"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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PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE, BECAUSE PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE  The new book by Stefano Fontana

30-09-2016

PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE, BECAUSE PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE The new book by Stefano Fontana

Now available in bookshops is the new book by Stefano Fontana: "Filosofia per tutti. Una breve storia del pensiero da Socrate a Ratzinger" [ Philosophy for everyone. A brief history of thought from Socrates to Ratzinger] (Edizioni Fede & Cultura, Verona 2016). This is a "two hundred thousand" character presentation of the history of human thought in very simple and straightforward language. In...

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XLIV annual symposium of  “Instaurare omnia in Christo”. Interview with Prof. Miguel Ayuso.

06-09-2016

XLIV annual symposium of “Instaurare omnia in Christo”. Interview with Prof. Miguel Ayuso.

Held on 18 August last at the Sanctuary of La Madonna di Strada in Fanna was the XLIV annual symposium of   "Instaurare omnia in Christo" , a Catholic periodical headed by Danilo Castellano, professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Udine. Present among the speakers was the Spaniard Miguel Ayuso, president of the International Union of Catholic Jurists, who delivered a talk on "The...

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01-09-2016

The Protestant Reformation and Jubilee Years

2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which will reach its apex on 31 October, the date in1517 when, according to tradition, Martin Luther's 95 theses on the efficacy of indulgences were nailed to the main door of the church of the castle of Wittenberg The Catholic world is also preparing for this event, and a case in point is the publication in Italy as well of...

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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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13-06-2016

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

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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

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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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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 3, LUGLIO - SETTEMBRE

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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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