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 #44, 2016: The Three Positions

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May 16, 2016, Monday — The Three Positions (And Now Four) On Amoris Laetitia The text below is the Editorial in the May edition of Inside the Vatican, which is just out. (To obtain a copy of the issue or to subscribe for one or more years, click here. We welcome new subscribers, of course. […]

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Letter #20, 2016: Holy Saturday

March 26, 2016, Saturday – Holy Saturday The Silence of the Lord “In the hours of Holy Saturday, a great silence overtakes the Church. Our silence commemorates that God in Christ descended to where no human word is uttered or heard— the silence of the grave. Yet even in that silence God is speaking. “In […]

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Pope denounces “idolatrous economies”, defends Pius XII…

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On June 9, the day when illness forced him to rest, Pope Francis granted a long interview to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. The full text was also made available by the website Il Sismografo. The interview was carried out by a Portuguese journalist, Henrique Cy­merman, who is a Middle East correspondent for La Vanguardia, Antena 3 and […]

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Letter #10: The Gaenswein Interview

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  “I can tell you a nice story. Pope Francis granted a lengthy interview to Jesuit Padre Spadaro who is the director of the most important Jesuit magazine Civiltà cattolica in August, which was published too, so after Padre Spadaro had given Pope Francis the first issue of this magazine, the Pope gave it to me telling […]

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Letter #107: Christmas Eve, Pope Francis meets with Pope Benedict

It is a lovely, cool December evening in Rome, the eve of Christmas. Cold, but not bitter cold. And still clear, not raining. Pope Francis will soon celebrate the birth of Jesus, 2013 years ago, above the tomb of Peter, in the great basilica.   It is a quiet evening… a “silent” night…   The […]

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Benedict Meets Fidel

POPE MEETS WITH CUBA'S FORMER PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO

“Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act… to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. Human freedom… attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude… The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of […]

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