Patriarch Bartholomew expected to join Pope Francis in Cairo

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In just one week’s time, Pope Francis takes off on a journey to the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he will visit the prestigious al-Azhar centre of Islamic studies.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, is also expected to join the Holy Father there, alongside the Coptic Pope Tawadros II. Both Pope Francis […]

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Pope meets with Georgian Orthodox Patriarch

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One of the highlights of the Holy Father’s first day in Georgia was his meeting with the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II, and with the Members of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church. In his address during the meeting, Pope Francis focused on the love of Christ as a basis for building […]

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Georgia’s ambassador on expectations for papal visit

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Pope Francis takes off for the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday for a two-day visit to the majority Orthodox republic. As well as meeting with religious and civil authorities in Tbilisi, the Pope will travel to the nearby ancient city of Mtskheta, founded in the 5th century BC and famed as one of UNESCO’s World […]

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Letter #61, 2016: Appeal from Assisi

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September 20, 2016, Tuesday — Appeal for Peace from Assisi “This is the spirit that animates us: to bring about encounters through dialogue, and to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism.” —Declaration of Assisi, released today in Assisi, Italy, as a common call from representatives […]

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Letter #48, 2016: The Passing of Capovilla

May 27, 2016, Friday — The Passing of Capovilla Cardinal Loris Capovilla Passes Away At The Age Of 100 “There was a second envelope.” —The late Cardinal Loris Capovilla, speaking to me in his residence in Sotto il Monte in early 2007, when I asked him why the letter of the Third Secret of Fatima […]

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Letter #9: More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Cuba

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February 5, 2016, Friday — More on the Pope Francis-Patriarch Kirill Meeting in Havana, Cuba, on February 12 “Thus, in full awareness and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstruction […]

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“I felt a burning inside me, like a sacred fire…”

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  Hans Albert Courtial, president of the International Foundation of Sacred Music and Art. He came from Germany to Rome, and never left… We are looking down upon the statues that encircle St. Peter’s col­onnade. To our left we can see the Sant’Uffizio Palace, and, a little beyond, the facade of the Basilica itself. Facing […]

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Suffer the Little Children

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“The universal fact about marriage is not that all human persons are called to it — but rather that all human persons are called to come forth from it”  At a press briefing during the Synod, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich emphasized the importance of having “an adult Catholic response to living the Christian life,” and […]

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The Family and the New Totalitarianism

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Reflections on the Synod After the conclusion of the October Bishops’ Synod on the Family (October 4-25), reactions to the events and controversies associated with it and its final, 94-paragraph document, the relatio, largely fell, not unpredictably, along “conservative” and “progressive” lines. But in both camps there was considerable uncertainty. Many “progressives” seemed to feel […]

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Reflections on the Traditional Latin Mass by Curial Cardinal

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera.

On July 25, 2013, feast of the Patron Saint of Spain, Saint James the Greater, Cardinal Antonio Cañi­zares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, put his signature on the preface to a remarkable work, the doctoral thesis presented by his fellow Spaniard, Fr. Alberto Soria Jiménez, O.S.B., […]

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The recollections of Pope Benedict

On November 2, 2005, a few months after his election as Pope, Benedict XVI knelt in prayer before the tomb of Pope John Paul II on All Soul's Day.

We publish below extracts of a recent interview Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave to Wlodzimierz Redzioch in which he pays tribute to the newly-canonized Pope John Paul II. The complete interview appears in a book just published in Italian entitled Beside John Paul II — Friends and Collaborators Speak (Ares 2014). The interview, one of 21 with the late Pontiff’s close friends and associates, runs to 12 pages in total. It is entitled: “It Became […]

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Three Popes of Inside The Vatican

“I arrived in Italy on the same day as Bob — on May 17, 1984. He arrived in Rome by plane from the United States; I entered northern Italy by bus from Poland. I wanted to be at Monte Cassino on May 18, but the pilgrimage was organized in such a way that we were […]

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How the Canonization Process Works

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  St. Pius X (Pope from 1903 to 1914) was the last Pope to be canonized. Now, after almost six decades, causes for the last five Popes, with the exception of Benedict XVI, have been initiated. Don’t you think that’s too many? And why almost all at the same time? Don Nicola Bux: Too many? […]

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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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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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Death: Will It Be Followed By Eternal Life?

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    “The level of commitment required is determined by the value of the prize we seek.” —George “Pat” Morse, on the effort needed to prepare for death. From the moment of our birth, we are moving inexorably toward the most important event in our lives: our “Death.” It is not how healthy and strong […]

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Blessed Pope John Paul II Will Be Canonized

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“A miracle which will amaze the world!” In these few and mysterious words, the second miracle in Blessed John Paul II’s canonization process was being described earlier this year by people close to the cause. Then came rumors among Vatican correspondents that the chosen case involved a miracle in Costa Rica: a woman healed from severe […]

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From Germany to Lebanon: Benedict XVI’s In-Flight Teachings

By what looks like a providential coincidence, Sull’aereo di Papa Benedetto (Flying with Pope Benedict XVI), a book collecting the German Pope’s conversations with journalists during his 24 international apostolic journeys, was published at the end of his pontificate, during the vacancy of the Holy See in March. From Benedict XVI’s first journey to his […]

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Liberation Theology Interview with Professor Rocco Buttiglione

In 1983, Blessed Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit to Nicaragua. In the photo the Pope presides over a Mass in Managua, Nicaragua. Behind the pontiff is a banner with César Augusto Sandino, national hero in Nicaragua.

John Paul II has gone down in history as the pope who disciplined the liberation theologians of Latin America. You played a key role in this event. Could you please tell us more about it? Professor Rocco Buttiglione: We have to start from the very first days of John Paul II’s pontificate. Before going to […]

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A Tale of Three Magazines

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  A few weeks ago, I received news in an email from Father Joseph Fessio that Catholic World Report would become a purely Internet publication after its December 2011 issue, thus ceasing to appear in print after more than 20 years of continuous publication. The news struck me in a personal way, since as its […]

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