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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Pope meets with Georgian Orthodox Patriarch

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One of the highlights of the Holy Father’s first day in Georgia was his meeting with the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II, and with the Members of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church. In his address during the meeting, Pope Francis focused on the love of Christ as a basis for building […]

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Pope Francis in Georgia: prayer for peace

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Pope Francis is currently on an Apostolic journey to Georgia. He flew into the nation’s capital Tbilisi on Friday 30th of September and his third and last appointment of the day took place at the Chaldean Catholic Church of Simon ‘Bar Sabbae’, dedicated to a tenth century Coptic Saint. There he met with representatives of […]

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Georgia’s ambassador on expectations for papal visit

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Pope Francis takes off for the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday for a two-day visit to the majority Orthodox republic. As well as meeting with religious and civil authorities in Tbilisi, the Pope will travel to the nearby ancient city of Mtskheta, founded in the 5th century BC and famed as one of UNESCO’s World […]

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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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Letter #51, 2016: Earthquake in Norcia

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August 25, 2016, Thursday — Two Monks Remain… “There is an incident in the anonymous Life of Ceolfrith which may refer to the young Bede. A plague swept through Ceolfrith’s monastery in 686, taking most of the monks who sang in the choir… Only the abbot and a young boy raised and educated by him […]

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Letter #50, 2016: More, Newman and Now

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August 14, 2016, Friday – More, Newman and Now From Oxford to Canterbury…. “Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages… And specially from every shires ende Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende, The hooly blisful martir for to seke That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.” —Geoffrey Chaucer, late 1300s, The Canterbury Tales, […]

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Letter #49, 2016: Again, Russia….

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July 29, 2016, Friday — Again, Russia… Earthen Vessels…. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.” —2 Corinthians 4:7 “As light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is […]

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New Rome Master’s Program To Study the “Theologian Pope,” Joseph Ratzinger

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It’s not a “Ratzinger Fan Club,” but rather a way to better understand the Faith… No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope,” Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become […]

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