Food For Thought

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Panettone translates as “a large loaf of bread.” Actually, it’s a large sweet bready cake with various creamy fillings, raisins and candied fruits; its dome is covered with toppings of different flavors. Panettone’s origins probably date back to the Roman Empire: ancient Romans sweetened a type of leavened cake with honey. During the Renaissance, it […]

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Vatican Watch

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NOVEMBER SUNDAY 1 The Path of the Beatitudes The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints’ Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven. The Pope said the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, […]

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The Fulfillment of Christ

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How is the Church, as St. Paul says in Ephesians, the fullness of Christ? A thoughtful reflection on the deeper meaning of the events we are now celebrating “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth… And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:14, […]

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The Met’s Christmas Tree and Crèche

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On a visit to New York just before Christmas, our Art Editor Lucy Gordan visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spoke with European Sculpture Curator Dr. Wolfram Koeppe. Dr. Koeppe, what exactly is your position at the Museum and how long have you worked here? Dr. Wolfram Koeppe: My title is Marina Kellen French […]

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The Great Divide (part 1)

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Love, marriage, sacrifice, procreation: a reflection on the deep meaning of human love and marriage Many schools and universities pride themselves to have finally acknowledged that the difference between man and animals is minimal. As a matter of fact, Peter Singer, professor at Princeton University, proudly proclaims that a clever chimpanzee is intellectually much superior […]

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Flight from Defeat: Who Helped the Germans Escape Europe?

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Did the Vatican actually help Nazi criminals “on the run” at the end of the Second World War? An Italian scholar points to another “protector” Among the accusations directly or indirectly targeting Pius XII and the Church of his time, is the one that he and the Church he led facilitated the escape of Nazi […]

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Is the “Progressive” German Church a Church in Decline?

Bavarian bishops walk in procession to the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers near Bad Staffelstein, Germany, in this 2012 photo. Germany's Catholic bishops have urged efforts to overcome "destructive self-interest" on the 100th anniversary of World War I, while recognizing the shared guilt of churches for the conflict, which left 16 million dead. (CNS photo/Daniel Karmann, EPA) (July 28, 2014) See WWI-GERMANS, July 28, 2014.

On November 20, noting that only 10 percent of German Catholics attend Mass every Sunday, Pope Francis said: “One can truly speak of an erosion of the Catholic faith in Germany” Pope Francis on November 20 told the bishops of Germany that the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy offers the opportunity to “rediscover the sacraments of […]

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Francis on the African Continent

Clergy process at the start of the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Oct. 26, 2009) See SYNOD-CLOSE Oct. 26, 2009.

Pope Francis traveled to Africa November 25-30, bringing a message of hope and reconciliation to three nations which continue to experience exploitation, violence, and even war: Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. But he also acknowledged something Africa has to offer to the world, what he called “wisdom and spiritual values… that are the […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter from a longtime Vatican Watcher Hope you are well! Thank you for the splendid commentaries you have been sending forth on the Synod. I’m not an ombudsman, but several friends have commented that your writing is the sanest and most godly that is coming from the press. I particularly appreciated your recommendation that the […]

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Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, and Pope Francis are pictured during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE March 11, 2015.

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Gänswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book God or […]

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