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Letter #10, 2016: The Passion that Looms Over the Pope-Kirill Meeting

February 6, 2016, Saturday — The Passion that Looms Over the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba The “Diplomacy of Music” I just received an email bringing my attention to an article by Dr. Terry Mattingly, an Orthodox scholar and writer who edits the popular GetReligion.org website. Here is the link. The Mattingly article quotes […]

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Letter #9: More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba

February 5, 2016, Friday — More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Havana, Cuba, on February 12 “Thus, in full awareness and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstruction […]

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Letter #8, 2016: The Pope and Kirill Will Meet in Cuba

February 5, 2016, Friday — Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill Will Meet in Cuba on February 12, 2016. IMPORTANT PRESS COMMUNIQUE FROM THE VATICAN Joint Press Release of the Holy See and of the Patriarchate of Moscow The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, […]

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Letter #7, 2016: A Pope-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in… Cuba?

January 26, 2016, Tuesday — Will Pope Francis Meet Kirill in… Cuba? “Everyone knows that he is the Pope of surprises. If he wants to make a change to his schedule, he will certainly do so.” —Captain Domenico Giani, head of the Vatican’s security force, after visiting Mexico recently to prepare the Pope’s February 12-18 […]

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Letter #6: The Stepinac Case

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January 21, 2016, Thursday — The Stepinac Case “We are afraid that there are too many open questions and wounds which Cardinal Stepinac symbolizes. His canonization, to our great regret, would return the relations between Serbs and Croats, as well as between Catholics and Orthodox faithful, back to their tragic history… We ask you to […]

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Letter #5, 2016: The Renewal Will Come from Norcia

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January 21, 2016, Thursday — “A regression without precedent” “To create new and lasting unity (in Europe), political, economic and juridical instruments are important, but it is also necessary to awaken an ethical and spiritual renewal which draws on the Christian roots of the Continent, otherwise a new Europe cannot be built.”—Pope Benedict XVI, April […]

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Letter #4: The Pope to Davos

January 20, 2016, Wednesday — The Pope and Davos “In the face of profound and epochal changes, world leaders are challenged to ensure that the coming “fourth industrial revolution”, the result of robotics and scientific and technological innovations, does not lead to the destruction of the human person – to be replaced by a soulless […]

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Letter #3: Conversion of the Jews

January 14, 2016, Thursday — Pope Francis Will Visit the Jewish Synagogue of Rome in Three Days, On Sunday, January 17. What Will He Say? “The first Christians were Jews; as a matter of course they gathered as part of the community in the Synagogue, they observed the dietary laws, the Sabbath and the requirement […]

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Letter #2, 2016: Crouching at the door…

January 3, 2016, Sunday — Pope’s First Sunday Noon Angelus of the New Year “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and […]

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Letter #1, 2016: Beginning with Mary

January 1, 2016, Friday — Pope Begins 2016 with Visit to St. Mary Major “The Son of God, made incarnate for our salvation, has given us his Mother, who joins us on our pilgrimage through this life, so that we may never be left alone, especially at times of trouble and uncertainty.”—Pope Francis, at a […]

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Letter #59, 2015: Pope’s Christmas Message: Peace

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December 25, 2015, Friday — Pope’s Christmas Message: Peace “Let us allow tears of repentance to fill our eyes and cleanse our hearts.”—Pope Francis, today in Rome, as part of his Christmas Day message, delivered “Urbi et Orbi,” that is, literally, “To the City (Rome) and to the world,” from the balcony of St. Peter’s […]

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Letter #58, 2015: Tomorrow is Christmas

December 24, 2015, Thursday — Tonight We Celebrate the Holy Exchange “The Son of God became man so that we might become God.” —St. Athanasius, De Incarnatione, 54, 3: PG 25, 192 “Recognize, O Christian, your dignity and, enabled to share in the divine nature, do not wish to relapse into your former base condition […]

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Letter #57, 2015: Mother Teresa Will Be Made a Saint

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December 18, 2015, Friday — Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Be Canonized in 2016 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be proclaimed a saint in 2016, the Vatican announced today. The likely date of the canonization will be September 4, 2016, the day before Mother Teresa’s feast day as a blessed. Yesterday afternoon, Pope Francis authorized […]

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Letter #55, 2015: A Vatican-Russian Concert

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December 17, 2015, Tuesday — A Vatican-Russian Concert There was a remarkable “ecumenical” concert in Rome this evening at 8:30 p.m. in the Apse of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, often called “the Mother and Head of all churches in Rome and in the World” because it is the oldest and ranks first among […]

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Letter #56, 2015: Synod Final Report in English

December 17, 2015, Tuesday — Final Synod Report Now Available in English The Final Report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which ended on October 24, is now available from the Holy See at the link below. It has taken nearly two months for the translation to be completed. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20151026_relazione-finale-xiv-assemblea_en.html What is the […]

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Letter #54, 2015: An Important Address

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November 10, 2015, Tuesday, An Important Address “Pope Francis was given a meal voucher when he arrived and ate off a plastic plate, just like the rest of those gathered with him, emphasizing his teaching that the Church must be with and accompany the marginalized and those on the peripheries of society.” —A Vatican Radio report today by […]

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Letter #53, 2015: Vatileaks, Part 2

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November 2, 2015, Monday, Feast of All Souls — Vatileaks, Part 2 “Radix omnium malorum cupiditas est” (“The love of money is the root of all evils”). —St. Paul, First Letter to Timothy, 6:10; a more idiomatic understanding of this phrase is, “For every possible kind of evil can be motivated by the love of […]

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Letter #52, 2015: Francis and The Face of Christ

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October 30, 2015, Friday — Francis and The Face of Christ “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.” —Pope Francis, first words of the bull of indiction for the Holy Year of Mercy, entitled Misericordiae Vultus, April 11, 2015 “‘Patient and […]

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Letter #51, 2015: The Withdrawal of the Logos

October 27, 2015, Tuesday — The Withdrawal of the Logos “In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum…” (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” or “In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos […]

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Letter #50, 2015: Three Less Unanimous Paragraphs

October 24, 2015, Saturday — Three Less Unanimous Paragraphs (with Vote Total “While insisting on God’s love for homosexual persons and the obligation to respect their dignity, the report also insisted homosexual unions could not be recognized as marriages and denounced as ‘totally unacceptable’ governments or international organizations making recognition of ‘marriage’ between persons of […]

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