Letter #18, 2017: Fatima at 100

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May 10, 2017, Wednesday “I will go to Fatima on a pilgrimage, to entrust to the Virgin the temporal and eternal destinies of humanity.”—Pope Francis today at his May 10 Wednesday General Audience, referring to his upcoming trip on Friday to Fatima, Portugal, to canonize two of the shepherd children who were witnesses to the […]

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Catholic theologian urges closer ties with Russian Orthodox

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15 Feb 2017 – By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) — A prominent Catholic ecumenist has urged a better understanding of the Russian Orthodox Church. “Those suspicious of the Russian Orthodox stance should go and see what’s happening,” said Barbara Hallensleben, a consultor with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Of course, nationalist […]

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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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Letter # 46, 2014: 1st Annual Dinner

December 15, 2014, Monday — 1st Annual Dinner “How did it happen that the country known as ‘Holy Russia’, with such a long history of Orthodox Christianity, was, in a very short period of time, turned by the Bolsheviks into ‘the first atheist state in the world’?” —Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the “Foreign Minister” of the […]

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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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