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Letter #29, 2015: Thaw in Russia?

June 28, 2015, Sunday — Pope-Patriarch Meeting “On Agenda,” Hilarion Says Are Rome and Moscow growing closer, despite US-led Western efforts to isolate Russia with recently renewed economic sanctions? A new interview published this morning in Italy suggests strongly that the answer is “Yes.” Following a lightning visit three weeks ago (June 10) of Russian […]

Letter #28, 2015: Invalid and Null

June 28, 2015, Sunday — It Begins: Martin Luther King’s Niece Says She Will Not Obey or Acknowledge Supreme Court Marriage Dictate Civil Rights Leader Speaks Out on Marriage Ruling Alveda King: “I Must Obey God’s Law” Sunday, June 28, 2015 Dr. Alveda King, 64, a long-time pro-life activist and niece of the slain civil […]

Letter #27, 2015: On This Day

June 26, 2015, Friday — On this day… On this day 15 years ago, in the year 2000, I was in Moscow traveling with Dan Schmidt, Declan Murphy and the late Jack Templeton and his wife, Pina. I was hoping to discover the whereabouts of the lost icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which had […]

Letter #26, 2015: Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015, Friday — US Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in All 50 States “Marriages” between two men or two women today were “legalized” in all 50 states of the United States — even in states which had forbidden it up to now — following a 5-4 US Supreme Court ruling released this morning, […]

Letter #25, 2015: Medjugorge

June 25, 2015, Thursday — Negative Judgment on the Apparitions in Medjugorge? An Italian journalist is claiming that a Vatican office yesterday rejected the authenticity of the Medjugorge apparitions of the Virgin Mary (link). Italian Vaticanist Gianluca Barile’s report cites no named sources. No official statement has been made by the Vatican. However, this report […]

Letter #24, 2015: The Pope’s Traumatic Childhood Experience


June 25, 2015, Thursday — What Pope Francis Suffered as a Child “But do we still know what a wound to the soul is? Do we feel the weight of the mountain that crushes the soul of a child, in families in which the members treat each other badly?” —Pope Francis, yesterday in St. Peter’s […]

Letter #23, 2015: Wounds in the Family

June 24, 2015, Wednesday — Pope Francis on the Wounds in Families “But do we still know what a wound to the soul is? Do we feel the weight of the mountain that crushes the soul of a child, in families in which the members treat each other badly?” —Pope Francis, today in St. Peter’s […]

Letter #22, 2015: Putin and Pope Francis

June 10, 2015, Wednesday — Putin and Pope Francis President Putin came to Pope Francis this evening to speak about possible pathways to peace in Ukraine and the Middle East. Putin, who had been in Milan in northern Italy at a major international exposition on food worldwide, arrived a little after 6 p.m. — about […]

Letter #21, 2015: A Special Invitation


A Personal Invitation from Dr. Robert Moynihan: Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has asked to be received in audience by Pope Francis in two days, on Wednesday, June 10, and Pope Francis has agreed to the meeting. What is the purpose of this unexpected encounter? No information has yet been made public, but we know that […]

The Secret Meeting

The main entrance of the Gregorian University in Rome where the 
May 25 secret meeting was held

On May 25, a group of about 50 cardinals, bishops and theologians invited by the German, Swiss and French bishops’ conferences met behind closed doors at the Gregorian University. One of a handful of reporters present said the discussion seemed “revolutionary, uttered by clergymen” The German, Swiss and French presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences […]

The Next Pope?

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, at the sign of peace while celebrating Mass at the city’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on January 16 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The charismatic cardinal from the Philippines, who is fluent in English, has been named the new head of Caritas Internationalis. This gives him greater international stature. Some see him as a possible Pope “I accept this election in the name of all the poor people in the world.” With these words, the Filipino cardinal, Luis Antonio […]

Previewing the New Encyclical

Old and newer forms of energy for business.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in May delivered an important talk to a conference in Rome on “the new climate economy.” This talk is being seen as a type of “preview” of what the upcoming encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment may say… Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a message to attendees of […]

Being and Becoming an Angel

Devotees present a relic of new St. Mary of Jesus Crucified during the Mass.

Pope Francis ignited a firestorm the day before the May 17 canonization of four new saints, two of them Palestinian women, when he exchanged gifts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and uttered a now-famous remark expressing the hope that Mr. Abbas would be an instrument (an “angel”) of peace in the war-torn land of his […]

The Liturgy as a Window to Another World

Juan de Juanes Cena

A Prize-Winning German Writer Explains why the Traditional Mass is so Beautiful and so Important By Martin Mosebach Holy Mass and Modernity When it became apparent in the early 1950s that television sets would soon be in many households, German bishops deliberated about whether it would be wise to allow or even promote television broadcasts […]

Russians in Beijing

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, along with other members of the China-sponsored round table on religion in China.

The Chinese regime continues to keep all religious activity in the country under close observation and control, but recently government officials met with Russian Orthodox clergy to discuss cooperation   A round table discussion among representatives of traditional religions of Russia and China was held May 14 in Beijing within the context of the 4th meeting […]

The Synod on the Family: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The youngest Catholic bishop in Germany at 49, Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau, who came into his current office only in May 2014, chose as his motto: "Victoria Veritatis Caritas" ("The victory of truth is love")

Though Pope Francis is depicted in the press as a radical, reforming Pope, in recent weeks his emphasis on traditional sacramental teaching has been increasing. What is his true position?  Vatican observers are noting that as the second and last session of the Synod on the Family approaches, the conflicting “sides” of the discussion are […]

Letter #18, 2015: The Irish Vote

May 24, 2015, Sunday — Follow the Money? “Multinational companies like Twitter and Google have their headquarters in Ireland and they supported the ‘Yes’ campaign.” —Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, in an interview yesterday with Vatican Insider on the outcome of the Irish vote approving same-gender “marriage” in Ireland “So what happened? First, foreigners spent a […]

Letter #17, 2015: The News Stories Keep Coming


May 23, 2015, Saturday — Thinking about Francis The news stories keep coming: — the Irish referendum yesterday on marriage (the Irish voted “Yes,” to allow same-gender marriage); — the upcoming papal encyclical on the environment (June); — preparations for the Pope’s trip to Cuba and the USA (September); — the “Bishops’ Synod, Part #2″ […]