“The Pope’s Jews”: The Unknown Story of Pius XII in World War II

Gordon Thomas.

A talk with Gordon Thomas, an investigative journalist who explains in his new book how the Vatican saved thousands of Jews during WWII.   Seventy years ago this October, in the fall of 1943, Rome’s close-knit Jewish community underwent its most agonizing trial. In the early morning hours of October 16, 1943, during the German […]

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Archbishop Ma Daqin

Within hours of his ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai on July 7, 2012, Thaddeus Ma Daqin was taken away by some unknown men sent by the Chinese authorities, and has not been seen in public since. This 54-year-old charismatic priest from Shanghai diocese was ordained bishop with the approval of Pope Benedict and the […]

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Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

The Cardinal speaks before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom during a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 22 (CNS photo).

Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan has been a powerful voice for peace between Muslims and Christians in his country, Nigeria, and for this reason we honor him as one of our “Top Ten” People of 2012. Pope Benedict XVI created him a cardinal at the consistory of November 24, 2012, two months ago. In Nigeria, a […]

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Cardinal Scola’s Oasis Foundation: Religion, Plurality, and Common Good

The public meeting at Heythrop College on the afternoon of the same day.

His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, traveled to London for a meeting and a public lecture on November 15. One of the leading bishops in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan (the largest diocese in Europe), came to London on a rare visit in November to present the experience […]

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Cardinal Antonio Cañizares

Cardinal Cañizares celebrates a Tridentine Solemn Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of the international pilgrimage Una Cum Papa Nostro (together with our Pope) on November 3, 2012.

My proposal to include Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect and President Emeritus of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy and the Ecclesia Dei Com­mission, respectively, among the “Top Ten People of 2009” was motivated by his exceptional apostolic zeal in serving Benedict XVI’s bid to fully restore the sacred in the Church by maximizing the […]

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein

Archbishop Georg Gänswein.

Recently Msgr. Georg has seemed more serene. On public occasions, he has at last begun to smile again. It certainly was not easy for the Pope’s secretary to address the “Vatileaks” storm which broke in May. Now, appointed archbishop and promoted to prefect of the papal household while still remaining Benedict’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg […]

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Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai

Cardinal Bechara Butros Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch.

In much of the Middle East, Christians face grave difficulties. But in Lebanon, for generations a “mod­el” of religious coexistence, Christians have lived in relative security and peace. A leader in the effort to keep this so is Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, 72, head of Lebanon’s Eastern-rite Maronite Church. For his tireless efforts to defend […]

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Asia Bibi

At a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on November 21, 2010, protesters hold signs demanding her release

Asia Bibi, 41, a Pakistani Catholic woman, the mother of five children, has been held in solitary confinement in a Pakistani jail for the last three years on charges of blasphemy against Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. Her cell is bare; it does not even have a latrine bucket. On June 14, 2009, Asia, a […]

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Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan


During the past year, he has consistently, eloquently, spoken out in defense of the unborn and traditional marriage, led the American bishops and been a much-loved pastor to the ordinary faithful in one of the world’s largest and most important cities. For these reasons, we have selected Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and […]

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Cardinal André Vingt-Trois

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris and President of the French Bishops’ Conference.

One of the world’s most secularized societies is that of France. And yet, this year an unlikely coalition in defense of traditional marriage has emerged from within that society, led by the cardinal archbishop of Paris and president of the French bishops’ conference, André Vingt-Trois. Because of this almost miraculous development, we are honoring Vingt-Trois […]

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Barbara Castro Garcia

Barbara Castro-Garci€a

One day early in 2010, newlyweds Ignacio Cabezas and Barbara Castro Garcia were sitting in a café eating breakfast. The couple both had smiles on their faces that, in the words of Ignacio, were “impossible to erase.” After 11 years of dating, the couple had gotten married several months before, and now they had just […]

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Msgr. Charles Scicluna

John Paul II prays before the tomb of Blessed George Preca, whose cause for beatification was prepared by Msgr. Scicluna (Galazka photo)

His friends and family speak of his warmth, his hard work and dedication to justice, his sense of humor and of the safety they felt while in his presence. His colleagues and mentors note that he is someone who knows how to be around others and to respect all people. Almost everyone speaks of him […]

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Pope Benedict Christmas Eve 2012 Homily

Text of the homily Pope Benedict gave at Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Dear Brothers and Sisters! Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendor of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love […]

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Christmas Eve Mass 2012: “Find Room For God”

Pope Benedict XVI holds up a  candle at the window of his study overlooking St. Peter’s Square on the evening of December 24.

Benedict XVI celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and asks all of us to make time and space for God. Pope Benedict XVI had an urgent message during his homily on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Basilica: he urged people to change their priorities and to “find room for God” despite the latest […]

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First Tweet: “I Bless All of You from My Heart”

Pope Benedict XVI greets Claire Diaz-Ortiz, manager of social innovation for Twitter, after sending his first tweet during his general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican December 12 (CNS photo).

Pope Benedict XVI in December — on the Feast of Our Lady of Gaudalupe — launched his very own Twitter account, sending a short inaugural message to his more than 1 million followers. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all […]

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The Pope’s Trust in Monsignor Gänswein

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary is the new prefect of the Pontifical Household. He replaces Archbishop (now Cardinal) James Harvey. He will be consecrated an archbishop on January 6 and will also remain the pontiff’s personal secretary. The decision reinforces Gänswein’s position as the Pope’s “right hand” Pope Benedict, showing his great trust in his personal […]

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The Reawakening of the Church in France

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris carries a cross in the gardens of the Sacre Coeur Basilica during a Good Friday Stations of the Cross service in Paris April 10. Several thousand people participated in the uphill procession remembering the crucifixion of Jesus (CNS photo)

Its opposition to the law on homosexual marriages is finding agreement even among non-Catholics and nonbelievers. The archbishop of Paris is at the helm of the new course. (Originally publishe­d in L’Espresso magazin­e December 7)   ROME, December 7, 2012 – No one would have bet on it. But after decades of invisibility and torpor, the […]

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A Cardinal Leads Bitter Battle Over Homosexual Marriage

An interview with Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, on Prime Minister Hollande’s reform legalizing gay marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Something extraordinary is happening in France. Against all expectations in this very secularized society, a strong movement has emerged in opposition to homosexual marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples (meaning […]

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In a Letter to Baby Jesus, Ratzinger’s Life Agenda

Joseph Ratzinger when he was five years old

Perhaps Pope Benedict, making some remarks during his most recent speech to the Roman Curia, recalls the letter he wrote. “Dear Baby Jesus, soon you will descend on earth. You will bring joy to children, and I will be joyful, too.” This is the beginning of a Christmas letter written in 1934 by a 7-year-old […]

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The Espousals Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Wedding of the Virgin (1504) by Raphael, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy.

At the Council of Constance in 1416, John Gerson proposed that a votive Feast of the Betrothal of Mary Most Holy and St. Joseph be observed mainly by priests on the Thursday of Advent’s Ember Week when the Gospel of the espousal would fit nicely. In 1474, Franciscan Bernardine of Bustis wrote an Office for […]

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