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Pope John Paul II

Church and State in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
John Feffer

Poland has one of the stricter laws on abortion in Europe. Abortion is illegal except if the life of the mother is at risk, the fetus has a major defect or the pregnancy is the result of a confirmed rape.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 6: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness (Conclusion)

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Just as we think of the films of the exceptionally gifted Leni Riefenstahl as Nazi art, so we are in an inexorable process of appreciating much of the art of Richard Wagner as such.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 5: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Instead of asking for forgiveness or otherwise expressing regret for the past, or even honestly and clearly acknowledging it, what most of these Nazi-tainted German artists have done at best, individually or collectively, is what might be called gestures of redress

Open Letter to Gov. Nathan Deal Regarding Kelly Gissendaner From a Catholic Theologian

Tobias Winright | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Tobias Winright

​The execution of Kelly Gissendaner is not necessary for the protection of the citizens of Georgia (or for the protection of the officers, staff, or fellow inmates at the prison).

Pope Francis and Climate Change: A Catholic Tradition

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

At Catholic Relief Services, we are very aware of the impact of climate change on the poor around the world; that those who have contributed the least to this problem are suffering -- and will suffer -- the most from it.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Bino A. Realuyo

It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.

J'aime Paris et l'Europe

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Brent Budowsky

As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.

St. John Paul II's Would-Be Assassin Expelled From Italy After Visiting Former Pope's Tomb

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who tried to assassinate St. John Paul II in 1981, was expelled from Italy on Monday (Dec. 29) after paying a v...

Pope Francis Wrote Little Known, Revealing Book On Cuba

Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. tr...

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

While Pope Francis is being credited with orchestrating the detente between the U.S. and Cuba, the roots of the delicate agreement stretch to the last...

50 Years Of Papal Visits To The U.S.

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis is scheduled to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 50 years after Pope Paul VI made the first papal...

Missing from the Berlin Wall Celebration -- Two Leaders Who Died Too Soon

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Barry D. Wood

As the world marks the 25th anniversary of freedom returning to Eastern Europe, it is sad that two of the wisest post-communist leaders are no longer with us.

Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Yesterday, Monday, Walesa talked for more than two hours with a group of activists from diverse provinces and political leanings. It was if a piece of Cuba had arrived in the autumn cold of Wasaw.

This Changes Everything

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The synod's report is an invitation to reform the likes of which we have not seen for half a century. I hope to be a full participant in this debate, and certainly I encourage others to join the discussion.

Suicide... An Unpardonable Sin?

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

So, with Robin Williams, and others like him and their families, it is my sincere hope the Church will respond to this with compassion, understanding, and with openness. We need many informed and humane conversations around the issue of suicide.

9 Public Figures Who Rightly Opposed The Iraq War

Dennis Earl | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Dennis Earl

When the George W. Bush administration commenced its global sales pitch to invade Iraq in 2002, misplaced fear and overly rosy projections for its success helped make it happen. If only they had heeded the prescient warnings of these nine individuals.

Pope John Paul II's Blood On Tour

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion

A vial containing the blood of Pope John Paul II -- now St. John Paul II -- is going on tour, starting with a visit to Boston's Cathedral of the Holy ...

The Significance of the Pope's Upcoming Visit to Israel

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

Pope Francis' trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.

St. John Paul II

Rick Steves | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Pilgrims and happy Roman Catholics were pouring into Rome last week for the canonization of two popes. And many among them were Poles celebrating the ...

Mother Teresa's Canonization Dissed

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

While it might be argued that the Pope Francis's understanding about human sexual orientation, especially LGBTQ's is expanding, and his concern for the dignity and humanity of LGBTQ people is genuinely shown, the pontiff is still a doctrinal conservative when it comes to women.

Proud to Be Roman Catholic Again

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Last weekend leaders of the Jesuit School of Theology and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology along with other prominent Roman Catholic thinkers gave papers at the Pacific Coast Theological Society.

The Saint for Shalom on Holocaust Memorial Day

Eric J. Greenberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Eric J. Greenberg

After the meeting, I somehow became the only guest left standing outside the Cardinal's residence. Police directed me to keep perfectly still -- pointing to the sharpshooters -- until the pope was safely inside his car.

Canonizations

Martin Marty | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Sunday, the Roman Catholic world and many other worlds celebrated the canonization of two new saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Non-comatose readers of Sightings need no further attention to be paid to the details and the drama of the even

Miracle, Schmiracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It's hard for someone who's worked in newspapers and TV as long as I have to feel any sense of wonder over miracles, because we peddle miracles faster than McDonald's slings Big Macs.