"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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A Pledge for Europe

24-04-2014

A Pledge for Europe

"Novae Terrae" Foundation http://www.novaeterrae.eu/en/ , together with several European NGOs, is proposing a pledge addressed to next European Elections candidates. Subscribers promise, if elected, to defend and promote the values of the document.   Reset Europe! I PLEDGE to stand up for and actively promote HUMAN RIGHTS in Europe as a member of the European Parliament, including Human Dignity...

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17-04-2014

A COUNTRY LOST AND THE HOPE OF A PEOPLE. Foreword by the President of the Observatory, Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi.

Here is the Foreword by the President of the Observatory, Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi   A text, an explanation   Most. Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi   In times past it would have been called an ‘Appeal'. During these our less glorious times people may well prefer to call it "Proposal". Tomorrow, with the sense of uncertainty mounting all around us, people might be inclined to call it...

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A COUNTRY LOST AND THE HOPE OF A PEOPLE. Political Appeal lo Italians of the Observatory Cardinal  Van Thuân.

15-04-2014

A COUNTRY LOST AND THE HOPE OF A PEOPLE. Political Appeal lo Italians of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân.

On this its tenth anniversary, the Observatory takes paper, pen and courage in hand, and is publishing a political Appeal to Italians with the eloquent title: A COUNTRY LOST AND THE HOPE OF A PEOPLE. The age of piecemeal fragments is over, the phase of inconclusive round table discussions has come to an end, and what is needed is an organic proposal, because Italy is losing its own identity and...

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After Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih: the situation of Christians in Pakistan is becoming even worse.

14-04-2014

After Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih: the situation of Christians in Pakistan is becoming even worse.

In the daily mass media vortex of news propounded endlessly and with no criterion of judgment whatsoever, strong and ever present is the temptation to put everything on the same level. Then again, this is typical of a relativist culture that acknowledges neither hierarchy nor scale at any level. Now, while this is understandable in light of the social context in which we live, it becomes less so...

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Politics in the “Evangelii Gaudium” of Pope Francis.

11-04-2014

Politics in the “Evangelii Gaudium” of Pope Francis.

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi Bishop of Trieste Basilica of St. John Lateran 10 April 2014   When the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis was promulgated (24 November 2013), many were those who sustained that this document would not have the characteristics proper to the social Magisterium, and the Holy Father says this explicitly in n°184: "This Exhortation is not a social...

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01-04-2014

Presentation of the V Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world by the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân. Introduction by Archbishop GiampaoloCrepaldi.

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19-03-2014

The defence of life in the Church. Conference to the Truth and Life Association.

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17-03-2014

The non negotiable Principles: why they still demand attention.

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13-01-2014

The Spanish edition of our ‘Bulletin’

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16-12-2013

The sexualist ideology of the World Health Organization dictates (its) rules, but not for us!

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12-12-2013

The Church and bioethics. Msgr. Gerhard Ludwig Müller confirms the continuity of Doctrine.

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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 IX (2013), numero 4, OTTOBRE-DICEMBRE

Bulletin of Social Doctrine of the Church

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