"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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For an authentically christian federalism.

22-10-2014

For an authentically christian federalism.

Back in 1938 the Swiss Catholic writer and historian Louis Gonzague Frederic Marie Maurice de Reynold de Cressier, better known as Gonzague de Reynold (1880-1970), wrote a series of articles for the Gazette of Lausanne (later published in a book entitled " The Conscience of Switzerland) in which he admonished those Gentlemen in Bern to abide by the federalist pact of the Swiss Confederation. I...

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Neurosciences.

21-10-2014

Neurosciences.

The concept of neurosciences has come to the forefront over the last few decades to indicate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human psychic activities, and which integrates different disciplines such as neurology, neurophysiology, computer sciences, philosophy of the mind, linguistics, psychology, etc. The term ‘neurosciences' projects the intention to bring the more humanistic...

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06-10-2014

A letter to the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Holy Father, Eminences, and Excellencies, We rejoice that the Holy Father has captured the world's attention and so much good will for the Christian faith! Like others we are deeply moved by his expressions of love and mercy, echoing the love and mercy of Christ, especially for those who are defenseless and abandoned. It is in this context that we welcome the decision to convene an Extraordinary...

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Indepth Study Seminar on the Appeal to Italians “A Country Bewildered and the Hope of a People” of the Cardinal Van Thuân Observatory. Rome, 3-4 October 2014

02-10-2014

Indepth Study Seminar on the Appeal to Italians “A Country Bewildered and the Hope of a People” of the Cardinal Van Thuân Observatory. Rome, 3-4 October 2014

After the public presentation of this Appeal in Rome in March 2014 and the publication of the monographic issue of the "Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church" with numerous authoritative comments, now to take place is a third stage in discussion on our Observatory's political Appeal to Italians, "A Country Bewildered and the Hope of a People" (Cantagalli, Siena 2014). During the afternoon...

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Select comments on the “Five Proposals on Laicity” in “LibertéPolitique”

01-10-2014

Select comments on the “Five Proposals on Laicity” in “LibertéPolitique”

The review "Liberté Politique", with which our Observatory is ordinarily on the same wave length, dedicated its latest issue now in circulation (n° 62, summer 2914) to the theme: "The Lay Morality, a new religion?". Published in that issue are the 5. presentations made at the Symposium "Morals and Laicity" held at Toulon on the 3rd and the 21st of February 2014. On this occasion as well we harbor...

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05-09-2014

Our Observatory's political Appeals to italians. Introduction by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi.

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03-09-2014

The attacks now underway against matrimony and the family are also the offspring of the Constitution of the Republic of Italy. Interview with Prof. Danilo Castellano.

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28-07-2014

Our Observatory’s political Appeal to italians. Editorial by S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi.

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23-07-2014

Divorce and Remarriage.

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17-07-2014

Heterologous Fecondation and the Need for Renewed Commitment.

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30-06-2014

Polygamy and Human Dignity

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The Holy Father

Lenten Message of our Holy Father Francis 2014

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Letter of Pope Francis to families 02-02-2014

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Message of Pope Francis for the Twenty-Ninth World Youth Day

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Message of Pope Francis to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum on the occasion of the annual Meeting at Davos-Klosters (Switzerland) 17-01-2014

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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the members of the Diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. 13-01-2014

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"Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace". Message of His Holiness for the celebration of the XLVII World Day of Peace. 01-01-2014

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Anno X (2014), numero 1-2, GENNAIO-GIUGNO

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A country bewildered and the hope of a people. A political appeal to Italians.

A country bewildered and the hope of a people. A political appeal to Italians. (Cantagalli 2014)

A COUNTRY BEWILDERED AND THE HOPE OF A PEOPLE. A POLITICAL APPEAL TO ITALIANS.

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