Spirituality: The Orthodox Saints Speak

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Rivalry over material possessions has made us forget. . . So we no longer pursue plainness and simplicity of life. We no longer value stillness, which helps to free us from past defilement, but prefer a whole host of things which distract us uselessly from our true goal. Rivalry over material possessions has made us […]

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The Message of the Icon


Christ the Judge This month we highlight a famous and brilliantly executed icon dating from the 6th or 7th century. The icon was preserved during the time of the iconoclastic heresy simply due to the remote location of Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai. Some of the oldest icons in the world […]

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“I Was a Stranger and You Took Me In…” The Papal Almoner

Pope Francis greets one of eight poor people at his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 17, the pope's 78th birthday. A group of the poor were invited to the audience in celebration of the pope's birthday. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Dec. 17, 2014.

The Pope has asked a Polish archbishop to be his “hands” in Rome, reaching out to the city’s poor and homeless. The first in a series…  Pope Francis has said he would like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican to be an example to ca­th­edrals around the world in offering charity to the poor and marginalized, […]

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The Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift of Time to Repent Before it Is Too Late?

5.02.2016 Basilica Vaticana. Un momento di preghiera guidato dal Card. Angelo Comastri, Arciprete della Basilica, dopo il posizionamento delle teche con le spoglie di San Pio e San Leopoldo Mandic, i "Due Santi della Misericordia", nella navata centrale.

The Pope’s crusade to extend mercy to everyone on the earth who seeks it, through the ministry of the Church, comes in the era of the Divine Mercy devotion which originated with St. Faustina Kowalska, the uneducated Polish nun who is known as the “Apostle of Mercy,” and was canonized in 2000 by St. John […]

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Pope Francis Will Celebrate a Series of Jubilee of Mercy Events

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The Jubilee Year opened December 8, and continues through November 20, the Feast of Christ the King The Holy See has designated a number of special days throughout the remaining months of the Jubilee Year to be celebrated as jubilees for particular groups, and a few other related events, in all of which the Pope […]

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“The Lord Changed My Life”

Interview with an exorcist:  “The best way of dealing with the devil is to fall in love with God” Fr. Peter Glas, a native of Poland, is a priest and exorcist in the Diocese of Portsmouth in southern England. He was ordained in 1989 and is a noted member of the International Association of Exorcists. […]

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Suffering, A Crushing Burden…

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…except when it is an expression of love. Then it can sanctify, not destroy us If there is one thing we all dread, it is suffering. A newborn baby will already respond with screams to any discomfort. Many human beings spend much of their lives trying not only to avoid suffering, but to pursue enjoyment. […]

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In Defense of What Has Been Believed “Always, Everywhere, By All”

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An interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider about the SSPX, women and footwashing, the consecration of Russia, anti-pastoral bishops, and more We do not endorse unreservedly every statement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan. However, Schneider’s voice has become an influential one in the Church, especially […]

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“Conversion” of Jews: What Does the New Vatican Statement Say?

17/01/2016 Rome, Italy. Pope Francis' visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome. Pope Francis' speech to the Jewish Community of Rome.

  An American Catholic offers a reflection on the recent statement on Catholic-Jewish relations from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity Initial news headlines on the recent document issued by the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews were somewhat misleading (such as: “New Vatican document: Catholics should not seek to convert […]

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“Anguish and Tears Must Never Be Forgotten”

17/01/2016 Rome, Italy. Pope Francis' visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome. The Holy Father goes into the synagogue together with Ruth Dureghello, President of the Jewish Community of Rome, and Riccardo Di Segni, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome.

  Pope Francis visited the Jewish synagogue of Rome on January 17. He emphasized the “rich, common spiritual heritage” of Jews and Christians While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said. Interrupted repeatedly […]

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Food For Thought

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At the time of this writing, a month after its opening, “Me Geisha,” founded by Italian-American businessman Giuseppe Tuosto two years after his successful restaurant with the same name at Via Roma 59 in Salerno, is probably still Rome’s newest restaurant. Just off Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, next door to the Chiesa Nuova, 500 meters […]

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Pope Francis at Ecumenical Vespers: Walk the Way of Unity

25/01/2016 Rome. Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. Celebration of Vespers led by Pope Francis in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls. Orthodox Archbishop of Italy and Malta Gennadios Zervos and the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome David Moxon.

