The Year of the Five Patriarchs: A Chance for Unity
Ultimately, is an upstairs/downstairs exercise. Go up a number of steps and then come down a few and meet in the middle. Tawadros II, the new Coptic-Orthodox Patriarch of Egypt, had to go up three steps during his enthronement ceremony. At every step, one of his titles was proclaimed: bishop of bishops, [...]
Benedict XVI’s Christmas Triptych
Saint Stephen, first martyr, is an example of new evangelization. Because his story «shows that the news of the proclamation does not primarily consist in practising original methods or technics (which can of course be useful), but in being full of Holy Spirit and being guided by him». These words the Pope proclaimed [...]
World diplomacy. Benedict XVI’s effort
To get back to the solidity of International law, to abandon – or at least take it in less consideration – the fickleness of diplomacy. If there is a plan, this is the one of Benedict XVI. Since the beginning of his papacy, he gave his personal impact to the Vatican diplomacy. [...]
Message for the World Day of Peace: what it is, what it would have been
There is the official Message for the World Day of Peace. And there is the message that could have been, and has not. There are Benedict XVI’s words – that in Benin «blessed» the events that have produced the «Arab springtime» and independence in Southern Sudan; and there is a message that [...]
Africa. A continent of hope. Even for the Church. Now more than ever.
The image of the hand is the perfect summary of the speech that Benedict XVI held with the government members, representative of State Institutions, Diplomatic Corps and Major Religions. Just look at the hands, and you will find out that – as Benedict XVI put it – each finger is «essential and [...]
Egypt, toward a new Exodus?
Since March 2011, nearly 100,000 Christians have emigrated from Egypt. If the emigration of Christians continues at the present rate, it could reach 250,00 by the end of 2011. The data were delivered from the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization (EHRO), and it takes the most recent picture of what is [...]