Letter #9, 2017: Pilgrimage Toward a Hidden God

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February 24, 2017, Tuesday — Pilgrimage Toward a Hidden God Pilgrimage Toward A Hidden God A powerful contemporary intellectual movement today called “transhumanism” hopes the human race can be developed, improved, “transcended.” Christians share part of this hope, but by means of an entirely different process… By Robert Moynihan Each man desires to know his […]

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Letter #1, 2017: Avalanche and Prayer

January 19, 2017, Thursday — Avalanche and Prayer Further heartbreaking news from central Italy. Yesterday morning four earthquakes hit central Italy. We could feel the tremors here in Rome, just slightly. At first it seemed that no one had been hurt. Then came the news that as many as 30 people had been buried in […]

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For stable peace

SS Francesco - Viaggio Apostolico In Azerbaijan - Incontro con le Autorità presso il Centro Heydar Aliyev di Baku - 10-02-2016


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· At the conclusion of the visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Pope reiterates the need for dialogue and negotiation in the Caucasus region · A appeal for peace addressed to the political authorities and to the religious leaders of the Caucasus region concluded Pope Francis’ visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan. In the afternoon of […]

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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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Letter #54, 2016: Last Conversations with Pope Benedict

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September 11, 2016, Sunday — Last Conversations with Pope Benedict “Peter Seewald: The last question of these last conversations: love is one of your central themes. You dealt with the question of love as a student, as a professor, as a Pope. Where was love in your life? What was your experience: did you feel […]

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Letter #53, 2016: Rome to Russia

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August 29, 2016, Monday — Rome-Moscow Exchange Intensifies “May the Holy Mother of God, our common heavenly Mother, keep all of us and cover us from all evil.’” —Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, speaking to a dozen visitors from Rome, his guests for […]

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At the roots of this ecological crisis

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· ​Message of Bartholomew · The recent meeting on the island of Lesvos and the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ were addressed in the message Patriarch Bartholomew sent to Pope Francis on the eve of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul. In the message – consigned by the Ecumenical Delegation on Thursday, 28 […]

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One Pope, One Petrine Ministry

Pope Francis greets emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during an encounter for the elderly in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ELDERLY Sept. 29, 2014.

A Response to Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s Recent Remarks on Benedict and Francis On May 20, during the presentation of a new book on Pope Emeritus Benedict and his pontificate, his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, delivered an address at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, that raised many questions and concerns among Catholics. Instead of […]

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Pope Benedict XVI Expresses Thanks for Birthday Wishes

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On Day Marking 11-Year Anniversary of German Pope’s Election, Pope Benedict Sends Message of Gratitude Via Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation Today marks the 11-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election as Pope, and the German retired Pontiff has reached out to thank those who have given him 89th birthday wishes on Saturday. “Giving thanks […]

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Letter #28, 2016: Bernie and the Pope

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April 14, 2016, Thursday — “No Meeting Foreseen”… But… “No meeting of the Pope with Bernie Sanders is foreseen.” —A senior Vatican official today in Rome “Even if the Pope did meet with him [Senator Sanders], it would not be for political reasons, but for pastoral reasons. The Pope is a pastor. In the end, […]

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Two kinds of persecution

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There are two types of persecution against Christians, the Pope said on Tuesday morning, 12 April, during Mass at Santa Marta. There is the explicit kind — to which he related the martyrs killed at Easter in Pakistan — and the sort of persecution that is “polite, disguised as culture, modernity and progress”, and ends […]

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Food For Thought

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We all know that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Indeed, Rome is a layer-cake of history built on seven hills, and it is appropriately nicknamed “The Eternal City” because visitors can see monuments and art from almost every period of her c. 2,700-year history: Ancient Greek, Republican Rome, Imperial Rome, Medieval (if not so […]

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The “Misericordina” Becomes “Plus”

A priest distributes boxes shaped like pills boxes but which contain a rosary, at the end of Pope Francis' traditional appearance in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Pope Francis said that the rosary is like a medicine for the heart and small boxes containing rosaries were distributed to faithful at the end of Pope's traditional Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Pope hands out a new version of his recommended “spiritual medicine” in Rome to heal wounded hearts and souls “Lent is a good time to travel a path of conversion that has mercy at its center. Because of this, I’ve decided to give to those who are here in the Piazza a ‘spiritual medicine’ […]

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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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Letter #8, 2016: The Pope and Kirill Will Meet in Cuba

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February 5, 2016, Friday — Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill Will Meet in Cuba on February 12, 2016. IMPORTANT PRESS COMMUNIQUE FROM THE VATICAN Joint Press Release of the Holy See and of the Patriarchate of Moscow The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, […]

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“I Was a Stranger and You Took Me In…” The Papal Almoner

Pope Francis greets one of eight poor people at his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 17, the pope's 78th birthday. A group of the poor were invited to the audience in celebration of the pope's birthday. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Dec. 17, 2014.

The Pope has asked a Polish archbishop to be his “hands” in Rome, reaching out to the city’s poor and homeless. The first in a series…  Pope Francis has said he would like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican to be an example to ca­th­edrals around the world in offering charity to the poor and marginalized, […]

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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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Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Icon for the New Evangelization

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  “The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue, will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.” Saint Louis Marie de Montfort This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Icon of […]

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Letter #29, 2015: Thaw in Russia?

June 28, 2015, Sunday — Pope-Patriarch Meeting “On Agenda,” Hilarion Says Are Rome and Moscow growing closer, despite US-led Western efforts to isolate Russia with recently renewed economic sanctions? A new interview published this morning in Italy suggests strongly that the answer is “Yes.” Following a lightning visit three weeks ago (June 10) of Russian […]

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Letter #22, 2015: Putin and Pope Francis

June 10, 2015, Wednesday — Putin and Pope Francis President Putin came to Pope Francis this evening to speak about possible pathways to peace in Ukraine and the Middle East. Putin, who had been in Milan in northern Italy at a major international exposition on food worldwide, arrived a little after 6 p.m. — about […]

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