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 that by nesting on roofs they can avoid predators and consequently more chicks survive....

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 regions of the world to meet at a selected date in the Vatican to discuss three topics chosen...

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, humans have been hunting and eating wild horse. Animal bones found in many caves...

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 Walter Brandmüller the president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical...

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 Francis has been working to start a dialogue with China and rebuild a relationship. He has...

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Library and just north of the Sistine Chapel is the Vatican Secret Archives which houses 53 miles of shelves holding historical documents dating back more than 12 centuries.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...

Vatican Corner 09-02-18

On Tuesday August 14, 2018 a shocking 1,300 page report from a Pennsylvania grand jury was released that described alleged child and young - adult sexual abuse of more than 1,000 victims by 301 Catholic priests, brothers, deacons and seminarians, over a 70 year...

Vatican Corner 08-26-18

An antipope, by definition is a person who is opposed to the legitimately elected Pope and makes a significant competing claim to be the Pope. At various times between the 3rd and mid 15th centuries, antipopes were supported by a substantial number of cardinals and...

Vatican Corner 08-19-18

Over the 2018 years of the papacy there have been 266 popes and many have been recognized as saints, including 48 out of the first 50 consecutive popes. Of the first 31 popes, 28 died as martyrs being killed for their faith. Some popes have been better than others,...

Vatican Corner 08-12-18

On July 31, 2018, Pope Francis met with more than 60,000 young altar servers who came to St. Peter ’ s Square for the 12th International Pilgrimage for Altar Boys and Girls. The gathering which is held about every 4 years, began as a meeting of German altar servers...

Vatican Corner 08-05-18

The ‘ Holy Stairs ’ or ‘ Scala Santa ’ are a set of 28 white marble steps located in Rome in extraterritorial property of the Vatican about 3 miles outside the walls near the Archbasilica of St. John in Laterano, the most ancient church in the world. That is the...

Vatican Corner 07-29-18

Pope Francis surprised the wedding guests and Brazilian Father Renato dos Santos the planned celebrant when Francis unexpectedly appeared at the wedding of Luca Schafer, a Swiss Guard, and Brazilian Letícia Vera, a former employee of the Vatican Museums on July 16,...

Vatican Corner 07-22-18

Three dimensional (3D) printing is a manufacturing process using digital data and a printing machine to build up material layer by layer to create tangible objects. Plastics, carbon - fibers, metals, and food are some of the materials being used today in these...

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