Leading man: Pope John Paul's media legacy

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Following Pope John Paul II's death, Patrick McCormick reflected that the spotlight that followed him is a great a part of his legacy as the reasons he was in the spotlight.

Pope John Paul II’s funeral may have been the largest media event of modern times. Presidents, prime ministers, and prelates from more than 200 nations joined a sea of 3 million pilgrims flooding into St. Peter’s Square from every corner of the globe.


What's left in his legacy: John Paul II and social teaching

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As a voice for peace and justice, Pope John Paul II was a man for all political reasons.

If I were pope: A survey on the papacy after John Paul II's death

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U.S. Catholic readers told us what they thought of Pope John Paul II and the papacy in his last years and right after his death. Take a look at how their opinions hold up now that John Paul II is beatified. 

When in Rome: John Paull II's legacy at the Vatican

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In his 26 years as pope, John Paul II gave new shape to the papacy, Richard R. Gaillardetz reflected shortly after his death. With his beatification, it's worth looking back on his papal legacy to see whether Pope Benedict XVI has followed in John Paul II’s footsteps or found his own way.

Habemus papam. We have a pope. The election of Pope Benedict XVI marks the conclusion of one of the most significant transitional moments in Roman Catholicism, rivaled only, perhaps, by the convocation of an ecumenical council.


Boxed in: Do you need to be set free from stuff?

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Lent is a good time to ask whether the stuff we hold on to is actually holding us back.

Celtic crossovers: May the Lent of the Irish be with you

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Joyce Rupp suggests seven ways to let Celtic spirituality be your guide this Lent.

I shy away from many popular spiritual movements, which seem to come and go like feathers in the breeze. But Celtic spirituality is not one of these. Celtic spirituality is solid and deeply rooted in a spiritual heritage. I have been deeply drawn to Celtic spirituality with its creation-centered orientation. It has been a "coming home" for me because I have always felt a strong bond with creation.


Civil writer: Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress

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The founder of the National Black Catholic Congress inspires a modern-day Black Catholic to keep working for the church he envisions.

Civil writer: Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress

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The founder of the National Black Catholic Congress inspires a modern-day Black Catholic to keep working for the church he envisions.

You 2.0: Lenten upgrade

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Lent is a time to upgrade your internal drives.

I was doing dishes in the kitchen last week when my son Jacob came in and started unloading the dishwasher. While generally dishwasher unloading is a job that belongs to the kids, I had not yet asked anyone to empty it.

“Who are you, and what have you done with Jacob?” I said to him. Jacob smiled—he knew what I meant. While I would never describe Jacob as lazy, he usually needs to be reminded to do his jobs around the house.

“Is this a new and improved version of Jacob?” I continued. “I like it.”


You 2.0: Lenten upgrade

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Lent is a time to upgrade your internal drives.

I was doing dishes in the kitchen last week when my son Jacob came in and started unloading the dishwasher. While generally dishwasher unloading is a job that belongs to the kids, I had not yet asked anyone to empty it.

“Who are you, and what have you done with Jacob?” I said to him. Jacob smiled—he knew what I meant. While I would never describe Jacob as lazy, he usually needs to be reminded to do his jobs around the house.

“Is this a new and improved version of Jacob?” I continued. “I like it.”


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