Catholic Church in the world

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The presence and future of the Church

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, former Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil, about the Church in Latin America.

The challenges the Church faces today are connected with the spreading of the new post-modernistic culture, its features being secularism, laicism, agnosticism of the intelligentsia, relativism and religious pluralism. »

Following the Lord

Fr Pawel Rozpiatkowski

Several years ago the countries of the Old Continent and the United States dominated on the map of religious vocations. Today increase in priestly vocations is mainly observed in South American and African countries. Fortunately, in Poland we still see an increase in diocesan and religious priestly vocations. »

John Paul II and the Divine Mercy

Elzbieta Krawczyk

The Holy Father John Paul II was a great worshipper of the Divine Mercy. It was in his youth that his fate was connected with the place of this devotion on the Lagiewniki hill. Then he returned to the cloister of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, to which Sr Faustina had belonged, many times as a priest, cardinal and pope. »

In the Pauline novitiate

Anna Wyszynska

What are the ways of vocations? What factors decide that candidates come to religious congregations every year in order to enter the road leading to religious vows? Who and how helps them to discern their callings? Another article in the pastoral year dedicated to vocations. »

Trace of Cardinal Mindszenty in a Vienna hospital

Fr Florian

On 25 November 2006 a bust of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty was unveiled in the hall of the Vienna hospital run by the Hospitaller Brothers of St John of God. Cardinal Mindszenty died in this hospital in 1975. The Primate of Hungary Cardinal Péter Erdo started the beatification process of the Cardinal and Martyr. »

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. »

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