Letter #8, 2017: The New York Times and Steve Bannon

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February 7, 2017, Tuesday — The New York Times and Steve Bannon “Vatican Traditionalists See Hero in Trump Aide.” —Headline of a New York Times front-page article today (link) which argues that “Vatican Traditionalists” see US President Donald Trump’s top aide and “strategic advisor,” the Irish American Catholic and former Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon, […]

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Letter #44, 2016: The Three Positions

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May 16, 2016, Monday — The Three Positions (And Now Four) On Amoris Laetitia The text below is the Editorial in the May edition of Inside the Vatican, which is just out. (To obtain a copy of the issue or to subscribe for one or more years, click here. We welcome new subscribers, of course. […]

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Letter #43, 2016: In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict

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May 13, 2016, Friday — In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI… Blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima… “In terms of what we today can discover in this message [the message of Fatima], attacks against the Pope or the Church don’t come just from outside the Church. The suffering of the Church also […]

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“Without Putting Limits on Integration…”

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Reading Amoris Laetitia: The Structure and Meaning of the Post-Synod Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis The exhortation incorporates from the synodal document the path of discernment of individual cases without putting limits on integration, as appeared in the past. It declares, moreover, that it cannot be denied that in some circumstances “imputability and responsibility for […]

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Letter #38, 2016: Reject Double Lives

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April 29, 2016, Friday – Reject Double Lives Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church “Don’t walk with one foot in the light and the other in darkness.” —Pope Francis, in his homily this morning at his daily morning Mass in the Domus Santa Marta (link) “If we say that […]

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Letter #37, 2016: The Danger of Schism

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April 28, 2016, Thursday — A Prominent German Theologian Warns of the Danger of Schism “That it is a rupture is something that is seems obvious to any person capable of thinking who reads the texts in question.” —Prof. Robert Spaemann, 89, a leading German Catholic philosopher, in an interview yesterday on the Pope’s document […]

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Letter #22, 2016: Ukraine: An Ambassador’s Visit

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April 6, 2016, Wednesday — A Religious “Off-Ramp” for Ukraine? US Ambassador Pyatt Visits Rome An American official has made a quiet, important visit to the Vatican to discuss the situation in Ukraine. In a visit that has received no press attention up until now, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt (photo) was in […]

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The Papal Almoner’s Office: A Busy Modern Initiative with a Long History

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Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Pope Francis’ Papal Almoner, carries on the legacy of St. John Paul II, whom he served With the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, poor people were given a new place in the Church. When the number of votes for Jorge Bergoglio reached two-thirds and it started to be “dangerous,” as […]

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Letter #46, 2015: A Japanese Doctor in a Helicopter…

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October 21, 2015, Wednesday — A Japanese Doctor in a Helicopter… It seems like the beginning of a bad joke. And, in fact, it is. A very bad joke, in fact… All of Rome this morning was in an uproar about the story that a Japanese doctor based in the United States who works in […]

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Letter # 8, 2015: Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy

March 13, 2015, Friday — Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy “This is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth!”—Pope Francis, speaking on New Year’s Day, 2015, in words which foreshadowed the announcement today of a Jubilee Year of […]

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Special – John XXII and John Paul II canonization

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On April 27 in Rome, the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis canonized two recent Popes, John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005) in a ceremony attended by about 1 million people, including Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, causing some to call the event “The Day of the Four Popes.” From the moment Pope Francis […]

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Archbishop Fitzgerald on the Pope’s Friendly Outreach to Muslims

Pope Francis has reached out in a very friendly way to Muslims, calling them “brothers.” He has done so on a number of occasions, including at Aparecida on July 24, when he met a representative of Brazilian Muslims, and on August 11 when, from the Vatican, he extended his greeting to “the Muslims of the […]

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