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St. Evaristus — Pope, Martyr

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St. Evaristus succeeded St Clement in the See of Rome during the reign of Trajan and governed the Church for about eight years, as the fourth successor of St. Peter. The Liber Pontificalis says that he was the son of a Hellenic Jew of Bethlehem. In his first epistle addressed to the bishops of Africa, […]

Schedule for Papal Prayer Vigil
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Schedule for Papal Prayer Vigil

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Here is the schedule for the papal prayer vigil [as of Friday evening]. 5:45 pm (Rome time) — About 50 priests will begin hearing confession in designated areas under the Bernini colonnades. Pope Francis has asked that the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) be made available throughout the evening because “true peace springs from a heart that […]

Pope Francis Calls for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on Saturday
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Pope Francis Calls for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on Saturday

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“Do you fast? Then feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick, do not forget the imprisoned, have pity on the tortured, comfort those who grieve and who weep, be merciful, humble, kind, calm, patient, sympathetic, forgiving, reverent, truthful and pious, so that God might accept your fasting and might plentifully grant […]

Francis and Benedict: Brothers in Humility
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Francis and Benedict: Brothers in Humility

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The present and former Pope met yesterday (March 24), in a moment without precedent. And the words which remain are the ones spoken by Pope Francis to Benedict: “We are brothers.” As Nicole Winfield put it in her comprehensive Associated Press dispatch article: “The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference […]

My Brother Andrew
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My Brother Andrew

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The key thing that Pope Francis did yesterday was to greet Patriarch Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, based in Constantinople, as “my brother Andrew.” Now, Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. They were fishermen together on the Sea of Galilee, 2,000 years ago. So Pope […]

Protect
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Protect

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Yesterday a new pontificate officially began. The essential message in the homily given by Pope Francis to open his pontificate draws on the work and image of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, head of the Holy Family. And that message is to “protect.” This message is important at a time when the figure of the […]

To Mary
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To Mary

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March 14, 2013, Thursday – To Mary Today Pope Francis, on the first day after his election, did four remarkable things, and did not do a fifth. 1. Mary. At about 8 a.m., he slipped out of the Vatican in a single, unmarked black car — a Volkswagen, not a Mercedes — without an escort, and […]

Silence
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Silence

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March 6, 2013, Wednesday – Silence Silence, of a sort, has descended over the meeting of the cardinals in the lead-up to the Conclave. The American cardinals today canceled their scheduled press conference at the North American College — the NAC, as it is called, on the Janiculum Hill just above the Vatican. Cardinal Timothy […]

Angelus and Cappucino -- Tracing the Blackmail Story
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Angelus and Cappucino — Tracing the Blackmail Story

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February 24, 2013, Sunday – Angelus “The Lord is calling me ‘out to the mountain’ to devote more time to prayer and meditation, but this does not mean I’m abandoning the Church.” –Pope Benedict XVI, in his final Sunday Angelus address as Pope, at noon [Feb. 24] in St. Peter’s Square The Sun Broke Through at […]

The Vatican Responds to Blackmail Allegation
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The Vatican Responds to Blackmail Allegation

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“[N]ews reports abound which are often unverified or unverifiable, or completely false…” –Communique this morning from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, released at the Vatican Press Office The Vatican Speaks Out Evidently concerned that the upcoming papal conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI (the conclave is now expected to be held between […]

Were Italian Journalist's Blackmail Allegations Baseless?
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Were Italian Journalist’s Blackmail Allegations Baseless?

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“…As we grow older the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated…” –T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets, East Coker The Witnesses Last night, my phone rang twice, just before 3 in the morning. In the morning, I found three emails from the same person, a priest I know. He called again this morning. He wanted […]

Italian Press Alleges Curia Blackmail
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Italian Press Alleges Curia Blackmail

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“Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate” – Psalm 143:4. The Secret Report Given to the Pope on December 17 Today a veil of secrecy was shredded in this eternal city. Today therefore marked the beginning of a difficult, important struggle for the purification of the government of the […]

Without a Script: The Professor Pope from the Heart on Vat.II and the Church
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Without a Script: The Professor Pope from the Heart on Vat.II and the Church

