1963 – “The greatest pontificate in church history”

1963 – The Southern Cross pays tribute to the late Pope John XXIII and looks at the future of the Second Vatican Council which was in full-swing at the time of John XXIII’s death

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John XXIII and his valet often skirted papal protocol

By Carol Glatz , Catholic News Service Blessed John XXIII struggled to shake off many formalities that came with the papacy and often conspired with his valet to sneak out of the Vatican. One covert road trip in the Alban Hills outside of Rome got Guido Gusso, the pope’s valet, in trouble with the Italian police responsible [...]

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Two saintly popes

If the College of Saints could meet in a consistory, as the world’s cardinals periodically do, then surely they would be delighted to welcome among their numbers Popes John XXIII and, perhaps especially, John Paul II, who canonised more than half of them.

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Must Communion wine be red?

Recently I received communion under both species in Pretoria. The chalice contained transubstantiated white wine that, in this case, was colourless, like the anaemia that Jesus suffered during his passion. The fact that the accidents did not resemble the substance made my faith uncertain of what it saw, instead of becoming certain of what it [...]

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John Paul II gave the world a moral compass

Pope John Paul II was seen by many observers as tremendously influential. JOHN THAVIS examines the pope’s efforts to make the world a better place.

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How Karol Wojtyla found his vocation

By John Thavis Over the last several years of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II revealed an aspect of his personal life that he did not want history to overlook. In autobiographical books and in selected talks, the pontiff emphasised that what kept him going was not the power of the papacy but the spiritual strength [...]

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