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Letter #61, 2023 Tues Feb 28: Chiron on Mass

(Photograph by Dmitri Kessel, 1954)     Pope Paul VI with Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro (1891-1976). Lercaro served as Archbishop of Ravenna from 1947 to 1952 and of Bologna from 1952 to 1968. Pope Pius XII made him a cardinal in 1953.     Lercaro's reputation as an outspoken critic of communism is believed to have been a contributing factor in Pius's decision to [...]

Letter #60, 2023 Mon Feb 27: Viganò, Nuns of Pienza

    Some of you may already of heard of a struggle between Church authorities and a group of 13 Catholic Benedictine nuns in Tuscany, Italy, whose life in their convent has become difficult in part, it appears, because somebody would like to sell the monastery where they have been living for a great deal of money. [...]

Letter #58, 2023 Sat Feb 25: China’s proposal

    The Chinese government on February 24 — the 1-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24, 2022 — published a 12-point "Position of the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis," that is, a proposed Chinese framework for a ceasefire in the war and the beginning of peace talks.     The US leadership [...]

Letter #57, 2023 Thurs Feb 23: Francis in Hungary?

    Letter #57, 2023 Fri Feb 24: Francis in Hungary?     The article below reports that, according to not yet validated Vatican sources, a papal trip to Hungary is "in the cards" for late April.     That would bring Pope Francis into one of the key "hinge countries" in Europe right now, the Hungary of Prime Minister Viktor [...]

Letter #55, 2023 Thurs Feb 23: Orthodox

    "If Christians walk together, as the two disciples of Emmaus did, they will be accompanied by Christ, who will support, motivate and complete their journey." —Pope Francis, to young priests and monks of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, who were visiting Rome in recent days.     Letter #55, 2023 Thursday, February 23: Orthodox         Today in Rome, [...]

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