Pope John Paul II

Liverpool pilgrims in Wadowize
More than two dozen parishioners from the North West of England, including several from St Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) in Liverpool, have taken part in a pilgrimage to Poland as part of their celebrations for the Year of Mercy. The 28 pilgrims came from the Liverpool City Centre North Pastoral Area and their visit included places of significance to Saint Pope John Paul II, the home of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and sites of Second World War atrocities.The pilgrimage to Krakow was...
Photo of Pope Francis
When Pope John Paul II visited Chile in 1987 he was welcomed as a ‘messenger of life, pilgrim of peace’ – Nathan Stone SJ remembers it well. How did Pope Francis live up to these same accolades on his visit to Cuba and the United States? I was there in April 1987 when Pope John Paul II visited Chile. It was quite the affair. Chile was small, far away and off the beaten track. Whenever an international figure of any stature came to town, it was a big deal, but John Paul was the Vicar of...
St Joseph the Worker and Bob Crow
1 May is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, a day on which the Church encourages us to celebrate the value of work, and the dignity and rights of workers.  These issues are already in sharp focus this week for Londoners, due to strike action by London Underground workers. John Battle asks to what extent the understanding of trade unions in Catholic Social Teaching matches that of the late union leader, Bob Crow. Any London-based readers are likely to be heading into the Feast of St...