"Not infrequently do we feel we are losers in the modern world.
But the adventure of hope takes us beyond.
One day I found these words written on a calendar:
«The world belongs to those who love it and best know how to prove that».
How true these words are! In the heart of each person there is an infinite
thirst for love, and we can quench it with the love God has poured into our hearts."

François Xavier Nguyen van Thuân

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Martin Luther. The Dawning of Modernity

19-12-2016

Martin Luther. The Dawning of Modernity

The core thesis of this new book by Danilo Castellano is quite simply this: Luther is modernity.  Embodied in the philosophical and theological substance of the Protestant Reformation are all the principles of modernity, including the moral, political and juridical ones. The primacy of individual conscience, democracy founded on the sovereignty of the majority, the separation between State, ...

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The dictatorship of groundless ethics

16-11-2016

The dictatorship of groundless ethics

Here is the text of the speech delivered by Stefano Fontana in Trieste on Friday, 11 November 2016, to the participants at the course organized by the Medical Association on the theme: "Ethics: evolution and repercussions on the work of physicians"   ***** Ethics is the study of our deeds from the viewpoint of good and evil. It has to do with human action. Ethics concerns not what we do, but what...

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CONSCIENCE AS THE PRIMARY POLITICAL PROBLEM Observations on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s Message  to the Livatino Study Center

11-11-2016

CONSCIENCE AS THE PRIMARY POLITICAL PROBLEM Observations on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s Message to the Livatino Study Center

On the occasion of the recent conference on "Conscience without rights?" held in Rome on 21 October in the meeting hall of the Palazzo of Parliamentary Groups, the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent the Center a very meaningful message focused on the theme of the Conference, on conscience. The Cardinal's words are to be considered in depth and accorded due value insofar as they...

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The metaphysics of being and the Social Doctrine of the Church  Montefiascone, 7 November 2016

10-11-2016

The metaphysics of being and the Social Doctrine of the Church Montefiascone, 7 November 2016

It is a pleasure for me to open this Conference on "The Reasons of the Common Good" in the seminary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word here in Montefiascone. I do so first of all by thanking all those who worked so hard so it could take place, and expressing gratitude to our host, the Institute of the Incarnate Word. I know how important the reference to St. Thomas Aquinas is for this...

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23-12-2016

Message on the occasion of Christmas and gift for friends of the Observatory

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03-11-2016

Conscientious objection may be exercised even if no law says so. Judge Giacomo Rocchi: synopsis of the recent symposium held by the Livatino Study Center.

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17-10-2016

Neusner and that Jesus, who was “too much” for a Hebrew

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30-09-2016

PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE, BECAUSE PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE The new book by Stefano Fontana

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06-09-2016

XLIV annual symposium of “Instaurare omnia in Christo”. Interview with Prof. Miguel Ayuso.

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01-09-2016

The Protestant Reformation and Jubilee Years

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The Holy Father

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS ACCREDITED TO THE HOLY SEE

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The Holy Father

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTIETH WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017

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Cardinal Van Thuân Observatory

Life and Family. Pope Francis’s 2016 Teachings.

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Cardinal Van Thuân Observatory

Life and Family. Pope Francis’s 2015 Teachings.

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The Church in the World

‘Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography’ 11-11-2015

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The Holy Father

Meeting with the Members of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization. Friday, 25 September 2015

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Anno XII (2016), numero 4, OTTOBRE - DICEMBRE

Bulletin of Social Doctrine of the Church

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The New Wars of Religion.

The New Wars of Religion. (Cantagalli 2015)

THE NEW WARS OF RELIGION.

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