What is at Stake


A world without God, without absolute moral values rooted in divine revelation, irrevocably turns into the realm of the rule of slavery and lawlessness. … The Russian Church, which has paid in millions of lives for the godless Soviet experiment, can and must testify before the adherents of militant secularism to the fact that a […]

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Power Grab

Kirsten Sandberg, center, chairperson of the U.N. human rights committee on the rights of the child, talks to committee members Maria Herczog, right, and Benyam Mezmur during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, February 5, 2014. A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

A United Nations committee today, in a 15-page report, denounced the Vatican’s record in allegedly not protecting children from priestly sexual abuse, then went on to question the freedom of the Catholic Church to create and live by her own canon law, asking  the Church to change her laws and adopt a secular sexual morality […]

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Pope Francis’s favorite dish

Pope Francis is pictured cooking in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an undated file photo.

Surrounded on three sides by the Alps including Monviso where the Po River rises, Piemonte or Piedmont is a region of northwest Italy, bordered on the west by France, on the east by Lombardy, on the north by Val D’Aosta and Switzerland, and on the south by Liguria and a very small fragment of Emilia […]

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People around the Vatican

Pope Francis blesses the sculpture "Jesus the homeless" sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz.

HOMELESS JESUS SCULPTURE A year ago, TIMOTHY SCHMALZ’s bronze sculpture “Jesus the Homeless” had been rejected by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto. But in late November, Pope Francis blessed the sculpture at one of his weekly general audiences in front of thousands of eager pilgrims. The pontiff touched […]

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Interview with a papal portraitist, Natalia Tsarkova

Natalia Tsarkova in her studio.

“The Lord has given me the gift of painting to bring his message into the world through color” Immediately after the public audience on Wednesday, December 18, you presented Pope Francis with your latest artwork: a double papal portrait on paper, depicting Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict praying together. This was your first meeting. […]

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The First Swiss Guard Chaplain to Be Appointed a Bishop

Msgr. Alain de Raemy leads the new recruits’ parents into the Apostolic Palace to a meeting 
with the Holy Father.

Msgr. Alain de Raemy is the first Pontifical Swiss Guard Chaplain to become a bishop. And although the Corps itself in recent years became a fertile source of priestly vocations for Switzerland, no former Swiss Guard has ever been consecrated a bishop until now… Msgr. Alain de Raemy is the first chaplain in the history […]

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Words on the Joy of Faith

François - Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân
The Joy of living one’s Faith
Vatican Publishing House
2013, 120 pages, 9,00 euro

The Vatican Publishing House has issued a collection of conversations held by Servant of God Vietnamese Cardinal François-Xavier Van Thuân, who worked in the Vatican as vice-president and then-president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1994 to 2002. The book, for the moment only in Italian, features words and dialogues from a […]

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Cardinal Sodano Presents Biography of Archbishop Sambi, God’s Nuncio

Valerio Lessi
Pietro Sambi God’s Nuncio
Siena, Cantagalli, 2013, 
234 pages

“‘I have come to cast fire upon the earth.’ These words of Jesus reported in Chapter 12, verse 49 of the Gospel of St. Luke, sum up the priestly and episcopal ministry of Pietro Sambi (1938-2011), first in his diocese of Rimini and then in various countries of the world in service to the Holy […]

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The Analogy of Being According to Father José Alfonso Salazar

José Alfonso Salazar
The True Believer
Faith, Reason and Truth in Light of 
the Analogy of Being: 
A Catholic Perspective on the World’s Great Religions, Philosophies 
and Ideologies; 
An Ecumenical Apologetics 
Holy Apostles Press
Washington, DC
www.holyapostlespress.org 362 pages. $24.95

In his ground-breaking text The True Believer, Father José Alfonso Salazar, M.S.A. (the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, a new congregation of the Franciscan family), argues that the analogy of being (Wisdom 13:5, Romans 1:20), is the overall transcendental concept which points unequivocally to the full truth of the Roman Catholic faith […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Kelvin Edward Felix

Kelvin Edward Felix. Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, Saint Lucia.

Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix is Archbishop Emeritus of Castries in the Caribbean Sea. He has been the President of the Caribbean Conference of Churches, the President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He was born as one […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Fernando Sebastián Aguilar

Fernando Sebastián Aguilar. Archbishop of Pamplona.

The secular media is abuzz with the comment from Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, recently named a cardinal-elect by Pope Francis, that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be treated. Sebastián told the Spanish newspaper Diario Sur in January that “homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because [sex] has a structure and a […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Loris Francesco Capovilla

Loris Francesco Capovilla. Titular Archbishop of Mesembria.

Of all the men recently appointed to become Cardinals by Pope Francis, none has waited longer — nor been more deserving — than Archbishop Loris Capo­villa. Best known as the private secretary of Blessed John XXIII (Pope from 1958-1963), Capovilla, at 98, is the Church’s oldest archbishop, and will be the oldest cardinal ever appointed […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Chibly Langlois

Chibly Langlois. Bishop of Les Cayes.

Haiti’s new cardinal is known as a tireless worker, an advocate for the people, and someone who never forgot his impoverished childhood. Pope Francis named the first Haitian cardinal when he selected Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, 55, president of the Haitian bishops’ conference. Haitian Catholic leaders see the choice as recognition of the […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Orlando B. Quevedo

Orlando B. Quevedo. Archbishop of Cotabato.

Filipinos, especially from the southern island of Mindanao, have expressed hope that the elevation of Cardinal-designate Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato to the College of Cardinals will help hasten the peace process in the conflict-plagued southern region. One such hope was expressed by Bishop Martin Jumoad of the city of Basilan. “[The cardinal-designate’s] voice will surely […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Philippe Ouedraogo

Philippe Ouedraogo. Archbishop of Ougadougou.

When Archbishop Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, was told he had been named a cardinal January 12, he thought it was someone playing a joke. The telephone call from Rome was in Italian, a language the prelate hardly understood, and he had not been notified of the Pope’s decision in advance. “I asked the […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Ricardo Ezzati Andrello

Ricardo Ezzati Andrello. Archbishop of Santiago Del Chile.

In this 72-year-old archbishop of Concepción, Chile, Pope Francis has found a Church leader after his own heart. The archbishop has taught and worked with young people, visited prisoners, and been an investigator into the possible misdeeds of religious orders in order to heal and reform them. He played a crucial role in ending an […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Andrew Yeom Soo-jung

Andrew Yeom Soo-jung. Archbishop of Seoul.

In choosing Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, to be a cardinal, Pope Francis may be thinking of finding an evangelist for all of Asia — including China. This Korean Church leader is a media expert and a powerful preacher. Yeom Soo-jung was born in Ansong, Gyeonggi Province, in 1943 to a devout Catholic […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Mario Aurelio Poli

Mario Aurelio Poli. Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Since being named archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March, Cardinal-designate Mario Aurelio Poli, 66, has had some similarities to his predecessor, Pope Francis, in his pastoral approach. “He’s a lower-profile person, he listens a lot, talks little and is very friendly,” said José Maria Poirier, director of the Catholic magazine Criterio in Buenos Aires, […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Gualtiero Bassetti

Gualtiero Bassetti. Archbishop of Perugia-Città Della Pieve.

Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia said a parishioner told him he had been named a cardinal by Pope Francis, and “my jaw dropped” when he found out it was true. The 71-year-old archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, president of the bishops’ conference of Umbria in central Italy, said he was not informed before Pope Francis […]

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Exclusive Portrait – Orani João Tempesta

Orani João Tempesta. Archbishop of Rio De Janeiro.

Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro impressed Pope Francis with the way he handled World Youth Day in July, bringing some 3 million young people together in Brazil to meet and pray with the Pope. Here are excerpts from the homily Tempesta gave at the Opening Mass for the 28th World Youth Day, […]

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