All the talk by Pope Francis about women and the Church is bearing fruit. Sr Mary has been appointed first ever female rector of a Pontifical University. She is a rock star in academia and theological circles. She says, "Women cannot measure how much space they have in the Church in comparison to men: we have a space of our own, which is neither smaller nor greater than the space men occupy. It is our space." 
Amen, sister!

A renewed interest in all things related to JPII has been great to watch, especially with this little video put together for children, but really for anyone wanting to know more about our beloved Papa!
After only 9 years, our beloved Papa Karol is now a saint! It was a big blessing to be present at the canonization mass, a really historic affair with two living popes presiding at the ceremony of two heavenly popes.

The Formula of Canonization:
"For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exultation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed John XXII and John Paul II be Saints and we enroll them among the Saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."


According to a recent article in the Catholic News Agency, perhaps up to 5 million people will be attending the canonization ceremony next month. I will be attending myself, and have to admit to anxiety about the heaving crowds that are expected! Of course I am thrilled to be present for JPII, but am also very much looking forward to seeing our rock star holy father, Pope Francis!
A great article from Forbes.com- "The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits of Women," is a superb testament to the feminine genius in action. I love how the author discusses a woman's entrepreneurial skills as well as her mothering skills; it is not an "either/or" but a "both/and" combination that keeps society and families going!
An expansive and fresh interpretation of JPII's 'Theology of the Body' which I highly recommend! It is written in a down-to-earth, informal style that  brings John Paul's masterpiece down to brass tacks. Buy in bulk and give out to your friends, it is transformational! http://www.emilystimpson.com/these-beautiful-bones-an-everyday-theology-of-the-body.html
Soon to be St John Paul II, pray for us! Happy feast day, Papa- we love you!
JPII most likely to be canonized in April of next year, at least according to the National Catholic Register in this article just out today. April 27 is Divine Mercy Sunday...the Divine Mercy devotion of course being associated with St Faustina, whom JPII canonized himself in 2000.

I have already booked my hotel in Rome and am absolutely thrilled! Pope John XXIII will also be canonized at the same ceremony. JPII and Blessed John XXIII, pray for us!
I've just heard a great podcast last night on the "Among Women" website: 'A Theology of Women and New Feminism Beneath a Guiding Star.'
Here is a description of their work-
"The Guiding Star Project is the next stage of the pro-woman & pro-life movement. Join us in creating holistic, comprehensive centers nationwide that provide support for natural means of family planning, fertility care, childbirth, breastfeeding, and family life."

The project's founder, Leah Jacobson, was interviewed and gave a fascinating account of how this idea was revealed to her. Please support this worthy cause!

As you may have heard , Pope Francis announced at the close of WYD in Rio that Krakow, Poland would be the next host city. Of course they are thrilled! Already a website is up and running, www.krakow2016.com.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Metropolitan of Krakow and former secretary of John Paul II said, “World Youth Days have always been linked to the great figure of John Paul I,” and the Archbishop hoped that “in the future we will be able to honour his birthplace as the homeland of a saint.  World Youth Day will therefore be a big day for Blessed John Paul II, a 'thank you' for his existence, for the person he was, for the love he showed young people and for all that he left behind – a great legacy we are still enjoying today.” 

JPII himself launched World Youth Day in 1984, held in Rome.