The Triumph of Love

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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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The Stone Churches of Matera

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Matera is a small town in southern Italy famous for two things: its astonishing rock churches (named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993) and its poverty. There is hardly an electric light or a wire in sight. The panorama, the hollow cave-rooms gaping like empty eye sockets and shadowy rupestral churches still decorated with […]

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“Building Bridges to Build Peace”: On the Pope’s 2015 Visit to America

23/09/2015 Washington, United States of America. Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America. Welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis at the South Lawn of the White House.

“Building bridges to build peace” is the main theme of the book The American Pope (Vatican Press, 2016), a collection of speeches, in Italian and English, made by Pope Francis during his 2015 apostolic journey to Cuba, the U.S. and the U.N., together with analysis by journalists Lara Jakes, Paolo Messa and Massimo Milone. The […]

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President of Malta Presides over the Launch of Misericordia in Arcana


President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca presided on February 27 over the presentation of a book entitled Misericordia in Arcana, and of an exhibition which bears the same name. She said culture and education are among the priorities of her presidency. On the weekend of March 12-13, 2016, the first in a series of several […]

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Giancarlo Cardinal Ravasi

30.05.2015 Atrio dell'Aula Paolo VI. Incontro con i partecipanti all'Iniziativa "Il Treno dei Bambini", promossa dal Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura. Incontro del Papa Francesco con i figli dei detenuti e i loro accompagnatori di Roma, Bari e Trani. Il Card. Gianfranco Ravasi, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura.

President of the Pontifical Council for Culture Since this interview concerns your book The Spiritual Significance of Eating, to be published on June 1 in English by Crossroad Publishing, what are your first memories of food? Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi: I was born during World War II, when procuring food was extremely difficult, especially in big […]

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Francis in Cuba and the United States

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Pope Francis’ September 2015 trip started in Cuba and then took him to Washington, New York and Philadelphia in the United States. It generated enormous media coverage. For days, the Pope was “in the news” in an extraordinary way. Now Gilberto Marengo has analyzed this trip in Pope Francis Meets the New World (Vatican Publishing […]

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St. Paul, Witness and Preacher of Mercy


“The faith of the Apostle Paul is the experience of being loved by Jesus Christ in a totally personal way; it is the consciousness of the fact that Christ has faced death not for something anonymous, but for love of him — of Paul — and that, as the Risen One, He still loves him, […]

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LEV Publishes New Book for Bishops’ Formation Courses


A press conference held at the Holy See Press Office on January 28 presented the book Witnesses of the Resurrected One, published by the Vatican Press (LEV). The book contains the proceedings of the annual formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for […]

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“Life Is Beautiful” Comic Roberto Benigni Pitches Pope Francis’ Book on Mercy

12.01.2016 Roma. Presentazione del libro "Il nome di Dio è Misericordia", una conversazione del Papa Francesco con il giornalista italiano Andrea Tornielli, presso l'Auditorium "P. Agostino Trape" dell'Istituto Patristico Augustinianum. Il Card. Pietro Parolin, Segretario di Stato Vaticano, con l'attore Roberto Benigni.

Italian comedian Roberto Benigni is best known for his intentionally goofy humor and slapstick sketches, but he was chosen to be the pitchman for Pope Francis’ new book on mercy, The Name of God Is Mercy, when it was presented to the press in Rome in January. Benigni won an Oscar in 1999 for his […]

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The “Diary” of the Secretary General of the Second Vatican Council

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It is a volume of almost 600 pages published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Press): The Conciliar Diary of Msgr. Pericle Felici, General Secretary of the Second Vatican Council (LEV, 596 pp.), edited by Archbishop Agostino Marchetto. The book is an important help in understanding the history of the Second Vatican Council, as in its […]

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Monsignor Iacobone: Editor and Author


The volume La Basilica di San Pietro is whose brainchild? Mons. Pasquale Iacobone: Our friends at the publisher FMR/UTET, Dr. Fabio Lazzari and Marco Castelluzzo, proposed the idea because they had access to an exceptional corpus of photographs of St. Peter’s by Aurelio Amendola. It included photographs he’d taken in the past, in particular of […]

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

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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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The Ancient Coins of Gela

Coins of the Mint of Gela, by Giancarlo Altieri and Eleonora Giampiccolo.

Le monete della Zecca di Gela (“The Coins of the Mint of Gela”) is the title of this bilingual (Italian, English) volume published by the Vatican Publishing House. It showcases the coins of the ancient Sicilian city of Gela, preserved both at the Archeological Museum of Sicily and at the Vatican Apostolic Library’s Numismatic Cabinet, […]

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Human Dignity “Under the Microscope” —New From the Vatican Press

In Praise of Dignity, by Giovanni Maria Flick.

In Praise of Dignity is a wide-ranging reflection on human dignity and its various aspects. Published by the Vatican Publishing House, its author is Giovanni Maria Flick, Professor Emeritus of Penal Law at Rome’s Luiss University and President Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court. The importance of reflecting on the meaning of the concept of […]

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Gaudí and the Sagrada Familia Explained by Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach

'Gaudi, the Man, the Artist, the Christian',  by Lluis Martinez Cardinal Sistach.

Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain, guides readers on a journey to discover Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica and its creator, architect Antoni Gaudí, in a new volume from the Vatican Publishing House, Gaudí: The Man, the Artist, the Christian. “The publication of this volume comes at a propitious moment,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary […]

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Five New Books by Francis

'Morning Homilies', by Pope Francis.

Starting December 5 in bookstores, readers have been able to find books with the texts of Pope Francis’ morning homilies, his Wednesday catechesis and his Sunday Angelus addresses, as well as his Letter to Consecrated People, and the important speeches he made during his recent travels to Strasbourg, France, and to Turkey. The Vatican Publishing […]

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The Pope’s Gift to the Faithful

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“When I pray, God breathes in me.” This is the opening phrase of the 40-page prayer book signed by Francis and handed out to the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square during the Sunday, December 14 Angelus in Rome, which included the traditional “Bambinelli Blessing” or blessing of images of the Baby Jesus. The cover […]

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