Capovilla’s Passing

The passing of the personal secretary of Pope John XXIII on May 26 at the age of 100 brings a period of Church history, the period of Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, to a close. What next? “There was a second envelope.” —The late Cardinal Loris Capovilla, speaking to me in his […]

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The Debate Intensifies

Throughout the Church, there is intense debate over the new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”). Some see it as a “rupture” with the Church’s doctrinal tradition, while others say that isn’t true… “My great joy as a result of this document resides in the fact that it coherently overcomes […]

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Editorial: We Are Free, and What That Means

The great predicament in our modern age is less a belief that we moderns are “like gods” than it is a conviction that we are like animals, ruled by instinct — that we have no free will. But Christian belief is that man is in fact free… The early Church universally held that every man […]

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Francis and Kirill

On February 12, 2016, Pope Francis met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at the airport in Havana, Cuba. It was the first time a Roman Pope has ever met a Russian Orthodox Patriarch. What now? “In the contemporary world, which is both multiform yet united by a shared destiny, Catholics and Orthodox are called to […]

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Christ is the Light of the Nations

Pope Paul VI promulgated the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, known by its first words Lumen Gentium (“The Light of the Nations”) on November 21, 1964 —51 years ago. What did it say? “Christ is the Light of nations.” —First words of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, promulgated by […]

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Letter # 16, 2015: May Editorial

May 5, 2015, Tuesday — In Praise of Bad Catholics Here below is a copy of the editorial in the May issue of Inside the Vatican magazine, which is about to be mailed. May 2015 Editorial, Inside the Vatican magazine In Praise of Bad Catholics We live in a strange time, with traditional words like […]

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“I Felt I Was in Paradise”

Top, Pope Francis hugs a man suffering from boils in St. Peter’s Square at the end of his Wednesday November 6 general audience.

“He didn’t have any fear of my illness. He embraced me without speaking… I quivered. I felt a great warmth… I felt like I was in paradise.”—Vinicio Riva, 53, who suffers from disfiguring boils on the skin, explaining how he felt as Pope Francis hugged him during a papal audience in Rome on November 6 […]

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Death: Will It Be Followed By Eternal Life?

John Paul II receives in audience George “Pat” Morse and his wife, Margaret, accompanied by Cardinal Edouard Gagnon.

    “The level of commitment required is determined by the value of the prize we seek.” —George “Pat” Morse, on the effort needed to prepare for death. From the moment of our birth, we are moving inexorably toward the most important event in our lives: our “Death.” It is not how healthy and strong […]

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“Greater Love Hath No Man”

Father Vince Capodanno.

“Stay quiet, marine. You will be OK. God is with us all this day.” — Father Vincent Capodanno, last words, spoken to a wounded marine on a battlefield in Vietnam 46 years ago in 1967. A few seconds later, Capodanno was shot and killed. On June 14 in Vietnam, not far from the spot where […]

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The Greatest Lie, and the Truth…


August-September 2012 — Editorial — Benedict is spending his summer at Castle Grandolfo outside Rome, preparing for a trip to Lebanon in September and for the “Year of Faith” beginning in October. He is also working on his book on Jesus.   “Jesus… experiences anguish before the power of death… the dread natural to every […]

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Consecration and Adoration

Pope Benedict XVI holds the Eucharist as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of Corpus Christi outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 7
(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

June-July 2012 — Amid crises and scandals, Pope Benedict returns to the heart of the faith: the presence of the risen Lord in the Eucharist, both at the moment of consecration, and in Eucharistic adoration “To really communicate with another person I must know him, I must be able to be in silence close to […]

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Welcome, CWR Readers!


January 2012 — In this first issue of 2012, we welcome several thousand readers of Catholic World Report, which will no longer appear in print. Welcome! Let us know how you like Inside the Vatican! The year 2012 opens with a group of new readers for the print edition of Inside the Vatican: the readers […]

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