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Can Pope John Paul II Still Become a Saint?

There are new charges that Pope John Paul II's Vatican tried to cover up sexual abuse in Ireland. Will they affect his shot at sainthood?


Pope John Paul II, dead for a little over five years now, is being “fast-tracked” on the path toward sainthood. The deceased pope himself loosened the restrictions on what it took to become a saint—including scrapping the “devil’s advocate” requirement—so it makes some sense that he’s being ushered through the process more quickly than most of his revered historical counterparts.

Were he to get sainthood, John Paul II would be one of just 59 former popes who have earned the title, including Saint Mark and Saint Peter. Ten other dead popes are currently considered “blesseds,” which means they’ve been beatified on their way toward sainthood. Saints are those who have performed two miracles deemed real by the Church, while blesseds have only performed one miracle thus far.

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Hepatitis Scare for Catholics in the Hamptons

What happens when communion wafers may be infected?


There is even more trouble for the Catholic Church, after reports today in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal that 1,300 parishoners in a Long Island church were possibly infected with hepatitis A after taking communion at Christmas mass. The wafers were handled by someone who carries the disease.

The New York Times reported:

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Catholics Find Common Ground With Muslims over Struggles in Manhattan

You know the controversy about Manhattan's Islamic community center? Two centuries ago, the Catholics went through the same thing.


In a recent interview with the Architectural Record, the architect behind Park 51 (the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque") notes he is a Lebanese Catholic, which all things considered, is not all that remarkable in New York. What may be remarkable in a city where hundreds of churches, temples, and mosques sit side by side and Atheists give millions to Catholic schools is the degree to which history has repeated itself almost 225 years later.

In a recent New York Times article the Rev. Kevin V. Madigan tells of the rocky start that his church St. Peter's (the oldest Catholic church in the city) had when it was first proposed.

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