MADISON -- "I'm happy and I want you to be happy."
These are some of the last words of Pope John Paul II that Bishop Robert C. Morlino wants us to remember.
That's what he told those who filled Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Madison for the Divine Mercy Sunday and Memorial Mass for the Holy Father April 3.
"The eyes of the world are certainly focused on the life of the Holy Father and the events taking place at the Holy See," said Bishop Robert C. Morlino at a press conference before the Mass. "The whole world is almost having a retreat, focused on how this saint of the past has built saints for the future."
Pope John Paul the Great
Since Cardinal Sodano, secretary of state at the Vatican, called Pope John Paul II "Pope John Paul the Great," that's what Bishop Morlino will call him from now on, he said, because he strengthened and changed the church and the world. Full story ...
MADISON -- Nearly three weeks after the March 14 fire caused the roof of St. Raphael Cathedral to collapse, a view through the charred door of the sacristy reveals a mountain of debris in the sacred space enclosed by the four still standing walls of the church.
Paint chipped off the walls shows wood underneath. A few Stations of the Cross still hang on the walls below slowly deteriorating windows bleeding red and blue in the spring sunlight.
Black soot colors the bottom corner of the mosaic behind the bishop's chair, which lies sideways atop the rubble. The purple altar cloth of Lent peeks out from wood and roofing materials that surround the altar. The silver statue of Mary is still hidden beneath debris. Full story and photo ...