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Letter #38, 2016: Reject Double Lives

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April 29, 2016, Friday – Reject Double Lives Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church “Don’t walk with one foot in the light and the other in darkness.” —Pope Francis, in his homily this morning at his daily morning Mass in the Domus Santa Marta (link) “If we say that […]

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Letter #37, 2016: The Danger of Schism

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April 28, 2016, Thursday — A Prominent German Theologian Warns of the Danger of Schism “That it is a rupture is something that is seems obvious to any person capable of thinking who reads the texts in question.” —Prof. Robert Spaemann, 89, a leading German Catholic philosopher, in an interview yesterday on the Pope’s document […]

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Letter #36, 2016: The Next Synod

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April 27, 2016, Wednesday — The Next Synod: The Return of “The Peace of God”? “The Pope would like to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops to the theme of peace.” —The Italian news agency ANSA, in a short news article released this morning in Italy. The question of what topic the next Bishops’ Synod […]

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Letter #35, 2016: Athanasius speaks

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April 26, 2016, Tuesday – Athanasius Speaks “If we analyze certain statements of AL [Amoris laetitia, “The Joy of Love”] with intellectual honesty within their proper context, we find ourselves faced with difficulties when trying to interpret them in accordance with the traditional doctrine of the Church.” —Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop of […]

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Letter #34, 2016: Personal Relationship

April 21, 2016, Thursday — Pope Francis speaks of the need to use our memories to develop a personal relationship with Christ “What has my relationship with the Lord been like? (Let us recall) our memories of the beautiful and great things that the Lord has carried out in the lives of each one of […]

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Letter #33, 2016: Where now?

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April 18, 2016, Monday — Where now? Trajan (Roman Emperor from 98 to 117 A.D.): “Dost thou carry Him who was crucified within thee?” St. Ignatius: “I do: for it is written, ‘I will dwell in them.’” Then Trajan pronounced this sentence against him: “Forasmuch as Ignatius has confessed that he carries about within himself […]

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Letter #32, 2016: Back from Greece

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April 16, 2016, Saturday — Pope Returns to Rome from the Island of Lesbos, Greece, Gives Airplane Press Conference, and… …Twelve Refugees Return with Pope Francis to the Vatican Pope Francis has gone to Lesbos, Greece, and returned to Rome. And he has brought back with him 12 refugees, all Syrians, all Muslims. All had […]

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Letter #31, 2016: Bernie Meets Francis at 6 a.m.

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April 16, 2016, Friday — Bernie Meets Francis at 6 a.m. in the Domus Santa Marta as the Pope Leaves for Greece A Brief Meeting Outside the Breakfast Room In the end, Bernie Sanders met Pope Francis, briefly. It happened at about 6 a.m. this morning, outside the dining room of the Domus Santa Marta, […]

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Letter #30, 2016: Bernie’s Remarks in Rome

April 15, 2016, Friday — Bernie Sanders’ Talk in Rome Bernie’s Talk at the Vatican… Bernie Sanders: The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus. Prepared Remarks from berniesanders.com April 15, 2016 By Bernie Sanders I am honored to be with you today and was pleased to receive your […]

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Letter #29, 2016: Pope Francis and Bernie

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April 15, 2016, Friday — Francis Writes a Note…. Bernie Speaks at the Vatican… Here is an image of Bernie Sanders speaking to a Vatican conference inside of Vatican City about an hour ago. His face can be seen on the large video screen on the wall. Journalists are crowding into the corner of the […]

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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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Letter #27, 2016: The New Nuncio

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April 12, 2016, Tuesday — The Pope’s New Ambassador to the United States The report below ranges from the retirement of Archbishop Viganò to the Kim Davis case from last September to the question of whether Pope Francis believes we are entering into the apocalyptic period of the great apostasy. Meanwhile, I am preparing a […]

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Letter #26, 2016: The Nuncio’s Talk

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April 9, 2016, Saturday — The Nuncio’s Talk The Witness of the Christian “Each one of us has a responsibility before God to bring a message of truth into this world, even if it means spending our lives for that very purpose — sometimes silently, but very often today publicly.” —Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Honoree […]

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Letter #25, 2016: “The Joy of Love”

April 8, 2016, Friday — The Tenderness of a Papal Document Pope Francis has written a “love letter” to the world… Dear friends, I just came back from the 2-hour Vatican press conference presenting Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, entitled Amoris Laetitia (that is the Latin title of the text, meaning literally, […]

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Letter #24, 2016: Synod Document, T Minus 1

April 7, 2016, Thursday — The Synod Document and the Problem of God The essential question is the existence of God… and so, consequently, the nature of man… “The splendor of being an image of God no longer shines over man, which is what confers on him his dignity and inviolability, and he is left […]

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Letter #23, 2016: Croatia: A Prime Minister’s Visit

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April 7, 2016, Thursday — The Problem, and the Opportunity, of the Stepinac Case Croatian Prime Minister Meets Pope Francis Croatia’s new Prime Minister, Tihomir Oreskovic (photo) is in Rome today to meet with Pope Francis. The meeting took place this morning. (link) Reports prior to the meeting said that among the subjects of his […]

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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 #21, 2016: These Days

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              April 1, 2016, Friday – These Days “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is […]

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Letter #20, 2016: Holy Saturday

March 26, 2016, Saturday – Holy Saturday The Silence of the Lord “In the hours of Holy Saturday, a great silence overtakes the Church. Our silence commemorates that God in Christ descended to where no human word is uttered or heard— the silence of the grave. Yet even in that silence God is speaking. “In […]

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Letter #19, 2016: The Nuncio

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March 22, 2016, Tuesday — The Nuncio A Man of the Church About half a decade ago, at an event in Rome, I ran into an American woman I hadn’t seen for more than 20 years, since the time we were both students working on dissertations in the manuscript room of the Vatican Library. To […]

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