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“Only a permanent formation of the heart and mind can actually create intelligibility and participation which is more than one external activity, which is an entering of the person, of his or her being into communion with the Church and thus in fellowship with Christ.”—Pope Benedict XVI this morning, in his annual address to the […]

Benedict's Unfolding Spiritual Testament
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Benedict’s Unfolding Spiritual Testament

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“While the Lord continues to raise up examples of radical conversion, like Pavel Florensky, Etty Hillesum and Dorothy Day, he also constantly challenges those who have been raised in the faith to deeper conversion.”—Pope Benedict XVI, at his next-to-last General Audience, this morning in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City Benedict Reaches Out […]

Vatican and Global Financial Contexts of Pope's Resignation
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Vatican and Global Financial Contexts of Pope’s Resignation

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Today the Vatican announced that its ability to process credit card transactions, interrupted since January 1 by a decision of the Bank of Italy, had been restored. The renewed access to international financial networks comes one day after Pope Benedict announced that he will step down from his office as successor of Peter on February […]

Top Ten People of 2012 and One "Man of the Year"
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Top Ten People of 2012 and One “Man of the Year”

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Each year, Inside the Vatican magazine chooses 10 people we believe are examples of great courage, fidelity to the Church and heroic Christian charity. Our choice for “Person of the Year”: Pope Benedict XVI. He passed through the crucible of the “Vatileaks” scandal and continued to preach the Gospel, in season and out of season… […]

Pope in Financial Times: "No Bowing to False Gods"
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Pope in Financial Times: “No Bowing to False Gods”

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A Pope in the pages of an ordinary newspaper? As a columnist? Never happened before. But it happened yesterday. Pope Benedict was asked by the Financial Times of London to write a brief essay for them related to his new book on Jesus, and he agreed. His essential message to London and the world: do […]

Cardinals Vote Unanimously in Favor of Paul VI's Canonization
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Cardinals Vote Unanimously in Favor of Paul VI’s Canonization

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The cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave the “go ahead” on December 10 for Paul VI’s beatification, Italian Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli reported on his Vatican Insider website on December 14. “The late Pope’s Positio – the collection of documents used in the process by which a person is […]

Substitute Vatican Sec. of State Discusses Leaks' Impact on Pope
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Substitute Vatican Sec. of State Discusses Leaks’ Impact on Pope

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Pope Benedict is said to be “saddened” by the discovery that one of his closest aides, Paolo Gabriele, 46, his valet or butler, has betrayed his trust, copying and disseminating secret Vatican documents from the Pope’s own apartments. Some in Rome are concerned that the emotional strain of these events could harm the health of […]

Despite Reports, "No Cardinals Under Suspicion"
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Despite Reports, “No Cardinals Under Suspicion”

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No cardinal is under suspicion of being the mastermind behind the “Vatileaks” affair which is rocking Rome, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., the Pope’s spokesman, told journalists in the Vatican Press Office shortly after noon today. Nor has the Pope constituted a special team of lay investigators, led by a woman, to look into the case […]

Remembered Today in Rome: Fr. Vincent Capodanno, American Marine
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Remembered Today in Rome: Fr. Vincent Capodanno, American Marine

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“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – Gospel of St. John, 15:13 There are some men who sum up the character of a nation. One such man was Vincent Robert Capodanno. Capodanno represented what was best about America, and now those who remember him would […]

"Pro Multis"
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“Pro Multis”

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“Qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur.” —The words of the consecration of the wine in the Mass, meaning literally “(my blood) which is poured out for you and for many” “But when He added pro multis He wanted that there be understood the rest of those chosen (electos) from the Jews or from the […]

Rome on Palm Sunday: A Day of Joy
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Rome on Palm Sunday: A Day of Joy

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“So it is ourselves that we must spread under Christ’s feet, not coats or lifeless branches or shoots of trees, matter which wastes away and delights the eye only for a few brief hours. “But we have clothed ourselves with Christ’s grace, or with the whole Christ … so let us spread ourselves like coats […]

Rome in Lent: Like a Mist
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Rome in Lent: Like a Mist

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A quiet time in Rome, the end of February. A time of silence. This evening in a completely empty and silent Vatican, I had the rare experience of running into a little child inside the city. He was walking with his father near the back of the basilica. The child’s mother, a member of the […]

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