Monday, February 11, 2013
A spokesman for the pontiff announced he will step down Feb. 28.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he will resign, effective Feb. 28, according to the Associated Press. CNN reported that a spokesman for the pope did not give a reason for the decision, announced during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, but according to the AP, the 85-year-old pontiff cited his "advanced age and diminishing strength." The decision makes Benedict the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, according to the AP report. Born Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI was chosen in 2005 to succeed the late Pope John Paul II. The Vatican could hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, according to the AP.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
For one church in Evergreen Park, Divine Mercy Sunday is a religious testament to the life and legacy of a favorite among religious leaders.
In what seemed like an ordinary day of worship, Catholics from Most Holy Redeemer Church in Evergreen Park actually came for mercy. For most in the congregation, that prevailing notion and the man who championed it were at the heart of yesterday's sermon. “This will be our 22nd year celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday,” said usher Barbara Lascola. “On this feast day, if we go to confession, go to Mass and implore [Jesus Christ's] mercy and celebrate his mercy, the reparation of your sin will be washed away like when you were baptized.” In the early 1930s, as the church tale goes, Christ came to Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska in a vision. In her diaries she wrote of the instructions Christ gave her. “Whosoever should approach the Fountain of …
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Pope John Paul II, who died in April 2005, will be given the next step needed to be recognized as a saint on Sunday. Many credit the deceased pope with helping to end communist rule in some European countries.
A week after Easter Sunday, Pope John Paul II will be one step closer to becoming a saint. The Beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place this Sunday, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II decreed the day as such in the General Roman Calendar, so it is notable that his beatification is being held on that occasion. Father James Hyland, pastor at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, said Beatification is the step prior to being canonized and recognized as an official saint. "It's part of the process. Someone has to be proposed for sainthood and there is a whole process they go through," Hyland said. "There is an investigation and there have to be a couple of miracles attributed to that particular individual." Hyland said it is …