Tag Archives: Pope John Paul II

Voice of the Vatican: Legatus and the Eternal City

29 Oct

a319c-upclose-with-patrick-novecoskyROME (Oct. 29, 2016) — Legatus, the world’s premier organization for Catholic business leaders, had its origin in Rome, the editor Legatus magazine told Shalom World TV‘s Ashley Puglia Noronha during an interview at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Patrick Novecosky told Noronha on an episode of Voice of the Vatican that business leaders–presidents, CEOs and other executives–have great influence. Catholic business leaders have a great responsibility to set the ethical bar high for many reasons. Employees will rise or lower their ethical behavior after the model set by their company’s leader. Also, he said, ethically run businesses thrive and can weather storms that others cannot.

voiceNoronha asked Novecosky about Legatus magazine and its purpose. The magazine, he said, exists to help Legatus members to learn, live and spread their faith. Once they do that, their impact is virtually unlimited. He pointed to Tim and Steph Busch, California Legatus members who are helping build the business school at the Catholic University of America.

Novecosky also pointed to Pope St. John Paul II’s influence on Legatus and its mission. CLICK HERE to watch the entire interview. 9 minutes 28 seconds.

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Iowa Catholic Radio: Pope Francis creates 19 new cardinals

24 Feb

Iowa-Radio-newFEBRUARY 24, 2014 — Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog and editor-in-chief of Legatus magazine, was a guest on Iowa Catholic Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, this morning. He appeared on the Iowa Catholic Radio Morning Show with Jeanne Wells. She asked Novecosky about the Feb. 22 consistory at the Vatican where Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals.

They also discussed the upcoming canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

Listen to the entire interview.

Coming soon: Double papal canonization

25 Jul

Iowa-Radio-newJULY 25, 2013 — Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog and editor-in-chief of Legatus magazine, was a guest on Iowa Catholic Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, this morning.

He appeared on the Iowa Catholic Radio Morning Show with Jeanne Wells, Mark Amadeo, and Billy Shears. They asked Novecosky about his four meetings with Blessed John Paul II. They went on to discuss the Vatican’s July 4 announcement that Pope Francis has called a consistory for this fall at which the Holy Father and Cardinals will set a date for canonizing John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, the pope who convened the Second Vatican Council in 1962.

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Blessed John XXIII (left) and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized at the Vatican later this year

Novecosky talked about the canonization miracle attributed to John Paul II and Pope Francis’ decision to waive the miracle for John XXIII’s canonization. He also noted that it’s unusual for a consistory to set the date of a canonization or — in this case — canonizations.

When the Pope and cardinals meet this fall (no date has been set), the Holy Father will likely create new cardinals as well. They also discussed whether a rumored October canonization date would be possible given the short time to plan such a major event in the life of the Church.

Listen to the entire interview.

Coming soon… Pope St. John Paul II

24 Jun

Iowa-Radio-newJUNE 24, 2013 — Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog and editor-in-chief of Legatus magazine, was a guest on Iowa Catholic Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, this morning.

He appeared on the Iowa Catholic Radio Morning Show with Jon Leonetti and Jeanne Wells. They asked Patrick about his four meetings with Pope John Paul II and what it was like to be in the presence of a living saint. Patrick described his first encounter with the Pope on Oct. 1, 1997, in the Papal Apartments at the Vatican.

Patrick Novecosky meets with Pope John Paul II on Oct. 1, 1997

Patrick Novecosky meets with Pope John Paul II on Oct. 1, 1997

They also discussed news reports (TIME.com, National Post) of a “shocking” miraculous cure through the intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II,which would lead to his canonization in October — a mere eight-and-a-half years after his death. The fastest canonization in modern history currently belongs to St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, who became a saint 27 years after his death.

Listen to the full interview by clicking here.

Conclave to elect 266th Pope to begin March 12

7 Mar

papa-bene It had been nearly 600 years since a successor of St. Peter resigned from his post. After months of reflection and prayer, Pope Benedict XVI became the third pope in the last 1,000 years to resign from the Chair of Peter.

The Feb. 11 announcement that shook the world has now given way to speculation as to who will become the 266th successor of St. Peter. The 115 cardinals who will choose the next pope (including 11 Americans and three Canadians) have already begun to assemble in Rome for meetings, prayer and discernment. Their pre-conclave meetings have drawn the world’s attention.

