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He learnt courage from John Paul II

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Péter Erdo, Primate of Hungary.

The Primate of Hungary was elected President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE), which consists of 34 Episcopal Conferences. He will be responsible for the work of the Council in the changing Europe. »

Asia Minor - ancient Christian land

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Fr Egidio Picucci, OFMCap, the director of the missionary paper 'Continenti', published by the Italian Capuchins, and an expert in Turkey and its history.

On the occasion of the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle, Benedict XVI is going to Turkey; this is his first visit to Asia. »

Turkey in the 20th century

Wlodzimierz Redzioch

After World War I the Ottoman Empire collapsed, which concluded with the birth of the Republic of Turkey. Although its charismatic leader Atatürk created a secular state he based it on the nationalistic ideology, making Islam the national religion. There was no place for Christians and other religions. Today Turkey aspires to join the European Union. »

Christians in the Osmanic Empire

Wlodzimierz Redzioch

Muhammad awarded the status of 'protected people' to Christians. In fact, Christians were tolerated, were free to practice their religion and keep their traditions. However, they had a lower social and legal position in the Muslim society. The tolerance of the sultans and Christians' contacts with Europe made Christians the best-educated social group in the empire. »

Polish Cardinal became parish priest in Rome

Wlodzimierz Redzioch

Every cardinal is given a deaconry or titular church in Rome, symbolising his ties with the diocese of the Pope. On 24 October, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz took symbolic possession of his titular Church of Maria del Popolo. »

What are we to pass over?

Fr Piotr Gasior talks to Fr Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Koscielniak, a specialist on Islam and lecturer at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow.

The din in the media concerning the fragment of Benedict XVI's speech, delivered at the University of Regensburg has died away a little. Now it is time for honest reflection: what actually made the followers of Muhammad indignant about. »

Witnesses of the miracle of the sun

Lilla Danilecka talks to Joao Ribeiro Ferraz.

The Ferraz family were eyewitnesses of the Fatima apparitions. Today their son Joao Ribeiro describes how the events of 1917 influenced the life of his family. »

'Those who believe are never alone'

Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Bavaria

Fr Pawel Rozpiatkowski

The addressees of the message, which Benedict XVI took to his home state of Bavaria, were not only his fellow citizens. The Holy Father reminded the whole Western world of God. »

Media are tainted?

Bishop Adam Lepa

Media are effective instruments to propagate all that is good and true. They inform and facilitate instantaneous and direct communication between people. Unfortunately, they are also tainted. Reflections on the message of Benedict XVI for the World Social Communications Day. »

Sister Church after having left the catacombs and five years after John Paul II's visit

Cardinal Stanislaw Nagy, SCJ

Lwow was known for a unique density of religious and ethnic communities living side by side: Poles, Ukrainians, Armenians and Jews. There were tensions but without any dramatic end. Those communities, their cultures and religions, left indelible marks on this city. »

Christians, have courage to fight against lies (2)

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Archbishop Angelo Amato about the Magisterium of the Church and social communications.

One can have the impression that media are not interested in proclaiming the truth and showing reality in an objective way. On the contrary, they show a distorted picture of reality in accordance with the ideological and political demands of their owners. »

Christians, have courage to fight against lies (1)

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Archbishop Angelo Amato about the Magisterium of the Church and social communications.

Lack of knowledge about the Church, postmodernist culture, weakening of the feeling of identification with the Church and lies spread by aggressive media make believers' statements about the Church and faith barely audible. »

About pilgriming

Jerzy Andrzej Skrodzki

A pilgrimage is a long initiation; it is a period of great efforts. The pilgrimage routes, which brought about the unity of Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, are above all the paths leading to Santiago de Compostela, to the tomb of St James the Apostle (the Greater). »

Our Lady of Carmel

Pawel Kulasiewicz (L)

The Carmelite scapular bears on one side the image of our Lady of Mount Carmel and on the other side the image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Rulers and saints wore a scapular. The Mother of God herself appeared holding a scapular in Lourdes and in Fatima. The Holy Father John Paul II received a Carmelite scapular at the age of ten and wore it until his death. »

To save Europe's soul

Fr Adam Lach

For a long time Europe, although strengthened economically, has been ideologically and morally on the skids, the evidence being a peculiar resolution of the European Parliament, which reprimands Poland for its alleged racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and homophobia. In fact, the aim of the resolution was to strike the Christian vision of reality. »

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