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Is the Corona Virus “the black swan” of 2020?

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 25 march 2020)

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a rare bird, of Australian origin, which takes its name from the colour of its plumage. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a financial analyst and former Wall Street trader, in his book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, (Random House, New York, 2007) chose this metaphor to explain the existence of unexpected, catastrophic events that could turn collective life upside down. leggi tutto

Is Timur at the gates?

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 18 march 2020)
The most terrible figure of the calamitous 14th century was perhaps Timur, a ferocious and implacable conqueror, called “The Terror of the World”. He devastated Asia from Syria and Turkey, even reaching the borders of China, from Moscow to Delhi. He came from a Turkish-Mongolian tribe in Uzbekistan and proclaimed himself heir and continuer of Genghis Khan. He is buried at Samarkand, the capital of his empire, on the Silk Road, the ancient commercial route, connecting China to the Mediterranean.

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Is the Corona Virus a Divine Punishment? A Video Conference

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 12 march 2020)
New scenarios in the Coronavirus era. Is Coronavirus a divine punishment? Political, historical and theological considerations

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How St. Charles Borromeo braved the epidemic of his time

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 04 march 2020)
St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), Cardinal of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Milan from 1565 to 1583, was described in the decree for his canonization, as “a man, even while the world smiles on him with the utmost flattery, he lives crucified to the world, spiritually, trampling earthly things, seeking continuously the things of heaven, emulating the life of the Angels on earth, in his thoughts and actions. (Paolo V, Bolla « Unigenitus » del 1 Nov. 1610).

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Coronavirus and the Church: How one sainted pope handled plague

(Roberto de Mattei, Life Site News, 25 february 2020)

An aura of mystery surrounds the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, as we don’t know either its origins or the real data of its diffusion, nor of its possible consequences. What we do know however, is that pandemics have always been considered as Divine chastisements in history and the sole remedy the Church took against them was prayer and penance. leggi tutto

The Conversion of the Jew Alphonse Ratisbonne

(Roberto de Mattei, The Remnant, 19 february 2020)

According to traditional Catholic theology, there is an intimate and profound relationship between the Blessed Mother and the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. By the will of God, the universal mediation of Mary is ordinarily necessary for the salvation and sanctification of men, just as the mediation of the Church is also necessary. And, if the Church has been entrusted with the task of guarding and spreading the truths of the faith in their integrity and purity, the Blessed Mother has been given the mission of fighting and conquering the devil, the supreme inspirer and advocate of all errors and heresies.[1]

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Querida Amazonia: the consequences of the ‘turning point’ that never was

(Roberto de Mattei, Rorate Caeli, 13 february 2020)

A temporary halt on “viri probati”; the flop of the Amazon Synod; open conflict with the Amazonian-Germanic bishops. These three points are contained in the dynamic initiated by Pope Francis’ Post-Synod Exhortation Querida Amazonua, presented on February 12th 2020.* There has been a great deal of suspenseful buildup around this Papal Exhortation, which put the final seal on the Amazon Synod, held in Rome from October 6th to 27th , 2019.** Both the Instrumentum Laboris (June 17th 2019) *** and the final document of October 26th proposed a new pantheistic cosmology expressed in the statue of the Pachamama, venerated in the Vatican Gardens and carried in procession into St. Peter’s, before being thrown into the Tiber by Alexander Tschugguel. leggi tutto