In what turned out to be his last public homily, delivered three days before he died, Cardinal Pell referred to the “heritage of Wojtyla and Ratzinger.” In addition to being courageous teachers of the Catholic faith, they were, Pell said, also “Europeans, examples of men with profound knowledge of the high culture of the Western world.”
In four short years, the spirit of reform ushered in by Mikhail Gorbachev tore down one of the most totalitarian constructs in modern human history and allowed for the healing of scars that had marred an entire continent for decades.
Almost a century old, she still took a vivid interest in my philosophical works and in the events, joys, and sufferings of my life. During her last years, the closer she came to eternal life, the kinder and more patient she became, more filled with that deep charity of which her husband had written so insightfully.
Throughout his life, Stefan Zweig promoted the idea of a peaceful, united Europe but this was a call which went unheard during his lifetime. On the 80th anniversary of his suicide, his forgotten calls for peace in Europe are as urgent as ever.
Professor Norman Stone, the renowned historian who died aged 78 on June 19 this year, was an outstandingly colourful figure on a British intellectual landscape that has long had an accelerating tendency to the flat, dull, monochrome, and ideologically uniform. Norman Stone spoke his mind and lived as he pleased, for which he was both […]