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"Prayer is not one occupation among many, but is at the center
of our life in Christ."
-St. John Paul II
Prayer is not optional; it is essential. How is God calling you to turn your prayer life into the breath of your existence?
Vatican officials are expecting the celebration of the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to be one of the largest events seen in Rome since the 2005 funeral of John Paul II.
BG writes: "Recently we noticed that several boys in our homeschooling group play with Pokemon and have dozens of card files of these characters . . . . I read your blog post about Pokemon and agree. However, I also found an article on the internet saying that the wonderful Pope John Paul II gave his blessing to Pokemon saying it was nothing more than fodder for a child's imagination. So now I am confused. Do you have any more information on John Paul's approval of these toys? Could the article have been wrong? Or a fake? I had an interesting conversation with another homeschooling mom who approves of these toys, and I would like to get my ducks in a row on these issues."
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Even though it was written by the official postulator of Pope John Paul II’s cause for sainthood, the Vatican is not hiding its displeasure with a recently published book containing revelations about the Pope’s private life that many believe should have remained confidential.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Christopher West, popular Catholic speaker on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, says a recent ABC television segment about him made understandable but "sensationalized" misrepresentations and distortions.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Writing from his prison cell in Turkey, Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, claims he renounced Islam and became a Catholic in 2007.
By Susan Brinkmann Staff Writer A new documentary based on the book by Pope John Paul II’s long-time personal secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, reveals much about the late pontiff’s life, including the time he was stabbed by a knife-wielding priest during a trip to Fatima.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A new foundation that will promote the values of the Gospel through sports was presented by the Vatican on Monday.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A tree blessed by Pope John Paul II eight years ago during a visit to the Holy Land was the only tree in a plot of land to produce olives this year.
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