Urbi et Orbi
Urbi et orbi — to the city (Rome) and the world: to everyone.
Ancient Roman Empire: «Urbi et orbi» denoted address given to the city of Rome and to the entire world.
Current Rome: «Urbi et orbi» denotes a papal address and apostolic blessing given to the city of Rome and to the entire world by the Roman pontiff on certain solemn occasions.
Urbi et Orbi Foundation
The Urbi et Orbi Foundation is dedicated to working to create a «strategic alliance» between Catholics and other Christians around the world, especially with the Orthodox, in an effort to «defend the West» by defending traditional Christian faith and values.
This invitation is the result of years of work and reflection. Our western culture, sadly, has turned from the “path of life” indicated to us by the Hebrew prophets, and by all the saints down through the ages, and, above all, by Christ himself. Our Church seems hesitant, and sadly divided. And the greatest, oldest division is that between Catholics and Orthodox, West and East, Latin and Greek. In the East, in the “heartland” of the Orthodox, in 1917, an atheist movement overthrew Orthodox Christian Russia, then spread until it conquered half of once-Christian Europe. For many of us, the images of Lenin gesticulating, Czar Nicholas and his five lovely children executed in a basement in Ekaterinburg, gaunt political prisoners freezing in the gulags of Siberia, are in our minds and memories… in our hearts. And the ideas of that regime have spread everywhere. The suffering of so many in Russia, Eastern Europe and in the West over the past century, has moved us to act…