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Letter #54, 2019: Newman, Giani, Scalfari, Viganò

CNS photo/Paul Haring Sunday, October 13, 2019 Today is the 102nd anniversary of the mysterious "Miracle of the Sun" which occurred in and near Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, as a conclusion to the six apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children, Lucia, 10, Francisco, 9, and Jacinta, 7. So much is happening [...]

Letter #53, 2019: Viganò’s “Fraternal Correction”

CNS/Paul Haring Monday, October 7, 2019 “Silence leaves in error those who might have been instructed.”—Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 78, citing St. Gregory the Great (Pope from 590 to 604). St Gregory's words are part of the Office of Readings for the Feast of St. Bruno. That feast fell on Sunday, October 6. Viganò entitled [...]

Letter #51, 2019: An Unusual Raid

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Today in Rome the Vatican Press Office started off the month of October 2019 by issuing a brief, somewhat mysterious notice regarding a police raid to acquire documents related to Vatican financial dealings. Here is that communiqué: Holy See Press Office Communiqué, 01.10.2019 (link) This morning activities were carried out to acquire [...]

Pope at Mass: promote a culture of hope by caring for young and old

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis urges us to care for the young and for the old, in families and in society at large. Speaking at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, he says that to neglect children and the elderly because they are not productive is not a sign of God's presence. September 30, [...]

Letter #49, 2019: The Matter of Schism

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 "Schism embraces two distinct species: heretical or mixed schism, and schism pure and simple. The first has its source in heresy or joined with it, the second, which most theologians designate absolutely as schism, is the rupture of the bond of subordination without an accompanying persistent error, directly opposed to a definite dogma. This distinction was drawn by St. Jerome and St. Augustine. 'Between heresy and [...]

Letter #48, 2019: A New Church?

Archbishop Vigano in a 2013 photo (CNS photo/Roberto Gonzalez) Monday, September 9, 2019 — Feast of St. Peter Claver, S.J. (1580-1654) St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602, and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. [...]

Pope at Audience: Church a ‘field hospital’ that cares for sick

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience (AFP or licensors) At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says the Church is like “a field hospital” that must care for the sick, even when our actions incite envy and hatred in others. Continuing his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis reflected on [...]

Pope: Beware of hypocrisy, actions speak louder than words

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience (AFP or licensors) During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflects on how the Christian community is born of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and grows through the mutual sharing of life among the Lord’s disciples. August 21, 2019 In his continuing catechesis on the [...]

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