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In memoriam: Wolfgang Waldstein (1928-2023)

The funeral of Wolfgang Waldstein, an eminent legal philosopher and exemplary Catholic, who passed away on Oct. 17, 2023, at the age of 95, was held at St. Sebastian Church in Salzburg on Oct. 31, 2023. Count Wolfganf Waldstein was born on August 27, 1928, in Hangö, Finland to a historic Bohemian family, whose members include Albrecht von Waldstein or Wallenstein, (1583-1634) the imperial army general assassinated during the Thirty Years’ War, to whom Friedrich Schiller dedicated a famous tragedy. A branch of the family…

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Wanda Półtawska (1921-2023), a Pro-Life Leader

Wanda Półtawska. one of the leading pro-life figures of the 20th century and a close collaborator of John Paul II, died in Krakow at the age of 102 on October 25, 2023. Wanda Półtawska was born in Lublin on November 2, 1921. After the German invasion of Poland, because of her involvement in the resistance, she was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Lublin Castle. After being interrogated and tortured, she was deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp on November 21, 1941, where she was…


Francis, the war and the Holy Places

There was great anticipation over the synod that opened at the Vatican on 4 October 2023, but three days later, on 7 October, international attention shifted to the Middle East, bloodied all at once by the brutal attack on Israel by Hamas. This event, preceded by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, has constituted a new factor in disturbing the delicate global equilibrium, confirming the existence of a war on the West which, at present, has its epicentre in Palestine, the land where…


The west at war

Allah Akbar! — “Allah is great!” This cry has resounded all over the world through the videos that documented the violence of Islamic militants against women, children and young people of all nationalities, massacred or kidnapped on 7 October 2023, while an avalanche of rockets beat down on Israel. The same invocation — Allah Akbar! — rang out again in the days that followed in the Arab squares and on pro-Islamic western social media, to celebrate the aggression of Hamas against Israel. It matters little that this has…