Delegation of the Polish government at the tomb of John Paul II

A holy Mass was celebrated at the tomb of John Paul II for the Polish government delegation participating in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victorious battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, anniversary ceremonies were held, in which delegations from Poland also participated. Among them was a delegation of the Polish government along with several senators and...

We were united in suffering…but the Father is saved

After a short rest, the Holy Father woke up again early in the morning.  He looked at me again, this time consciously and – unbelievable – he asked: “Did I pray the evening prayer?” He was under impression that it is still Wednesday, May 13.  The first three days were a nightmare.  The Holy Father was continuously praying.  And, he was suffering, suffering a lot.  But, even greater, this inner one, deep, which was not going away, was...

That day…doctors from the Polyclinic gave their own blood

The Pope was losing his strength, but he was still conscious.  He was making quiet each time weaker groans. And, he was praying, I heard how he prayed, saying “Jesus, Mary my Mother.”  When we got to the hospital, he lost consciousness.  It was then, when I realized that his life is actually in mortal danger.  Doctors, who were operating, revealed to me later one that they were operating with almost no faith that the patient will...

St. Peter’s Square, May 13, 1981

  Remembering the assassination attempt on Pope St. John Paul II 35 years on. On a calm and sunny May afternoon 35 years ago this Friday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope St. John Paul II was driven into St. Peter’s Square to deliver his weekly catechesis. He was going to talk about the role of work and workers to mark the 90th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, and announce the creation of what would become the...

Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum

Sr Eugenia Bonetti presents her meditations for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, to take place in Rome on Good Friday. The 14 Stations highlight the victims of human trafficking, minors who are bought and sold...

The Wood of the Cross

“Ecce lignum crucis in quo salus mundi pependit… Venite adoremus”. (“This is the wood of the cross on which hung the Saviour of the world… Come let us worship”). We heard these words...

Pope Francis’ Homily at Chrism Mass

‘Here, I believe, was the beginning of clericalism: in this desire to be assured of a meal and personal comfort without any concern for the people’ The Gospel of Luke, which we just heard, makes us relive the excitement...

“Eucharist, as priesthood, is a gift from God”

“The sacrament of the Eucharist—like the sacrament of Reconciliation—was entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and has been passed down by them and their successors in every generation. At the beginning of his public...

Concentrated face, eyes almost closed…

John Paul II was hearing confessions in spite of his illness, despite his weakness, each year, on Good Friday.  He did not sit down in a confessional only on this last Good Friday, a few days before his death. –...

The eloquence of the rites of Holy Week

“In these days of Holy Week, we enter into the heart of God’s saving plan. The Church, (…), wishes to remind everyone that Christ died for every man and woman, because the gift of salvation is universal. The...

Hosanna to the Son of David

Palm Sunday or the Passion of the Lord begins the Holy Week.   On that day, we commemorate the triumphal entry of Christ the Lord to Jerusalem.  Crowds of people welcome Jesus as the Messiah and King who through the...