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Letter #41, 2015: The One Thing

October 5, 2015, Monday — The One Thing “And he comes, moving slowly like a serpent, and makes those three proposals to Jesus: “If you are God, son of God, there are stones, you’re hungry, change them into bread”; “If you are the Son of God, why so much effort? Come with me to the […]

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Letter #40, 2015: Homily on St. Michael


October 3, 2015, Saturday — Homily on St. Michael and the Temptations of the Devil “If we go to the account of the temptations of Jesus, we never find a single word of his own. Jesus does not respond with his own words, he responds with the words of Scripture, all three times.” —Pope Francis, […]

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Letter #39, 2015: Further Thoughts

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Further Thoughts As I write this, a man in an Oklahoma prison is about to be executed for a murder he claims he did not commit. Pope Francis has asked for his life to be spared. His name is Richard Glossip. At this late moment, it is not likely that his execution will be stayed, […]

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Letter #38, 2015: Kim and Francis

Pope Francis listens as he takes questions from journalists aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-USCUBA-PLANE Sept. 28, 2015.

            September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17 “Holy Father, you visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and we were told that […]

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Letter #37, 2015: Out of Germany

September 18, 2015, Friday — Out of Germany The danger of a division in the Roman Catholic Church — of a schism — is being “mentioned” increasingly in press reports on the eve of October 4-25 Bishops’ Synod on Marriage and the Family in Rome. Now, an article in German which calls on the Catholic […]

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Letter # 36, 2015: “A just simplification”

September 8, 2015, Tuesday — “A just simplification” “The new procedures do not favor the nullity of marriages, but the expedition of trials, as well as a just simplification.” —Pope Francis, in a letter published today, Septeber 8, Feast of the Birth of Mary, announcing new, simpler procedures for marital annulment cases in the Church […]

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Letter #35, 2015: “Be Opened”


September 6, 2015, Sunday — “Be opened” “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family.” —Pope Francis in his Angelus prayer at noon today in St. Peter’s Square, when he made the astonishing request to all of the Church parishes and monasteries in Europe that each take in […]

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Letter #34, 2015: Prison


September 3, 2015, Thursday — Prison Our special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine welcoming Pope Francis to America is out. Subscribe now to receive this Commemorative issue for free. Stay informed on the critical events occuring in the Catholic Church in the coming months. Don’t miss an issue! Prison “If a law […]

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Letter #33, 2015: Turning Point

September 1, 2015, Tuesday — Turning Point Introductory note We have just come out with a special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. We would like you to receive and read this issue. All you have to do is click here, order a subscription, and you will receive […]

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Letter #32, 2015: Eleven Cardinals and a Pope


August 26, 2015, Wednesday — Eleven Cardinals and a Pope Introductory note We have just come out with a special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. At the center of the issue is a beautiful, deeply moving Photo Essay on “The Beatitudes of Pope Francis.” This Photo Essay […]

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Letter #31, 2015: Rubicon

August 12, 2015, Wednesday — Rubicon Introductory note We are just coming out with a special, splendid 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. The Pope will visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, after a visit to Cuba from September 19 to 22. At […]

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Letter #30, 2015: At All Costs

  August 9, 2015, Sunday — At All Costs Below is the text of the Editorial for the Special Commemorative August-September 2015 issue of Inside the Vatican welcoming Pope Francis to America. The Pope will visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, after a visit to Cuba from September 19 to […]

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Nigerian Cardinal Calls Church’s Stand on Homosexuality “Irrevocable”

Then-Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, speaking before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom in Washington on April 22, 2009. Also pictured are commissioner Nina Shea, left, and Michael Cromartie, vice chair of the commission (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

African Christians reject US President Obama’s attempts during his July visit to Kenya to “push that which is against our faith and culture…” Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, said in a July 26 interview with News Agency of Nigeria that the position of the Church in Nigeria against homosexuality is […]

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Try and Reform the Curia; If Not, You Leave

In the circle, the late Cardinal Martini

Confidant of the late Cardinal Martini of Milan says Pope Benedict’s resignation was a possibility from the very beginning… The confessor and confidant of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the deceased former archbishop of Milan, revealed before his own death this year that, according to Cardinal Martini, the resignation of Benedict was “programmed” from the very […]

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Putin and Pope Francis

Pope Francis talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Vatican June 10. Putin, who was in Milan on other business, asked for the meeting (CNS photo/Maria Grazia Picciarella, Pool)

An important Vatican meeting in June suggests Rome and Moscow are keeping open lines of communication despite differences… President Putin came to Pope Francis on the evening of June 10 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 […]

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Pope Will Read Critiques of His Econom­ic Thought Before US Trip

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents a controversial gift to Pope Francis at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, on July 8.
The gift was a wooden hammer and sickle — the symbol of communism — with a figure of a crucified Christ (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano).

After his environmental encyclical provoked criticism in some circles in the US, the Pope feels he should study those critiques before he travels to the States… Before arriving in the United States in September, Pope Francis has said, he will study American criticisms of his critiques of the global economy and finance. “I have heard […]

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Three Cities, Three “Spheres”

Pope Francis Visits the US

The Pope will visit Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Can Americans renew the “all-encompassing Christian life”? Three cities in the United States will receive Pope Francis during his first visit here as Pope; for whatever reasons the Holy Father chose them, they are in some sense emblematic of three “spheres” of human society in which […]

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Vatican Watch

Tommaso Di Ruzza

MAY SUNDAY 24 Holy Spirit Leads to Truth, Renews The Earth, Emboldens Celebrating Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer with tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke of Pentecost as the day the Church was born universal but united. The day’s first reading, […]

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The Upcoming Synod on the Family: The Debate So Far

Here, an image from the beginning of the Synod on the Family in 2014, on October 6. This afternoon session was held in the presence of Pope Francis in the Synod Hall (Galazka photo)

Pope Francis convenes an Ordinary Synod on the Family in October 2015 to address the mounting crisis of marriage and family life; it will build on themes discussed in last October’s preparatory Extraordinary Synod Pope Francis looked to the West, and to the world, and saw families, mired in a media-fed culture of libertinism and […]

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The Beatitudes of Francis

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 265th successor of the Apostle Peter, Bishop of Rome and Pope (“Il Papa” — Father of the whole Church) on March 13, 2013. Bergoglio had been cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires, given the red hat by Pope John Paul II in 2001. By all accounts, he fully expected to return […]

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