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Father Raniero Cantalamessa

Father Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin Catholic Priest. Born in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, 22 July 1934, ordained priest in 1958. Divinity Doctor (Fribourg 1962) and Doctor in classical literature (Milan 1966). Former Ordinary Professor of History of Ancient Christianity and Director of the Department of Religious Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan. Member of the International Theological Commission (1975-1981) and for 12 years member of the Catholic Delegation for the dialogue with the Pentecostal Churches. [...]

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Preacher to the Papal Household

The Preacher to the Papal Household (Concionator Domus Pontificalis), formerly known as the Apostolic Preacher, is the preacher chosen by the Supreme Pontiff to deliver a sermon on designated days in the presence of the Pope, the Cardinals, Bishops and Prelates of the Roman Curia, and the Superiors and General Procurators and other members of the Papal Household. Since Advent 1995, by order of John Paul II, a few women religious and laywomen who work in the Vatican have also been admitted to the sermon. [...]

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“BORN OF A WOMAN” - Third Meditation for Advent 2021

Friday December 17th, 2021


“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman.” In this final meditation, I would like to focus on the meaning and the importance of this last phrase “born of a woman”, especially because of its relevance to the solemnity of Christmas which we are preparing to celebrate. In[...]

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“GOD SENT INTO OUR HEARTS THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON” - Second Meditation for Advent 2021

Friday December 10th, 2021

In 1882, the archaeologist William M. Ramsay discovered an ancient Greek inscription at Hieropolis in Phrygia. The artifact was donated by Sultan Abdul Hamid to Pope Leo XIII in 1892, on the occasion of his jubilee. From the Lateran Museum, it later passed to the Pius-Christian Museum. The epitaph – described by historians as “the[...]

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Friday December 3rd, 2021

Last Lent I tried to shed some light on the danger of living “etsi Christus non daretur,” that is, “as if Christ had never existed.” Continuing this line of thought, in this year’s Advent meditations I would like to call attention to another analogous danger: that of living “as if the Church were nothing more[...]

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