Il Cantico – A welcoming oasis in Rome

Le caremelle di pasta

Opened on October 4, 2012 “Il Cantico” ( is probably the newest hotel in the area on the via Gregorio VII-Trastevere side of St. Peter’s Basilica. Located on a quiet residential side street at Via del Cottolegno 50, it’s five city blocks from “La Vittoria” and St. Peter’s Square — a 10-minute walk or three […]

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Vatican Watch – March 2014

Visitor on the Popemobile.

Tuesday 7 Pope Francis Phones a Convent Pope Francis today made a personal telephone call to a small community of nuns in southern Italy. “My congratulations because you answered right away,” the Pope told Sister Maria Gonzalez, the 48-year-old Guatemalan mother superior of the St. James Major monastery of Palo del Colle in Bari. “When […]

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The Pope’s Radical Call to the New Evangelization

June 26, 2013, St. Peter’s Square: Pope Francis meets newlyweds at his General Audience.

During a recent visit to the United States, I was repeatedly impressed by how deeply Pope Francis has penetrated the national conversation on a whole range of issues. His special gift of expressing direct care for each and all has resonated strongly with many in my homeland. At the same time, I noted a certain […]

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Cardinal Burke reflects on Pope Francis

Cardinal Raymond Burke.

“In the face of a galloping de-Christianization in the West, the new evangelization, as Pope Francis underlines, must be clearly grounded in Christ crucified who alone can overcome the world for the sake of its salvation.” —Raymond Cardinal Burke, February 21 article in Rome “Pope Francis has clearly reaffirmed the Church’s moral teaching, in accord […]

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Benedict XVI’s Resignation and Francis’ Election

Cardinals Giovanni Battista Re and Angelo Sodano talk after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation (CNS photos).

 Vatican journalists look back on an extraordinary year in the history of the Catholic Church, the year of the “two Popes”. Last year in Rome we were all discussing an extraordinary event: the resignation of Benedict XVI. We were trying to understand why this had happened and how it would affect the future of the […]

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ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE and the Ministry of Peter

January 25, Ecumenial Prayer Service, St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls: Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and other Christian representatives present read some  of the prayers, while Pope Francis presided over the prayer service.

Pope Francis greatly desires to bring all believers in Christ closer together, to overcome the divisions of past centuries. He sees the role of the successor of Peter in that work as critical… “An essential dimension of the ministry of the Bishop of Rome” is fostering Christian unity, up to the point that “today the […]

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“One Must Care for Life from the Beginning to the End”

St. Raymong Nonnatus Being Fed by Angels by Eugenio Caxés, 1630.

Homily of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, at the Mass in honor of the Patron Saint of Pregnant Women, San Ramon Nonato (St. Ramon, the Unborn) (August 31, 2005) When you listen to what Jesus says: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16-20), we want to ask: “Lord, […]

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Pope Francis and the Gospel of Life


In the world this year, and even among the faithful, there has been a certain confusion and uncertainty over the teaching of Pope Francis on moral issues, in part because the media has distorted or taken out of context some of his words. On life, let’s set the record straight… When the history of Jorge […]

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Pope Francis, Year 1 – Photo Special

March 12, 2013, St. Peter’s Basilica. Holy Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio seems pensive — perhaps he is beginning to be aware that the task will fall to him...

During the past 12 months, Francis has won the hearts of millions around the world as “Parish Priest” of the Vatican and a “Shepherd to the World”.  Pope Francis’ most frequent advice and exhortation to Catholics, from laypeople in parishes to bishops and cardinals, is “Go forth.” In Italian, the phrase is even snappier: “Avanti.” […]

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Pope reforms Vatican finances

Pope Francis in an informal meeting with Vatican employees.

Pope Francis, on the eve of his first anniversary as Pope, has decided to bring an Australian cardinal, George Pell, to Rome to be the chief executive officer in charge of all Vatican financial matters. Pell will take up his new post in Rome at the end of March.  In a move reflecting both his […]

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Dossier on Committee on Rights of the Child Members

Ms. Amal Aldoseri.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) consists of eighteen independent experts who are nominated by their respective countries and serve in a personal capacity for terms of four years. They are expected to be “persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights,” ac­cording to Article 43 […]

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The Vatican grilled in Geneva

A demonstration against the Church's alleged protection of pedophiles in the United States.

A UN committee heard hours of testimony from Vatican representatives on January 16 on how the Church has implemented policies to confront and limit the sexual abuse of children. But on January 31, the UN issued a searing indictment of the Vatican — probably written before the hearings were held. Here, an analysis if the […]

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Francis: Year 1

Pope Benedict chose Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to be his  Secretary of State in mid-2006, a year after his election. Here, Benedict greets Bertone at the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on September 15, 2006. Bertone replaced Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who retired from the Secretary of State post after 16 years of service.

One of the privileged witnesses to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, and to his last months, including the decision to resign his office, was Cardinal Bertone… At first, Pope Benedict wanted to resign the papacy “before Christmas.” Then, “after thinking about it and praying about it again, he took the final decision to announce […]

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Francis creates new Cardinals – with Pope Emeritus Benedict present

Pope Emeritus Benedict surprised many with his presence on February 22.

On a feast day commemorating the authority Jesus gave to St. Peter and his successors — the Popes — Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI… To the great surprise of most people present, Emeritus Pope Benedict, without any prior warning, entered St. Peter’s Basilica about 15 minutes […]

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Pope appeals for end to violence in Ukraine

In Ukraine, what started as demonstrations have quickly evolved in violent confrontations.

After months of protests, a dramatic change in Ukraine. At a high price — more than 77 people killed. Now Russia is moving. Can further bloodshed be avoided? After a day and a night of violent confrontations on February 18-19, leading to the deaths of at least 77 people, Pope Francis and Ukrainian Church leaders […]

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End of Pope Francis first year

As the first year of Pope Francis ends, the pace of events in the Church and world seems to be accelerating: Ukraine, Russia, reform of the Curia, marriage, divorce, the liturgy… Behind them all, the question of man.  As we end the first year of the papacy of Pope Francis, time seems to be speeding […]

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