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Apologetics 101: The Origin of the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

· In 1925, Pope Pius XI saw how much secularism and worldly influence was eroding the faith of Catholics and causing darkness in the culture and in the Church.

· He instituted the Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, to help Catholics understand that no earthly leader, no institution, no government, no political party, no social movement and no worldly business can bring peace and justice on earth. Only Jesus can.

o This feast is a reminder that Jesus has absolute dominion and authority over the events of the world.

o Everything that happens does so because He causes it or permits it.

o No leader or government on earth has this kind of power.

· The Pope writes: “the manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations.”

· During this tumultuous time in our country and in our world, we should remember the origin of this great feast and Who holds the real power.

To read Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas establishing the feast, click here:

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