Letter #55, 2015: A Vatican-Russian Concert

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December 17, 2015, Tuesday — A Vatican-Russian Concert There was a remarkable “ecumenical” concert in Rome this evening at 8:30 p.m. in the Apse of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, often called “the Mother and Head of all churches in Rome and in the World” because it is the oldest and ranks first among […]

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Vatican Watch – November 2013

Pope Francis and priests.

Thursday 5 A LETTER TO PUTIN Pope Francis wrote to Vladimir Putin, Russian president, host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5-6. The pontiff asked leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution […]

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Vatican Watch – June/July 2013

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the commission governing Vatican City State (Galazka photo).

April Sunday 7 FIRST MASS IN THE BASILICA OF ST. JOHN LATERAN “God always waits for us, even when we have left him behind! He is never far from us, and if we return to him, he is ready to embrace us,” the pontiff said in his homily today. The Mass was the occasion for […]

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