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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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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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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Letter #61, 2016: Appeal from Assisi

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September 20, 2016, Tuesday — Appeal for Peace from Assisi “This is the spirit that animates us: to bring about encounters through dialogue, and to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism.” —Declaration of Assisi, released today in Assisi, Italy, as a common call from representatives […]

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Letter #60, 2016: Meeting By The Sea

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September 19, 2016, Monday — Meeting by the Sea “Today, with the blessing and on the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Bruno Forte, the local archpastor of the local Roman Catholic diocese, we, the Orthodox members of the Joint International Commission of Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches, have the great […]

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Letter #59, 2016: The Face of Christ and Unity

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September 18, 2016, Sunday — The Face of Christ and Unity “Seeking the Face of Jesus must be the longing of all of us Christians… If we persevere in our quest for the Face of the Lord, at the end of our earthly pilgrimage, he, Jesus, will be our eternal joy, our reward and glory […]

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Letter #58, 2016: The Bells of Rome, Last Conversations, #4

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September 17, 2016, Saturday — The Bells of Rome, Last Conversations #4 “Peter Seewald: When you left the Vatican in a helicopter, this also was part in some way of the entire screenplay, as it were, at least as seen from the outside. One could say that up until that moment no Pope had ascended […]

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Letter #57, 2016: Adieu Padre Amorth

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September 16, 2016, Friday — Adieu, Padre Amorth “I, afraid of that beast? It is he who should be afraid of me: I work in the name of the Lord of the world. He is just the monkey of God.” —Father Gabriele Amorth, the famous Italian exorcist who was the exorcist for the diocese of […]

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Letter #56, 2016: Dark Night, Last Conversations #3

September 15, 2016, Thursday — Dark Night, Last Conversations with Pope Benedict, Letter #3 “Peter Seewald: Have you also experienced any of those ‘dark nights’ of which many saints speak? Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: Such powerful experiences, no. Perhaps I am not holy enough to have plumbed the depths of that obscurity. However sometimes, things […]

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Letter #55, 2016: “Seek His Face Always,” Last Conversations #2

September 14, 2016, Wednesday — “Seek His Face Always,” Last Conversations with Pope Benedict, Letter #2 “Peter Seewald: When you find yourself before the Almighty, what will you say to Him? Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: I will ask Him to be indulgent with my wretchedness.” —Passage in the first chapter of Ultime Conversazioni (“Last Conversations”), […]

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Letter #54, 2016: Last Conversations with Pope Benedict

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September 11, 2016, Sunday — Last Conversations with Pope Benedict “Peter Seewald: The last question of these last conversations: love is one of your central themes. You dealt with the question of love as a student, as a professor, as a Pope. Where was love in your life? What was your experience: did you feel […]

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Letter #53, 2016: Rome to Russia

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August 29, 2016, Monday — Rome-Moscow Exchange Intensifies “May the Holy Mother of God, our common heavenly Mother, keep all of us and cover us from all evil.’” —Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, speaking to a dozen visitors from Rome, his guests for […]

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Letter #52, 2016: Why Benedict Resigned

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August 26, 2016, Friday — Emeritus Pope Benedict Lives “At the Still Point of the Turning World” “Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith… and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord showed […]

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