"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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17-09-2014

Cardinal Martino: «The Synod Cannot Betray Doctrine»

By Riccardo Cascioli http://www.lanuovabq.it/   "At the Synod there will certainly be expressions and interventions that do not correspond with the doctrine of the Church, but in the end, it will not be able but to reaffirm what the Church has always said about the family." Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, a ‘veteran' of the battles on the family at the United Nations, is tranquil...

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The Catholic conception of politics by Fr. Julio Meinvielle.

11-09-2014

The Catholic conception of politics by Fr. Julio Meinvielle.

This work by the Argentinean priest Fr. Julio Meinvielle (1905-1973) has been published for the first time in Italy through the good offices of Fr. Arturo A. Ruiz Freites of the Institute of the Word Incarnate (IVE). The book itself was initially published back in 1932. Its theological approach is explicitly Thomist and the encyclical letters of Leo XIII constitute its proximate horizon. If we...

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05-09-2014

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

Now available is issue 1-2 (2014) of the "Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church" with authoritative commentary on our Observatory's Political Appeal to Italians "A Country Bewildered and the Hope of a People" (Cantagalli, Siena 2014). Please find attached the Introduction to this Appeal written by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi. In order to subscribe to the Bulletin contact...

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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.

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.

By Samuele Cecotti Blatantly evident is the attack under way against the family not only in Italy, but throughout Europe and in the western world at large. The pro-divorce mentality has by now triumphed everywhere, and making headway in both a swift and violent manner is the undermining of the selfsame principle of the heterosexuality of spouses/parents. In lawmaking assemblies as well people now...

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Divorce and Remarriage.

23-07-2014

Divorce and Remarriage.

by Robert Spaemann August 2014 The divorce statistics for modern Western societies are catastrophic. They show that marriage is no longer regarded as a new, independent reality transcending the individuality of the spouses, a reality that, at the very least, cannot be dissolved by the will of one partner alone. But can it be dissolved by the consent of both parties, or by the will of a synod or a...

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30-06-2014

Polygamy and Human Dignity

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06-06-2014

Political theology according to Massimo Borghesi. Select critical clarifications.

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03-06-2014

A Guidebook For the teaching of the Social doctrine of the Church

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13-05-2014

The common good: discernment criteria

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07-05-2014

Power, Politics, Law in Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI

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28-04-2014

On the Appeal of the Observatory: A COUNTRY LOST AND THE HOPE OF A PEOPLE Interview with Stefano Fontana, director of the Observatory.

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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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