- February 18, 2017
Although largely forgotten today, Italian Cardinal Antonio Samoré played a key role in notching one of the Vatican's signature diplomatic victories by preventing a war between Chile and Argentina in 1978. His legacy illustrates the key role that Vatican diplomacy has often played on the global stage.
Did President Donald Trump commit an act of heresy when he pledged "America first" in his inaugural address? Only if he meant that in a metaphysical, not a political, context, and given the setting and the man, it's entirely clear it was the latter.
The Archbishop of Westminster has defended Pope Francis's 'patience and reserve' faced with challenges over 'Amoris Laetitia,' and says its content draws from the Church's longstanding tradition of discernment and integration.
After the Church played a crucial role as mediator in negotiations that led to an agreement that President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will step down following elections to be held late this year, Catholics face a violent backlash. The leader of the Church in the DRC has issued an appeal about “the alarming security situation” in his country.
“You are left in anger, bitterness and desire for revenge, but you have embarked, with the pain inside, on the path of love to build and help the people of Bangladesh, especially young people so that they can study: this is to sow peace and I thank you, for me it is an example,” Pope Francis told family members of the Italian victims of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh.
Addressing those present in his daily morning Mass on Thursday, Francis asked them how many times they had heard someone saying “But to be a Catholic like him, better to be an atheist!”
Italy’s oldest native-born nun, Candida Bellotti, celebrated her 110th birthday with best wishes from Pope Francis. Her secret? “Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!” the nun said while celebrating the occasion at the convent where she lives in the Tuscan town of Lucca.
The Jesuits of Loyola University of Chicago have decided to use their musical talents in order to create the “Jesuit Jam 2017 Rap.” The song not only cheers on the Loyola Ramblers for their last game but also supports a fundraising event for undocumented students attending the university.
Anti-immigrant violence has risen in South Africa against a background of about 27 percent unemployment, with foreigners being accused of criminal activities and taking jobs from locals. In a country with 5 million immigrants, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference justice and peace commission calls for restraint.
The Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit. The Vatican clarified that there was no link between the anti-Francis propaganda and the Secretariat of State’s decision.
As anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and in Europe rise, the United States must commit to condemning them and enforce the law, according to Prof. Daniel Mark of Villanova University, who serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of Monsignor Luigi Giussani, founder of the Communion and Liberation movement and a cinch for a first-ballot inductee if there were a Hall of Fame for 20th century Catholicism. Twelve years on, the community he launched is still going strong.READ MORE
Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he’s concerned, there’s no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and its implications for access to Communion.READ MORE
The Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit. The Vatican clarified that there was no link between the anti-Francis propaganda and the Secretariat of State’s decision.READ MORE
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Anti-immigrant violence has risen in South Africa against a background of about 27 percent unemployment, with foreigners being accused of criminal activities and taking jobs from locals. In a country with 5 million immigrants, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference justice and peace commission calls for restraint.READ MORE
Although the media focus on “Amoris Laetitia” has been almost exclusively on its provisions for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, a theology professor at Catholic U and his wife say the whole document offers a more lasting gift for couples than what our culture emphasizes on Valentine’s Day.READ MORE