Letter #6b, 2017: Steve Bannon, in his own words


January 31, 2017, Tuesday — “The flower of mankind” “Our forefathers… were able to bequeath to us a Church and a civilization that really is the flower of mankind.” — Steve Bannon, top advisor to US President Donal Trump, in 2014, speaking from Los Angeles to a Vatican conference on global poverty and on how […]

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Letter #5, 2017: Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2

January 26, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry, #2 “One of the difficulties with the Order (of Malta) is that there is a split between those like Matthew Festing who regard the Order as a religious institution doing charitable work in the light of the teachings of the Church and others who would […]

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Letter #4, 2017: Knight of Malta and Freemasonry


January 25, 2017, Wednesday — Knights of Malta and Freemasonry “Charybdis was a sea monster in Greek mythology, which dwelt in the Strait of Messina. It was later rationalized as a whirlpool. It was believed that Charybdis lived under a rock on one side of the strait. Opposite Charybdis, Ancient Greeks believed there was another […]

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Moved by compassion and sorrow

-S.S. Francesco - Udienza Generale  24-08-2016

 - (Copyright L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO - Servizio Fotografico - photo@ossrom.va)

· The General Audience dedicated to prayer for the people struck by an earthquake that shook central Italy. · Within hours of an earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy early Wednesday morning, 24 August, Pope Francis expressed “heartfelt sorrow” and “closeness to all those present in the zones affected”, to “those who have lost […]

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Leaks and Leakers

Italian journalists and authors Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi and Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui, a member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, are seen in a courtroom Nov. 24, the first day of the 'VatiLeaks' case at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) See VATILEAKS-TRIAL Nov. 24, 2015.

Three years after Pope Benedict’s butler was put on trial for stealing documents from the Pope’s desk, a second “Vatileaks” trial has opened in the Vatican City of Pope Francis. Five people have been charged, two of them journalists, following the publication of two new books in Italy Five people, including two investigative journalists and […]

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“He does not forget about each of us with a first and last name”

Il primo Angelus di Papa Francesco

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, March 02, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! At the center of this Sunday’s liturgy we find one of the most comforting truths: divine providence. The prophet Isaiah presents it as an image of maternal love full of tenderness, and says this: “Could a woman […]

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“Pray for us to be good servants: good servants, not good bosses!”


Pope Francis’ Angelus – St. Peter Square – February 23, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! In the second reading this Sunday, St. Paul says: “So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, […]

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“Do you want to be burning lamps or spent lamps?”


Pope Francis Angelus at St. Peter Square – Vatican City, February 8, 2014 Brothers and sisters, good morning! In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, which follows directly after the Beatitudes, Jesus says to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13, 14). This surprises us a […]

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