Pope Francis arrived in Poland on Wednesday to take part in World Youth Day events. Openness to fellow humans, especially amidst the refugee crisis in Europe, has been the Pope’s central message, but will it be heard in the country that has refused to accept refugees, a Lithuanian historian wonders.
The Western political establishment is hostile to Russia. This makes it all the more important to demonstrate that the Western religious establishment is more sympathetic. Regardless of Putin’s aims, the meeting between Pope and Patriarch has become a landmark event in the history of Christianity. […]
On Sunday, millions of people at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia and around the world heard a new composition by Julian Darius Revie, a Canadian Lithuanian. The piece was heard as Pope Francis received Communion. Revie’s “The Love of God” was performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra and the 350-voice children’s chorus and massed choir. This performance follows Revie’s recent premiere of another original composition, “Mass of the Divine Shepherd,” at Carnegie Hall this past June. […]