Letter #3, 2017: Trump? Francis Waits

January 22, 2017, Sunday -- On Trump, Francis Waits On the dangers -- and need for -- populist movements Pope Francis has granted another long interview, this time to two Spanish journalists writing for the daily El Pais of Madrid, Spain. The interview was conducted on Friday, January 20, in the Domus Santa Marta, where the [...]

“The Christian Faith Is Not an Idea But a Life”

Pope Benedict XVI (photo Galazka) An unexpected and thought-provoking interview with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI A new book containing an extensive interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict has been published in Italy, entitled Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises, by Jesuit [...]

Letter #18, 2016: Corrected Emeritus Pope Benedict Text

March 21, 2016, Monday - Corrected Emeritus Pope Benedict Text A few lines left out This letter is to correct an oversight in my Letter #16 of March 17 which was entitled "Emeritus Pope Benedict Grants an Interview." I translated the text from Italian into English during the night between March 16 and March 17. I [...]

Letter #16, 2016: Emeritus Pope Benedict Grants an Interview

March 17, 2016, Thursday -- Emeritus Pope Benedict Grants an Interview on Justification and God's Mercy “What the human person needs for salvation is the intimate openness to God.” —Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, in a 2015 interview with Jesuit theologian Father Jacques Servais. The interview was conducted during 2015 for a book on the doctrine of [...]

Being Human: Pope Francis Delights Many, Frustrates Some

Pope Francis wears a sombrero during his arrival to Mexico City on February 12 The mid-February trip to Mexico was a tour de force, with millions of Mexicans turning out to greet the Pope. There was a moment of anger, a moment at “the fence” and... a controversial interview The Pope is human. Pope [...]

“The crowds, the joy, the ability to celebrate…”

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door as he begins the Holy Year of Mercy at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BANGUI-MERCY Nov. 29, 2015.   Pope Francis told reporters he is well aware that [...]

Letter # 5, 2015: Editorial

February 5, 2015, Thursday — The Peril the Pope Fears "I advise you to read it." —Pope Francis, to the Vatican press corps, during a press conference on the papal airplane on January 19, flying back from the Philippines, referring to the novel by the British Catholic convert from Anglicanism, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, The Lord [...]

Pope Francis: “This Is My Treasure, This Is My Futu­re, This Is My Love”

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Manila, Philippines, to Rome. During his flight back from the Philippines, Pope Francis gave a wide-ranging interview on gestures of love he saw, on the scandal of Church worldliness, on Ebola, and on his future plans... Speaking to journalists aboard the Monday, January 19, [...]

Italian Vaticanist Lucio Brunelli on the secret of the tenderness of Pope Francis

As Pope Francis passed the end of the first year of his pontificate on March 13, at least six books and four television series and films about him appeared. What has changed with the arrival of this “Pope from afar”? And in what areas has he made the greatest impact? Lucio Brunelli, the Italian state television [...]

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