Saints, Encyclicals and Popes, OH MY!

popes and saints

Or soon to be saints!

UPDATE:  14 things you need to know about Pope Francis’ new encyclical. <—written by Jimmy Akin. Thought I’d share.

What could be more important than learning of the cannonization of Blessed John Paul II AND Blessed John XXIII? Read more about both former Pope’s here and why the canonization of Blessed John XXIII came as such a surprise today.

Admittedly, I’m only sort of familiar with Bl. John Paul II and will now begin to learn about Bl. John XXIII. I know that Bl. John Paul II is akin to Catholic celebrity (so to speak) and then there’s the Fatima Secrets, in particular the final one.

I’ve read only some writings by Bl. John Paul II. I add them here so you can read them too (and strongly urge you to do so):

Evangelium Vitae (1995)

Rosarium Viginis Mariae (2002)

Letter to Women (1995)

Letter to Families (1994)

Anyone care to give their suggestions as to which papal writings I should tackle first to “get to know” Bl. John XXIII? Share them in the commbox! Next up…reading Holy Father Pope Francis’ first encyclical Lumen Fidei (Link is for English PDF, link here for other languages. According to news.va (vatican News):

Announcing the forthcoming publication of his first encyclical, Pope Francis described it as a work of “four hands”, begun by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who passed on his draft for the new pope to complete. The document certainly continues many of Benedict’s favourite themes, from the complementarity of faith and reason, to the joy of a personal encounter with Christ. Firmly situated in the Year of Faith, it’s also set in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which re-established the central role of Faith at the heart of all human relationships…read more

This is the quickest encyclical turn out, seeing as Pope Francis I was just elected. However, as it was written in “four hands” meaning Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI played a part. It will be interesting to see if the encyclical is written where there is a definite “handing off” or if it was a truly collaborative document, a sharing.

Off to read peeps!

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