Church - 2018

Pope Paul VI. Photo by Vatican City via Wikimedia Commons

Paul VI: Witness and Teacher

ChurchAlessandro Banfi

On October 14, His Holiness Pope Francis canonized the Pope who passed through one of the most tormented periods of recent history; Pope Paul VI who, giving all of himself, was always “full of joy.”

Chiara Corbella Petrillo

Chiara Corbella Petrillo's Open Cause for Beatification

ChurchPergiorgio Greco

Chiara, a wife and mother, died in 2012 to give birth to Francesco. The gladness of her “yes” to Christ still generates fruits today. Six years from her passing, the diocese of Rome took the first step toward her beatification.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. Via Wikimedia Commons

Jean-Louis Tauran: Free to Have Faith

ChurchJean-Louis Tauran

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, passed away on July 5, 2018. In the June issue of "Traces," we published the historical speech he made Saudi-Arabia. We repropose it today.

The French President, after his talk at the Collège des Bernardins, greets some members from the community of the Arch of Jean Vanier.

The Gifts We Expect from You


Selected passages from the speech given by President Emmanuel Macron to the Bishops’ Conference of France (Collège des Bernardins, April 9, 2018). From Traces, June 2018.

'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas' by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Via Wikimedia Commons

The Primacy of Joy

ChurchStefano Alberto

On the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, we offer an annotated reading of Evangelii Gaudium to help grasp the essence his "programmatic text" and today's task for all men and women.

Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers. Photo by Jason Patinkin (VOA) via Wikimedia Commons

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

ChurchPope Francis

Today, February 23, Pope Francis' Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace invites us to remember the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan.

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent by Pieter Breugel. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis on 2018 Lent

ChurchPope Francis

"May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds." Pope Francis' Lenten message to the faithful deemed this time a "sacramental sign of our conversion."