What will the images of St. John Paul II bring to mind as inspirations for those of us still on our pilgrim's way?
The Tablet suspended Mickens on March 25 to conduct an investigation into a comment Mickens made on Facebook.
"We Europeans represent a form of Christianity that sometimes seems to be tired," Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said. African Christianity "shines as a beacon, as an example for other continents."
One would think the answer would be "yes." In a New York minute.
Angelo Roncalli sounds like any one of us, and yet, he will be a saint. What does this mean in his life and in ours?
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.
"Never before have there been two popes canonized and two popes living," he said at a news conference Wednesday in Rome to discuss final plans and preparations for pilgrims. "You can imagine their emotions."
"A careful reading of the Gospel shows us not only Jesus' liking for conviviality, but also his excellent knowledge of and production and preparation of food."
We say: Sending these two popes off to another level of citizenship within the community of Christians makes the inescapable point that the church is a dynamic organism.
Msgr. Sławomir Oder said investigations were carried out into the relationship between Pope John Paul II and Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, and there was "no sign of a personal involvement."
"There is a new concept of church here" in how the pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga. "There is a new way of thinking."