The Late Gregor Volken

“Acriter et fideliter.” With courage and faithfulness. This is the ancient motto of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, and the words well describe the life and character of the late Gregor Volken, vice-commandant of the corps, who served four Popes for 38 years and two months, making his one of the longest services in the history […]

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His Eminence Dominik Cardinal Duka of the Czech Republic

Cardinal Dominik Jaroslav Duka, OP, 69, was born in 1943 in Hradec Králové, Bohemia (now Czech Republic). Today he is the 36th archbishop of Prague. He was ordained on June 22, 1970, at the age of 27. In 1972, he made his solemn profession in the Dominican Order. In 1975, the Communist regime deprived him […]

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Reflections after the Synod

Brief talks with some Synod members on the new evangelization: Cardinal Erdo, Father Carrón, Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Wuerl   Cardinal Péter Erdö: “I think that this has been a very fruitful Synod” The mission is to proclaim Christ, says Cardinal Peter Erdö of Budapest, Hungary. All the baptized are called on to bear witness to […]

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Homily by Benedict XVI for the Creation of Six New Cardinals

Dear Brothers and Sisters, These words, which the new Cardinals are soon to proclaim in the course of their solemn profession of faith, come from the Niceno-Constantinopolitan creed, the synthesis of the Church’s faith that each of us receives at baptism. Only by professing and preserving this rule of truth intact can we be authentic […]

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“Faith in Jesus Means Being Optimistic About the Future”

The 2012 Synod of Bishops on the “new evangelization” met for three weeks in October and presented a list of propositions to the Pope…   Despite the growth of secularism, increased hostility toward Christianity and sinful behavior by some Church ministers, members of the Synod of Bishops said they are optimistic about the future because […]

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The Pope’s New Book on Jesus

Pope Benedict’s book on the childhood of the Messiah in the Gospels is arriving in bookstores now. The Gospels are “true history” and not a pure theological construction, the Pope writes. Pope Benedict has finished his extraordinary trilogy on Jesus with publication of the third and final volume, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, in […]

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Four Years Later, Vatican Takes a Different Approach Toward Obama

Vatican calls on re-elected Obama to “acknowledge demands arising from religious communities” regarding “the natural family, life, and religious liberty itself” The day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, hailed his election as a “choice that unites,” exemplifying America’s ability to “overcome fractures and divisions that until only […]

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Who Is Our King?

Philippines Ambassador Mercedes Arrastia-Tuason presents her credentials to Benedict XVI.

The Pope reflected on Christ’s role in history during a homily for the Feast of Christ the King on November 25 in Rome. Many seek to de-throne Christ, but he does now and will forever rule, the Pope said. Who is our “king”? Who is the “ruler” of our lives? Whose commands bind us? Whose […]

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My Friend Who Became Pope

Interview with Doctor Wanda Półtawska, friend of Blessed John Paul II. What did the school girls of Lublin High School dream about way back in 1939? Maybe all that girls of their age dream about: happiness, evenings at the cinema or at the theater, balls, love, trips with their friends. Yet the folly of Nazism […]

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Celebrating Church’s Universality, Pope Creates New Cardinals

On November 24, Benedict XVI appointed six new cardinals from the US, Lebanon, Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia and India, in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. Recalling that Christ’s mission transcends “all ethnic, national and religious particularities,” Pope Ben­e­­dict XVI on November 24 created six new cardinals from four different continents, representing the Latin rite of […]

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Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Concluding Mass of the Synod

Dear Brother Bishops, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Brothers and Sisters, The miracle of the healing of blind Bartimaeus comes at a significant point in the structure of Saint Mark’s Gospel. It is situated at the end of the section on the “journey to Jerusalem,” that is, Jesus’ last pilgrimage to the Holy City, for […]

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“The Holy Spirit Helps Us and Shows Us the Right Way”

Pope Benedict XVI closes the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the “new evangelization” with a call to bear witness everywhere to Christ…   The Synod for the New Evangelization is over, but the work starts now. This happens all the time, but in this case it seems more necessary than ever for all Christians to […]

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“The Frescoes Are Safe for at Least 500 Years”

An interview with Dr. Antonio Paolucci, head of the Vatican Museums. Is the Sistine Chapel at risk? Are Michelangelo’s frescoes disappearing like the paintings in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt? Vatican officials say there is no reason for concern despite the alarm recently caused by rumors circulating for the celebration […]

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Philippines: a Canonization and a New Cardinal

An interview with Mercedes Arrastia-Tuason, Philippine ambassador to the Holy See. This fall has been eventful for the Philippine embassy to the Holy See. In October, Benedict XVI canonized Blessed Pedro Calungsod, the second Blessed of the biggest Catholic country of Asia. Then, on November 24 at the consistory, held in the Vatican, the Pope […]

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“The World Is Not the Product of Darkness”

Benedict XVI leads a prayer service in the Sistine Chapel marking the 500th anniversary of a prayer service led by Pope Julius II in 1512 to celebrate Michelangelo’s completion of the ceiling paintings. Standing in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes, people are reminded that the world was created by God in a […]

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“Death and the Immensity that Awaits Us” A Reflection on Eternity and Heaven

This editorial, written in 1979 by the Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa, Italy, Giuseppe Siri (1906-1989), speaks eloquently about the reality and significance of eternal life.   A recent document published by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has recalled the fundamental points of Christian certitude, which cannot be omitted. Naturally this has […]

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Cardinal Dolan Takes Possession of His Titular Church in Rome

The Archbishop of New York took possession of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on October 14, leaving behind him in his Roman parish a sense of joy and goodwill. “Qui è come a New York” (“It’s like New York here”) said Cardinal Timothy Dolan on October 14, the day he took possession of his titular […]

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Hospitality and a Family-run Restaurant not Far from St. Peter’s

The Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer were founded in Ciempozuelos, Madrid, Spain, on June 1, 1864, by Bishop Jose Maria Benito Serra, OSB, and Antonia de Oviedo Schonthal, OSR, for the evangelization and integral healing of exploited women. These sisters also have a guest house in Rome, Villa Fatima, and provide friendly service […]

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His Beatitude Introduces the Syro-Malankara Church to Our Readers

By His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis   The Malankara Church received the Christian faith in the very first century from the preaching of St. Thomas the Apostle (the apostle known as “Doubting Thomas”). The Indian Church, or the Church of St. Thomas Christians, was popularly known as the Malankara Church, or the Church in Malabar, even […]

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Bringing the Malankara Church to the Attention of the Catholic World

Interview with His Beatitude, newly-appointed Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Major Archbishop-Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. Your Beatitude, you are becoming a cardinal and will have the opportunity to work in close association with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. How do you react to this prospect? His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis: The Holy Father has nominated me […]

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