Two newest saints were voices for the voiceless

Blesseds Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonised on April 27, prophetically raised their voices on behalf of the suffering masses. They spoke truth to power, and challenged all of us to advance the kingdom of God – a kingdom of love, justice and peace.

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Pope: The risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of life

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status – none of which can give life and joy, Pope Francis said. Christians need to examine their lives with the question the angel asked the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body [...]

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How John Paul II helped bring down Soviet communism

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service Catholics venerate Blessed John Paul II for his holiness, as demonstrated, among other ways, by his globetrotting evangelism and long-suffering endurance in the papacy despite his illness.

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Bishop’s visit should focus on Africa

From Athaly Jenkins, East London Some readers requesting “Prayer for Africa” leaflets have been reminded of the many years when we all prayed for the conversion of Russia.  Shouldn’t we pray like that for Africa today?

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Short pontificate, long impact: Blessed John XXIII launched reforms

Although he served as pope for less than five years, Pope John XXIII left one of the most lasting legacies in the Catholic Church’s history by convening the Second Vatican Council.

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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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