Pope Francis

Letter #16, 2024, Monday, June 3: Corpus Christi

    Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi yesterday in Rome. The celebration began with a Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran (on the opposite of the city from the Vatican and St. Peter's) followed by a Eucharistic procession down via Merulana to St. Mary Major.     Corpus Christi (Latin for "The body of [...]

Letter #9, 2024, Thursday, May 9: Ascension

Pope Francis contemplates the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica (VATICAN MEDIA Divisione Foto)    Here is Pope Francis today, on May 9, Ascension Thursday, sitting for a moment of contemplation in front of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica as he promulgated the papal bull indicting the upcoming Jubilee Year of 2025, [...]

“Let Us Put An End To The Inertia Of Evil”

Francis Reiterates Appeal for Peace as Conflict Threatens to Spread to Lebanon By Christopher Hart-Moynihan Pope Francis' strong message to the Lebanese at the general audience, September 2, 2020, shortly after the massive and deadly explosion in Beirut harbor on Aigist 4, 2020 (Foto Siciliani-Gennari/SIR) As the Vatican deals with unprecedented controversy and dissension, [...]

Letter #6, 2024, Monday, March 4: Melloni on conclaves

    Italian historian Alberto Melloni. He has written a book on the history of papal conclaves (link). Now he is calling on Pope Francis to change the rules of the next papal conclave... in order to avoid a possible division among the cardinals, and a division in the Church after the conclave... Melloni teaches History of [...]

Letter #2, 2024, Monday, January 8: Fernandez

    We are about to have a live podcast discussing a newly discovered writing of Cardinal Victor Fernandez, which has just been rediscovered and is causing considerable controversy.     The podcast will begin in about 20 minutes.     Here is the link to watch live on YouTube (link). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXf_LvQbaEg&ab_channel=UrbietOrbiCommunications

Letter #182, 2023, Wednesday, December 27: In the heart

Pope Benedict XVI, who died at the age of 94 on December 31 last year, and Peter Seewald, a German writer who worked with Benedict for 25 years to produce a number of book-length interviews which became best-sellers     "As a South American and a Jesuit, he (Pope Francis) has erased much of what was precious [...]

Letter #180, 2023, Saturday, December 23: Trial #5

    Standing on the right, Alessandro Diddi, the prominent Italian defense attorney who changed roles and became the chief prosecutor in the Vatican's "trial of the century." He has now filed a curious appeal against the verdict...     Letter #180, 2023, Saturday, December 23: Trial #5 -- After the Guilty Verdicts, Appeals (also by the Prosecutor)     On [...]

Letter #179, 2023, Friday, December 15: Trial #4

   Pope Francis with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, some years ago.     A verdict in Becciu's two-and-a-half-year trial — dubbed by the press the "Vatical trial of the century" — will come tomorrow afternoon, December 16. A final reflection on this trial...     “Those who work at the Holy See and the Vatican City State certainly do so faithfully [...]

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