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Letter #9, 2017: Pilgrimage Toward a Hidden God

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February 24, 2017, Tuesday — Pilgrimage Toward a Hidden God Pilgrimage Toward A Hidden God A powerful contemporary intellectual movement today called “transhumanism” hopes the human race can be developed, improved, “transcended.” Christians share part of this hope, but by means of an entirely different process… By Robert Moynihan Each man desires to know his […]

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Letter #8, 2017: The New York Times and Steve Bannon

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February 7, 2017, Tuesday — The New York Times and Steve Bannon “Vatican Traditionalists See Hero in Trump Aide.” —Headline of a New York Times front-page article today (link) which argues that “Vatican Traditionalists” see US President Donald Trump’s top aide and “strategic advisor,” the Irish American Catholic and former Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon, […]

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Letter #7, 2017: Posters against the Pope

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February 6, 2017, Monday — Posters against the Pope “Ah, Franky [referring to Pope Francis using a Roman dialect form of Francis which suggests great familiarity], you’ve put Congregations under supervision, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate and ignored Cardinals… But where in all this is your compassion?” […]

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Letter #6b, 2017: Steve Bannon, in his own words

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January 31, 2017, Tuesday — “The flower of mankind” “Our forefathers… were able to bequeath to us a Church and a civilization that really is the flower of mankind.” — Steve Bannon, top advisor to US President Donal Trump, in 2014, speaking from Los Angeles to a Vatican conference on global poverty and on how […]

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Letter #6a, 2017: Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #3

January 31, 2017, on the Knights of Malta… I left off my last report, on the complicated and tumultuous story of the Knights of Malta (Letter #5 this year) with a “to be continued.” I would like to write more, but at this moment there is not much that can be said. We know this: […]

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Letter #5, 2017: Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2

January 26, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2 “One of the difficulties with the Order (of Malta) is that there is a split between those like Matthew Festing who regard the Order as a religious institution doing charitable work in the light of the teachings of the Church and others who would […]

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Letter #4, 2017: Knight of Malta and Freemasonry

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January 25, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry “Charybdis was a sea monster in Greek mythology, which dwelt in the Strait of Messina. It was later rationalized as a whirlpool. It was believed that Charybdis lived under a rock on one side of the strait. Opposite Charybdis, Ancient Greeks believed there was another […]

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Letter #3, 2017: Trump? Francis Waits

January 22, 2017, Sunday — On Trump, Francis Waits On the dangers — and need for — populist movements Pope Francis has granted another long interview, this time to two Spanish journalists writing for the daily El Pais of Madrid, Spain. The interview was conducted on Friday, January 20, in the Domus Santa Marta, where […]

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Letter #2, 2017: Ten Found Safe

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January 20, 2017, Friday — Ten Found Safe Some good news from central Italy. Ten survivors have now been dug out of tons of snow and are alive and well after an avalanche buried a mountain hotel at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Rescuers are continuing to look for another 20 people who are […]

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Letter #1, 2017: Avalanche and Prayer

January 19, 2017, Thursday — Avalanche and Prayer Further heartbreaking news from central Italy. Yesterday morning four earthquakes hit central Italy. We could feel the tremors here in Rome, just slightly. At first it seemed that no one had been hurt. Then came the news that as many as 30 people had been buried in […]

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Letter #68, 2016: The Passing of a Russian General

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December 25, 2016, Sunday — The Passing of a Russian General Christmas Day 2016 Christmas Day is here. I would like to send my heartfelt Christmas greetings to all of my friends and readers at Christmastime. I would also like to share some sorrowful news. This Christmas day began, as so many now do, with […]

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Letter #67, 2016: The Silent Pope

December 8, 2016, Thursday — The Silent Pope “This apostolic exhortation contains a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals… We request that the Cardinals and Patriarchs petition the Holy Father to condemn the errors… in a definitive and final manner.” —Letter to Cardinal […]

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Letter #66, 2016: It Begins

November 14, 2016, Monday — It Begins “Following the publication of your Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, theologians and scholars have proposed interpretations that are not only divergent, but also conflicting, above all in regard to Chapter VIII. Moreover, the media have emphasized this dispute, thereby provoking uncertainty, confusion, and disorientation among many of the faithful.” […]

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Letter #65, 2016: “The Church Has Collapsed”

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October 31, 2016, Monday — The Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy, at the birthplace of St. Benedict (480-529 A.D.), has completely collapsed due to an earthquake, but thankfully… no lives have been lost in Norcia and the monks and nuns in the city are all safe “The Basilica of St. Benedict is destroyed.’” […]

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Letter #64, 2016: Vatican Pravda?

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October 18, 2016, Tuesday – Vatican Pravda? “With an article worthy of Pravda, the Vatican Insider website today presents its readers the equation ‘traditionalist Catholic’ = ‘enemy of Bergoglio’ = ‘lover of Putin.’” —Francesco Colafemmina, an Italian Catholic philologist with a love for sacred art and architecture (link). In a new article entitled “Vatikan Pravda,” […]

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Pope Francis meets with Pallotine Fathers

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Pope Francis on Monday greeted members of the General Assembly of the Pallotine Fathers. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke of the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti, who founded the order in Rome in 1835, saying he was “blessed to recognize that Jesus is the Apostle of the Father – rich in mercy and full of […]

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Letter #63, 2016: 17 New Cardinals

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October 9, 2016, Sunday — Pope Francis Names 17 New Cardinals Pope Francis Names 17 New Cardinals Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus on Sunday announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals. A consistory will be held on November 19, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy. Thirteen of the […]

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Pope’s Georgia visit can help promote inter-Church relations

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Georgia’s ambassador to the Holy See says she believes the Pope’s recent visit to her country can help promote better relations with other Christian Churches. (Vatican Radio) Tamara Grdzelidze, an Orthodox theologian and former official at the World Council of Churches, told Vatican Radio she was saddened by some of the negative media coverage of the […]

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Letter #62, 2016: On the Knife’s Edge

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October 3, 2016, Monday — The Pope Walks on the Knife’s Edge “Today there is a world war to destroy marriage.” —Pope Francis on Saturday, October 1, in Georgia, two days ago, in a meeting with priests, men and women religious, seminarians and pastoral workers at the Church of the Assumption “There are ideological colonizations […]

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For stable peace

SS Francesco - Viaggio Apostolico In Azerbaijan - Incontro con le Autorità presso il Centro Heydar Aliyev di Baku - 10-02-2016


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· At the conclusion of the visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Pope reiterates the need for dialogue and negotiation in the Caucasus region · A appeal for peace addressed to the political authorities and to the religious leaders of the Caucasus region concluded Pope Francis’ visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan. In the afternoon of […]

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