Recalling the Deaths of 1.5 Million Armenians in 1915

Scholars estimate the number of Armenians who died in 1915 at about 1.5 million. Deportation was the cause of many of the deaths — men, women and children sent to an unknown destination were abandoned to their own strength and left to die of hunger, exposure and exhaustion.

Interview with Mikayel Minasyan, Armenia’s Ambassador to the Holy See. One hundred years ago this month, the Turkish government was in the midst of preparing to carry out the Armenian genocide, which began in Constantinople on April 24, 1915, with the arrests and killings of a thousand Armenian intellectuals, journalists, artists and bankers. This “ethnic […]

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Alessandro De Carolis, Head of Vatican Radio

Pope Francis preaches during Mass March 22, 2013, in the chapel of the Domus Santa Marta, the Vatican residence where he lives. Among those in attendance: Vatican gardeners, garbage collectors and cleaning crews.

Interview with Alessandro De Carolis, head of Vatican Radio News, about how the Vatican handles the Pope’s morning homilies. For many people, the first two years of Francis’ pontificate have been a long and continuous catechesis, starting from March 2013. The Pope’s most-quoted statements have come from the homilies he has given at daily Mass […]

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Holy See and Moscow Patriarchate: Healing the Wounds

Patriarch Kirill.

Interview with Victor Khroul, Associate Professor, Moscow State University, Journalism Faculty, Journalist, RIA Novosti news agency, Former member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (1996-2001). Since the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, now two years ago, has the attitude of the Moscow Patriarchate toward the Holy See changed?   Victor Khroul: […]

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Interview: Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz

The key to the city of Minsk, offered symbolically by Archbishop Kondrusiewicz to Cardinal Parolin to carry back to Rome for Pope Francis.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Francis’ closest associate, visited the capital of Belarus from March 12 to 15. The Vatican Secretary of State met with the highest government officials in the country, and was received by the head of the Belarussian Orthodox Church, but above all he visited the local Catholic community. I spoke about this historic […]

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Restoration work on the mosaics of St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatcian Basilica, vestibule of the Chapel of the Presentation of the Virgin, foreshortening of the dome and the nave.

An interview with Paolo Di Buono, head of the Vatican’s Mosaic Studio. Not all visitors to the most important church in the Christian world realize that the vast majority of the images are not paintings, but mosaic replicas of famous Renaissance and Baroque paintings. The Basilica’s only large painting can be found in the Chapel […]

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“Ideological Colonization” in Lord of the World

Pope Francis during one of his in-flight conferences.

Monsignor Luigi Negri comments on Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel, repeatedly cited by Pope Francis. On his way home from the Philippines in January, Pope Francis made time, as is his habit, to speak with journalists. Responding to one question about the concept of “ideological colonization” he had mentioned during his meeting with families […]

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Russia, Turkey, Iran, the US, Israel: A Mideast Tour

Professor Riccardo Redaelli.

Inside the Vatican speaks with Professor Riccardo Redaelli, who teaches at Sacro Cuore University in Milan. Professor, we cannot understand the conflicts in the Middle East without speaking about the split between Sunnis and Shiites. What do we need to know about this? Prof. Riccardo Redaelli: In the Islamic world, there are at least two […]

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The Papal Villas of Castel Gandolfo to be accessible to visitors

Views of life inside the Papal Villa Castel Gandolfo.

Włodzimierz Re¸dzioch speaks with Dr. Osvaldo Gianoli, Director of the Papal Villas, about Pope Francis’ decision to open his summer residence to the public. The evening before the signing of the Lateran Pact, on February 11th, 1929, Prince Luigi Barberini learned from a journalist friend that, according to that agreement between the Holy See and […]

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Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: “The Church Has Not Surrendered to the Spirit of the World”

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz during the Synod.

I met with Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz the evening of Saturday, October 18th. A few hours prior to our meeting, he had been at the Vatican, in the Synod auditorium, where he had participated in voting for the definitive version of the Synod document. He was visibly content: after the media storm, some people’s attempts to […]

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A new blessed

Echevarria in 1978 between del Portillo and John Paul II (notice a young Fr. Stanislaw Dziwisz in the background on the left).

