A Guiding Thread Links the Butler’s Trial With The Holy See’s International Agenda
There is more than meets the eye in the trial of His Holiness Chamber Assistant Paolo Gabriele (for aggravated theft) and the Vatican Secretariat of State computer specialist Claudio Sciarpelletti (for abetting) that has just begun in the Vatican. The case reveals a guiding thread that links the Vatican City State legal order [...]
In memory of Carlo Maria Martini, a bishop who dared
«A bishop must also dare». These are Carlo Maria Martini’s words. Cardinal, Bible scholar, Archbishop of Milan for 22 years, Carlo Maria Martini died on Friday, August 31. He was 85. His death is in some ways a milestone marking the end of an era in the Church. Many considered Martini [...]
Joseph Ratzinger, the man of Faith turns 85
Joseph Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when – in October 2003 – he gave an interview to the German Newspaper Die Tagespost. In that interview, Ratzinger issued the warning for «an unilateral academization of Theology». In Germany, Faculties of Theology are established in the State universities. [...]
Christmas according to Joseph Ratzinger
Specola Vaticana (Vatican Obsevatory) is an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See and held by Jesuits. For centuries, Jesuit Fathers went up to the telescope in the observatory in Castel Gandolfo, and from that privileged point of view they looked at the sky, trying to catch [...]
A rabbi talks with the Pope. To save the world from religious indifference
«We are witnessing a growing indifference to religion in society, which considers the issue of truth as something of an obstacle in its decision-making, and instead gives priority to utilitarian considerations. Religion is one of these foundations for a successful social life». These words Pope Benedict XVI said in Germany, after the meeting [...]
Credo. Toward the Year of Faith. From Paul VI to Benedict XVI
«Religious communities as well as parish communities, and all ecclesial bodies old and new, are to find a way, during this Year, to make a public profession of the Credo» Benedict XVI wrote these words in the apostolic letter Porta Fidei for the indiction of the year of Faith.
The Pope in Assisi. Aiming at the Year of Faith. And – maybe – a new encyclical.
Purify the faith. Benedict XVI went to Assisi – 25 years after the first meeting of world religious leaders in the town of Saint Francis – for a day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world Pilgrims of Justice, Pilgrims of peace. And – during his speech – [...]
Will the prayer save the spirit of Assisi?
What is the difference a day can make? Right after September, 11 this single question – issued for the first times during the Seventies in a song by Esther Phillips – had been made hundreds, thousands and millions of times. Was what happened in New York in September, 11 really able to change [...]