Newsflash archives

Archive of the daily coverage of world affairs by Dr. Robert Moynihan.

Letter #28: The last battle

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May 27, 2017, Saturday “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” —Sister Lucia of Fatima, in the 1980s, in a correspondence with the then-monsignor Carlo Caffara. Caffara, now a 78-year-old cardinal, reveals and discusses the correspondence below The Last Battle American journalist Diane Montagna […]

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Letter #27: On “Burying Benedict”

May 27, 2017, Saturday Universal or Particular? The article below, by American Catholic writer Matthew Schmitz, originally published on May 22 (five days ago) in the important American journal of ideas First Things (link), is noteworthy. (The journal calls itself “America’s most influential journal of religion and public life.”) (Below, the cover of the April […]

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Letter #26: “I won’t forget”

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May 24, 2017, Wednesday Trump and Francis meet at 8:30 a.m. this morning… … and say goodbye at 9:00 a.m…. (“I won’t forget what you said,” Trump tells Pope Francis after their private meeting inside the Vatican this morning; AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool) And in between, they talked for 30 minutes with one translator present… […]

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Letter #25: And now, the Donald…

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May 23, 2017, Tuesday Donald Trump to meet Pope Francis in the morning… And so, in the end, US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis will meet in the morning in the Vatican, at 8:30 a.m., Rome time. (Below, US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arriving in Rome today, May 23; both will […]

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Letter #24: Update on the Relics of St. Nicholas

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May 23, 2017, Tuesday Link to a moving video on the handing over of the relic of St. Nicholas to the Russian Orthodox in Bari, Italy, on May 21, Sunday ========================= Followup on the Relics of St. Nicholas “Almost every day, requests come to us to share the relics of St. Nicholas, and what has […]

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Letter #23: Nicholas in Russia

May 22, 2017, Monday   “Almost all houses [in Russia] in the past and Orthodox people today have three icons at their homes: an icon of the Savior, of the Holy Virgin and of St. Nicholas.” —Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Sunday, May 21 (yesterday) in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, commenting […]

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Letter #22, 2017: After Fatima #3, Trump and Medjugorge: Francis Speaks

May 17, 2017, Wednesday “I never make a judgment of a person without listening to them.”—Pope Francis with regard to his upcoming May 24 meeting with US President Donald Trump. Francis spoke during an in-flight press conference as he flew back from Portugal to Rome on the evening of May 13, four days ago “I […]

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Letter #21, 2017: Is Pleasure Supreme?

May 17, 2017, Wednesday Is Pope Francis planning to re-examine the Church’s teaching on contraception? Rumors have been circulating in Rome for several days, since a May 11 blog post by veteran Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti, that Francis is seriously considering setting up a commission to study Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal document of Pope […]

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Letter #20, 2017: After Fatima, #2

May 15, 2017, Monday “What united Orthodox and Catholics in those years was far more important than that which divided them, for they were united by love of Christ.”— Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, “Foreign Minister” of the Russian Orthodox Church, in his address on May 11 to the “World Summit of Christian Leaders in […]

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Letter #19, 2017: After Fatima…

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May 15, 2017, Monday “I saw that American leaders wanted to cooperate with Russia.”—The influential Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Oxford-educated “Foreign Minister” of the increasingly powerful Russian Orthodox Church, in an interview published today on the website of the Russian Orthodox Moscow Patriarchate. The interview follows Hilarion’s four-day trip to Washington D.C. to […]

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Letter #18, 2017: Fatima at 100

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May 10, 2017, Wednesday “I will go to Fatima on a pilgrimage, to entrust to the Virgin the temporal and eternal destinies of humanity.”—Pope Francis today at his May 10 Wednesday General Audience, referring to his upcoming trip on Friday to Fatima, Portugal, to canonize two of the shepherd children who were witnesses to the […]

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Letter #17, 2017: Trump Will Meet Pope Francis

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May 4, 2017, Thursday Alert Today from the Holy See Press Office His Holiness Pope Francis will receive the Hon. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace. President Trump will then meet with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, […]

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Letter #16, 2017: Hard Hearts

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May 2, 2017, Tuesday “The Lord softens those with hard hearts, those who condemn all who are outside the law.” —Pope Francis this morning in his homily in the chapel of the Domus Santa Marta, his residence in Rome (Vatican Radio, May 2, 2017) — “The Lord softens those with hard hearts, those who condemn […]

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Letter #15, 2017: Co-Worker of The Truth

May 1, 2017, Monday Reading today, I came across a brief passage from the conversation between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and German writer Peter Seewald, part of a book which was published in September 2016 as Last Testament. (Here is a link to the book, the passage in question is from pages 240-241.) It is […]

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Letter #14, 2017: The Quest

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April 23, 2017, Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday “Christian liturgy is a liturgy of promise fulfilled, of a quest, the religious quest of human history, reaching its goal. But it remains a liturgy of hope. It, too, bears within it the mark of impermanence. The new Temple, not made by human hands, does exist, but it […]

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Letter #13, 2017: Holy Saturday

April 15, 2017, Holy Saturday From Norcia to Chieti During Holy Saturday, on the Vigil of Easter, silence. Time to stand apart. To stand aside. To divest of all, thoughts, hopes, judgments, even fears. To divest, to unclothe, as did Francis of Assisi, before the bishop of Assisi in 1207, when he gave back everything […]

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Letter #12, 2017: A Communist Ecumenist?

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March 27, 2017, Monday — A Communist Ecumenist? Zyuganov on the Split between Eastern and Western Christianity I have been trying to drive home one fundamental point for more than 20 years now, both in the pages of Inside the Vatican magazine, and in the work of the Urbi et Orbi Foundation which seeks to […]

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Letter #11, 2017: Meet an Extraordinary Man This Week in DC

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March 19, 2017, Sunday — Meet an Extraordinary Man This Week in Washington D.C. Meet an Extraordinary Archbishop this Week in Washington D.C. “His name is Thaddeus” An extraordinary archbishop got on an airplane today in the the former East bloc to fly to Washington D.C. He will land in D.C. tonight. His name is […]

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Letter #10, 2017: “Not flesh and blood”

February 28, 2017, Tuesday — “Not flesh and blood” “Francis received in audience this morning… – H. E. Abp. Guido Pozzo, Titular Archbishop of Bagnoregio, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei…” —from the official Vatican Press Office Bulletin of February 27, 2017, that is, yesterday (link); Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the head of the Vatican’s […]

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Letter #9, 2017: Pilgrimage Toward a Hidden God

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February 24, 2017, Tuesday — Pilgrimage Toward a Hidden God Pilgrimage Toward A Hidden God A powerful contemporary intellectual movement today called “transhumanism” hopes the human race can be developed, improved, “transcended.” Christians share part of this hope, but by means of an entirely different process… By Robert Moynihan Each man desires to know his […]

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