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Letter #50, 2016: More, Newman and Now

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August 14, 2016, Friday – More, Newman and Now From Oxford to Canterbury…. “Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages… And specially from every shires ende Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende, The hooly blisful martir for to seke That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.” —Geoffrey Chaucer, late 1300s, The Canterbury Tales, […]

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Letter #49, 2016: Again, Russia….

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July 29, 2016, Friday — Again, Russia… Earthen Vessels…. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.” —2 Corinthians 4:7 “As light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is […]

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New Rome Master’s Program To Study the “Theologian Pope,” Joseph Ratzinger

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It’s not a “Ratzinger Fan Club,” but rather a way to better understand the Faith… No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope,” Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become […]

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On “Third Secret,” Vatican Says No…

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Press communiqué says Pope Emeritus Benedict has confirmed that “the publication… is complete” An aging German priest who evidently has been a long-time friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Fr. Ingo Dollinger (photo), was in mid-May thrust into the middle of a new controversy over the Third Secret of Fatima which led to an unusual […]

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People June-July 2016

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Parolin Chooses Cheaper Option when Flying to Vilnius A recent photo shows Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, as he arrives at the Vilnius airport of Lithuania by a Ryan Air flight. While journeying to Lithuania to serve as a “papal legate” for the National Congress of Mercy, Parolin chose a cheap flight. Of […]

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Vatican Hosts Conference on Cell Therapies to Heal and Cure Disease

Pope Francis greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after both spoke at a conference on adult stem cell research at the Vatican April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) See POPE-BIDEN-CANCER April 29, 2016.

Pope Francis on April 29 spoke to participants in an International Conference on the Pro­gress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact. The Conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Stem for Life Foundation, and the STOQ (“Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest”) Foundation. The conference, entitled “Cellular Horizons: How Science, Technology, […]

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One Pope, One Petrine Ministry

Pope Francis greets emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during an encounter for the elderly in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ELDERLY Sept. 29, 2014.

A Response to Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s Recent Remarks on Benedict and Francis On May 20, during the presentation of a new book on Pope Emeritus Benedict and his pontificate, his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, delivered an address at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, that raised many questions and concerns among Catholics. Instead of […]

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Letter #48, 2016: The Passing of Capovilla

May 27, 2016, Friday — The Passing of Capovilla Cardinal Loris Capovilla Passes Away At The Age Of 100 “There was a second envelope.” —The late Cardinal Loris Capovilla, speaking to me in his residence in Sotto il Monte in early 2007, when I asked him why the letter of the Third Secret of Fatima […]

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Letter #47, 2016: Corpus Christi

May 26, 2016, Thursday — The Pope’s Homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi Pope Francis Remembers What Jesus Did, And What He Asks… “Jesus was broken; he is broken for us. And he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves, as it were, for others.” —Pope Francis, today in Rome, in his homily […]

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Letter #46, 2016: Sarah’s Remarkable Talk

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May 26, 2016, Thursday — Cardinal Sarah’s Remarkable Talk Last Week in Washington Cardinal Sarah Issues a Powerful Warning… “The battle to preserve the roots of mankind is perhaps the greatest challenge our world has faced since its origins.” —Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of […]

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Letter #45, 2016: A New Interview

May 18, 2016, Wednesday — Francis, His Interviews, and the “Re-Branding” of the Church Francis Interviewed Again, This Time by La Croix, a French Paper… “We need to speak of ‘roots’ in the plural because there are so many. In this sense, when I hear talk of the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes dread […]

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Letter #44, 2016: The Three Positions

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May 16, 2016, Monday — The Three Positions (And Now Four) On Amoris Laetitia The text below is the Editorial in the May edition of Inside the Vatican, which is just out. (To obtain a copy of the issue or to subscribe for one or more years, click here. We welcome new subscribers, of course. […]

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Letter #43, 2016: In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict

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May 13, 2016, Friday — In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI… Blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima… “In terms of what we today can discover in this message [the message of Fatima], attacks against the Pope or the Church don’t come just from outside the Church. The suffering of the Church also […]

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Letter #42, 2016: Day of Tears

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May 5, 2016, Thursday — Pope Francis Celebrated Today in Rome the “Jubilee of Tears” — For All Who Weep and Are in Need of Consolation… “Jesus wept.” —John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible. The verse describes the reaction of Jesus to the news of the death of his friend Lazarus, the brother […]

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Letter #41, 2016: Concert in Palmyra

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May 5, 2016, Thursday — A Russian Concert in Palmyra, Syria, Contains a Message to the West The Diplomacy of Music As I write this, a renowned Russian conductor is conducting an orchestral concert called “Prayer for Palmyra: Music Revives Ancient Ruins” in the ruins of the ancient desert city of Palmyra in war-torn Syria. […]

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People May 2016

Mother Angelica lies in repose March 29 at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala. Mother Angelica, who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and turned it into one of the world's largest religious media operations, died March 27 at age 92. (CNS photo/Jeff Bruno, EWTN) See OBIT-MOTHER-ANGELICA March 28, 2016, and MOTHER-ANGELICA-DEATH-REACT March 30, 2016.

The Vatican Remembers the “Unconventionally Angelic” Mother Angelica After the death of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, on March 27 (Easter Sunday), many in and around the Vatican praised the bold nun’s courageous witness at a time of crisis in the Church, and expressed their appreciation for the work EWTN continues to do. Pope Francis […]

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Pope Francis Meets with SSPX Superior General

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“I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity.” — Pope Francis, Letter on the Jubilee Year Both the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X have confirmed that Pope Francis met in early April at the Vatican with the […]

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U.S. Candidate Sanders Speaks at Vatican Conference on Social Teaching, Meets Pope

The meeting had no political significance, Francis later said Attending an event hosted by a Vatican academy on April 15, U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching as he sees it. Sanders spoke at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s landmark social encyclical Centesimus […]

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U.S. Candidate Sanders Speaks at Vatican Conference on Social Teaching, Meets Pope

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., a U.S. presidential candidate, first row at right, speaks at a conference on Catholic social teaching at the Vatican April 15. The conference was dedicated to St. John Paul II's 1991 social encyclical "Centesimus Annus" and was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Institutute for Advanced Catholic Studies. At left in the first row is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the academy, who invited Sanders. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-ACADEMY-ECONOMICS-SANDERS April 15, 2016.

The meeting had no political significance, Francis later said Attending an event hosted by a Vatican academy on April 15, U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching as he sees it. Sanders spoke at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s landmark social encyclical Centesimus […]

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Journalist Defends His Actions in “Vatileaks” Trial

Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, center, walk to their trial April 6 at the Vatican. Nuzzi and Fittipaldi are accused by the Vatican of soliciting the documents and exercising pressure on the defendants, especially Msgr. Vallejo Balda. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters) See VATILEAKS-NUZZI April 13, 2016.

“When I come across news, it is my job to publish it,” says one of two journalists accused of “soliciting documents” and “exercising pressure” on Vatican officials to obtain the documents. The trial continues…. An Italian journalist said he was given private documents by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms and that he […]

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