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The Beatification of Pope John Paul II
  • New Pope Greets Church

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    Karol Wojtyla waves to waiting crowds in St. Peter's Square after being elected pope Oct. 16, 1978. (CNS file photo)

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  • Pope in Popemobile

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    Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger ride in the popemobile during the late pontiff's visit to Germany in November 1980. (CNS from KNA)

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  • Pope with Assailant

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    Pope John Paul II visits with his assailant, Mehmet Ali Agca. in a Rome prison Dec. 27, 1983. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)

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  • Pope in Assisi

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    Pope John Paul II attends an interreligious ecounter in Assisi, Italy, in 1986. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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  • Pope in Denver

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    Pope John Paul II is pictured in a 1993 photo during World Youth Day in Denver. (CNS photo/Joe Rimkus Jr.)

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  • Pope and Mother Teresa Meet

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    Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican in June 1997. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)

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  • Pope at the Holy Door

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    Pope John Paul II kneels at the open Holy Door before shutting the large bronze door in St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 6.

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  • Pope at Wailing Wall

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    Pope John Paul II places a prayer in a crevice of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, March 26, 2000. (CNS file photo by Arturo Mari)

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  • Pope Prays Rosary

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    John Paul II prays the rosary Oct. 7, 2003, at the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary in the center of Pompeii, Italy. (CNS photo from Reuters)

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  • Pope Prays

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    Pope John Paul II prays during a ceremony marking the opening of the Year of the Eucharist in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 17, 2004. (CNS photo from Reuters)

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  • Pope Blesses Crowd

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    Pope John Paul II blesses the crowd from his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in 2005. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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  • Tomb of Pope

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    Pope John Paul II's tomb is pictured in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Nov. 18, 2010, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Follow the links below for more on Blessed John Paul II.

Blessed John Paul II: Witness to Hope
from St. Anthony Messenger

Video Reflections on Blessed John Paul II's Impact

Coverage of the Beatification of John Paul II from Catholic News Service

Saint of the Day Pope John Paul II entry

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Katharine Drexel: If your father is an international banker and you ride in a private railroad car, you are not likely to be drawn into a life of voluntary poverty. But if your mother opens your home to the poor three days each week and your father spends half an hour each evening in prayer, it is not impossible that you will devote your life to the poor and give away millions of dollars. Katharine Drexel did that. 
<p>She was born in Philadelphia in 1858. She had an excellent education and traveled widely. As a rich girl, she had a grand debut into society. But when she nursed her stepmother through a three-year terminal illness, she saw that all the Drexel money could not buy safety from pain or death, and her life took a profound turn. </p><p>She had always been interested in the plight of the Indians, having been appalled by what she read in Helen Hunt Jackson’s <i>A Century of Dishonor</i>. While on a European tour, she met Pope Leo XIII and asked him to send more missionaries to Wyoming for her friend Bishop James O’Connor. The pope replied, “Why don’t you become a missionary?” His answer shocked her into considering new possibilities. </p><p>Back home, Katharine visited the Dakotas, met the Sioux leader Red Cloud and began her systematic aid to Indian missions. </p><p>She could easily have married. But after much discussion with Bishop O’Connor, she wrote in 1889, “The feast of St. Joseph brought me the grace to give the remainder of my life to the Indians and the Colored.” Newspaper headlines screamed “Gives Up Seven Million!” </p><p>After three and a half years of training, she and her first band of nuns (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored) opened a boarding school in Santa Fe. A string of foundations followed. By 1942 she had a system of black Catholic schools in 13 states, plus 40 mission centers and 23 rural schools. Segregationists harassed her work, even burning a school in Pennsylvania. In all, she established 50 missions for Indians in 16 states. </p><p>Two saints met when Katharine was advised by Mother Cabrini about the “politics” of getting her Order’s Rule approved in Rome. Her crowning achievement was the founding of Xavier University in New Orleans, the first Catholic university in the United States for African Americans. </p><p>At 77, she suffered a heart attack and was forced to retire. Apparently her life was over. But now came almost 20 years of quiet, intense prayer from a small room overlooking the sanctuary. Small notebooks and slips of paper record her various prayers, ceaseless aspirations and meditation. She died at 96 and was canonized in 2000.</p> American Catholic Blog Our task during these forty days is to examine our lives in light of God’s Word and see where we’ve allowed darkness to creep in, where we’ve taken the bait of the diabolical fisher of men. It’s time to use the sword of the Spirit to cut through his web of deception, to free ourselves from the net that holds us as prey.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Katharine Drexel
This Philadelphia heiress dedicated her life to the care and education of Native American and African-American children.

Feliz Cumpleaños
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Second Sunday in Lent
Lent invites us to open our hearts, minds and bodies to the grace of rebirth.

Thank You
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Caregiver
The caregiver’s hands are the hands of Christ still at work in the world.




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