Flight from Defeat: Who Helped the Germans Escape Europe?

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Did the Vatican actually help Nazi criminals “on the run” at the end of the Second World War? An Italian scholar points to another “protector” Among the accusations directly or indirectly targeting Pius XII and the Church of his time, is the one that he and the Church he led facilitated the escape of Nazi […]

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A Special October Pilgrimage


The group Una Voce and the Summorum Pontificum International Coordinating Committee are joining forces for their fourth “Traditional Pilgrimage To Rome.” An interview with the pilgrimage coordinator, Guillame Ferluc (in the photo) The international pilgrimage Summorum Pontificum, which first took place in 2012, is now an annual event. The pilgrimage is named after Pope Emeritus […]

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“The Primary and indispensable Source…”

Among the attendees at the presentation were Cardinal Walter Brandmueller, now retired, a German historian who lives in Rome (far right).

A book on the liturgy was presented in Rome in November — a book which contains the proceedings of a 2013 liturgical conference aimed at continuing the “reform of the reform”. The presentation of the book Sacred Liturgy: The Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church on November 21, 2014, at […]

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Cardinal Saraiva Martins: “No Division Between Francis and Benedict”

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins.

In a wide-ranging interview, Portuguese Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, retired Prefect of the Congregation for Saints, talks about the relationship of the two Popes, the Synod, and Europe… Meeting with Portuguese Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, and having a conversation with him about any topic in the Catholic world, is always a privilege. This 83-year-old Prefect […]

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Many Youths Join Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome

Priests leading the pilrgim march.

This traditional Catholic pilgrimage to Rome took place on the weekend of October 23-26. It was marked by the overwhelming presence of young people, especially young clergy and seminarians: “Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam” (“To God who gives joy to my youth”). Rome. It does not happen every day that Pope Francis and his […]

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Swedish Support Funds Restorations in the Vatican

The recently renovated Sistine Hall in the Vatican Library.

the publication of an important volume of 19th-century art draws attention to a long and fruitful collaboration between Sweden and the Holy See. The recent presentation on October 9, 2014, of the volume Disegni del Secolo XIX del Fondo Ashby nella Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (“Drawings of the 19th century from the Ashby Collection in the […]

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How the cross became a symbol of grace, not disgrace

a collage by our graphic designer, Giuseppe Sabatelli, centering on the cross, to signify that this symbol of death, ugliness and disgrace became a symbol of grace, beauty and new life.

Many who have visited the second extraordinary Vatican exhibition of ancient biblical manuscripts entitled Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”) at the Braccio di Carlo Magno (Charlemagne Wing) next to St. Peter’s Basilica (the first one was held in 2012) may not have been aware that the efforts of the organizers, including the American, […]

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ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE and the Ministry of Peter

January 25, Ecumenial Prayer Service, St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls: Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and other Christian representatives present read some  of the prayers, while Pope Francis presided over the prayer service.

Pope Francis greatly desires to bring all believers in Christ closer together, to overcome the divisions of past centuries. He sees the role of the successor of Peter in that work as critical… “An essential dimension of the ministry of the Bishop of Rome” is fostering Christian unity, up to the point that “today the […]

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Interview with James Bogle, the new president of the Una Voce group

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos with James Bogle, new president of the International Federation Una Voce.

A talk with the new president of the Una Voce group, the former chairman of the Catholic Union of Great Britain, James Bogle. The Una Voce group seeks to support the use of the “old rite” of the Mass, noting that Pope Benedict XVI said its use was “numquam abrogata” — never abrogated (set aside) […]

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Athanasius Schneider – Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan

Athanasius Schneider.

“Preferential option for the poor”: this formula has long been used in the Church, in line with the teachings and commands of Our Lord, to indicate that the Christian faithful should accord preferential treatment to the less advantaged and fortunate sections of society, the marginalized, downtrodden, powerless, defenseless, vulnerable. And who are the “poorest of […]

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Louis Raphaël I Sako – Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon

Louis Raphaël I Sako.

Could the entire Middle East be without Christians? Even to ask that question seems shocking, but the reality is that, after 2000 years of a significant Christian presence in the region, the events of recent years have raised this question. “We must not resign ourselves to think of a Middle East without Christians,” Pope Francis […]

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Special Devotion, Proper Respect and Reverence for the Holy Eucharist

Athanasius Schneider:
Corpus Christi la Santa Comunione e il rinnovamento 
della Chiesa.

Many Catholics on opposing sides of the religious spectrum, namely those in favor of tradition and others upholding a progressive vision of the Church, perhaps still remember, albeit for different reasons, the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi in Rome on May 25, 2008, when Benedict XVI started for the first time to publicly […]

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How the Canonization Process Works

Pope John Paul I

  St. Pius X (Pope from 1903 to 1914) was the last Pope to be canonized. Now, after almost six decades, causes for the last five Popes, with the exception of Benedict XVI, have been initiated. Don’t you think that’s too many? And why almost all at the same time? Don Nicola Bux: Too many? […]

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Sidebar: Archbishop Parolin’s Devotion to Our Lady of Coromoto

By Alberto Carosa   In late August, Pope Francis announced his choice of Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, to replace the outgoing secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. In accepting the resignation of Bertone, 78, the Pope asked him to remain in his position until October 15 “with all the faculties proper to […]

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”I Rely on God and Pray for the Conversion of Obama”

The recent National March for Life in Rome was marked by two unprecedented events, the first one being the Pope, in this case Pope Francis, who took everybody by surprise and came down the Via della Conciliazione from St. Peter’s Square to mingle with the cheering pro-life crowd. “I greet all the participants in the […]

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Francis, a Name with Implications

A number of gestures and actions by the newly-elected Pope, former Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis (but without the ordinal I, as expressly pointed out by the Sala Stampa Vaticana’s Father Lombardi) in the initial days of his pontificate have been hailed with words like humility, simplicity, care for the poor and […]

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The Most Important Legacy of the Pontificate

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster ordains to the Catholic priesthood three former Anglican bishops at Westminster Cathedral in London Jan. 15, 2011 (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI’s efforts to have dialogue with other religions and to reunite all Christians were among his priorities. Nobody can deny that liturgy and ecumenism were two key aspects of Benedict XVI’s pontificate. In fact, they can be regarded as the two sides of the same coin, in the sense that a correct liturgical approach […]

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The Fundamental Role Played by Pius XII in the Preparations for Vatican II


Whenever we discuss Popes related to the Second Vatican Council, two names immediately come to mind: Blessed Pope John XXIII and Venerable Paul Paul VI. A third Pope is hardly ever mentioned: Venerable Pope Pius XII. But this is changing, as the role played by Pius in the work of Vatican II is being ever […]

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Cardinal Antonio Cañizares

Cardinal Cañizares celebrates a Tridentine Solemn Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of the international pilgrimage Una Cum Papa Nostro (together with our Pope) on November 3, 2012.

My proposal to include Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect and President Emeritus of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy and the Ecclesia Dei Com­mission, respectively, among the “Top Ten People of 2009” was motivated by his exceptional apostolic zeal in serving Benedict XVI’s bid to fully restore the sacred in the Church by maximizing the […]

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Pope Benedict and Patriarch Kirill: A Possible Meeting in Finland?

The possibility of an official meeting between Benedict XVI and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is an idea which crops up in the international media from time to time. For example, in Zenit’s report on September 19, Russian Orthodox Hieromonk Giovanni Guaita said such a meeting is “an eventuality that was […]

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