation into national shrine rector Rossi

Diocese of Scranton launches investigation into national shrine rector Rossi

By Ed Condon, CNA

The Diocese of Scranton has begun an investigation into allegations of misconduct on the part of the rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

“Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, has commenced the process of launching a full forensic investigation into the concerns that have been raised,” about Msgr. Walter Rossi, the diocese told CNA Aug. 14.

“Approximately one year ago, concerns were raised in the…

Pope Francis: Divine Mercy is found in Christ’s wounds

Pope Francis: Divine Mercy is found in Christ’s wounds

By Courtney Grogan, CNA

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s wounds, which he said contain the difficulties and persecutions endured by people who suffer today.

“Touch the wounds of Jesus,” Pope Francis said April 28. “The wounds of Jesus are a treasure from which mercy comes.”

Pope Francis said that in visiting someone who is suffering, one can touch the wounds of Christ.

“Let us draw close to Jesus and touch his wounds in our brothers,” he…

Religion ‘less important’ to most people than 20 years ago, surveys find

Religion ‘less important’ to most people than 20 years ago, surveys find

By CNA

Participants in a study spanning 27 countries say that religion plays a less important role in public life than it once did, though in many parts of the world, participants said that religion’s importance is on the rise, or that they would like to see an increased role for religion in society.

In the study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, 37% of respondents say religion plays a “less important role” in their countries than it did 20 years ago,…

Quasimodo Sunday: How the Hunchback got his name

Quasimodo Sunday: How the Hunchback got his name

By CNA

As fire ravaged the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris earlier this month, one artist from Ecuador used her skills to express the grief that she and so many people throughout the world felt as the beautiful building burned.

In a pencil sketch posted to Instagram that quickly went viral, artist Cristina Correa Freile depicted Disney’s version of Quasimodo, the famous fictional “Hunchback of Notre Dame”, crying and hugging the beloved church where he was the bellringer.

Quasimodo was…

The original Image of Divine Mercy: It’s not where you might think

The original Image of Divine Mercy: It’s not where you might think

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA

Among Catholic devotions, the Divine Mercy message is well-known: the iconic image of Christ, with rays of red and white pouring from his heart; St. Faustina, called the “Apostle of Divine Mercy;” and the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland.

But what you might not know is that more than 450 miles north of Krakow, in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, there is another Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, one which houses the first image of the merciful…

Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician from Pakistan who was killed in 2011, is a witness of how to act with love in the face of hatred, Pope Francis said Friday.

Speaking to a Pakistani association named for Bhatti, the pope said Nov 30, “may your hallmark always be the one that shines in the testimony of Shahbaz Bhatti and of many other martyrs of our time, namely, humble and courageous faith in…

Cardinal Müller: Spiritual renewal is the Church’s foremost need

Cardinal Müller: Spiritual renewal is the Church’s foremost need

CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Gerhard Müller said in a recent interview that the problem of clerical sex abuse must be countered primarily by spiritual renewal, prayer, and penance.

The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a Nov. 28 interview with Vatican Insider that “We need spiritual renewal, prayer and penance, drawing on the grace of the sacraments, reading and meditating on the Bible, entering into the spirit of Jesus Christ. We must be priests according to…

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