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Letter #29, 2015: Thaw in Russia?

June 28, 2015, Sunday — Pope-Patriarch Meeting “On Agenda,” Hilarion Says Are Rome and Moscow growing closer, despite US-led Western efforts to isolate Russia with recently renewed economic sanctions? A new interview published this morning in Italy suggests strongly that the answer is “Yes.” Following a lightning visit three weeks ago (June 10) of Russian […]

Letter #28, 2015: Invalid and Null

June 28, 2015, Sunday — It Begins: Martin Luther King’s Niece Says She Will Not Obey or Acknowledge Supreme Court Marriage Dictate Civil Rights Leader Speaks Out on Marriage Ruling Alveda King: “I Must Obey God’s Law” Sunday, June 28, 2015 Dr. Alveda King, 64, a long-time pro-life activist and niece of the slain civil […]

Letter #27, 2015: On This Day

June 26, 2015, Friday — On this day… On this day 15 years ago, in the year 2000, I was in Moscow traveling with Dan Schmidt, Declan Murphy and the late Jack Templeton and his wife, Pina. I was hoping to discover the whereabouts of the lost icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which had […]

Letter #26, 2015: Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015, Friday — US Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in All 50 States “Marriages” between two men or two women today were “legalized” in all 50 states of the United States — even in states which had forbidden it up to now — following a 5-4 US Supreme Court ruling released this morning, […]

Letter #25, 2015: Medjugorge

June 25, 2015, Thursday — Negative Judgment on the Apparitions in Medjugorge? An Italian journalist is claiming that a Vatican office yesterday rejected the authenticity of the Medjugorge apparitions of the Virgin Mary (link). Italian Vaticanist Gianluca Barile’s report cites no named sources. No official statement has been made by the Vatican. However, this report […]

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Follow the Money

Tens of millions of dollars were spent by American pro-gay marriage foundations to support the “Yes” vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum May 22. Those campaigning for a “No” vote had about $200,000 in funding available… Multinational companies like Twitter and Google have their headquarters in Ireland and they supported the ‘Yes’ campaign. —Dublin’s Archbishop […]

Above, Joseph tells his eleven half-brothers of the dream he has just had: that the bundles of grain they have gathered together bowed to him; his brothers grow angry.

Twenty Tapestries Tell the Biblical Story of Joseph

Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574) was the second Duke of Florence from 1537 until 1569, when he became the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. An authoritarian ruler who heavily taxed his subjects and who, like his more prominent ancestors, maintained his power by employing Swiss mercenaries, he was also an important art patron. Between 1545 […]

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The Book Feared by Dissenters

When Walter Cardinal Kasper, the prominent German theologian, delivered a speech to the College of Cardinals in early 2014, it sent shockwaves throughout the Church. The cardinal’s speech began innocently enough, highlighting central Catholic themes on marriage and the family. Then, ever so gently, veered off course. Invoking the mercy of Christ, Cardinal Kasper suggested […]

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“From Tolerance to Totalitarianism”

The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement By Robert R. Reilly Robert R. Reilly was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy (2002-2006) for the US Secretary of Defense, after which he taught at National Defense University. He was the director of the Voice of America (2001-2002) and served in the U.S. White House as a Special Assistant […]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: Time to “Refocus on the Basics”

In September, Archbishop Chaput will host Pope Francis in the city of Philadelphia, where a world Meeting of Families will also be Occurring. How he is preparing… By Matthew Gambino For all the opportunity the World Meeting of Families presents to strengthen families and invigorate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput is looking forward […]

Pope Francis with Israel’s president, Shimon Perez, greets Zion Evrony, since 2012 Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See

“Pope Francis is a Friend of the Jewish Nation”

An interview with Zion Evrony, Israeli ambassador to the Holy See for the past three years Zion Evrony was born in Iran in 1949 and immigrated to Israel a year later. He has held, among other positions, the role of Israeli Consul in New York (1987- 1991), Consul General in Houston (1995- 2002), and Ambassador […]

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Food For Thought

Additional Restaurants In or Near Monuments: Part One Last November my “Food for Thought” concerned “Hostaria Nerone: A Family-Run Oasis Above the Colosseum” whose owners come from a small town in Abruzzo. This month’s and others to follow will review restaurants in or near the Eternal City’s monuments. The world’s first recorded gourmets, alias buone […]

Conversion of Saint Paul, Caravaggio, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

The Encounter That Changes One’s Life

From the Domus Santa Marta The Words of Pope Francis “When did I encounter Jesus, or when did Jesus encounter me?” This is the question Pope Francis asked during a morning Mass meditation in April at the Domus Santa Marta. The Pope reminded his listeners how fundamental it is for every one of us to […]

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Vatican Watch: June 2015

April Tuesday 28 Pope Prays for Quake Victims, Sends Donation, Urges Solidarity Pope Francis offered his prayers to all of those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal, encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts and sent an initial donation of $100,000. More than 4,300 people were known to have been killed and an estimated […]

Archbishop of Dijon, France, Roland Minnerath

People: June 2015

New Commission for Vatican Communications During the last meeting of the Council of Cardinals to draw up a plan for the revision of the apostolic constitution Pastor bonus on the Roman Curia (April 13-15, 2015), a report on reform of Vatican communications was examined. Pope Francis decided to create a new commission to study the […]

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi at the February 14 consistory and, below, on the same occasion, Francis and Benedict XVI

People: May 2015

Pope Nominates Head of Economic Affairs as Prefect of Education Congregation Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, who until now has been the president of the Holy See’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs, will be the new head of the Congregation responsible for the Vatican dicastery dedicated to Catholic education, the Vatican announced March 31. The Congregation for Catholic […]

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