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Popes

 

The relevance of some reflections by Karol Wojtyła for understanding Amoris Laetitia: creative fidelity

An important debate took place in Krakow on December 16th and 17th, 1970. Archbishop Karol Wojtyła had just finished a dense book that, among other ...

A thirty-year long embrace

“Every time that he thought of that embrace, he did so with great pride and satisfaction”: with these words Lia Toaff recalls the fascinating stories ...

The beginning of faith

Benedict XVI gave an interview to Jacques Servais which was then published in the Book Per mezzo della fede, edited by Jesuit Daniele Libanori (Cinisello ...

In true earth

“For many years there has been a standing appointment for so many who garnered affection, gratitude and esteem for Paul VI to return on this ...

A Bavarian celebration

It was a Bavarian celebration for Benedict XVI's birthday. A group of traditionally-dressed Gebirgsschützen from Bavaria came to the Pope emeritus' residence, the Mater Ecclesiae ...

The poet of theologians and the theologian of poets

Paul VIoften asked his private secretary, Msgr Pasquale Macchi, to read aloud to him either a canto from Dante’s Divine Comedy or a chapter from ...

The interior renewal of man

The following is a translation of Pope Paul VI's address at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 9 May 1973. Today there is ...

​Remembering the first Mass in Italian in the Parish of Ognissanti

On Saturday, 7 March, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Parish of Ognissanti in Rome: the same church where, exactly 50 years ago, Paul VI ...

Speaking for the living and the dead

In his address to the Diplomatic Corps, Pope Francis quoted Paul VI's address during his visit to the General Assembly of the United Nations on ...

Under the Roman sun

Paul VI is blessed. Pope Francis beatified him on Sunday, 19 October. This proclamation to the world was accompanied by a loud hymn of joy ...

Calming the perfect storm

Karol Wojtyła, the man who became St John Paul II, regularly escaped from two of the worst totalitarian regimes in history: German Nazism, and later, ...

The courage of the Brigettines

The subject of the plight of Jews in Rome during World War II continues to excite much interest, often generating more heat than light. The ...

On the path laid out by Pope Roncalli

Two weeks before Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, the Knesset, Israeli Parliament, sent a message of friendship to Christians honouring the memory of ...

Paul VI to be beatified on 19 October

Paul VI will be beatified on 19 October in the Vatican at the end of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod dedicated to the ...

Roncalli and Wojtyła's paths in Asia

Asia is the cradle of all major religions; Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Islam, Shintoism and Sikhism. God sent his Prophets and ...

The Africa of Roncalli and Wojtyła

African pilgrims, in great numbers, will be among the five million expected at St Peter’s square and its environs for the canonization of two of ...

Men who loved God’s Chosen People

As the world prepares for the canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II on Sunday, 27 April, let us recall the unique ...

In harmony with young people

On the evening of 2 April 2005, Blessed John Paul II’s earthly pilgrimage came to an end, thus concluding the long pontificate of the first ...

What good news for the modern man

The provisions of the Liturgy Constitution on the use of vernacular liturgical translations produced excitement and high expectations. What did this decision really mean? Where ...

Like the blow of a plough

Fifty years ago on 4 January 1964, Paul VI's visit to the Holy Land began, and then concluded on the evening of the Epiphany with ...

Two icons and a question

On Thursday morning, October 31, Pope Francis celebrated the Holy Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in the chapel of St Sebastian, ...

A sign more than a slip of the tongue

“The Lord has provided that, after centuries of waiting, a Pope who would take the name of Francis would extend the liturgical cult in honour ...

Pilgrims of communication

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Vatican Television Centre (CTV), Pope Francis send a message to the Director, Mgsr Dario Edoardo Viganò, which was read ...

Pope Pius XII arrives on the Social Network

The Pope's razor, as we all know, is not just any old razor. It always receives pride of place whenever it appears in newspaper columns. ...

Three Popes in Assisi

The day of prayer held in Assisi on 27 October 1986 was undoubtedly one of the most memorable events of the pontificate of Pope John ...

A man like yourselves

On 4 October 1965 Paul VI travelled to New York for the General Assembly of the United Nations to speak to the world's representatives. The ...

From red to white

Widespread opinion has it that the white cassock the pope wears every day was introduced by Pope Pius V (1566-1572) recalling his life in the ...

Four weeks and a few precious crumbs

Albino Luciani, Patriarch of Venice — elected in 24 hours on 26 August 1978, the second day of the Conclave — chose the name John ...

Washington sends reparation for the bombing on Pius XII's refugees

Myron C. Taylor, personal representative of the President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Holy See, beginning in 1939, published the correspondence ...

The Holy Father prays at Paul vi’s tomb

Alone, absorbed in intense prayer at his predecessor’s tomb. It was in this way that Pope Francis wished to pay homage to Pope Paul VI ...

Mysticism and modernity

The following is the translation of an article that came out in the 29-30 June 2013 issue of the French newspaper “la Croix” . Among ...

Sister Poverty and Sister Economy

“A poor Church for the poor”: an expression both simple and impressive that Pope Francis has continuously repeated from the very beginning of his pontificate. ...

Pius XII and the scourge of war

The United States Air Force bombed Rome on 19 July 1943. Fr Egidio Picucci has brought to life that Monday, 70 years ago when the ...

