Love, Patience Led Promoter of Kateri’s Sainthood Cause for 55 Years

Although separated from her by three centuries, an ocean and major cultural differences, Jesuit Father Paolo Molinari absolutely loves Kateri Tekakwitha, the Native American who became a saint in late October. While the 88-year-old Italian Jesuit was forced to hand over to his successor most of the sainthood causes he still was actively promoting when […]

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Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha was a young Mohawk woman who lived in the 1600s. The story of her conversion to Christianity, her courage in the face of suffering and her extraordinary holiness are an inspiration to all Christians. Many private miracles have been centered around Blessed Kateri, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, and the holy […]

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First Native American Saint Canonized

Kateri Tekakwitha, daughter of a Mohawk war chief and a Christian Algonquin mother, canonized October 21.   Pope Benedict XVI on October 21 canonized seven new saints, including St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, and St. Marianne Cope, also from North America, saying all were examples to the world of “dedication to Christ” […]

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Ratzinger’s Theology and Some Themes of The Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks with Vatican journalist Anna Artymiak. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), many questions remain open, many issues unresolved. Pope Benedict himself, as an “eyewitness” of the Council, spoke […]

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A Guest House and a Cheap Snack Bar in a Suburban Area of Rome

The Aurelia station (to be clearly distinguished from Valle Aurelia station in the direction of Bracciano and Viterbo), the first stop on the train line from St. Peter’s station to Civitavecchia, is a hub for many pilgrims and students. There are several hotels and university campuses in this leafy suburban area of Rome lying to […]

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Rescuing Vatican II? Benedict Opens a New Dialogue About Vatican II

From left, Paolo Gabriele, pontiff’s former butler, Msgr. Georg Gaenswein, personal secretary of the Pope, and Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, second secretary of Benedict XVI.

And raises eyebrows when he speaks of the Council with criticism as well as praise. What is his intent? The headline of a Catholic News Service story from early October said it all: “Pope Benedict Recalls Vatican II with Praise and Criticism.” There was nothing unusual about the first few words, but the final two […]

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Recalling Pope John Paul I on the Centenary of His Birth

An interview with Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of the Diocese of Belluno-Feltre. You were born at Canale d’Agordo, the hometown of the man who was to become Pope for one month in 1978 with the name of John Paul I. When did you meet Albino Luciani? Monsignor Giuseppe Andrich: I had heard about him before meeting […]

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“The Church Encourages People to Be More Positive with Life”

Interview with Armindo Pedro Simoes, currently chargé d’affaires of the embassy of the Democratic Republic of East Timor to the Holy See.   “We, Timorese people, are very proud to be known as one of the most Catholic nations, not only in Asia, but in the world.” —Armindo Pedro Simoes, chargé d’affaires of the em­bassy […]

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Interview with Ingrid Stampa

Interview with Ingrid Stampa by the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera of Milan (October 7, 2012). Ingrid Stampa is sometimes referred to as “the Pope’s former housekeeper,” but she is much more than that. She is a scholar of medieval music and a bass viola teacher, and she has edited and translated many of Joseph […]

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Latin to Enjoy a Renaissance?

The Pope has set up a new Latin academy. A talk with Msgr. Daniel Gallagher, an American Latin expert in the Vatican’s secretariat of state, on the use of Latin in the Vatican. “Habemus Papam! (“We have a Pope!”) With these two Latin words, the senior Cardinal Dea­con of the Catholic Church, speaking from the […]

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Opening the “Year of Faith”

On October 11, a single ceremony opened the “Year of Faith” and recalled the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict urged Catholics to go back to the Council’s documents…   Green, fuchsia and red, then lots of white and gold along with the most varied colors of God’s people. […]

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The Butler is Found Guilty

The verdict: Paolo Gabriele, Benedict XVI’s former valet, judged guilty of stealing documents from the Pope by a Vatican tribunal. But mysteries about this case remain. And the investigation continues…   The Pope’s butler has been found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in jail (he could have received 6 years). The trial of the […]

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Bernini: The Popes’ Artist in Baroque Rome

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the most famous and important sculptor in 17th century Europe, but he was also a recognized architect, painter, events organizer, poet and playwright. He was born in Naples, Italy, on December 7, 1598, to a Mannerist sculptor, Pietro Bernini, originally from near Florence, and his wife, Angelica Galante, a Neapolitan. He […]

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People – November 2012

IN DEFENSE OF FISHERMEN During a press conference at the Cardinal Cooray Educational Centre in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Cardinal MALCOLM RANJITH, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, called on the government to review its tax policies, slamming choices that favor multinationals at the expense of people and nature, especially in Negombo Lagoon (Central […]

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Vatican Watch – November 2012

September Friday 7 “SHARE THE GOSPEL TO TRANSFORM LIVES” Christians must trust in the power of the Gospel to awaken people’s consciences and promote reconciliation, but that can happen only if they hear the Gospel first, Benedict XVI said during a meeting with 92 bishops ordained in the past year and named to dioceses in […]

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Meditation – November 2012

November 2 and indeed the whole of November focus on the Holy Souls. There are actually two names for the day: “All Souls’ Day” and “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.” In around 998 A.D., All Souls’ Day was formally fixed on November 2 by St. Odilo, Ab­bot of Cluny; the influence of the […]

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The Judgment Explained

One trial in the “Vatileaks” case is over, and judgment rendered. The butler was found guilty, and he will serve time. But another trial opens November 5. And many questions remain… The Vatican court which found papal butler Paolo Gabriele guilty of stealing sensitive papal documents released the reasons for its decision on October 23. […]

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Scicluna “Not Kicked Upstairs”

Msgr. Charles Scicluna returns to Malta from Rome where he has been the Vatican’s chief prosecutor of clerical abuse cases since 2002. He will be auxiliary bishop of Malta.   Reports in the media suggesting that Monsignor Charles Scicluna’s recent appointment as Malta’s auxiliary bishop was an effort to sideline a vociferous voice in the […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion Spoke to the Catholic Bishops’ Synod in Rome

One who spoke Russian came to Rome in October to address the Synod of Bishops — a high-ranking official of the Russian Orthodox Church. When a Russian visits Rome, one has to pay attention and watch es­pecially for any sign of “warming” in the relations between the Holy See and the Orthodox of Russia, for […]

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The Spirit of New Evangelization

What a sight the Church is! What a sight this institution is, at once so human as to have a traitor in the apartments of Christ’s vicar and so holy as to have missionaries at the four corners of the earth. But the time has come, says the Pope, to realize that the land of […]

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