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The significance of the Consecration of 25 March and its consequences

What is the significance of the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, made by Pope Francis at St Peter’s on 25 March 2022? In the apparition of 13 July 1917 in Fatima, Our Lady announced to the three little shepherds, “I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.” In a subsequent private revelation to Sister Lucia, which took place on 13 June 1929 at the monastery…

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The slaughter of the innocents in Ukraine and Europe

The war that the Russian President Putin has waged in the heart of Europe is intensifying with its burden of pain and death. The Corriere della Sera of 10 March dedicated its first page to the destruction of the Mariupol hospital, showing maternity and paediatric wards bombed by the Russians. The images of the effects of the missile operation were tragically articulate. Videos were shared in WhatsApp, Telegram and Viper groups. The shockwaves caused by the missiles went through the hospital from side to side, the walls…

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Russia’s War and the Message of Fatima

The Fatima message, interpretive key for our time   The message of Fatima is the key to interpreting the dramatic events of the last two years, and in particular what is happening in Ukraine.   It is understandable that this perspective should be foreign to the contemporary man immersed in relativism, but what is most striking is the blindness of so many Catholics, incapable of rising to those heights which are the only ones that allow us to understand events in the dramatic hours of…

Ucraina: radici e conseguenze della crisi

Ukraine: roots and consequences of the crisis

Will the media “show” between Biden and Putin result in a real war between Russia and Ukraine, destined to involve Europe as well? Everything is possible, in the era of the unforeseeable. In this case it would be a matter not of a civil war within Ukraine but of an international conflict that would see Russia face off against the West. However, the two contenders have no interest in a military confrontation of this kind, unless the overdone bluster gives way to an unexpected event…

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In honor of Ukraine and of Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, at the 130th anniversary of his birth (1892-2022)

There are men who embody the deepest virtues and values of a people. Such was Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, major archbishop of Halych and Lviv of the Ukrainians, the 130th anniversary of whose birth is being celebrated just as his homeland is experiencing an enormous new tragedy. ​Born on February 17 1892 in Zazdrist, western Ukraine, at the age of nineteen Josyf Slipyj entered the seminary of Lviv, where he was ordained a priest on September 30 1917 and then sent to Rome to complete his studies…

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Modernists of yesterday and today

At present, I am rereading a beautiful novel, Le Démon de midi by Paul Bourget, who lived between 1852 and 1935, and was the author of many books. Le Démon de midi (“The Noonday Devil”), published in 1914 and recently reprinted in Italian by publisher, Marco Solfanelli, is in my opinion the most beautiful. The narrative is set in the years of the modernist crisis and follows two characters: a traditionalist intellectual and a modernist priest, both of whom succumb, by different means, to the temptations of the “noonday devil” –…

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The virtue of confidence in times of confusion

Perhaps the most necessary virtue in times of confusion is the supernatural virtue of hope, which lifts one’s gaze to heaven – with the desire to obtain it. Hope removes us from the tumult of the world and “verticalises” our soul, so to speak; communicating to it the sense of eternity that allows us to judge the things of the world from above. The most perfect form of hope is trust – or confidence – in God, which St Thomas defines as spes roborata – “a hope…