Two Years to Reorganize Vatican Communications

Pope Francis uses a tablet to officially open online registration for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. He did this during the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 26. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via EPA) See POPE-ANGELUS July 27, 2015.

Monsignor Viganò, from January 22, 2013 to December 21, 2015, you were the director of the “Pope’s Television Network,” the CTV (“Centro Televisivo Vaticano”). And on June 27, 2015, you also received quite a 53rd birthday present: your nomination as prefect of the newly-formed Communications Secretariat, with the task of reorganizing the Holy See’s composite […]

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“The Christian Faith Is Not an Idea But a Life”

10.10.2012 Vaticano, Piazza San Pietro. L'Udienza Generale con il Papa Benedetto XVI.

An unexpected and thought-provoking interview with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI A new book containing an extensive interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict has been published in Italy, entitled Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises, by Jesuit Fr. Daniel Libanori. The volume contains the […]

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In Defense of What Has Been Believed “Always, Everywhere, By All”

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An interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider about the SSPX, women and footwashing, the consecration of Russia, anti-pastoral bishops, and more We do not endorse unreservedly every statement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan. However, Schneider’s voice has become an influential one in the Church, especially […]

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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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“I felt a burning inside me, like a sacred fire…”

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  Hans Albert Courtial, president of the International Foundation of Sacred Music and Art. He came from Germany to Rome, and never left… We are looking down upon the statues that encircle St. Peter’s col­onnade. To our left we can see the Sant’Uffizio Palace, and, a little beyond, the facade of the Basilica itself. Facing […]

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“I’m Not a Star, But the Servant of the Servants of God”


  Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal plane Pope Francis is back in the Vatican after his tenth apostolic journey abroad which took him to Cuba, to the United States and to the United Nations in New York. During the flight back to Rome, he spoke to journalists aboard the papal plane, touching […]

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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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A Human Being is Not a “Product”: Catholic Teaching on Fetal Tissue Research


In the wake of shocking videos exposing the sales of aborted babies’ body parts… On February 22, 1987, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (writing, then, as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), issued Donum Vitae: An Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity […]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

An excerpt from a statement by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, on the Pope’s visit to the 2015 World Meeting of Families. This moment is an historic and exhilarating one for all of us to share. It is the answer to the countless prayers of so many people who have asked […]

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“Living in a Family Gives Extraordinary Value to The Human Person”

Pope Francis kisses a child on the forehead in St. Peter’s Square two years ago, on October, 26, 2013. The Pope was meeting with families from around the world in connection with the Year of Faith (Galazka photo).

An interview with Bishop Bruno Forte on the upcoming Synod on the Family — and his controversial role in last year’s Synod Born in Naples 66 years ago, Bruno Forte has been Archbishop of the Diocese of Chieti-Vasto, in central Italy, since 2004. He was consecrated bishop in Naples by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and when […]

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“The Pope Begins With Faith… as it Passes Through Reason”

Pope Francis shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting at the Vatican April 28. Ban spoke at a Vatican summit on 
the moral dimensions of climate change and its impact on the poor (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo Defends The New Encyclical’s Views on Climate Change and The Vatican’s Collaboration With Controversial Secular Figures Inside the Vatican Gardens, on a low hill on the inner side of the Museums, there stands a 16th-century building, the Casina Pio IV. In its spacious rooms can be found the Pontifical Academy of […]

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“The Pope Wants to Set in Motion a Process of Transformation”


An Interview With Bishop Mario Toso on The Encyclical Laudato Si’ The bishop at the table with us is a recognized expert on the Church’s social doctrine. From 2003 to 2009 he was Rector of the Pontifical Salesian University, and from then through January of 2015 he was Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice […]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: Time to “Refocus on the Basics”

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In September, Archbishop Chaput will host Pope Francis in the city of Philadelphia, where a world Meeting of Families will also be Occurring. How he is preparing… By Matthew Gambino For all the opportunity the World Meeting of Families presents to strengthen families and invigorate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput is looking forward […]

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“Pope Francis is a Friend of the Jewish Nation”

Pope Francis with Israel’s president, Shimon Perez, greets Zion Evrony, since 2012 Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See

An interview with Zion Evrony, Israeli ambassador to the Holy See for the past three years Zion Evrony was born in Iran in 1949 and immigrated to Israel a year later. He has held, among other positions, the role of Israeli Consul in New York (1987- 1991), Consul General in Houston (1995- 2002), and Ambassador […]

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“The ‘Soft Power’ of Vatican Diplomacy Is as Necessary as Ever”

al diplomatic role. Right, the visit of President George W. Bush and his wife Laura to Pope Benedict XVI. Accompanying them was then Archbishop, now Cardinal James Harvey, whom Rooney cites with appreciation in his book (Galazka photo)

An interview with Francis Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush Ambassador Francis Rooney served at the Vatican from 2005 to 2008. He is the author of The Global Vatican, which weaves his personal experiences as ambassador into the historical and theoretical context of Vatican and US diplomacy in the […]

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Msgr. Iacobone: Holy See’s Special Delegate for “Expo”

The Holy See’s Pavilion at “Expo 2015” in Milan, Italy, which is attracting global attention

By Lucy Gordan Monsignor Pasquale Iacobone was born in 1959 in Andria, a city near Bari, in Puglia, on the southern heel of Italy. He came to Rome in 1978 to study at the Jesuit Pontifical Gregorian University, where he completed all his studies, including his doctorate, in 1996. His thesis was on dogmatic theology […]

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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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“The Pope Needs the Structure of the Vatican’s Diplomatic Machine”

Pope Francis greets diplomats during an audience with the Vatican diplomatic corps in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia, 
March 22, 2013 (CNS photo/
Tony Gentile, Reuters).

Interview with Marco Impagliaccio, President of the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio, known for its work for peace and the poor. By Giuseppe Rusconi In the heart of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, near the historic, artistic basilica of Saint Mary’s, the Community of Sant’Egidio has its headquarters. Founded by Andrea Riccardi in 1968, it has distinguished itself […]

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The Latin Language Still Lives…

U.S. Father Daniel Gallagher is pictured in Rome. Father Gallagher is a Latin expert who works in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

By Mauro Pianta Who is the best at Latin? “Pope Benedict speaks it smoothly and perfectly.” What about Pope Francis? “It’s not true he doesn’t like it; on the contrary, he knows it very well and also makes corrections, but he doesn’t speak it much.” If he says so, then it must be true. That is […]

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Francis Calls Armenian Slaughter “First Genocide of the 20th Century”

German historian Michael Hesemann (Photo) on the Vatican’s position on the Armenian genocide

By Giuseppe Rusconi On April 24, 1915, in Constantinople, with the incarceration and subsequent deportation of hundreds of Armenian community leaders, there began what Pope Francis defined, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, as “the 20th century’s first genocide, the widespread and insane extermination” of Armenian inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire. On this topic, a scholarly […]

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