Letter #6b, 2017: Steve Bannon, in his own words

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January 31, 2017, Tuesday — “The flower of mankind” “Our forefathers… were able to bequeath to us a Church and a civilization that really is the flower of mankind.” — Steve Bannon, top advisor to US President Donal Trump, in 2014, speaking from Los Angeles to a Vatican conference on global poverty and on how […]

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Letter #64, 2016: Vatican Pravda?

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October 18, 2016, Tuesday – Vatican Pravda? “With an article worthy of Pravda, the Vatican Insider website today presents its readers the equation ‘traditionalist Catholic’ = ‘enemy of Bergoglio’ = ‘lover of Putin.’” —Francesco Colafemmina, an Italian Catholic philologist with a love for sacred art and architecture (link). In a new article entitled “Vatikan Pravda,” […]

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Letter #41, 2016: Concert in Palmyra

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May 5, 2016, Thursday — A Russian Concert in Palmyra, Syria, Contains a Message to the West The Diplomacy of Music As I write this, a renowned Russian conductor is conducting an orchestral concert called “Prayer for Palmyra: Music Revives Ancient Ruins” in the ruins of the ancient desert city of Palmyra in war-torn Syria. […]

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Letter #22, 2016: Ukraine: An Ambassador’s Visit

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April 6, 2016, Wednesday — A Religious “Off-Ramp” for Ukraine? US Ambassador Pyatt Visits Rome An American official has made a quiet, important visit to the Vatican to discuss the situation in Ukraine. In a visit that has received no press attention up until now, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt (photo) was in […]

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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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Letter #21, 2015: A Special Invitation

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A Personal Invitation from Dr. Robert Moynihan: Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has asked to be received in audience by Pope Francis in two days, on Wednesday, June 10, and Pope Francis has agreed to the meeting. What is the purpose of this unexpected encounter? No information has yet been made public, but we know that […]

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Is Rome Pushing the Russian Patriarch “Into Putin’s Arms”?

A battlefield in Ukraine.

A British priest who is a leading scholar in the field of ecumenism, writing in The Catholic Herald of London, has sug­gested that Rome may be missing an opportunity to work closely with the Russian Orthodox Church, and in so doing may be pushing Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill “into Putin’s arms.” The article was published […]

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Vatican Watch – November 2013

Pope Francis and priests.

Thursday 5 A LETTER TO PUTIN Pope Francis wrote to Vladimir Putin, Russian president, host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5-6. The pontiff asked leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution […]

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