Letter #8, 2017: The New York Times and Steve Bannon

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February 7, 2017, Tuesday — The New York Times and Steve Bannon “Vatican Traditionalists See Hero in Trump Aide.” —Headline of a New York Times front-page article today (link) which argues that “Vatican Traditionalists” see US President Donald Trump’s top aide and “strategic advisor,” the Irish American Catholic and former Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon, […]

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Letter #41, 2016: Concert in Palmyra

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May 5, 2016, Thursday — A Russian Concert in Palmyra, Syria, Contains a Message to the West The Diplomacy of Music As I write this, a renowned Russian conductor is conducting an orchestral concert called “Prayer for Palmyra: Music Revives Ancient Ruins” in the ruins of the ancient desert city of Palmyra in war-torn Syria. […]

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Letter #22, 2016: Ukraine: An Ambassador’s Visit

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April 6, 2016, Wednesday — A Religious “Off-Ramp” for Ukraine? US Ambassador Pyatt Visits Rome An American official has made a quiet, important visit to the Vatican to discuss the situation in Ukraine. In a visit that has received no press attention up until now, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt (photo) was in […]

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Letter #19, 2016: The Nuncio

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March 22, 2016, Tuesday — The Nuncio A Man of the Church About half a decade ago, at an event in Rome, I ran into an American woman I hadn’t seen for more than 20 years, since the time we were both students working on dissertations in the manuscript room of the Vatican Library. To […]

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