July 7, 2013 |
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish . - David Hume Last week the Vatican announced that a meeting of cardinals and bishops had ruled that the late Pope John Paul II was responsible for a second miracle, and thus the way was cleared for sainthood. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints decided he had cured a woman from Costa Rica in 2011 after a panel of doctors apparently ruled that her recovery was otherwise inexplicable.
March 14, 2013 |
Much has been made about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's dedication to the poor. Almost immediately after becoming the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and renaming himself Pope Francis , the commentary began, some of it predicting his legacy before his first day on the job. “In the end, it is Pope Francis's standing as a Latin American and as an advocate of the poor that may well define him,” wrote the Washington Post's E.J....
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March 13, 2013 |
When the Rev. Marco Ortiz saw the name of the new pope flash across the TV, he whispered to himself: "Wow. " The selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to lead the Roman Catholic Church, Ortiz realized, ushered in an era of firsts. He is the first pope from the Americas. And he is the first pope who shares the mother tongue of many Latin Americans - Pope John Paul II spoke fluent Spanish, but with the accent of a non-native speaker, and Benedict spoke it more haltingly.
February 14, 2013 |
Pope Benedict XVI knows how to keep a secret. In a world of strategic leaks, gabby underlings, intrusive paparazzi and cyber-hackers, the pope was able to pull off a surprise when he announced his plan to step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of the month. Since no other pope had done such a thing in nearly 600 years, most people assumed Benedict would be the top man at the Vatican until the day he died, like all but eight of his predecessors. But even at the beginning of his papacy in 2005, Benedict dropped hints that it would be justified for a pontiff to bow out early if his health seriously inhibited his ability to do the job. Benedict had watched Pope John Paul II become frail in his final years and saw how the lack of strong leadership impeded the work of the church.
February 12, 2013 |
Join us for a live video chat with John Thavis, who reported from the Vatican for three decades, today at 10 a.m. Thavis' new book is "The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-scenes look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church" and he'll be joining us live from Rome. In it, he describes his experiences as part of the press corps that covers the Pope. He got about as close to Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II as a journalist could -- which sometimes wasn't all that close.
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December 31, 2011 |
He doesn't normally do house calls. But when Dr. Vincent Fortanasce was summoned by the Vatican to tend to the pope, he was quick to agree. Fortanasce is a neurological rehabilitation specialist and an author with a long history in Arcadia, where he practices. It is the memory of half an hour in August 2000 that looms largest in the 68-year-old physician's life, however. Fortanasce was in Rome that month, volunteering for three weeks of first aid duty with the Order of Malta, a laymen's group that offers international emergency medical service.