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Opera Star From Moscow, Russia

#1 Svetlana Kasyan Opera Star from Moscow, Russia “Love and Art Should Reign Again” Thirty-five year old Russian opera star Svetlana Kasyan celebrated her birthday this year at the Vatican with Pope Francis. Kasyan was born and raised in Georgia, and now resides with her husband and young daughter in Moscow. As an opera singer, Kasyan [...]

A Hungarian Franciscan Who Helps Abandoned Children

#5 Father Csaba Böjte A Hungarian Franciscan who helps abandoned children "To free my fellows from the chains of fear and little faith..." “Every child is a message for humanity: God loves us. Raising a child is an encounter with God. Jesus said: if someone adopts one of the smallest, receive myself,” says Father Csaba Böjte, [...]

A Polish Hero Though Still a Youth

#4 Jakub Baryła A Polish hero though still a youth “I directed my prayer to the Mother of God. Policemen came and asked me to get out of the way. I said I couldn’t do it...” A 15-year-old Polish boy followed in the footsteps of his country’s noble ancestors when, crucifix and rosary held high, he [...]

A Catholic Priest in Paris, France

#2 Father Jean-Marc Fournier A Catholic priest in Paris, France “We Need Tangible Signs of Faith” Every year since 1803, even during the Nazi occupation, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has held a Christmas Mass — except for this Christmas, because of the historic fire that ravished the Cathedral in April 2019. The fire of Notre [...]

“Hungary Before Everything, God Above Us All”

#7 Viktor Orbán The president of Hungary is controversial, but steadfast “Why haven’t we Hungarians disappeared?... The key to our survival was the adoption of the Christian faith.” “Hungarians account for 0.2 percent of the world’s population. Is there any point in a nation of this size taking a stance and standing up for a cause? [...]

Three Pro-Life Crusaders in Post-Christian Ireland

#8 Katie Ascough, Niamh Uí Bhriain, Cora Sherlock Three female Irish activists chose to make a stand for life in their once deeply-Catholic country, despite much resistance, even backlash, from their peers. “We may have lost a battle, but our cause will never be defeated." On January 1, 2019, abortion services became available in Ireland for [...]

Letter # 6, 2015: People of the Year

February 10, 2015, Tuesday — Our "Top Ten" People of the Past Year (For Easter this year, which falls on April 5, we will be hosting a small group of friends of Inside the Vatican magazine in Rome for our Easter 2015 pilgrimage. We also will visit Assisi and Norcia — cities whose saints inspired the [...]

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