On the Last Judgement: “Do we talk about the fact that the Lord will come, that we will meet Him?”

The testimony of Job and Michelangelo’s fresco of the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel are two icons that can restore our certainty in the personal encounter with the Lord. To each of us, the Pope offered the advice that Paul gives to the Christians of Thessalonia, to “comfort one another”, and in other words […]

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Letter #33, 2015: Turning Point

September 1, 2015, Tuesday — Turning Point Introductory note We have just come out with a special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. We would like you to receive and read this issue. All you have to do is click here, order a subscription, and you will receive […]

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On Hypocrisy vs. Heart-felt Action: “Exterior expressions are the consequence of what we have decided in the heart”

The Gospel of this Sunday presents a dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes. The discussion refers to the “tradition of the elders” (Mark 7:3), which Jesus, citing the Prophet Isaiah, defines as “human precepts.” And [saying] that they should never take the place of the “commandments of God.” The ancient prescriptions in question […]

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Letter #32, 2015: Eleven Cardinals and a Pope

August 26, 2015, Wednesday — Eleven Cardinals and a Pope Introductory note We have just come out with a special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. At the center of the issue is a beautiful, deeply moving Photo Essay on “The Beatitudes of Pope Francis.” This Photo Essay […]

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Reflections on the Family: Family Prayer: “Does the thought of God move us, astound us, make us tender?”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After reflecting on how the family lives times of celebration and work, we now consider the time of prayer. The most frequent lament of Christians has to do, in fact, with time: “I should pray more … I would like to, but I often lack the time.” We hear […]

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On the Bread of Life: “Christ is the ‘living bread’, the indispensable nourishment.”

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today, we conclude the reading from the Gospel of John’s sixth chapter, with the discourse on the “Bread of Life”, which Jesus delivered in the aftermath of the miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fish. At the end of that discourse, the great enthusiasm of the day before […]

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Reflections on the Family: Work: “Work is sacred. Work gives dignity to a family.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After reflecting on the value of celebrations in family life, today we pause on a complementary element, which is that of work. Both celebration and work are part of the creative design of God. Work, it is commonly said, is necessary to maintain the family, for the children to […]

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Robert Moynihan

Follow the Money

Tens of millions of dollars were spent by American pro-gay marriage foundations to support the “Yes” vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum May 22. Those campaigning for a “No” vote had about $200,000 in funding available… Multinational companies like Twitter and Google have their headquarters in Ireland and they supported the ‘Yes’ campaign. —Dublin’s Archbishop […]

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Above, Joseph tells his eleven half-brothers of the dream he has just had: that the bundles of grain they have gathered together bowed to him; his brothers grow angry.

Twenty Tapestries Tell the Biblical Story of Joseph

Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574) was the second Duke of Florence from 1537 until 1569, when he became the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. An authoritarian ruler who heavily taxed his subjects and who, like his more prominent ancestors, maintained his power by employing Swiss mercenaries, he was also an important art patron. Between 1545 […]

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Don Bosco hears the confessions of his boys in his first oratory founded in Torino-Valdocco, where he began his work on April 12, 1846.

Don Bosco’s tenth successor: Recognize “The Seed of Goodness” in Each Heart

By Luca Caruso “The reason my Salesian brothers thought it right in conscience to choose me as Don Bosco’s tenth successor is part of the mystery of the life of a believer.” These are the words of the Rector Major of the Salesians, Father Angel Fernandez Artime, in a book of interviews entitled Don Bosco […]

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Cardinal Caffara

The Book Feared by Dissenters

When Walter Cardinal Kasper, the prominent German theologian, delivered a speech to the College of Cardinals in early 2014, it sent shockwaves throughout the Church. The cardinal’s speech began innocently enough, highlighting central Catholic themes on marriage and the family. Then, ever so gently, veered off course. Invoking the mercy of Christ, Cardinal Kasper suggested […]

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“From Tolerance to Totalitarianism”

The New Gnosticism of the Homosexual Movement By Robert R. Reilly Robert R. Reilly was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy (2002-2006) for the US Secretary of Defense, after which he taught at National Defense University. He was the director of the Voice of America (2001-2002) and served in the U.S. White House as a Special Assistant […]

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Chaput World Meeting of Families

Archbishop Charles Chaput: Time to “Refocus on the Basics”

In September, Archbishop Chaput will host Pope Francis in the city of Philadelphia, where a world Meeting of Families will also be Occurring. How he is preparing… By Matthew Gambino For all the opportunity the World Meeting of Families presents to strengthen families and invigorate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles Chaput is looking forward […]

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Pope Francis with Israel’s president, Shimon Perez, greets Zion Evrony, since 2012 Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See

“Pope Francis is a Friend of the Jewish Nation”

An interview with Zion Evrony, Israeli ambassador to the Holy See for the past three years Zion Evrony was born in Iran in 1949 and immigrated to Israel a year later. He has held, among other positions, the role of Israeli Consul in New York (1987- 1991), Consul General in Houston (1995- 2002), and Ambassador […]

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Food For Thought

Additional Restaurants In or Near Monuments: Part One Last November my “Food for Thought” concerned “Hostaria Nerone: A Family-Run Oasis Above the Colosseum” whose owners come from a small town in Abruzzo. This month’s and others to follow will review restaurants in or near the Eternal City’s monuments. The world’s first recorded gourmets, alias buone […]

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Conversion of Saint Paul, Caravaggio, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

The Encounter That Changes One’s Life

From the Domus Santa Marta The Words of Pope Francis “When did I encounter Jesus, or when did Jesus encounter me?” This is the question Pope Francis asked during a morning Mass meditation in April at the Domus Santa Marta. The Pope reminded his listeners how fundamental it is for every one of us to […]

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Vatican Watch: June 2015

April Tuesday 28 Pope Prays for Quake Victims, Sends Donation, Urges Solidarity Pope Francis offered his prayers to all of those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal, encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts and sent an initial donation of $100,000. More than 4,300 people were known to have been killed and an estimated […]

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Archbishop of Dijon, France, Roland Minnerath

People: June 2015

New Commission for Vatican Communications During the last meeting of the Council of Cardinals to draw up a plan for the revision of the apostolic constitution Pastor bonus on the Roman Curia (April 13-15, 2015), a report on reform of Vatican communications was examined. Pope Francis decided to create a new commission to study the […]

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Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi at the February 14 consistory and, below, on the same occasion, Francis and Benedict XVI

People: May 2015

Pope Nominates Head of Economic Affairs as Prefect of Education Congregation Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, who until now has been the president of the Holy See’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs, will be the new head of the Congregation responsible for the Vatican dicastery dedicated to Catholic education, the Vatican announced March 31. The Congregation for Catholic […]

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