  For centuries, Catholics and Protestants fought wars. Their divisions were profound and caused wounds. Now, says Francis, the search for Christian unity must trust in “the Father’s mercy” Pope Francis on January 25 in Rome asked for “mercy and forgiveness” for the way Christians have behaved towards each other over the centuries, saying we […]

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The Words of Pope Francis: “Love’s Second Name”


“Mercy is God’s distinctive mark,” says Fr. John Saward, the formerly Anglican, now Catholic priest in England: it is His goodness “coming to the aid of our misery, especially the misery of sin.” But, as Pope Francis explains in this beautiful talk, his first catechesis on mercy, this attribute of God is not incidental to […]

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The Pope’s Moment of Truth

22/09/2015 Santiago, Cuba. Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Cuba. Pope Francis’ meeting with families at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral.

Very soon, perhaps on March 19, Pope Francis is expected to publish a document on the family as his conclusion to the work of the two bishops’ Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015  As he approaches the third year of his pontificate, Pope Francis faces his greatest decision yet. It is a decision, […]

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LEV Publishes New Book for Bishops’ Formation Courses


A press conference held at the Holy See Press Office on January 28 presented the book Witnesses of the Resurrected One, published by the Vatican Press (LEV). The book contains the proceedings of the annual formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for […]

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Italy’s Family Day Draws Huge Suppor­t — But Silence from the Vatican

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is seen in the distance as people attend the Family Day rally at the Circus Maximus in Rome Jan. 30. The rally was held to oppose a bill in the Italian Senate that would allow civil unions for homosexual and heterosexual couples. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See story to come.

  In the last country in Europe not to legalize same-sex marriage, ordinary Italians are resisting pressure to recognize homosexual unions. But why the silence from the Vatican? More than a million people (1.5 million according to organizers) took part in a rally called Più Familia (More Family) that was organized by 450 associations to stress the […]

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“Life Is Beautiful” Comic Roberto Benigni Pitches Pope Francis’ Book on Mercy

12.01.2016 Roma. Presentazione del libro "Il nome di Dio è Misericordia", una conversazione del Papa Francesco con il giornalista italiano Andrea Tornielli, presso l'Auditorium "P. Agostino Trape" dell'Istituto Patristico Augustinianum. Il Card. Pietro Parolin, Segretario di Stato Vaticano, con l'attore Roberto Benigni.

Italian comedian Roberto Benigni is best known for his intentionally goofy humor and slapstick sketches, but he was chosen to be the pitchman for Pope Francis’ new book on mercy, The Name of God Is Mercy, when it was presented to the press in Rome in January. Benigni won an Oscar in 1999 for his […]

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As He Reaches Out to Russia, Francis Also Reaches Out To China…

Those preparing to become Catholics are recognized by the congregation during a Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, China, in March. Amid chronic tensions between the Vatican and China, there were new signs of hope this year for Catholic believers in the country, especially for those who have been loyal to the Vatican. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (Dec. 10, 2007) See YEAREND-CHINA Dec. 10, 2007.

…and in Beijing, the gesture is “noted.” The full text of a controversial recent papal interview Pope Francis gave his first-ever interview on China and the Chinese people on January 28 to Asia Times columnist and China Renmin University senior researcher Francesco Sisci, which follows. In the historic one-hour interview at the Vatican the Pope […]

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People February 2016

Greg Burke, senior communications advisor to the Vatican Secretariat of State, speaks at a press conference at the Vatican in this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo. Pope Francis has appointed Burke, a native of St. Louis, as the vice director of the Holy See press office. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BURKE-TIGHE Dec. 21, 2015.

Vatican Communications Offices Continue Restructuring Proceeding according to a four-year plan for restructuring, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, announced December 21 that the Holy See press office’s administrative and human resources branches are to be handed over to the new Secretariat for Communications. The same day, the Holy See press office announced […]

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The Pope and the Patriarch

12/12/2015 Vatican Basilica. Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“In full awareness, and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstruction of the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers. This is his ambition and compelling duty.” —Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, April […]

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