“The Way of Peace isn’t Comprehended”

May the world once again find the way of peace right here “at the threshold of this Jubilee of Mercy”. The Pope voiced this hope on Thursday morning, 19 November, during Mass at Santa Marta. Jesus wept”, said Francis, beginning his homily from the day’s passage of the Gospel according to Luke (19:41-44). Indeed, as […]

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Reflections on the Significance of the “Door”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! With this reflection we have arrived at the threshold of the Jubilee, it is close. Before us is the door, but not only the Holy Door, the other – the great door of God’s Mercy, and it is a beautiful door! – which receives our repentance, offering the grace […]

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On “Christian Identity, without Compromises, without a Double Life”.

Let us not be weakened by the worldly spirit but live Christian life coherently, without giving in or compromising. On Tuesday, 17 November, Pope Francis offered this message during his homily during Mass at Santa Marta. Following the path by which “the Church” in these days “prepares us for the end of the liturgical year”, […]

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Christian Identity vs. the “Deceit of Worldliness”

We mustn’t put our Christian identity card “up for auction”, nor align ourselves with the worldly spirit that can lead to apostasy and persecution. Pope Francis identified these hazards during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday morning, 16 November. The Pontiff dedicated his entire reflection to the First Reading, taken from the First Book of […]

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On the Second Coming: “Jesus calls us to anticipation and vigilance”

Dear brothers and sisters: The Gospel of this second-to-last Sunday of the liturgical year proposes to us some of Jesus’ words about the last events of human history, oriented toward the complete fulfillment of the reign of God. It is the preaching that Jesus gave in Jerusalem before his last Passover. It has certain apocalyptic […]

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On Immanence and Transcendence: The “Greater Beauty that awaits us”

“Never fall into the idolatry of immanence and of habit” and “always aim beyond”. From immanence look to transcendence and from routine look to the ultimate routine, which will be contemplating the glory of God”, with the certainty that if “life is beautiful, the sunset will also be so beautiful”. Pope Francis advised against falling […]

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Reflections on the Family: Fellowship “Around the Table”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! During these days the Church of Italy is holding its National Congress at Florence — the Cardinals, Bishops, consecrated, and laymen all together. I invite you to pray a Hail Mary to Our Lady for them [Hail Mary]. Today we will reflect on a characteristic quality of family life, […]

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Laudato Si’ Francis: We Face “A Complex Crisis Which is Both Social and Environmental”

By Marie I. George, Ph.D. I intend to focus primarily on two aspects of Pope Francis’ lengthy and much discussed encyclical Laudato Si’: its continuity with and development of Catholic teaching on the environment, and the life-style changes it urges upon us. First a brief overview: The encyclical is divided into six chapters, the first […]

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Laudato Si’ Francis Defends the Entire “Environment”

…not just the natural environment, but also the human environment. The Church’s social teaching, he says, “is called to be enriched by taking up new challenges” “Laudato si’, mi Signore, cum tucte le Tue creature” introduces a recurring theme in St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun, one of the first — if not […]

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The Roman Curia: Necessary Bureaucracy, Object of Reform

The Vatican That the Pope Leads The Roman Curia is an ensemble of administrative bodies assisting the Successor of Peter as he exercises his supreme pastoral office for the good of the Church throughout the world. It is an important, needed “apparatus” in service to the mission of the Bishop of Rome and of the […]

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The late Cardinal Baum in a 1996 photo by Grzegorz Galazka, published in the book Cardinali Del Terzo Millennio by the Vatican Press.


Cardinal William W. Baum, longest-serving US cardinal, witnessed and made history. May he rest in peace. Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died on July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years — the longest such tenure in US […]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

Open To All

An excerpt from a statement by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, on the Pope’s visit to the 2015 World Meeting of Families. This moment is an historic and exhilarating one for all of us to share. It is the answer to the countless prayers of so many people who have asked […]

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Food For Thought

Like pizza (covered in our January 2015 issue), pasta, espresso coffee, and gelato are quintessential Italian foods. Gel­ato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word gelatus, meaning frozen. Gelato can be made with milk, cream, various sugars and flavorings such as fresh fruit and nut purees. It is generally lower […]

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In the end, the Lord of the vineyard sent his own son, but the farmers killed him


By Maria Pia Carriquiry Gomez “A love which draws near and restores dignity” When I read this homily of Pope Francis, I had in my mind the words that the Pope said to the prisoners of the Reform Center of Santa Cruz-Palmasola, where he recently went during his July trip to South America. The Pope presented himself, […]

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The Family and Life, Two New Series from the Vatican Press

The family is “one of the most precious goods of humanity,” St. John Paul II said in his Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio. And today, the family is more than ever at the center of the concern and attention of the Church. Pope Francis has decided to dedicate two Synods of Bishops to the family — […]

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19th-century statue of St. Paul made of gilt metal.

“Vatican Splendors” A Journey Through Faith and Art

Organized and circulated in conjunction with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples of the Holy See, Vatican Splendors is a multi-sensory touring exhibition of some 200 works of art and historically significant objects from the Vatican. “Most of them are hundreds of years old. Many have never left the Vatican before,” Mark Greenberg, President […]

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The Holy Family by Philadelphia artist Neilson Carlin, part of the official image for the gathering

World Meeting of Families

An array of enriching events, exciting speakers and beautiful catechesis to bring light and strength to the Christian family St. John Paul II, recognizing the in­creasing challenges to the family in contemporary times, inaugurated the World Meeting of Families in 1994 to explore and celebrate the critical role of the family in society. Now held […]

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“Our Nation Has Suffered a Loss of Virtue and Honor”

By Thomas John Paprocki Homily, “Fortnight for Freedom” Mass, June 28, 2015 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: In his classic book Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, eighteenth-century historian Edward Gibbon wrote about the waning days of the empire during the fifth century in these words: “The Roman government appeared less and […]

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July 4, 2015, Castel Gandolfo, Italy. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receives an award from the Academy of Music and the Pontifical University "John Paul II" of Krakow, Poland. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow here embraces the former pontiff (Galazka photo)

Music Originates in “The Encounter with the Divine”

In a surprising July 4 public address, Pope Emeritus Benedict discusses the quest for beauty in the arts, especially in music, and praises faith-inspired Western music. Here is the text… Pope Emeritus Benedict is an accomplished musician and an articulate apologist for the quest for beauty in the arts, and particularly in sacred music. He […]

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