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Letter #33, 2018: Ross Douthat on Pope Francis

ROSS DOUTHAT AND THE CATHOLIC CRISIS (Part One) Douthat, author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, is one of America’s leading commentators on religious matters. As a writer for the New York Times, Douthat has a wide audience. Here in an exclusive Inside the Vatican interview, he assesses the pontificate. [...]

By | 2018-06-14T01:06:09+00:00 Jun 12th, 2018|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #32, 2018: Solzhenitsyn at Harvard

Saturday, June 9, 2018 "Even if we are spared destruction by war, life will have to change in order not to perish on its own. We cannot avoid reassessing the fundamental definitions of human life and society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that [...]

By | 2018-06-11T19:30:49+00:00 Jun 9th, 2018|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Pope clears seven candidates for sainthood and beatification

Pope Francis on June 8 authorized the promulgation of four decrees concerning 7 candidates for beatification and canonization. Pope Francis on Friday cleared an Italian layman for sainthood and another three from Mexico, Spain and a group martyred in Argentina were cleared for beatification. Pope Francis on June 8 received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for [...]

Communion for Protestants married to Catholics requires further study

A letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sheds light on Pope Francis’ position regarding the Eucharist in inter-communion marriages. The issue has been raised by the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference and regards an ecumenical theme that concerns the Universal Church. Pope Francis has invited German bishops to await legislation that is applicable to the whole [...]

‘May the Holy Spirit unite what is still divided’

Pope Francis urged members of the German Lutheran Church, whom he received in the Vatican, to continue walking the path to unity. Receiving a Delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in audience, Pope Francis on Monday recalled his positive 2016 visit to Lund in Sweden to mark the Common Commemoration of the Reformation. Pointing out that “for the [...]

Letter #31, 2018: The Pope and the Patriarchate

Monday, June 4, 2018 "And before you I would like to reiterate — in a special way before you, my dear brother [referring to Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion, the leader of the group he was addressing], and before all of you — that the Catholic Church will never allow an attitude of division to arise from [...]

By | 2018-06-12T18:50:59+00:00 Jun 4th, 2018|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Pope to Russian Orthodox delegation: ‘Path of unity leads to peace’

Pope Francis receives in audience a Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow and says he is praying for unity. Pope Francis on Wednesday received a delegation from the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate in Moscow and expressed hope for full Christian unity, saying it is the path to peace. Expressing his wish to follow “the path of unity”, the [...]

WCC Pastor on Pope’s upcoming Geneva visit

An official at the World Council of Churches (WCC) speaks of “a new (ecumenical) spring with Pope Francis and his initiatives.” Pastor Martin Robra’s comments come ahead of the papal visit to the WWC headquarters in Geneva on June 21st. Evangelical Pastor Martin Robra, a senior official at the World Council of Churches (WCC), says Pope [...]

Bartholomew I to Centesimus Annus: challenge is solidarity

The Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, delivered an address on Saturday before the Centesimus Annus assembly saying that Christian principles alone can heal ecological, technological and political ills. Bartholomew I began by expressing his gratitude to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation for having invited him to speak. The Patriarch used the theme of the conference, [...]

Pope Paul VI to be canonized on October 14th

Pope Francis has announced that Paul VI will be proclaimed a saint on Sunday, October 14th in the Vatican. Pope Paul VI, who had the task of closing the Second Vatican Council in 1965, will be canonized in St Peter’s Square together with    Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, and another four saints of charity, during the [...]

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