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This article is part of an ongoing series on Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body (TOB). All of creation is a gift held in being at every moment by God, whose inner life is an eternal giving and receiving of love. Since the very meaning of our …

by Joe Bukuras Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 6, 2022 / 15:56 pm In response to a federal court decision affirming the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s death penalty protocol, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City on Monday called on state lawmakers to end the death penalty. “No matter the decision of the …

This article is part of an ongoing series on Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” (TOB). Last month, I reflected on how the logic of gift is a golden thread woven throughout Pope St. John Paul II’s thought, especially in Theology of the Body. All of creation, …

by Courtney Mares Rome, Italy, May 19, 2022 / 06:23 am John Paul II began his pontificate with the words “Be not afraid” — a phrase that the Polish pope’s biographer believes can be applied to Vatican diplomacy with Russia and China today. George Weigel, author of the bestselling biography “Witness to …

An arrow points to David DePerro in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. | Magda Gorman/Used by permission. by CNA Staff Vatican City, May 13, 2022 / 03:47 am On May 13, 1981, Mehmet Ali Ağca shot Pope John Paul II and critically injured him. The pictures of the …

In 1955, Pope Pius IX established May 1 as the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, a day set aside to seek St. Joseph’s intercession on behalf of laborers. The date was chosen as an alternative to International Workers’ Day, to celebrate workers while avoiding association with May Day’s historical …

by Solène Tadié Krakow, Poland, Mar 23, 2022 / 13:00 pm In the month since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than two million people have crossed the border with Poland seeking refuge. In the Polish city of Kraków, the local Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski has shown his support for …

This article is part of an ongoing series on Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” (TOB). I began several months ago to explore the three “original experiences” Pope St. John Paul II pondered in his Theology of the Body. In these reflections, we saw that the original …

This article is part of an ongoing series on Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” (TOB).  In last month’s article, I mentioned how Pope St. John Paul II saw in the unity and distinction of our humanity as male and female a profound truth about what it …

ORIGINAL UNITY PART 2: THE SEXUAL DIFFERENCE POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II’S THEOLOGY OF THE BODY This article is part of an ongoing series on Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” (TOB). Last month, we began to explore the second of the “original experiences” described by Pope …