"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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The theology of Karl Rahner and the euthanasia of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Let’s begin a discussion about Rahner’s theology.

06-04-2017

The theology of Karl Rahner and the euthanasia of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Let’s begin a discussion about Rahner’s theology.

Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi wrote the following words in the book "The Social Doctrine of the Church. Taking stock ten years after the Compendium (2004-2014)": "As I see it, the most influential school of thought for the criticism of the Social Doctrine of the Church is that of Karl Rahner. If we take a close look, many of the theologians who later launched criticism and elaborated trajectories...

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The bill on the end of life now under discussion is not acceptable  Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, President of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân

05-04-2017

The bill on the end of life now under discussion is not acceptable Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, President of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân

Our Observatory is keeping a very close eye on parliamentary proceedings regarding the so-called bill on "Advanced Health Care Dispositions", and hence on the "end of life". In the speech delivered on March 20 last, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, used very clear language when addressing the ethical issue of euthanasia in general and the bill now under...

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Compulsory evil. New totalitarianism and distracted catholics.

10-03-2017

Compulsory evil. New totalitarianism and distracted catholics.

The entry into force of a law in France that will penalize anyone who seeks via Internet to dissuade women from abortion is a new sign that the threshold of totalitarianism has been crossed. This threshold is crossed when national legislation not only permits evil, but also makes it compulsory and considers doing good to be a crime; when national legislation not only admits deviations from...

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Matrimony, Eucharist and the social Doctrine of the Church

28-02-2017

Matrimony, Eucharist and the social Doctrine of the Church

There is a very close bond between the sacraments of Matrimony and the Eucharist on one hand, and the Social Doctrine of the Church on the other. This may seem a strange relationship when considering that the first ambit has to do with the sacramental life in the Church, while the second has to do with commitment in society and politics. These two dimensions, however, are not extraneous to one...

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Migration, the Common Good and the Social Doctrine of the Church. Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world.

17-02-2017

Migration, the Common Good and the Social Doctrine of the Church. Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world.

Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân   Rome, Sala Marconi at Vatican Radio, 15 February 2017   The annual publication of  the Observatory's Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world has by now become a flagship appointment for all those who harbour...

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07-02-2017

The importance of Doctrine for Catholics active in Politics.

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24-01-2017

The chaos of migration, the migration of chaos.

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20-01-2017

Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church Staggia Senese – 18 January 2017. Presentation of the Academy

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23-12-2016

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

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19-12-2016

Martin Luther. The Dawning of Modernity

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16-11-2016

The dictatorship of groundless ethics

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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 chaos of migration, the migration of chaos. VIII Report on the Social Doctrine in the World.

The chaos of migration, the migration of chaos. VIII Report on the Social Doctrine in the World. ( )

THE CHAOS OF MIGRATION, THE MIGRATION OF CHAOS. VIII REPORT ON THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE IN THE WORLD.

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