Wlodzimierz Redzioch speaks with Mons. Javier Echevarría, prelate of Opus Dei, about the beatification of St. Josemaría Escrivá’s first successor.  Many people remember the date of July 5, 2013: that was the day Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the decree of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints re­garding the miracle attributed to the […]

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The Pope Will Be Visiting A Church Founded by Laity

Mass in the church in Seoul, South Korea, dedicated to St. Andrew Kim and his martyr companions.

Pessimists, looking at statistics, talk about the crisis, or decline, of the Church in Europe. But simply widen the horizon to include other continents, and a very different picture emerges. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 265 million Catholics in the world, and at the end of that century that number had […]

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The Long Journey of Maryam Ibrahim

The Sudanese woman, spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, flew into Rome in an Italian government plane.

In mid-May the world discovered the case of a Sudanese doctor, Maryam Yahya Ibrahim, who was condemned to death for apostasy. How did this startling sentence come about? Professor Valentina Colombo: The case of Maryam, a 27-year-old mother of a 2-year-old boy and a 1-year-old baby born in prison, is a story – or, rather, […]

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The recollections of Pope Benedict

On November 2, 2005, a few months after his election as Pope, Benedict XVI knelt in prayer before the tomb of Pope John Paul II on All Soul's Day.

We publish below extracts of a recent interview Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave to Wlodzimierz Redzioch in which he pays tribute to the newly-canonized Pope John Paul II. The complete interview appears in a book just published in Italian entitled Beside John Paul II — Friends and Collaborators Speak (Ares 2014). The interview, one of 21 with the late Pontiff’s close friends and associates, runs to 12 pages in total. It is entitled: “It Became […]

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Benedict XVI’s Resignation and Francis’ Election

Cardinals Giovanni Battista Re and Angelo Sodano talk after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation (CNS photos).

 Vatican journalists look back on an extraordinary year in the history of the Catholic Church, the year of the “two Popes”. Last year in Rome we were all discussing an extraordinary event: the resignation of Benedict XVI. We were trying to understand why this had happened and how it would affect the future of the […]

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“You Do the Most Beautiful Job”

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Vatican Almoner, in his office.

Vatican Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the hands-on extension of Pope Francis’ personal charity.  Monsignor Piero Marini, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies, called Monsignor Konrad Krajewski to work in the Vatican in 1998. They had met long before, in June 1987: during John Paul II’s third journey to Poland Konrad Krajewski, at the time a seminarian, had […]

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The Journey to Moscow of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Orthodox faithful pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Perm.

An interview with photographer Janusz Rosikon about his extraordinary adventure in Russia. A friend of mine, Polish photographer Janusz Rosikon, who has been covering Marian celebrations for years, came to Rome for this October’s “Marian Days” in the Vatican. On Saturday, October 12, we attended the recitation of the Rosary in St. Peter’s Square presided […]

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Misericordina, Polish “Spiritual Medicine” in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus, with a box of Misericordina in his hand.

During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis recommends a mysterious medicine, and 25,000 small boxes, each containing a rosary, are distributed to the faithful.  A great many medicines are used today in Western countries. Modern man ex­pects to find a remedy for all physical diseases and even for spiritual problems. Therefore, the faithful who gathered on […]

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio Like Oskar Schindler? Interview with Nello Scavo

Nello Scavo, author of La lista di Bergoglio. I salvati da Francesco durante la dittatura (“Bergoglio’s List. The People Saved by Pope Francis During the Dictatorship”)

Before this year’s March conclave, but also before the 2005 conclave, some Argentinians circulated a dossier accusing the archbishop of Buenos Aires of collaboration with the military regime in the 1970s. The media amplified these rumors even after the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome. The rumors originated for the most part […]

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An interview with Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo

After spending four years in Venezuela, Archbishop Pietro Parolin will re­turn to the Vatican as the new secretary of state. Pope Francis announced his decision during the hot Roman summer, in August (in theory, the summer holiday of the Curia). Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will hand over his office to his successor on October 15. The […]

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Liberation Theology Interview with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the most important Dicastery of the Roman Curia, has had a new prefect since July 2, 2012: for the second time in the recent history of the Catholic Church a German theologian, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former bishop of Regensburg, a personal friend of Benedict XVI, has […]

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