The resignation

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On April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI placed his own pallium on the tomb of Pope St Peter Celestine V who himself abdicated in 1294

While the surprise announcement took everyone by surprise, Pope Benedict gave several hints at his decision that most Vatican-watchers missed or dismissed.

On April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict stopped in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an obscure medieval pope named St. Celestine V (1215-1296). After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his episcopal authority as bishop of Rome, on Celestine’s tomb.

As Scott Hahn pointed out, Pope Celestine V was elected “somewhat against his will, shortly before his 80th birthday (Ratzinger was 78 when he was elected pope in 2005). Just five months later, after issuing a formal decree allowing popes to resign (or abdicate, like other rulers), Pope Celestine V exercised that right. And now Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to follow in the footsteps of this venerable model.”

Pope Benedict also indicated his inclination to step down in an interview with German papal biographer Peter Seewald. The writer told German magazine Focus that when he met with the Pope in December, he appeared to have lost vision in one eye, was losing his hearing and looked emaciated.

“I had never seen him so exhausted, so worn out,” Seewald said. “He did not look unwell, but the fatigue that had taken over his whole being, his body and soul could not be missed.”

Seewald quoted Benedict as having said, “I’m an old man, and the strength is ebbing. I think what I’ve done is enough.” When Seewald asked if he was considering giving up the papacy, the Pope responded, “That depends on how much my physical strength will force me to that.”

The conclave

Pope Benedict acknowledged his impending retirement during his first public appearance after the announcement. “I did this in full freedom for the good of the Church, after having prayed at length and having examined my conscience before God, well aware of the seriousness of the act, but equally conscious of no longer being able to carry out the Petrine ministry with the strength that it requires,” he said during his Feb. 13 general audience.

The resignation became official on Feb. 28 when the Pope left the Vatican for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. He will live there until remodeling work is completed on the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens.

In his Feb. 14 address to thousands of priests from the diocese of Rome, in what turned out to be a farewell address in his capacity as their bishop, the Holy Father described his retirement plans.

“Even if I am withdrawing into prayer, I will always be close to all of you, and I am sure that you will be close to me, even if I remain hidden to the world,” he said in his mostly extemporaneous remarks.

Smoke belches from the chimney erected on the roof of the Sistine Chapel

Smoke belches from the chimney erected on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. White smoke means a Pope has been elected. Black smoke indicates no decision.

According to current rules, established by Blessed John Paul II, a period of sede vacante (Latin for “empty seat”) follows a pope’s death or resignation. A conclave of papal electors (cardinals in good standing under the age of 80) must convene between 15-20 days after the Chair of Peter is vacated. Benedict altered those rules, allowing cardinals to shorten the length of the sede vacante. Earlier today, they voted to begin the conclave on Tuesday evening, March 12.

Presiding over the conclave will be the most senior cardinal-bishop under age 80, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re. Two secret ballots are held each morning and two each afternoon in the Sistine Chapel. A two-thirds majority is required. Ballots are burned after each round.

Black smoke means no decision; white smoke signals that cardinals have chosen a pope and he has accepted. Bells also signal the election of a pope to help avoid possible confusion over the color of smoke coming from chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

The presiding cardinal, if not elected himself, is charged with asking the elected candidate to accept the papacy. If the candidate accepts election, the presiding cardinal will ask what the new pope’s name will be. The cardinals may elect any baptized Catholic male, but since 1389, they have always elected a fellow cardinal.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the editor of Legatus magazine. He will be in Rome to for the conclave to elect the next pope. This article appears in the March issue of that publication.

The end of an era: Pope Benedict XVI steps down

13 Feb

kwky-Jean-MarkFEBRUARY 13, 2013 — Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog and editor-in-chief of Legatus magazine, was a guest on KWKY Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, this morning.

He appeared on the Catholic Radio Iowa Morning Show with Jeanne Wells and Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer Mark Amadeo. They interviewed Patrick about Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down effective Feb. 28. The conclave to elect the next Pope will begin in mid-March. Novecosky reflected on Pope Benedict’s decision, his legacy and the future of the papacy.

Listen to the full interview by clicking here.