The daily struggle

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The heart of every Christian is the site of a “struggle”. Each time the Father “draws us” toward Jesus, there is “someone else waging war with us”. Pope Francis highlighted this message in his homily at Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 19 January. Reflecting on the day’s Gospel passage (Mk 3:7-12), the Holy Father focused […]

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Turkish Catholics Caught Between Two Fires

A Franciscan Capuchin, the archbishop of Smyrna, Turkey (and, since the mur­der of Bishop Luigi Pado­vese on June 3, 2010, apostolic administrator of Anatolia), Ruggero Fran­ceschini, 73, is a witness to the life of the Catholic Church in Turkey. Here, he speaks of the difficulties facing Christians in a Muslim country and expresses hope that […]

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Interview with Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes

From 1980 to 1995, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes was vice president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. For the German cardinal, it was a chance to get in touch with new movements: “I slowly discovered these new groups. I have seen their strength and zeal, I have seen how they were bound to the […]

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Pope Francis and Catholic Movements

On May 18 and 19, Catholic movements and lay associations will meet with Pope Francis in Rome during the Year of Faith. The idea was born some months ago when Benedict XVI was still Pope, and has been kept by his successor, Francis. Reflecting on this, the different organizations decided to propose not just a […]

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“We Are Brothers”

The present and former Popes met, in a moment without precedent, on March 23. And the words which remain are the ones spoken by Pope Francis to Benedict: “We are brothers.” As Nicole Winfield put it in her comprehensive Associated Press dispatch: “The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed […]

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People – May 2013

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EVENTS HOLY SEE DEBUTS PAVILION AT VENICE BIENNALE For the first time in history, a major secular arts festival will include an exhibit from the Holy See. The president of the famous Venice Biennale, Paolo Baratta, spoke about the Vatican’s presence at this year’s May 2013 Biennale. There is no shortage of artistic inspiration within the Vatican’s […]

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Titian: A Long-awaited, Not-To-Be-Missed Retrospective

Portrait of Ranuccio Farnese, the illegitimate grandson of Pope Paul III,
from Washington’s National Gallery.

“The greatness and power of Michel Agnolo, the sweetness and beauty of Raphael, and the very colors of Nature herself” —An evaluation of the Italian artist Titian by Ludovico Dolce (1508/10-1568), Dialogue on Painting   On until June 16 at the Quirinal Palace’s scuderie, or stables, is a splendid retrospective of the most important Italian […]

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Reporting History

The Eternal City usually begins to wake up from its winter torpor in mid-March; this year, however, Rome suddenly woke up as early as February, jolted out of sleep by an event which put it in the limelight. Pope Ratzinger’s unexpected decision to resign, announced in Latin during an ordinary consistory on February 11, opened […]

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In Assisi Waiting for Francis

Assisi awaits Pope Francis (it is expected in Rome that the new Pope, named Francis, will travel to Assisi in early October). Already, many people are traveling to Assisi to rediscover the life and writings of St. Francis and to pray at the saint’s tomb. It is a pilgrimage which is best done quietly, on […]

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A Guide to Lectio Divina

“To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers. So it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.” —St. John Chrysostom, 347-407 A.D   Lectio divina, an ancient method of praying while reading […]

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Pray For Me – Book Review

From the very moment of his appearance on the Vatican balcony to his emergence onto the world stage, Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—has provoked wonder. Almost no one predicted he would become Pope, and now that he is Pope, few really understand him. True, reams of words have been published about Pope Francis, and speculations […]

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Brief History of Argentina Since the 1930s

When in 1978 Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Krakow, was elected as the Bishop of Rome, many Catholics around the world, even Italians, did not even know where Poland was. Thanks to Pope John Paul II, the world began to be interested in his country, because it was impossible to understand the personality of the […]

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Meditation – May 2013

This feast, which providentially falls on the same day as that of Our Lady of Fatima, was started by St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868) of France, who had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to Our Lady and began his priestly life in the Society of Mary. His heart burned with the desire […]

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Vatican Watch – May 2013

Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, closes the doors of the Sistine Chapel, saying 
“extra omnes” (Latin: “Everyone out”) on March 12.

The College of Cardinals, including both voters and non-voters, began meetings chaired by Cardinal Dean Angelo Sodano in the Synod Hall and sent a message to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, thanking him for his “tireless work” and example of “generous pastoral concern.” After praying for the presence of the Holy Spirit, the cardinals and those […]

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Pope Francis Meets Diplomats

Moral relativism “endangers the coexistence of peoples,” Pope Francis told diplomats March 22, and said a common ethics based on human nature is an indispensable condition for world peace. The Pope made his remarks to the Vatican diplomatic corps in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia, the vast “royal hall” where Popes traditionally received Catholic monarchs. […]

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Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons… Most of all, I would like it […]

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First Holy Week for Francis

The first Holy Week of Pope Francis revealed his style even more: in celebration, in preaching, in presence. The decision to celebrate the Mass in coena Domini of Holy Thursday among the inmates of the juvenile detention facility of Casal del Marmo, washing the feet of twelve of them, including those of a Muslim young […]

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Cardinal Kurt Koch’s Press Conference

After two months, Pope Francis’ pontificate is still in its infancy. Even for some of the cardinals who voted for him, understanding the new pontiff has been a learning process. Right after the election of the new Pope, in mid-March, many cardinal electors met with journalists to talk about the figure of the new pontiff […]

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Life in the Domus Sanctae Marthae

Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Holy Father has moved out of the room he drew by lot before the conclave and into Suite 201, a room that has slightly more elegant furnishings and a larger living room where he can receive guests. The Domus Sanctae Marthae (St. Martha’s House), the official name of […]

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The “Pope Francis Effect”

As the new Pope starts tackling the great challenges facing the Church, each situation featuring Pope Francis is being thoroughly analyzed and commented upon. From the very first moment, Pope Francis has acted in unexpected ways, surprising all with his simplicity and humility. Some observe that this merely reflects his usual lifestyle; he is living […]

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