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“Be faithful, be an apostle,” John Paul II told me

Alejandra Vanney is a lawyer who in the 90s moved from Argentina to Poland to help begin the apostolic work of Opus Dei there. Her work at the University of Warsaw gave her the opportunity to travel to Rome to take part in several encounters [...]
Tags: Faithfulness, Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Poland, calling
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A feast of faith

Canonization of Sts John XXIII and John Paul II, April 27, 2014 From long before dawn people from around the world have been arriving at St Peter’s Square, even without knowing whether they would manage to get in, because so many pilgrims are expected. Once they [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Canonization, God’s glory, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Congo, Pope John XXIII
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Pope declares John XXIII and John Paul II as saints of the Universal Church

Video. Rome Reports. It's official. Pope Francis has declared John XXIII and John Paul II as saints of the Catholic Church. Before a crowded square, Card. Angelo Amato presented the decree to elevate the two Popes to the altars. Pope Francis gave his approval through [...]
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John XXIII and John Paul II: two holy Popes, two Marian saints

The canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II is a great event for the Church and a sign of hope for the world, because where sanctity flourishes the crises in this world don’t have the final word. Sanctity provides a solid foundation on which to [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Heaven, Church, Pope John Paul II, Pope, Holiness, Vatican II, Vocation, Pope Francis, Pope John XXIII
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A place of sanctification

On March 28, in the Hall of Blessings at the Vatican, Pope Francis received 600 participants in the annual course of the internal forum organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. For the past 25 years this dicastery has offered this course to deacons and newly ordained [...]
Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Holy Spirit, Sacraments, Holiness, Love, Pope Benedict XVI, Josemaria Escriva, mercy
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Canonized 9 years after his death

Nine years ago today Pope John Paul II died, with a reputation for sanctity, at 21:37 in the papal apartment. Shortly before, in the same room, at 20:00, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz had celebrated the Mass of the following day, Divine Mercy Sunday. On this anniversary [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, mercy
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Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On Wednesday, January 9, 1918, Josemaría turned sixteen. The city of Logroño lay peaceful under a heavy snowfall. The temperature hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit. No one went out unless they absolutely had to. José had found work in Logroño as a sales clerk in [...]
Tags: Love of God, Footprints in the Snow, Logroño, Prayer, Priesthood, Holiness, The Will of God, Saragossa, calling
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Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

By CNA, Elise Harris (Eurasiareview) During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest’s model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Priesthood, Holiness, Vatican II, Beatification
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Approaching the Church through the saints

By Dwight G. Duncan US (The Boston Pilot). Pope Benedict XVI famously said, "To me art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith." In that regard, we have been particularly fortunate to have lived alongside and witnessed the powerful example of some [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Church, Holiness, Beatification
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Conversion, contrition, Love

I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. (St Luke’s Gospel, 15:7) When am I going to convert? My God, when am I [...]
Tags: Repentance, Contrition, Conversion, Holiness, Love