"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 dictatorship of groundless ethics

16-11-2016

The dictatorship of groundless ethics

Here is the text of the speech delivered by Stefano Fontana in Trieste on Friday, 11 November 2016, to the participants at the course organized by the Medical Association on the theme: "Ethics: evolution and repercussions on the work of physicians"   ***** Ethics is the study of our deeds from the viewpoint of good and evil. It has to do with human action. Ethics concerns not what we do, but what...

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CONSCIENCE AS THE PRIMARY POLITICAL PROBLEM Observations on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s Message  to the Livatino Study Center

11-11-2016

CONSCIENCE AS THE PRIMARY POLITICAL PROBLEM Observations on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s Message to the Livatino Study Center

On the occasion of the recent conference on "Conscience without rights?" held in Rome on 21 October in the meeting hall of the Palazzo of Parliamentary Groups, the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent the Center a very meaningful message focused on the theme of the Conference, on conscience. The Cardinal's words are to be considered in depth and accorded due value insofar as they...

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The metaphysics of being and the Social Doctrine of the Church  Montefiascone, 7 November 2016

10-11-2016

The metaphysics of being and the Social Doctrine of the Church Montefiascone, 7 November 2016

It is a pleasure for me to open this Conference on "The Reasons of the Common Good" in the seminary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word here in Montefiascone. I do so first of all by thanking all those who worked so hard so it could take place, and expressing gratitude to our host, the Institute of the Incarnate Word. I know how important the reference to St. Thomas Aquinas is for this...

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Conscientious objection may be exercised even if no law says so. Judge Giacomo Rocchi: synopsis of the recent symposium held by the Livatino Study Center.

03-11-2016

Conscientious objection may be exercised even if no law says so. Judge Giacomo Rocchi: synopsis of the recent symposium held by the Livatino Study Center.

Held at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome on 21 October last was a symposium of the Livatino Study Center on the theme: "Conscience without rights". We interviewed one of the speakers, Mr. Giacomo Rocchi, a judge at the Court of Cassation.   Mr Rocchi, could you give us an overview of what emerged during the Livatino Study Center's recent symposium held in Rome? In his presentation Rosario Livatino...

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17-10-2016

Neusner and that Jesus, who was “too much” for a Hebrew

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30-09-2016

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

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06-09-2016

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

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01-09-2016

The Protestant Reformation and Jubilee Years

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15-07-2016

Martin Luther and the crisis of reason

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12-07-2016

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

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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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