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Former Personal Secretary of St. John Paul II

#10 Emery Kabongo Kanundowi Former Personal Secretary of St. John Paul II “By Nature the African is a Very Spiritual and Believing Person" Emery Kabongo Kanundowi - Paul Chehade - Lysette Iglesias - Pauline Kashale Muanji - Solidary - Solidary Foundation To this day, in the midst of all of the politics, turmoil, and [...]

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 best [...]

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 like [...]

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 sea [...]

Leaks and Leakers

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 a [...]

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

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 forget [...]

"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, all [...]

“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 little [...]

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