Letter #14, 2017: The Quest


April 23, 2017, Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday “Christian liturgy is a liturgy of promise fulfilled, of a quest, the religious quest of human history, reaching its goal. But it remains a liturgy of hope. It, too, bears within it the mark of impermanence. The new Temple, not made by human hands, does exist, but it […]

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As He Reaches Out to Russia, Francis Also Reaches Out To China…

Those preparing to become Catholics are recognized by the congregation during a Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, China, in March. Amid chronic tensions between the Vatican and China, there were new signs of hope this year for Catholic believers in the country, especially for those who have been loyal to the Vatican. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (Dec. 10, 2007) See YEAREND-CHINA Dec. 10, 2007.

…and in Beijing, the gesture is “noted.” The full text of a controversial recent papal interview Pope Francis gave his first-ever interview on China and the Chinese people on January 28 to Asia Times columnist and China Renmin University senior researcher Francesco Sisci, which follows. In the historic one-hour interview at the Vatican the Pope […]

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