The Book in Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance


Two splendid exhibitions this spring concern the history of the book in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance and its impact on European and thus world culture: I Libri Che Hanno Fatto l’Europa (The Books That Made Europe) on at Palazzo Corsini in Trastevere, Rome, until July 22 (Via della Lungara 10, Rome, entrance […]

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Regina Caeli: On the Suffering in Ukraine


“My thoughts go out to all populations that thirst for reconciliation and peace” On this day that is, as it were, the heart of the Holy Year of Mercy, my thoughts go out to all populations that thirst for reconciliation and peace. I think in particular of the turmoil, here in Europe, of those who […]

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Letter # 42, 2014: Lonely Europe

November 25, 2014, Tuesday — Pope Speaks to Europe: Two Texts Today, And a Third from October 3… “I would like, as a pastor, to offer a message of hope.” —Pope Francis, today in Strasbourg, France, speaking to the European Parliament (1st talk) “This is perhaps among the most baffling paradoxes for a narrowly scientific […]

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Marcello Pera, on his friendship with Joseph Ratzinger

The Chancellor of Germany since 2005, Angela Merkel, and Italy’s new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Who is Marcello Pera? A seventy-one-year-old Italian philosopher and politician, known for his friendship with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, which began during Pera’s years as president of the Italian Senate (2001-2006). They continue to be good friends, and will in fact be meeting this month at the Mater Ecclesiae Mon­astery within the Vatican walls: theirs is […]

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Interview with Professor Guzman Carriquiry on Francis

“Pray for me” were the first words Pope Francis spoke in public on the evening he was elected, March 13, 2013. This was his first significant action as Pope — to ask for prayers.

Professor Guzman Carriquiry Lecour has served the Holy See for 43 years. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday (April 20, congratulations!). He is currently secretary of the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for Latin America — the first layperson to serve in that role (since May 2011), just as he was the first ever layperson to […]

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