“Are You Ready To Move Mountains?”

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“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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The New Film Risen: “About Something Greater Than Hate, Which is Ultimate Love…”

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An Interview with Pete Shilaimon, Executive Producer of Risen (and refugee from Iraq) “A day without death” is the quest of the Roman military tribune Clavius, protagonist of the movie Risen. His desire resonates deeply with Pete Shilaimon, executive producer of the film. He is a refugee from Iraq who has made it to Hollywood. […]

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“Hollywood is Not Nearly as Godless as People Would Think”

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An interview with Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of Sony’s AFFIRM Films Who would think faith-based films count in Hollywood? Surprisingly enough, they do. Are you convinced Hollywood is entirely non-religious? You are wrong. “There are actually many Christians in Hollywood. I meet them. There are Bible study groups, churches, the Hollywood prayer network,” says […]

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“We were hoping Pope Francis would come!”

Ambassador Karaˇci΄c meets Pope Francis, who will travel to her country on June 6.

Pope will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 6 An interview with Slavica Karačić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Holy See By Viktoria Somogyi Slavica Karaˇci΄c is not a career diplomat, but a politically appointed one. Despite her young age, she had already been ambassador to Argentina before coming to Rome two years […]

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Pope Francis to visit Fatima for the centennial of the apparitions in 2017?

Pope Francis received Portugal’s ambassador to the Holy See, António Carlos Carvalho de Almeida Ribeiro, on April 18, 2013, just a month after his election as Pope. The ambassador was presenting his letters of credence to take up his post.

The centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima falls in 2017. Reports of plans for a papal visit to Portugal that year have recently made the rounds… Pope Francis has dedicated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, and some of his homilies show that Our Lady’s messages at Fatima are inspiring and […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Kelvin Edward Felix

Kelvin Edward Felix. Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia.

Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix is Archbishop Emeritus of Castries in the Caribbean Sea. He has been the President of the Caribbean Conference of Churches, the President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He was born as one […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Andrew Yeom Soo-jung

Andrew Yeom Soo-jung. Archbishop of Seoul.

In choosing Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, to be a cardinal, Pope Francis may be thinking of finding an evangelist for all of Asia — including China. This Korean Church leader is a media expert and a powerful preacher. Yeom Soo-jung was born in Ansong, Gyeonggi Province, in 1943 to a devout Catholic […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Pietro Parolin

Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State.

Pietro Parolin, an Italian, was appointed Vatican Secretary of State by Pope Francis in August 2013 (he took office in mid-October). His elevation is due to the canonical and diplomatic seniority the position of Vatican Secretary of State normally requires. Archbishop Parolin, at 59, is the youngest Secretary of State since 1929, when Eugenio Cardinal […]

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Gregory III Laham – Patriarch of the Greek Melchite Church in Syria

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Patriarch Gregory is pastor of the Greek-Catholic community in Syria, where violence against Christians has been escalating. The patriarch, with more than 150,000 faithful, is an advocate for the diminishing and endangered Christian communities in the Near and Middle East. He promotes reconciliation as the anchor of salvation for Syria and for the future of […]

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Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk – Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Sviatoslav Shevchuk, 43, was born in 1970 in Ukraine, then under Communist rule and part of the Soviet Union. Still, despite the policy of state atheism, he received and maintained his Christian faith. Now he has become the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest Eastern-rite Church in union with Rome. For his […]

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Interview with Zion Evrony, Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See

“Pope Francis brings a universal message of modesty, caring for the poor, struggle for peace and care for the environment,” Zion Evrony said to Inside the Vatican. “We very much hope to see him visit Israel during the year 2014. He has been officially invited by President Peres, by Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin, and by me […]

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An interview with the new Australian ambassador to the Holy See

John McCarthy presents his credentials to Benedict XVI
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“There is only one embassy to the Holy See in Rome with windows from which you are in line of sight with the papal apartments and could wave to the Pope,”says the new Australian ambassador to the Holy See with a humorous smile, as he receives me on a rainy day in his office just […]

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Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

The Cardinal speaks before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom during a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 22 (CNS photo).

Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan has been a powerful voice for peace between Muslims and Christians in his country, Nigeria, and for this reason we honor him as one of our “Top Ten” People of 2012. Pope Benedict XVI created him a cardinal at the consistory of November 24, 2012, two months ago. In Nigeria, a […]

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Philippines: a Canonization and a New Cardinal

An interview with Mercedes Arrastia-Tuason, Philippine ambassador to the Holy See. This fall has been eventful for the Philippine embassy to the Holy See. In October, Benedict XVI canonized Blessed Pedro Calungsod, the second Blessed of the biggest Catholic country of Asia. Then, on November 24 at the consistory, held in the Vatican, the Pope […]

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“The Church Encourages People to Be More Positive with Life”

Interview with Armindo Pedro Simoes, currently chargé d’affaires of the embassy of the Democratic Republic of East Timor to the Holy See.   “We, Timorese people, are very proud to be known as one of the most Catholic nations, not only in Asia, but in the world.” —Armindo Pedro Simoes, chargé d’affaires of the em­bassy […]

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The Hungarian Cardinal Who Lived in the US Embassy

Cardinal Mindszenty during his 1949 trial

Cardinal Mindszenty, during his asylum in the US embassy in Budapest, sent letters to several US presidents. A new book by Fr. Somorjai, a monk-scholar, collects these texts.   What more can we discover about the key figure of the Hungarian Church during the second half of the 20th century? The heroic character of the […]

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