In Rio, the inventor of WYD

Following Madrid, the “inventor” of WYD will also be present in a certain way in Rio de Janeiro: as of last Sunday Blessed John Paul ...

Like a bridge

If a bridge is the best image to show how the extraordinary text of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei serves to connect the Pontificates of Benedict ...

Two exemplary Christians

On Friday morning, 5 July, Pope Francis approved the votes in favour of the Canonization of Blessed John XXIII, from the ordinary session of cardinals ...

John XXIII and John Paul II

John XXIII and John Paul II “have two points of common reference: the Council, as an event of the Gospel of charity and of peace, ...

Montini

Giovanni Battista Montini was elected pope on 21 June 1963. In the late morning of that summer day, St Peter’s Square was bathed in sunlight ...

The Transfiguration

Four days after the death of Paul VI, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrated Mass for the late Pontiff in the ...

A ring that passes from hand to hand

On 13 March 2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope and — as he himself told the journalists with whom ...

Pope Francis prays in front of John Paul II's tomb

On Tuesday evening, 2 April, Pope Francis prayed in front of John Paul II's tomb on the eighth anniversary of his death. After the Basilica ...

A simple and moving telephone call

A simple, moving gesture: last Monday, at 6:30 p.m., the telephone rang at Ca’ Maitino di Sotto il Monte, John XXIII's summer residence, where today ...

In fidelity to the Gospel

Today, 21 March, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, Primate of the Anglican Communion, presided at his Enthronement. Numerous Catholic bishops were present including Cardinal Cormac ...

Special edition

Immediately following the announcement of the election of the Pope, L'Osservatore Romano came out with a special edition with the picture of the Pontiff on ...

Peter’s answer

The first words of the Successor of Peter, the first of the Apostles, were an answer, the answer required of him to accept his election ...

HABEMUS PAPAM

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum Habemus Papam Georgium Marium Bergoglio qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum

History must not be abused

The Vatican, finance and Fascism — all, of course, seasoned with secrecy — are the appetizing ingredients of the supposed scoop in The Guardian , ...

The Pope’s dollars against Hitler

This is an unknown history that obliges us to chart new financial statements. A story of espionage, secret contacts, highly sensitive documents — which have ...

From the past to the future beside the migrant population

“The importance of the Constitution Exsul Familia 60 years after its promulgation” is the topic of the discourse that Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, Presidente of ...

Instructions for use for preachers and confessors

Gregory VII's pontificate was both significant and difficult and in the end was seen by the Pope as a defeat. It was a pontificate marked ...

Like a football match

“When there is a football match” - wrote Mons. Albino Luciani in April 1962 explaining to the faithful of his diocese the meaning of the ...

All thanks to God

“A very great emotion”. This was the unmistakable feeling of Archbishop Loris Capovilla, former secretary of John XXIII, who relived on television the historic evening ...

From the Vatican train station he set off on the train

On 2 October 1962 there was a kind of surprise on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano which announced a visit by John XXIII: "On ...

The heritage of Albino Luciani on the centenary of his birth

For the Catholic Church the summer of 1978 was not just an ordinary summer. Indeed Paul VI died on 6 August, after a 15-year Pontificate. ...

Yad Vashem defendes the caption on Pius XII

Concerning the change in the caption beside a photograph of Pius XII at Yad Vashem the Management of the Sacred Holocaust History Museum has criticised ...

With what coloured spectacles is man's destiny read?

In the newspaper today we are publishing excerpts from the homily that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, delivered in the afternoon of 12 June ...

A Pope of dialogue

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran reminisced over John Paul II’s vision of interreligious dialogue at a conference held on Tuesday evening, 8 May. The meeting was part ...

My carriage for the Pope

“The death of Countess Teresa Spaur, whose name may perhaps be remembered in connection with that of His Holiness [Pius IX], died in Vienna”, The ...

The Council's last document

The Pope felt the Second Vatican Council bore “traces of Pentecost” and was a great gift to the Church since it represented a reliable compass ...

Mud on Paul VI

After an address given by Paul VI on 27 September 1975 (cf. article published in the daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano on 26 November, p. ...

The vast and rich heritage that he left us

The "vast and rich heritage" left by John Paul II to the Church and the world was remembered by Benedict XVI in his Discourse to ...

Bears and gazelles in Leo XIII's zoo

“Except that the two unicorns can't be seen”: perhaps the schoolchildren also expected these to appear – as in the Noah's Ark set to music ...

Mission in Croatia on behalf of Pius XII

While the Second World War was blazing on the European continent, Benedictine abott, Monsignor Giuseppe Ramiro Marcone, was sent, in the summer of 1941, by ...

Every evening we bless this our City

The relationship between Paul VI, his diocese of Rome and Cardinal Vicar Ugo Poletti are worthy of special attention. In a note sent to the ...

Giovanni Battista Montini, Montserrat and Benedictine spirituality

“The news of Montserrat delights me and edifies me: in omnem terram exivit sonus eorum! This is the function of similar centres of most high ...

Inauguration of foyer and path dedicated to John Paul II

“ Affectionate remembrance of the victims” of the massacre last Friday in Oslo and on the Norwegian Island of Utøya due to the criminal attack ...

Forty years at the service of the pastoral charitable works of the Church

Paul VI: The Foundation On July 15, 1971, through the Apostolic Letter Amoris Officio , Pope Paul VI established the Pontifical Council Cor Unum . ...

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