Letter #21, 2017: Is Pleasure Supreme?

May 17, 2017, Wednesday Is Pope Francis planning to re-examine the Church’s teaching on contraception? Rumors have been circulating in Rome for several days, since a May 11 blog post by veteran Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti, that Francis is seriously considering setting up a commission to study Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal document of Pope […]

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The Book of Mercy

-S.S. Francesco - Viaggio Apostolico in Polonia: Santa Messa Santuario San Giovanni Paolo II    30-07-2016


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During these days in Poland, the simple words and gestures of Pope Francis have won the hearts not only of those gathered for World Youth Day in Krakow, but of millions of people across the globe. The Polish media has made this clear by highlighting the positive tone and new conciliatory spirit with which this […]

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Paul VI and Catholic social thought

Pope Paul VI.

Famous for Humanae Vitae, Paul VI left us a central work for Catholic social teaching.  Paul VI is most remembered today for his important, and controversial, encyclical on the regulation of birth—Humanae Vitae—where he reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the immorality of contraception. Yet this is clearly not his only legacy as Pope. During his […]

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How the Canonization Process Works

Pope John Paul I

  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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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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