Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.
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Dive into a collection of classic works by the greatest writers in the world. From fiction to non-fiction, explore popular and overlooked pieces that capture the essence of timeless literature.
I advise you to read it. Reading it, you’ll understand well what I mean by ideological colonization. – source
Explore the sublime poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin, one of Europe's greatest poets. From the enrapturing epigrams and odes inspired by a forbidden love, to his ambitious hymns that exalt the cosmos and history - his works are rendered with Classical and Christian imagery that seek to give meaning in an uncertain world. Delve into his enigmatic fragments that anticipate the Symbolists and Surrealists and discover the beauty of Hölderlin's Selected Poems and Fragments.
I remember Hölderlin for that poem written for the birthday of his grandmother that is very beautiful and was spiritually very enriching for me. – source
Travel back to 17th century Lombardy during the Spanish occupation in this enduring historical novel. Follow the story of Renzo and Lucia, two young lovers who are forcibly separated by a petty tyrant, Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself. Forced to flee and facing plague, famine, and imprisonment, they encounter a variety of strange characters in their struggle to be reunited. Explore themes of love, power, and faith in this great European historical classic.
I have read The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni, three times, and I have it now on my table because I want to read it again. Manzoni gave me so much. – source
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola is a brief set of Christian meditations, prayers, and mental exercises, designed to be carried out over a period of 28 to 30 days. Written by Spanish knight and theologian, Ignatius of Loyola, this spiritual guide is aimed at helping the retreatant discern Jesus in their life and make a personal commitment to follow it. Though the exercises are rooted in Catholic tradition, they can be beneficial to non-Catholics as well. This spiritual classic has been approved since 1548 and is still widely used today.
Explore the passionate confessions and brutal self-examination of a tormented soul with Notes From Underground. This 1864 classic by the acclaimed writer Fyodor Dostoevsky follows the story of an irascible nameless narrator who emerges from underground to become one of the greatest antiheroes in all literature. This novel marks a pivotal turning point in Dostoevsky's writing and remains one of the most searingly honest and universal testaments to human despair ever penned. Don't miss out on this astonishing and subversive creation of European fiction.
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