Words on the Joy of Faith

François - Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân
The Joy of living one’s Faith
Vatican Publishing House
2013, 120 pages, 9,00 euro

The Vatican Publishing House has issued a collection of conversations held by Servant of God Vietnamese Cardinal François-Xavier Van Thuân, who worked in the Vatican as vice-president and then-president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1994 to 2002. The book, for the moment only in Italian, features words and dialogues from a […]

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Pope Francis Preaching in domus sanctae marthae

Omelie Del Mattino - Nella Cappella Della Domus Sanctae Marthae.

“The homily is a touchstone for assessing a pastor’s communicative ability and his closeness to the faithful. As a matter of fact, we know that the faithful attach great importance to preaching and suffer when listening as much as their pastor suffers when preaching. A homily can really be an intense and happy experience of […]

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Pope Francis in 140 or Fewer Characters

In June Pope Francis tweeted "If we have found the meaning of life in Jesus, we cannot be indifferent toward one who suffers, one who is sad."

Among the large number of books issued during the first months of Pope Francis’ pontificate illustrating his gestures and the innovations he has introduced, a small volume has been published by the Vatican Publishing House featuring the Pope’s messages on Twitter from March 17 to September 10, complete with wonderful pictures by Giovanni Chiaramonte. Now, reviewing […]

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Between Benedict and Francis: My Life with Two Popes

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the pontifical household, talks about his tasks with Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The year 2013 is a year Archbishop Georg Gänswein will find hard to forget. As prefect of the pontifical household, the office organizing the Holy Father’s public audiences, Gänswein was raised to the episcopate on […]

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From Rio de Janeiro to the World: Young People and Jesus’ Call

The call of Zacchaeus by Jesus.

In Luke 19 we find an essential, highly suggestive description of one of Jesus’ direct encounters with those intrigued by His preaching. On entering the city of Jericho swarming with people, the Master sees Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector and a wealthy man on top of a sycamore-fig tree. Being short, Zacchaeus had climbed the […]

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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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The Vatican at Hand

Here is a book which might help reporters — and the faithful coming to Rome from all over the world for the Conclave and the first period of the new Pope this spring — to understand the political and juridical realities of the Holy See in greater detail. The book is the General Guide to […]

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