Most Rev. J. Francis Stafford

James Francis Stafford (born July 26, 1932) is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He served as Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary from 2003 to 2009. He previously served as President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (1996–2003), Archbishop of Denver (1986–96), Bishop of Memphis (1982–86), and Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore (1976–82). He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 1998.

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Praying with Peter: A Pastoral Letter to the Church of Denver

To prepare the Archdiocese of Denver spiritually for the mid-August visit of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop J. Francis Stafford has issued a pastoral letter which has significance for all Catholics in America. We are pleased to present excerpts from it for Crisis readers. To the church of Denver, “to those who have obtained a … Read more

This Home of Freedom: A Pastoral Letter

In the trinitarian life of God, “a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, no more than a watch in the night.” [Psalm 90:41] For us, living between the revelation of God in the creation and in Christ’s redemption, but before the final triumph of God’s purpose in the Kingdom to come, time is … Read more

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