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Courageous women

There are two “attitudes” that are unequivocal “signs” of being a Christian: ‘joyful service’ and “reaching out to others”. In the Mass he celebrated on Tuesday, 31 May, in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis offered advice for Christians who “believe they are sufficient” but in reality “are not entirely so”. He invited them […]

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A caged spirit

“Prophecy, memory and hope”: these three characteristics free a person; they free people and the Church, preventing it from ending up as a “closed system” of rules that puts the Holy Spirit in a cage. This was Pope Francis’ message in the Mass he celebrated on Monday morning, 30 May, in the Chapel of Santa […]

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Letter #48, 2016: The Passing of Capovilla

May 27, 2016, Friday — The Passing of Capovilla Cardinal Loris Capovilla Passes Away At The Age Of 100 “There was a second envelope.” —The late Cardinal Loris Capovilla, speaking to me in his residence in Sotto il Monte in early 2007, when I asked him why the letter of the Third Secret of Fatima […]

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Corpus Domini homily

« Do this in remembrance of me » (1 Cor 11 :24-25). Twice the Apostle Paul, writing to the community in Corinth, recalls this command of Jesus in his account of the institution of the Eucharist. It is the oldest testimony we have to the words of Christ at the Last Supper. “Do this”. That […]

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Letter #47, 2016: Corpus Christi

May 26, 2016, Thursday — The Pope’s Homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi Pope Francis Remembers What Jesus Did, And What He Asks… “Jesus was broken; he is broken for us. And he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves, as it were, for others.” —Pope Francis, today in Rome, in his homily […]

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Letter #46, 2016: Sarah’s Remarkable Talk

May 26, 2016, Thursday — Cardinal Sarah’s Remarkable Talk Last Week in Washington Cardinal Sarah Issues a Powerful Warning… “The battle to preserve the roots of mankind is perhaps the greatest challenge our world has faced since its origins.” —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of […]

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Day after day

“Today, 24 May, is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, which is celebrated with special devotion in China. I offer this Mass for all Chinese people, for their great country, that the Lord may bless China”: with these words Pope Francis began the Eucharistic celebration in the Chapel of Santa Marta. In his homily […]

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Exploring Mother Teresa’s life, from Sister to Saint

Pope Francis has announced that Blessed Mother Teresa, along with three others, will be canonized later in the year, after miracles were recognized for each of them. Mother Teresa was, in her own lifetime, and still remains, one of the most famous people in the world. But who was she, really? And how did she […]

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11. Luis Badilla and 12. Andrea Tornielli – Two Catholic journalists bring the Vatican to the world

Luis Badilla, editorial director for Il Sismografo (The Seismograph), a leading blogspot for Vatican-related and worldwide Catholic news, has been covering the Catholic world for a quarter-century from Rome. He is a Chilean ex-patriate and veteran reporter for Vatican Radio who began his website in 2009. Badilla has been described as “not old, but having […]

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2. Dr. Maria-Anca Cernea

The two Catholic Churches in the country of Romania —the Latin-rite Catholic Church in Romania and the Byzantine-rite Romanian Church United with Rome (Greek-Catholic) — both experienced a particularly vicious brand of persecution during four decades of Communist rule in the 20th century. Almost all the Catholic bishops in the country, of both rites, and […]

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6. Father Dhiya Azziz, OFM

The story of the Iraqi Franciscan friar Dhiya Azziz, OFM, the parish priest of the Syrian village of Yacoubieh, with whom all contact was lost on December 23 when he was abducted (he was released in early January), is, characteristically for that area of the world, filled with uncertainty. Fr. Azziz, 41, a native of […]

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10. Sr. Elaine Roulet

Known as the “Prison Angel,” Sister of St. Joseph Elaine Roulet anticipated Pope Francis’ special attention to prisoners by decades when she began as a prison family liaison in 1971. For more than 35 years she rose at 4 a.m., prayed from 4 to 5, went to Mass, swam at a local pool and then, […]

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1. Salvatore Cordileone

The U.S. city most identified with the homosexual movement, San Francisco, saw fierce criticism in 2015 of its Catholic archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, by many of its citizens, both within and outside of the Catholic Church. The subject at hand was a teacher contract and handbook proposed for teachers in San Francisco’s four diocesan high schools. […]

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9. Cardinal Robert Sarah

In the 2015 Synod on the Family, like its predecessor in 2014, the prelates from Africa emerged as a formidable force upholding Church Tradition, in doctrine and in practice. And among those prelates, Guinean, 70, Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has been a particularly outspoken crusader for […]

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Sistine Chapel Choir Releases Sublime Sacred Music Album Recorded in its Chapel

As the first album ever to be recorded inside the Sistine Chapel is released, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, personal secretary of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, said the sacred music featured is not something of the past, but continues to play a role in evangelization. “Sacred music has a past. It comes from the past, but it […]

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Inspiring Words of Pope Francis, and a Unique Album from the Vatican Choir

  Alicia von Stamwitz is an award-winning freelance author and editor. She has interviewed 2015 Templeton Prize winner Jean Vanier, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, Quaker activist Parker Palmer, art historian Sister Wendy Beckett, and essayist Kathleen Norris. In cooperation with the Vatican, she recently compiled and edited two books of the writings of Pope Francis: THE […]

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Food For Thought

Roman to the core, Aldo Fabrizi (1905-1990) was an Italian actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian, best known for his role as the heroic priest in Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City and as a partner of the Neapolitan actor Totò in a number of successful comedies. Aldo’s exuberant younger sister, Elena, known as “Lella,” also had […]

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Meditation

“Nostalgia” for God can lead us to the joy of rediscovering Him In his morning homily at Domus Santa Marta on October 1, the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux — so important in the spiritual life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio — Pope Francis spoke of two key issues for the life of each […]

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Divine Beauty: From Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

  At the press preview of the exhibition “Divine Beauty,” on at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi through January 24, 2016, Giuseppe Cardinal Bettori referred to a benchmark sermon given by Pope Paul VI to a group of artists on May 7, 1964. The Holy Father had said, “We must re-establish the friendship between the Church and […]

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