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Fr. Maciej Zięba, O.P. (1954-2020)

Fr. Maciej Zięba, O.P. (1954-2020)

A wretched year came to a sorrowful end when Father Maciej Zięba, OP, died in his native Wrocław, Poland, on December 31. The birthplace of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wrocław was also the home of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, who grew up there as Edith Stein when the city was known as Breslau. Unlike those

The Communist’s Catechism

The Communist’s Catechism

Paul Kengor The opening lines of the Communist Manifesto could not have been more eerily apt: “A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of communism,” wrote Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848. “All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this

Beatification Cause of Reputed Stigmatist Tortured by Stalin’s Secret Police Opens

Beatification Cause of Reputed Stigmatist Tortured by Stalin’s Secret Police Opens

The beatification cause of a Polish religious sister who was tortured by Joseph Stalin’s secret police and reputedly bore the stigmata opened Monday.  Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz inaugurated the diocesan phase of the cause of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska in the chapel of Archbishop’s House, Warsaw, Nov. 9.  Boniszewska,

Looking into the Future Through His Eyes: John Paul II, the Catholic Church, and the Crisis of the West

Looking into the Future Through His Eyes: John Paul II, the Catholic Church, and the Crisis of the West

Editor’s note: For several years now, the many institutions of higher education in Kraków have jointly sponsored annual “John Paul II Days,” typically held in November: a series of lectures and symposia dedicated to a scholarly exploration of one or another facet of the Polish Pope’s