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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″ […]

Pope Francis Jubilee Year of Mercy

On December 8, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Here, the complete text of the document in which the Pope announced the year

Why This Jubilee of Mercy? Wishing to pour on the spiritual wounds of every human being the balm of God’s mercy in abundance, Pope Francis has issued a Bull of Indiction announcing to the world the beginning of an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, to open on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, […]

HOLY WEEK with Pope Francis

Pope Francis uses holy water to bless the crowd at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square on March 29, a week before Easter.

By Laura Ieraci (CNS) The Vatican’s office for liturgical celebrations, headed by Msgr. Guido Marini, released this schedule of events that Pope Francis presided over during Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, March 29, starting at 9:30 am, the Pope blessed the palm and olive branches in St. Peter’s Square before presiding at the celebration of […]

A Saint for America and the Americans


There have been sharp critics of Pope Francis’ decision to canonize Fra Junípero Serra when he comes to Washington in September. Here, a leading layman who works in the Holy See explains why the critics are wrong By Guzman Carriquiry Lecour The great Mexican, Latin American, American and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, […]

Letter #14, 2015: Benedicta

May 1, 2015, Friday — Benedicta Feast of St. Joseph the Worker I have written several reports from Norcia, and these reports have always prompted emails from many readers. I find Norcia to be an extraordinary place, and just today I found a way to help you all understand a bit better what it is […]

Letter #13, 2015: Quiet Day in Rome


April 23, 2015, Thursday — Quiet Day in Rome Feast of St. George “St. George is a reminder that sometimes good people are called upon to bother to be brave and offer that protection in place of Jesus.”— Father Peter Fleetwood, commenting on the Feast of St. George, which was celebrated in Rome today with […]

Letter #12, 2015: Vespers in Norcia


April 18, 2015, Friday — Vespers in Norcia “I pray that I and all those God has given me to know and love here might live in such a way that God’s will for the salvation of the world will be realized.” —Prayer of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who died yesterday at the age […]

Letter #11, 2015: Matins in Norcia


April 17, 2015, Friday — Matins in Norcia “Christ Jesus, high priest of the new and eternal covenant, taking human nature, introduced into this earthly exile that hymn which is sung throughout all ages in the halls of heaven. He joins the entire community of mankind to Himself, associating it with His own singing of […]

Letter #10, 2015: Benedict Turns 88


April 16, 2015, Thursday — Benedict Turns 88 “Preparing for one’s death means preparing to meet God.” —Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, speaking with an Italian television station this week, on how an elderly Emeritus Pope Benedict is spending his time preparing for death. The Emeritus Pope turned 88 today Today, April 16, Emeritus Pope Benedict turned […]

The Synod — Caffarra Up, Kasper Down?

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

Even Pope Francis is distancing himself from the latter and taking sides with the former, staying on good terms with Cardinal Müller, and promoting the African Sarah. The unyielding defenders of Catholic doctrine on marriage. “This does not resolve anything,” Pope Francis said recently with regard to the idea of giving Communion to the divorced […]

Parolin in Minsk: Man without God Experiences the Abyss of Cruelty

Catholics from around Belarus gathered in Minsk in the Church of Sts. Simon and Helen for a Lenten vigil between March 14 and 15, together with Pope Francis’ Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

The Vatican’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, traveled to Minsk, Belarus in mid-March. On his agenda: discussions about a possible trip of Pope Francis to Ukraine… “The village forgotten by God/ God forgotten by the village.” Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin used this expression, by local Belarus poet Vladimir Niakliaev, in the […]

Patriarch Kirill: “I have sincere respect for Pope Francis”

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow greets Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Poland, and other Catholic clergy at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Cathedral in Warsaw on August 16, 2012. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church made a historic visit to Poland with a message of reconciliation.

In the Russian Orthodox Patriarch’s first-ever interview with the secular press, he expresses admiration for the Bishop of Rome. Orthodoxy has been divided from Rome since 1054. The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, has released his first interview with a secular magazine, choosing the official Russian news agency Tass. Published on March 10 […]

Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope John Paul II in front of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica.

  The “Jubilee of Mercy” will run from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016, Feast of Christ the King. Pope Francis has surprised the world again. On the second anniversary of his election as Pope on March 13, 2013, he made a dramatic announcement in Rome. During a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s […]

Carmelite’s Lenten Retreat for the Pope and Curia

Pope Francis studies his breviary while attending the annual Lenten retreat with members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, Italy.

Put yourselves “in the school of mercy,” the Carmelite priest who directed the Curia’s Lenten Spiritual Exercises, urged Curia members. The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the “deepest truth” about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth, a prominent Carmelite priest told the Pope and Vatican […]

Pope Offers Handy Tips for Preparing for Confession

As Catholics prepare to go to confession during Lent and before Easter, a new booklet Safeguard Your Heart helps Christians “confess well”. As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis last fall offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of […]

Diplomacy in the Service of Peace

Parolin with US President Barack Obama.

[…] In the 1980s, within the Council for Public Affairs, today the section for relations with states of the secretariat of state, there was an “office for pontifical mediation.” Its aim was to lay the juridical-political foundation to put an end to the territorial disputes between Argentina and Chile over the Beagle Channel, at the […]