Letter #48, 2016: The Passing of Capovilla

May 27, 2016, Friday — The Passing of Capovilla Cardinal Loris Capovilla Passes Away At The Age Of 100 “There was a second envelope.” —The late Cardinal Loris Capovilla, speaking to me in his residence in Sotto il Monte in early 2007, when I asked him why the letter of the Third Secret of Fatima […]

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Letter #44, 2016: The Three Positions


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 #43, 2016: In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict


May 13, 2016, Friday — In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI… Blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima… “In terms of what we today can discover in this message [the message of Fatima], attacks against the Pope or the Church don’t come just from outside the Church. The suffering of the Church also […]

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People April 2016

film _Spotlight,_

Vatican Paper Lauds Spotlight as Brave, Not Anti­-Catholic The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on February 28, is a courageous movie that is not anti­-Catholic, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano said in two articles commenting on the Oscars. Italian historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia (photo), in an op-­ed titled “It is […]

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Letter #58, 2015: Tomorrow is Christmas

December 24, 2015, Thursday — Tonight We Celebrate the Holy Exchange “The Son of God became man so that we might become God.” —St. Athanasius, De Incarnatione, 54, 3: PG 25, 192 “Recognize, O Christian, your dignity and, enabled to share in the divine nature, do not wish to relapse into your former base condition […]

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Seven Points… and an Eighth

Pope Francis in prayer.

In Rome, prelates prepare to debate the nature of the marital bond, the nature of the family in an age of “familylessness,” at the same time that the family of the faith, the Church, remains divided. The wisdom of Simone. “Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The […]

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The Torch Passes From Bertone to Parolin

The last day of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as Vatican secretary of state.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin was absent from the ceremony of his installation as the new Vatican secretary of state on October 15. Struck by gallstones (or appendicitis, according to other sources), Parolin had to undergo an urgent, though not grave, operation. During the ceremony, Pope Francis thanked the outgoing secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Ber­tone, with […]

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Archbishop Fitzgerald on the Pope’s Friendly Outreach to Muslims

Pope Francis has reached out in a very friendly way to Muslims, calling them “brothers.” He has done so on a number of occasions, including at Aparecida on July 24, when he met a representative of Brazilian Muslims, and on August 11 when, from the Vatican, he extended his greeting to “the Muslims of the […]

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Top Ten People of 2011: Birgit Wansing


Though few in the general public have heard of her, those few believe that many of the books by Joseph Ratzinger, both before he became Pope, and since, would not have been written without her help. She is one of the Pope’s closest and most trusted collaborators and advisors, and for the quiet, cheerful, steady […]

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