Confuting Stereotypes of the Church and Benedict XVI as seen by Celebrities

Pope Benedict & Archbishop Georg Ganswein

  Since March 1, as he himself announced, Benedict XVI has been living “hidden from the world,” and since May 2 he has been living in the Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) monastery inside the Vatican Gardens, the residence he chose, remodelled to receive him with his personal secretary and Prefect of the Pontifical […]

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People – October 2013

CARDINAL DARIO CASTRILLÓN HOYOS TO CELEBRATE PONTIFICAL MASS AT ST. PETER’S The CISP (International Coordination Summorum Pontificum) has announced that His Eminence Cardinal DARIO CASTRILLÓN HOYOS will be celebrating a Pontifical High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, October 26, at 11 a.m. during the pilgrimage of Summorum Pontificum supporters to Rome. Holy Mass […]

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Nicaea: An Inspirational Epic Movie in the Making

Following in the tradition of Mel Gibson’s groundbreaking masterpiece The Passion of Christ, the film Nicaea promises to be the second in what I hope will be a growing trend in the cinematic presentations of the divine and human drama of the 2000-year history of the Roman Catholic Church. The executive producer and driving force […]

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Tyndaris: “The City of Mary”

During the first week of September 2011, the German National Tourist Office in New York organized a customized trip for me to Munich and Bavaria, in southern Germany, “To Follow in the Footsteps of Benedict XVI,” published as my first “Of Shrines and Sacred Places” in ITV’s October 2011 issue. Among other “Ratzinger” venues, I […]

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Speaking to the Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel

“At the ripe old age of 87 I am one of the elders of the College of Cardinals, but in terms of appointment I am just a baby, and because my life was always dedicated to study, my knowledge of Curia events does not go past the third grade.” Thus began the meditation that Cardinal […]

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“Sport is a Gift of God”

Soccer has united, as it were, two countries on opposite sides of the ocean: Argentina and Italy. These two countries have always been closely connected, since many Italians have emigrated to Argentina and since later on a great many soccer pioneers arrived in Italy, leaving their mark. The Pope is a great sports enthusiast; as […]

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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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A Concert for Peace

As the world mulls over the words of Pope Francis in his latest interview to a group of Jesuit journals, the situation in Syria and the Middle East remains tense. On Saturday, September 7, Pope Francis spent five hours praying for peace in St. Peter’s Square, surrounded by 100,000 people, and followed by millions around […]

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Catholic-Orthodox Reconciliation

In an increasingly post-Christian world where Christian faith and life are under pressure as never before, or even under literal attack, the need for unity has never been greater. Despite its historic wariness of the Vatican, the roughly 150 million member Russian Orthodox Church has extended a hand of cooperation to Rome in recent years, […]

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Episcopal Ordination of Konrad Krajewski and New Curial Appointments

On September 17, Feast of the Reception of the Stigmata by St. Francis, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, new Papal Almoner (appointed on Au­gust 3) was consecrated a bishop in the Vatican Basilica by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governatorate of Vatican City State, together with Archbishop Władysław Ziółek, the archbishop emeritus of Łódź, Poland (where […]

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Sidebar: Archbishop Parolin’s Devotion to Our Lady of Coromoto

By Alberto Carosa   In late August, Pope Francis announced his choice of Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, to replace the outgoing secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. In accepting the resignation of Bertone, 78, the Pope asked him to remain in his position until October 15 “with all the faculties proper to […]

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An interview with Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo

After spending four years in Venezuela, Archbishop Pietro Parolin will re­turn to the Vatican as the new secretary of state. Pope Francis announced his decision during the hot Roman summer, in August (in theory, the summer holiday of the Curia). Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will hand over his office to his successor on October 15. The […]

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin Is the New Vatican Secretary of State

In this interview, the recently- appointed Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, outlines what he hopes to achieve in his new diplomatic role. From the Apostolic Nunciature in Caracas, where he was still working as the Holy See’s “ambassador” to Venezuela, Parolin talked about his view of the geopolitical situation in light of Pope Francis’ […]

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Interview with Zion Evrony, Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See

“Pope Francis brings a universal message of modesty, caring for the poor, struggle for peace and care for the environment,” Zion Evrony said to Inside the Vatican. “We very much hope to see him visit Israel during the year 2014. He has been officially invited by President Peres, by Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin, and by me […]

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“I am a Sinner Whom the Lord has Looked Upon”

It becomes clear in a close reading of the Pope’s new interview that Pope Francis is not changing anything at all about Catholic teaching. This teaching is centered on the reality of Christ’s redeeming, saving love for sinners — and we are all sinners, most especially so when we think we are no longer so. […]

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Pope Francis Grants an Interview to La Civiltà Cattolica

In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of overemphasizing Cath­olic teaching on sexual and medical ethics; the reasons for his deliberate and consultative governing style; and his highest priority for the Church today. The Pope’s remarks appeared in an interview with […]

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Prayer Vigil for Peace: Pope Francis Calls Selfishness the Cause of War

Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria on September 7 in Rome, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness and can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence. “Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive towards others, […]

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A Restaurant from the Middle Ages and a Lodging in the Center

From the train station at the Pyramid we passed the Pope’s granary and then the fire station, finally arriving in the vibrant Testaccio area of Rome whereupon we came to La Fraschetta di Mastro Giorgio, a type of restaurant modeled on the old fraschette, which started out in the Middle Ages, named after the peasant dwellings […]

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Feast of Our Lady of Victories (October 26)

Pope St. Pius V (the Pope who codified the Tridentine rite of the Mass) established the Feast of Our Lady of Victory in 1571 in thanksgiving after the defeat of Muslim forces during the naval battle off Lepanto, Italy. Two years later, Gregory XIII changed the name of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary, […]

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What Did Pope Francis Mean?

“Only someone who has encountered mercy, who has been caressed by the tenderness of mercy, is happy and comfortable with the Lord.” —Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, April 27, 2001, in his presentation in Buenos Aires of a book by Father Luigi Giussani “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use […]

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