Saints’ teachings shaped the modern Church Each authored volumes of important encyclicals, exhortations and letters during their pontificates
By Matthew Bunson
The canonizations of Popes St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II mark not only the raising to the altars of arguably the two most beloved pontiffs of the 20th century but the opportunity to reflect on the remarkable writings of these two holy popes.
Both served during periods of great political, social and intellectual upheaval, and both called on the human family to embrace peace amidst the threat of nuclear annihilation. Above all, the two new saints were united by their abiding concern for the dignity of the human person in the modern world.
Everyone called him ‘Duke’: John Wayne’s conversion to Catholicism An edited excerpt from ‘Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line’
By Karen Edmisten
This American icon of masculinity and patriotism eventually appeared in more than 175 movies. He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of crusty Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. He played dozens of cowboys in a wealth of Westerns, and was Maureen O’Hara’s Quiet Man. If you remember an old war movie, it probably starred the Duke.
How did this thrice-married, hard-drinking, larger-than-life megastar make his leap to Catholicism?
Story of healing touches writer’s heart Brother cured of cancer through John Paul II’s intercession
By Mariann Hughes
I’d loved Pope John Paul II as a child.
I read anything I could find on his life and swooned in typical teenage fashion over the young Karol’s rugged, athletic good looks. I was fascinated by how the world had turned out because of him, and what would have happened if he had married his girlfriend rather than become a priest. Or if he had said no to the dangers of seminary during a war. Or if he had died after being struck by an automobile or working in war camps.
Mass Readings: Acts 10:34, 37–43/Colossians 3:1–4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6–8/John 20:1–9 or Matthew 28:1–10 or, at an afternoon or evening Mass, Luke 24:13–35
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad” (Ps 118:24). This is our Sabbath of Sabbaths, our most joyous feast, the defeat of darkness and the victory of light. Christ has risen. Alleluia!
'The Church of God welcomes you with great joy' Readers share personal stories of conversion into Catholic Church
There are a number of amazing conversion stories in the New Testament, from the apostles who were called by Christ to those who witnessed his miracles, but as Jesus said in John 20, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
So it was with a crowd gathered to hear our first pope, St. Peter, preach on Pentecost, when 3,000 converted on one day, in one place.
Mass Readings: Genesis 1:1–2:2 or 1:1,26–31/Genesis 22:1–18 or 22:1–2,9,10–13,15–18/Exodus 14:15–15:1/Isaiah 54:5–14/Isaiah 55:1–11/Baruch 3:9–15,32–4:4/Ezekiel 36:16–17,18–28/Romans 6:3–11/Matthew 28:1–10
Work of Bees
With the church in darkness at the beginning of the Easter Vigil, the Paschal candle — which represents the light of Christ — is lit. Then the congregants’ candles are lit from the Paschal candle and the Paschal Proclamation is recited or, ideally, chanted.