A Bed and Breakfast and a Restaurant in Ladispoli, near Rome


Essential information: Bed & Breakfast La Stazione Via dei Campi Fioriti 30 00055 Ladispoli Rome Cell phone numbers: +39 392 1082601 +39 392 1838348 Fax +39 06 23 31 63 92 Website: http://bedandbreakfastlastazione.it Approximate prices per night for room and breakfast. For further information, contact the Bed & Breakfast. Single: 40 Euro ($50) Double: 55 […]

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The Transfiguration of the Lord


Our divine Redeemer, in Galilee the summer before His sacred Passion, took with Him Saint Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, Saint James and Saint John, and led them to the heights of a solitary mountain. Tradition assures us that this was Mount Tabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful, and in those days […]

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Vatican Watch


By Micaela Biferali with CNS reports and Grzegorz Galazka photos Tuesday 22 FIRST CLERICAL SEX ABUSE NORMS PUBLISHED The Italian bishops’ conference released its first ever set of guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sexual abuse, urging bishops to cooperate with civil authorities, but also making it clear that bishops in Italy have no legal […]

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“Submission, Not Power, Raises People Up to God”


  VATICAN CITY — Christians find fulfilment not by using power or force to realize their own wishes, but by being submissive to God’s will and serving others, Benedict XVI said during his June 27 weekly general audience. Many in the world today are surrounded by people or things that threaten to become the guiding […]

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Quilling: Devotional Creations from Cloistered Orders


The super-elegant Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of the FIAT Motor Company, Giovanni Agnelli (1921-2003), better known as “Gianni,” and his widow Marella, were avid art patrons and collectors. He bequeathed their extraordinary collection of paintings to his birthplace, which is also the headquarters of FIAT: the city of Turin. The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Mar­ella […]

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Key Collaborator of the Pope


An interview with Cardinal Marc Ouellet on the second anniversary of his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops I once asked the late Cardinal Andrzej-Maria Deskur whether he expected the election of a non-Italian cardinal after Paul VI’s death. Much to my surprise, he resolutely replied: “Not only did I expect the election […]

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President Obama vs. the Catholic Church


An analysis of why US President Barack Obama chose to challenge the power of the Catholic Church during this election year In a series of maneuvers in recent months, President Obama has trampled on our conscience rights, threatened the existence of our healthcare and social service institutions, and slapped us in the face with his […]

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The True Image Polar Star of the New Evangelization


Facebook of heaven for the Word that became flesh. A new Mount Tabor for a divided Christianity. Reference point of return for the formerly Christian nations: the human face of God “Truth is a person“ – Nicolàs Gómez Dávila By Paul Badde In October 2011, at the baptism of our latest granddaughter Josephine, we discovered […]

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Holy Face of Manoppello: Paul Badde’s Two New Books


Reviewed by Paul MacLeod The German theologian Klaus Berger, a friend of the Pope, has said of the historian and journalist, Paul Badde: “Nobody has ever dared to go deeper into the Holy Sepulcher than Paul Badde.” Badde’s research over a number of years has established that what was formerly known as “the veil of […]

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Holy See and Finland: 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations


In 1942, diplomatic relations between Finland and the Holy See were established, during the papacy of Pius XII, who supported Finland, attacked by Hitler’s Germany Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Holy See and Finland celebrated the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations on June 16, 2012, with a series of initiatives based on […]

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“My Challenge Is to Bring the Pope’s Message Back into Focus”


An interview with Greg Burke, former Fox News correspondent, named communications advisor to the Vatican secretariat of state Are you sorry you have left Fox News and given up your job as a correspondent? Greg Burke: I’m very sorry because my job with Fox News was a sort of dream job. I was based in […]

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“They Brought Help” — An interview with the bishop of Carpi, Monsignor Cavina

Several weeks ago, a group of Pontifical Swiss Guards left for Emilia in central Italy, which was devastated by a powerful earthquake. They volunteered to help the bishop of Carpi, Monsignor Francesco Cavina. Anna Artymiak met up with Monsignor Cavina to talk about these things.   How did the Swiss Guard conceive the project of […]

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Swiss Guards To the Rescue!


An interview with Gabriele Paris, a new recruit, who went with his companions to the Emilia Romagna region, Italy, to provide security at the damaged Carpi hospital Gabriele Paris: Our superior said they needed volunteers. He asked my squad, the second, if anyone was willing to go. I said “Yes.” What did you do there? […]

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Archbishop Lori takes “fortnight for freedom” to Rome


On the same day that the US Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s health care law, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore warned an audience in Rome about what he characterized as the law’s threat to religious freedom. The archbishop, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom, addressed a group called […]

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“Sign of a Tie to Heaven and Earth, to Christ and the Pope”


On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, 44 archbishops received the wool pallium from Pope Benedict during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica View photo essay in our photo viewer. After placing woolen bands around the shoulders of 44 new archbishops as they knelt before him on June 29 in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI […]

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Address of his holiness Benedict XVI


Nemi, Italy, Monday, July 9, 2012 JULY 9 VISIT TO THE AD GENTES HOUSE OF THE DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES I am truly grateful for the possibility of seeing this house in Nemi once again after 47 years. I have a very beautiful memory of it, perhaps the most beautiful of the entire Council. I lived in […]

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Benedict Returns to Where He Worked 50 Years Ago…


In July, Benedict XVI visited the Society of the Divine Word’s house in Nemi, not far from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. In 1965, Ratzinger, then in his 30s, stayed in the house to work on documents for the Second Vatican Council Pope Benedict began his summer vacation on July 3 at the papal […]

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Archbishop Di Noia, Ecclesia Dei and the Society of St. Pius X


Pope Benedict has chosen a native New Yorker, the secretary to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to play an important new role…  In a bid to keep talks with the Society of St. Pius X on course to a possible reconciliation, Pope Benedict XVI recently appointed American Archbishop J. […]

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Vatican Passes Key Test on Money Laundering


During a conference at the Holy See’s press office on July 18, Msgr. Ettore Balestrero presented the document of the first Mutual Evaluation Report on Vatican City State As the Vatican continues working to comply with international standards against money laundering and financing terrorism, it still needs to beef up internal inspection and supervisory powers, […]

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Amid Controversy, Pope Names Müller to Doctrinal Congregation


Some say he is too “progressive,” while others claim he is too “conservative.” Bottom line: the Pope trusts him He is a big man, more than 6 feet tall (he towers over Pope Benedict XVI). His physical bulk is matched by his great capacity for work: his massive compendium of Catholic dogmatic theology fills more […]

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