John Shimek

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John Shimek

John Paul Shimek is a 2003 honors graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire–one of the oldest Benedictine colleges in North America. He holds ecclesiastical degrees from the graduate schools of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Those degrees were awarded to him in the names of Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinals Theodore McCarrick and Donald Wuerl. His academic specializations include the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Second Vatican Council, and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. John Paul has provided special counsel to numerous Church leaders, including both the former and current archbishops of Milwaukee, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Jerome Listecki. Most recently, he served as a technical theological assistant to Archbishop Listecki during the preparation of a pastoral letter for the Year of Faith. He has been interviewed and he has written on a wide spectrum of religious and public forum issues for numerous media outlets, including CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telemundo, Zenit, the Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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25% of Catholics have increased donations to the poor since election of Pope Francis

During his first twelve months in office, Pope Francis has been marshaling his newfound fame in the service of the poor and the marginalized. In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he called ... More

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JP in Rome: Triduum at St. Peter’s

This morning at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated the annual Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Rome. It was the first time he presided over a pontifical Mass inside the bas... More


JP in Rome: When Francis met Benedict + Palm Sunday at St. Peter’s Square

Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo. That meeting was unprecedented. No Bishop of Rome has succeeded a living predecessor since St. Clement V in 1294, ... More


JP in Rome: What I Saw at the Installation Mass

On March 19, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass commemorating the inauguration of his pontificate. Of course, Pope Francis became the head of the Catholic Church after accepting his election inside the Si... More


JP in Rome: At Pope Francis’ Installation

Ciao di Vaticano! Folks, at the moment we’re seated on top of Bernini’s Colonnade inside the Vatican. That places the papal altar just a few hundred feet below us. From this vantage point, we’ve... More

Associated Press

JP in Rome: Pope Francis’ First Angelus

This afternoon, Pope Francis delivered his first Angelus address. He appeared at the window of his papal apartment, which is still being prepared for him. Crowds started arriving inside St. Peter’s ... More


JP in Rome: Inside the “SalSta”

Nero. Black smoke. The next smoke signal is expected sometime this evening. It could come around the 5 o'clock hour; but, if there is smoke before 7pm Rome time, then that means we have a new pope. Sh... More

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JP in Rome: At the Last Mass Before the Conclave [UPDATED]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please scroll down to see an important update from JP! Ahead of this morning’s Missa Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice, faithful streamed into St. Peter’s square. A sizeable number... More

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Photos: My Visit Yesterday to the Sistine Chapel

A short while after the See of Peter became vacant at the end of last month, the Sistine Chapel (or, Sistina) closed its doors to the world outside. But, before the cardinals enter that room for the c... More

The Vatican Media Center where I picked up my press credentials.

CV’s Pilgrim-Journalist in Rome: First Update From John Paul Shimek

EDITOR’S NOTE: CV is happy to introduce you to John Paul Shimek, a graduate student in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family at the Catholic... More



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