Saints of Our Times

David Oatney New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Saints, Year of Faith

It was announced from the Vatican on Monday that Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be canonized together on Sunday, April 27th, the Second Sunday of Easter. That day is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, so named after the feast that St. Faustina Kowalska described in her Diary the the feast of Divine Mercy which Our …

Pope John XXIII Opens the Second Vatican Council

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican council with an address in which he explained the decision to hold a council, the purpose of the council, and how the Church ought to interact with the modern world. The major interest of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred heritage of Christian truth be safeguarded and expounded …

Conciliaria

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

A very interesting resource for learning more about the Second Vatican Council is the Conciliaria website. The premise behind Conciliaria is summed up in it’s tagline, “Fifty Years Ago Today at the Second Vatican Council”. Deacons Bill Ditewig, Scott Dodge and Eric Stoltz, along with the web editor of America Magazine, Tim Riedy are using archival material to create a virtual time machine that …

Introducing the Catechism

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1992, with the apostolic constitution entitled Fidei Depositum, Pope John Paul II promulgated a new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his message to the faithful he explained that the new catechism has its origins in the Second Vatican Council. The principal task entrusted to the Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and present …