Catholic Church in the world
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »
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. »