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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Dompok named as first Malaysian Ambassador to Vatican Former Chief Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Bernard Dompok has been appointed the first Malaysian ambassador to the Vatican. His appointment is expected to begin on January 1, 2016. Dompok was in the entourage that accompanied Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who visited the Vatican […]

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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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Hungary: Who Is Cardinal Peter Erdo?


The Vatican Press has just come out with a long conversation between the journalist Robert Moynihan (director of the monthly Inside the Vatican) and the Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Peter Erdo. The dialogue, which began in 2011, offers the opportunity to know more about the cardinal, who recently, and unfairly, was accused of hard-heartedness toward […]

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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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The late Cardinal Baum in a 1996 photo by Grzegorz Galazka, published in the book Cardinali Del Terzo Millennio by the Vatican Press.

Cardinal William W. Baum, longest-serving US cardinal, witnessed and made history. May he rest in peace. Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died on July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years — the longest such tenure in US […]

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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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U2’s Bono says “Listen to Papa Francesco” Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, in a video message broadcast May 28 at the Milan Expo during the launch of the Vatican document Terra e Cibo (Land and Food) by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the […]

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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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VfA: The Gospel Is First for the Poor

From Casa Juan Diego, Headquarters of the Houston Catholic Worker We are glad that you are coming to the United States. Your visit will encourage Catholics who sincerely want to live the Gospel, Catholics who have been discouraged, those who understand that the Gospel is first for the poor, and people of good will who […]

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VfA: America’s Eroding Democracy

Donald DeMarco, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow of Human Life International. He writes for the St. Austin Review and the Truth and Charity Forum. He is Professor Emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario, and adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. The United States Supreme Court is so named, not because it […]

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VfA: Awaken Us

Pope Francis greets Buddhist monks in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 14 this year (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

“May God Guide, Protect and Bless You” By Rabbi Arthur Schneier Arthur Schneier is Senior Rabbi at New York’s Park East Synagogue and founder and president of Appeal of Conscience Foundation. An internationally known advocate for religious freedom and human rights, he received the Presidential Citizens’ Medal for “devoting a lifetime to overcoming forces of […]

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VfA: Embracing What Our Fathers Would Have Resisted to the Death


“God Will Have The Final Word” By Patrick J. Buchanan Patrick J. Buchanan is a political commentator and author. His remarks here originally appeared on buchanan.org. “Natural law — God’s law — will always trump common law,” said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, […]

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VfA: An Unwavering Herald

Thank You For Teaching Without Ambiguity By Thomas S. Monaghanm Thomas S. Monaghan is foun­der of Domino’s Pizza and former owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise. Monaghan has founded Cath­olic organizations to support the Church, including Ave Maria University and School of Law, Ave Maria Radio, Legatus (Latin for “ambassador”) and the Thomas More Law […]

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VfA: True Liberty Comes Only With Virtue

Holy Cross Father Gary Chamberland greets Jennifer and Roy Friend during a January 20, 2013, Right to Life Rally in Portland, Oregon. The US Supreme Court legalized abortion across the country with its Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 (CNS photo/Gerry Lewin, Catholic Sentinel)

“We love our country and hope you will too” By William G. White, M.D. William G. White, M.D., a Chicago-area family physician, is a past president of the Catholic Medical Association in the US. He is the father of seven and grandfather of 24. Welcome to the United States of America. As you get to know […]

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VfA: He Who Saves an Individual Saves a World

A Jewish group protesting the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act demonstrates outside the New Jersey Capitol in Trenton, New Jersey, on February 13, 2012. In a 24-16 vote, the Senate voted to approve the bill (CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters)

He Who Saves an Individual Saves a World “Vigorously Echo Your Predecessors” By Rabbi Yehuda Levin Rabbi Yehuda Levin, founder of the Orthodox Congregation Mevakshei Hashem in New York, is the “Torah values” spokes­man for the 850-member Orthodox Rab­binical Alliance of America. On behalf of my coreligionists, I convey our heartfelt appreciation for your recent […]

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