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A woman and a child stand near a makeshift memorial placed on the road during a minute of silence on the third day of national mourning to pay tribute to victims of the truck attack along the Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day that killed scores and injured as many in Nice, France, July 18, 2016.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

May God disperse all plans of terror

· May God “disperse every plan of terror and of death, that man no longer dare to shed the blood of a brother” · This was the heartfelt hope with which Pope Francis recalled the “carnage Thursday evening in Nice, which cut short so many innocent lives, even many children”. Greeting the numerous faithful, including a […]

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The logic of mercy

It is not surprising that the Holy Father was inspired by the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman when he described in Amoris Latetitia “the logic of pastoral mercy”, based upon the three pillars of accompaniment, discernment and integration.   Quoting the Relatio Synodi of 2014, the Pope affirmed that the situations which do […]

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Works not words

· ​At the Angelus the Pope speaks about the Parable of the Good Samaritan and calls for closeness to those in need · Looking into the faces of the “hungry child”, of the “immigrant who many wanted to drive away”, of the “grandparents … abandoned in nursing homes”, of the sick man “alone in the […]

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The mission of the poor

· Pope Francis to pilgrims from the province of Lyons · “Pray for the perpetrators of your poverty, that they may convert”. This is the “mission” that Pope Francis entrusted to the 200 participants on pilgrimage from the dioceses of the French province of Lyons — led by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin —, among whom were […]

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Blinded by hate

· ​At the Angelus Pope Francis prays for the victims of the attacks in Dhaka and Baghdad, and that the hearts of the violent may be converted · Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel passage, taken from the tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel (vv. 1-12.17-20), helps us to understand what is necessary to […]

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Ecumenism of choirs

A prayer in Chinese “for persecuted Christians” and that all political leaders might work towards justice and peace. This characterized the Mass Pope Francis celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday morning, 29 June, the solemnity of the Patron Saints of Rome. After the Mass, the Holy Father personally conveyed the pallium to 22 new […]

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Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

The Church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the Pope said. At the same time, she must be able to see “the small openings through which God can work.” Prayer, he said, “enables grace to open a way out from closure to openness, from fear to courage, […]

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“It’s Chaos Made into a Principle with the Stroke of a Pen”

“Such a step splits the Church” and “leads her toward schism” Robert Spaemann is a professor emeritus of philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Monaco of Bavaria. He is one of the leading Catholic philosophers and theologians in Germany.   This following is my own translation of the interview on Amoris Laetitia, extensively excerpted, that […]

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Amoris Laetitia Is “Totally Consistent” with Past Teachings

“Does the Pope say the divorced and civilly remarried may now be readmitted to Holy Communion? No.” The Bishop of Portsmouth, England, Philip Egan, has described the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia as a “magnificent” document, “breathtaking in scope,” and has urged everyone, “clergy and people,” to read and study it. Below we reprint excerpts from […]

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“We Must Respectfully Request an Authoritative Interpretation”

The official response of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Amoris Laetitia Following are excerpts from the text published on April 24, by His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, on the Italian website Corrispondenza Romana. It was the first public statement by a Catholic bishop calling for an […]

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Understanding Francis and the “Internal Forum”

The Pope sees it “not as a place to solve every problem,” but to “discover first that there is a problem to be solved” The ink of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) is not even dry, and already various commentators, particularly in the secular press, have decreed that Pope Francis […]

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Food For Thought

With a double article about the history of books in this issue’s “Of Books, Art, and People,” what more appropriate time to suggest a visit to Rome’s Caffè Greco! Here for more than 200 years the great minds of art, literature, and music have been meeting around its tiny, marble-topped tables. The café was opened […]

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Pope Francis vs. 2000 Years of Tradition?

Fr. Harrison: “May we believe Francis alone is right, and all his predecessors wrong?” A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of Amoris Laetitia will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is […]

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From the Domus Santa Marta: The Words of Pope Francis

Pope Francis made an important point during his Morning Meditation on May 9 when he emphasized the unique impact of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One who makes the difference, who sets souls on fire and breathes life into the actions of the Christian. Often the Holy Spirit is either forgotten or […]

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The Triumph of Love

A message of hope and rebirth released on the 75th anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom at Auschwitz “Faith means deciding to stay with the Lord, to live with Him.” So Father Raffaele Di Muro concludes in his study of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Maximilian Kolbe: The Triumph of Love (Vatican Publishing House, 2016). The book […]

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Pope Francis’ Words to Priests

“My name is Julius: what do you like best about being Pope?” “What I like, sincerely, is being a parish pastor.” Julius’ question, and Pope Francis’ response, were taken from the pontiff’s dialogue with some members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rome, Sunday, November 15, 2015; from it we can see, as if it […]

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The Book in Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Two splendid exhibitions this spring concern the history of the book in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance and its impact on European and thus world culture: I Libri Che Hanno Fatto l’Europa (The Books That Made Europe) on at Palazzo Corsini in Trastevere, Rome, until July 22 (Via della Lungara 10, Rome, entrance […]

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“Are You Ready To Move Mountains?”

“Are You Ready To Move Mountains?” Interview with Eduardo Verastegui, Mexican Actor and Hollywood Producer From a little town in Northern Mexico, Eduardo Verastegui has made the American dream a reality: he became a Hollywood star, rich, famous and successful. Then one day he realized he didn’t want to be part of the negative stereotype […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: Eastern Tradition, Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul are considered pillars of the Orthodox Church, and thus share a special feast day which is celebrated on June 29.  This feast is preceded by one of the main periods of fasting in the liturgical calendar, a time of fasting that is unique to the Orthodox calendar.  It is called the […]

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