"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 and the crisis of reason

15-07-2016

Martin Luther and the crisis of reason

When people speak about Martin Luther (1483-1546) they ordinarily have in mind the Protestant Reformation, that religious movement which led to the separation of a consistent part of Christianity from the Church of Rome and the constitution of the Protestant confession. Attributed to the Reformation is an important role in the formation of modern civilization, but, above and beyond any judgement...

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12-07-2016

Response to Vittorio Possenti in the debate on personalism and secularization – Analysis of “integral humanism”

Vittorio Possenti does not agree [1] with the opinion of Gianni Baget Bozzo about the Maritain of " Integral Humanism", which would have superimposed the immanent level over the transcendent level by way of "temporal reality having become identical to Grace". If Badget Bozzo was right there would be a fusion between immanence and transcendence, whereby, according to Maritain, the position between...

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APPEAL TO READERS TO SUBSCRIBE TO  THE BULLETIN OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

13-06-2016

APPEAL TO READERS TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BULLETIN OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

  Dear readers and friends of the Observatory, you who keep in touch with us by regularly visiting our website, take part in our endeavors, show interest in our publications, and attend our conferences at the Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church, I earnestly invite you to subscribe to our "Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church", our Observatory's quarterly monographic review that...

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09-06-2016

The case of associations “ill-according with Christianity and the public well-being” (RN 54). Observations on a ‘minor’ element of Rerum novarum

Most Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi   It is not always easy to distinguish between major and minor elements of a text. The perspective changes with the passing of time and what was considered major back then may well now be looked upon as minor, and just the other way around. On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of this important Leonine encyclical I would like to dwell on an aspect which, in my...

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24-05-2016

Carlo Francesco D'Agostino, faithful interpreter of Leo XIII’s socio-political programme

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17-05-2016

Intermediary social bodies in Rerum Novarum

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07-04-2016

Wars of religion. Wars against religion. Introductory Abstract.

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16-03-2016

Wars of religion, war against religion.

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10-03-2016

The Renzi administration's reform of the Cooperative Credit Banks (CCB) is dangerous and unjust. Statement of Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi President of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân on the Social Doctrine of the Church.

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29-02-2016

How much damage by catholics in politics. Interview with Archbishop Crepaldi published in the february issue of the monthly Review 'Il Timone'

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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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The Holy Father

Visit to the Joint Session of the United States Congress Thursday, 24 September 2015

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The Holy Father

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO CUBA, TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Address of the Holy Father. Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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The Holy Father

Meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America. Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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Anno XII (2016), numero 2, APRILE-GIUGNO

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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