"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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09-02-2016

The secularization of the Social Doctrine of the Church and the personalism of Maritain

On several occasions our Observatory has dealt with the theme of secularization, which has also assailed the Social Doctrine of the Church [1] . An interesting pathway for exploring this in depth would be to ask ourselves if Catholic personalism [2] may have represented a stage in this process. Applied to secularization must be the criterion suggested by Benedict XVI with respect to Vatican II, a...

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The West and the outlawing of Christianity

25-01-2016

The West and the outlawing of Christianity

Some thirty years ago the then Cardinal Ratzinger recalled how the title "Christians", which appeared for the first time in Antioch around 44 AC, had been coined by the Roman authorities to identify those persons who belonged to a gang of criminals, the followers of someone who had been condemned to death as a felon. "In this manner the title or name ‘Christian' became grounds for criminal...

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

24-12-2015

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

Dear friends of the Observatory, The most holy Nativity is fast approaching. The Infant Jesus of Bethlehem is "the First and the Last", as  we read in the book of the Apocalypse. Time passing finds its sense and fulfillment in Him. For this reason, as the Nativity approaches, and while waiting to chant the Te Deum of thanksgiving at the end of the year, with you I would like to recapitulate the...

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Wars of religion. Wars against religion. Editorial Bulletin 4 / 2015

22-12-2015

Wars of religion. Wars against religion. Editorial Bulletin 4 / 2015

Most Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi President of the Observatory   This year, 2015, was marked in Europe by two atrocious terrorist attacks of Islamic matrix. On 7 January 2015 there was the attack against Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine. On 13 November 2015 separate assaults were perpetrated at the Bataclan theater, outside the Stade de France and in three Parisian restaurants. In the...

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In Laudato si’ Pope Francis encapsulates and develops  the thrust of the social Magisterium on the ecology issue

18-12-2015

In Laudato si’ Pope Francis encapsulates and develops the thrust of the social Magisterium on the ecology issue

Presented below is the full text of the presentation delivered by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the "Kick-off seminar - Key areas for European social dialogue", held in Malta on 2-3 December 2015. Archbishop Crepaldi is the chairperson of the Caritas in veritate commission of the CECE (Council of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe).   The social teaching of the Church is very much like a...

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23-11-2015

The Family in the Teachings of Pope Francis

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18-11-2015

NOW AVAILABLE, ISSUE 3 / 2015 OF THE "BOLLETTINO DI DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA"

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12-11-2015

Most Rev. Crepaldi: "Conscientious objection, a test bench for our faith”

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12-11-2015

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace commemorates the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes

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06-11-2015

That’s enough with the inductive method. In documents let’s give God His place.

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04-11-2015

International Appeal of the Holy See to COP 21

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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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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 XI (2015), numero 4, OTTOBRE - DICEMBRE

Bulletin of Social Doctrine of the Church

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Black Book on the condition of Christians in the world

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Black Book on the condition of Christians in the world

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