Cuba: Waiting for Pope Benedict

Eduardo Delgado Bermudez, Cuban ambassador to the Holy See, meets Benedict XVI.

Interview with Eduardo Delgado Bermudez, Cuban envoy to the Vatican, on the March visit of the pontiff   The expectations raised by Benedict XVI’s journey to Cuba 14 years after John Paul II’s historic visit to the island; the hopes which the Pope’s message will bring to the people of Latin America; the journey’s program […]

Share Button

Quiet Down

Pope Benedict XVI

February 2012 — The central concern of Pope Benedict is the “new evangelization,” the sharing of the “Good News” about Jesus Christ. But how to go about it? Perhaps, he says, by starting with silence…   Silence can be what we need most of all in our noisy world, Pope Benedict said recently. In fact, […]

Share Button

Guercino An Artistic Genius much esteemed in His Lifetime

St. Charles Borromeo Restoring Sight to an Infant, 1613-14, Church of St. Sebastian, Renazzo di Cento, Italy.

Even as a baby in his cradle they noticed he was cross-eyed, and so Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666) became known as Il Guercino, “the little squinter,” a nickname that stuck until his death. Luckily, this handicap did not seem to affect his drawing or painting skills. Born in Cento, a small town bet-ween Bologna and […]

Share Button

Irene Kluger Talks About Her Husband Jerzy

Wojciech Ponikiewski, Polish ambassador to the Italian Republic, and Hanna Suchocka, Polish ambassador to the Holy See, offer Irene Kluger their condolences after the commemoration ceremony for Jerzy Kluger at the Prima Porta Jewish cemetery in Rome on January 8, 2012.

In his famous book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, John Paul II wrote: “First of all I remember the primary school of Wadowice, where in my class one quarter of the pupils at least were of Jewish origin. Now I have to mention my friendship in my schoolboy days with one of them, Jerzy Kluger. […]

Share Button

Anglicans Come Home

Below, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster ordains to the Catholic priesthood three former Anglican bishops at Westminster Cathedral in London, January 15, 2011. Those ordained were Father John Broadhurst, Father Andrew Burnham, and Father Keith Newton.

After the ordinariates erected in England, the Unites States and soon in Australia, what will be the future of this new ordinariate? In 1995, after 10 years serving as a minister in the Church of England, I, along with my wife and children, came “home to Rome.” For the next 10 years I lived and worked […]

Share Button

Recalling the Vatican’s “Voice of Christmas”

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli on January 11 concelebrated a Mass at Santa Maria in Transpontina, near St. Peter’s, in memory of American Cardinal John P. Foley, who died on December 11, 2011   There were mostly Americans and a few TV reporters in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina on Wed­nesday, January 11, a […]

Share Button

Farewell to Jerzy Kluger — Childhood Friend of Wojtyla


Karol Wojtyla and Jerzy Kluger met often after they were reunited in 1965, two decades after the slaughter of World War II. On the last day of 2011, Jerzy joined his childhood friend Karol. He died in Rome after the Alzheimer’s disease from which he suffered had prevented him from even being present at the […]

Share Button

Meditation – February 2012

The formula that came to be associated with the distribution of ashes: “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return,” focuses on our mortality, as an incentive to take seriously the call to repentance. Our time here is brief. Since Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, it also has a […]

Share Button

Benedict XVI’s Pilgrimage To Mexico and Cuba

Priests from Mexico in traditional outfits dance after Benedict XVI’s celebration of Mass marking the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12 in St. Peter’s, in which the Pope confirmed he will travel to Mexico and Cuba this spring.

The Holy Father will travel to Mexico and Cuba on his second visit to Latin America, March 23 – 28   The Pope’s upcoming March trip to Cuba and Mexico is strongly desired by, and, according to some, also a little “forced” by, the bishops of Mexico. Dates and program were defined by the organizer […]

Share Button

Vatican Watch – February 2012

December 2012 Monday 12 POPE RECALLS CARDINAL FOLEY Benedict XVI said he hoped the legacy of the late Cardinal John P. Foley, who died December 11 in Darby, Pennsylvania, after a battle with leukemia, would inspire others to make the Gospel known through the mass media. “I recall with gratitude the late cardinal’s years of […]

Share Button

Seeking to Transmit the Faith in Today’s Secularized World


Interview with Croatian Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who is in charge of coordinating the upcoming synodal assembly in October 2012   One of the highlights of the Year of Faith, which Benedict XVI will inaugurate in October, will be the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. […]

Share Button

Restructuring the Roman Curia

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Spanish theologian known in Rome as the “little Ratzinger,” who is head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Quærit semper assigns new tasks to the Roman Rota and to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. On the agenda: new ways to promote the return of Gregorian chant…   The media largely ignored Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Quærit semper, published on September 27, whereby the […]

Share Button

The Venetian Island of St. Lazarus: Where Armenian Culture Survived the Diaspora


  Since 1717, St. Lazarus Island has been a deeply-revered center of Armenian culture in the world. Visitors to the exhibition “Armenia: The Imprints of a Civilization” (see January 2012 issue, p. 49) will want to make a pilgrimage to this shrine and sacred place, too. For without the foresight of the first abbot, Mekhitar, […]

Share Button

Profiles of the New Cardinals

Rainer Maria Woelki

2012 Consistory – 22 New Cardinals   Fernando Filoni Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Italy Newly named Italian Cardinal Fernando Fil­oni was born in Manduria (Taranto), Italy, on April 15, 1946, the son of Salvatore and Severina Baglivo. He has one sister and one brother. After spending his first years in […]

Share Button

People – February 2012


CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD At the same altar in St. Peter’s Basilica where they were ordained priests exactly 50 years ago, Cardinal WILLIAM J. LEVADA and 17 of his classmates celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving “for the great gift of the priesthood” on December 20. The cardinal, a student at Rome’s Pontifical North American […]

Share Button

Roman Food in a Local Tavern and a Charming Hotel near Piazza Navona

They say time stands still in the restaurant Alfred and Ada: it is one of those old Roman Osterie that neither the sands of time nor the advance of modern fast-food outlets has managed to sweep away. It’s a typical tavern with an old, small and rather austere environment, where you eat what is available […]

Share Button

The Hungarian Cardinal Who Lived in the US Embassy

Cardinal Mindszenty during his 1949 trial

Cardinal Mindszenty, during his asylum in the US embassy in Budapest, sent letters to several US presidents. A new book by Fr. Somorjai, a monk-scholar, collects these texts.   What more can we discover about the key figure of the Hungarian Church during the second half of the 20th century? The heroic character of the […]

Share Button

Neocatechumenal Celebrations Approved, But Lead to Parish Mass


The Holy See has approved the liturgical celebrations of the Neocatechumenal Way, but has stressed that this approval does not lessen the importance of the regular parish Mass. The complete papal text…   The Vatican in January announced the approval of the Neocatechumenal Way’s special, and sometimes controversial, liturgical rites, but Pope Benedict XVI has […]

Share Button

Pope Warns of Threat to Freedom of Religion and of Conscience in US

Benedict XVI listens as Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington speaks during a January 19 meeting with US bishops on their ad limina visits to the Vatican (CNS photo).

Benedict XVI, receiving a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the end of their ad limina visit, spoke about the attempts to limit freedom of religion in the US.   Pope Benedict XVI in January told visiting US bishops that he is concerned about the advance of “radical secularism” […]

Share Button