Vatican Corner 01-20-19

On January 10, 2019, the Vatican announced the creation of its first ever sports association: Athletica Vaticana. It is the next step in the Vatican’s longstanding promotion of sports as an instrument of dialogue, peace and solidarity. The idea for a Vatican track team began with a group of employees who met daily for morning runs along the Tiber River or...

Vatican Corner 01-13-19

The delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met with Pope Francis on September 13, 2018, and afterwards released a statement that they would adopt 4 measures as a first step to address the crisis of sexual abuse in the Church. Then the full body of U.S. bishops met in Baltimore, Maryland on November 12 thru 14, 2018 at their annual...

Vatican Corner 01-06-19

On December 21, 2018 Pope Francis again held a meeting with the Vatican employees and their families to exchange Christmas greetings. This gathering follows right after the long-held traditional meeting the pope holds with the officials of the Vatican’s administrative institutions. This was the fifth time greeting the workers and their families and it took...

Vatican Corner 12-30-18

On December 17, 2018, Pope Francis turned 82 years old. The day before, he began celebrating with a party and a surprise cake along with the children under the care of a Vatican free health clinic. There was singing and music and he joked with the children saying he hoped “such a big cake doesn’t give indigestion. He blew out the single candle atop the...

Vatican Corner 12-23-18

At the Vatican on the morning of Friday December 7, 2018, preparations for the celebration of the birth of Christ started off with an exhibition of over 100 different nativity scenes. This was the 43rd edition of the exhibit and it featured a wide variety of artistic representations of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Then just atter sunset in St. Peter’s...

Vatican Corner 12-16-18

This year the traditional nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not so traditional. For the first time it was made of sand, 720 tons. In November, heavy trucks brought the sand from the Italian seaside city of Jesolo near Venice, where every year since 1998 that...

Vatican Corner 12-09-18

The First Sunday of Advent occurs four Sundays before Christmas and is also the beginning of the new liturgical year. The English word Advent comes from the Latin word ad (“to” and venire (“to come”) and so it means “to come to” or “arrival.” Advent actually...

Vatican Corner 11-18-18

Traditionally sea gulls have lived around water, with some living inland but near rivers or reservoirs. However increasingly they are living in towns and cities and many have given up living by water entirely. Experts say that one reason is that the birds have found...

Vatican Corner 11-11-18

The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church first established by Pope Paul VI in 1965 to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion after the close of the Second Vatican Council. It is an assembly of bishops chosen from different...

Vatican Corner 11-04-18

Horses originated in North America as indicated by the fossil records, but they moved to Eurasia when the climate cooled in the Pleistocene Epoch. They returned thousands of years later to the Americas, brought by the conquistadors. Since the end of the last ice age,...

Vatican Corner 10-28-18

The 2013 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was in the news again with the leaking to the press of 2 private lefters which appeared in the German newspaper Bild on Sept. 20, 2018. The both letters written by retired pope emeritus Benedict in Nov., 2017 were to Cardinal...

Vatican Corner 10-21-18

In Beijing, China on September 22, 2018 the Holy See and the government of China signed a historic agreement regarding how Roman Catholic bishops in China are to be appointed. This was a first step towards the repair of diplomatic relations which ended in 1951. Pope...

Vatican Corner 10-07-18

Located in the Vatican next door to the Apostolic Library and just north of the Sistine Chapel is the Vatican Secret Archives which houses 53 miles of shelves holding historical documents dating back more than 12 centuries. The word secret is really a mistranslation...

Vatican Corner 07-30-18

(... continued) At the morning Mass on Sept. 3, 2018, Pope Francis ’ used his homily to say that the answer to division and scandal should be silence and prayer, and ask the Lord for the grace to discern when it is better to remain quiet “ with people who do not have...

Vatican Corner 09-25-18

(... continued) It is said that one of the most alarming aspects of Archbishop Viganó ’ s 11 page attack letter is the picture it paints of the misgoverning and even sabotage that has taken place by successive Vatican secretaries of state. They are described as doing...

Vatican Corner 09-16-18

... continued The motivation for retired Archbishop Viganó’s dramatic lefter of attack on Pope Francis may also have to do with the set of people the Pope has promoted in the Church. They included Bishop McElroy of San Diego, Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Wuerl...

Vatican Corner 09-09-18

On Sunday August 26, 2018 an eleven page letter written by retired Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, now 77 - a lifetime Vatican “ insider ”, was published which made serious accusations against Pope Francis but offered no evidence. In the letter he accused Francis of...

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