Vatican Corner 05-31-2020

St. Peter’s Basilica, the 2,000 year old home to most of the Catholic Church’s crucial ceremonies, and one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, is being prepared for reopening to the public after being closed to visitors and pilgrims for more than two months. The coronavirus pandemic has halted its 5 daily and 6 Sunday Masses, its ceremonies, and...

Vatican Corner 05-24-2020

Nine days after his election as pope on March 22, 2013, Francis started inviting small groups of people to the chapel at his residence at the Casa Santa Marta guest house for early morning Mass. His first invited guests to Mass were the Vatican gardeners and garbage collectors. The Italian bishop’s television station soon made a request to broadcast those...

Vatican Corner 05-17-2020

During the coronavirus shelter-in-place rules, many Catholic are concerned about how they can obtain the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament’s goal is to forgive serious postbaptismal sin so that one’s friendly and familial conversation with God and the Church can be restored. Some people have asked why they can’t use the telephone or the internet...

Vatican Corner 05-10-2020

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was the most severe in recent history, and yet it is largely forgotten today. Despite killing more people than were killed in combat in both World Wars combined. The pandemic was poorly covered by newspapers of the day, as a world war was going on. It is often left out of history books. Where it exactly started is unknown,...

Vatican Corner 05-03-2020

There is an army of women religious throughout the world who are combating the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as the nurse nuns who care for the sick in the hospitals, there are thousands of women religious who are using prayer to fight the virus. In Italy some nuns use megaphone on their convent balconies to pray the rosary. Other nuns have learned to use...

Vatican Corner 04-26-2020

On April 13, 2020, Pope Francis reflected on women’s contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic. He spoke of women who are “doctors, nurses, members of security forces, and prison guards, employees in stores providing basic necessities …, and mothers and sisters who...

Vatican Corner 04-19-2020

Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican on April 12, 2020, was held inside the nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica rather than outside in St. Peter’s Square. The celebration normally draws tens of thousands of people to the Square, but this time it was surrounded by police...

Vatican Corner 04-12-2020

Pope Francis in his special blessing on March 27, 2020 said that “God’s strength is turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies. The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our...

Vatican Corner 04-05-2020

The papal blessing: ‘Urbi et Orbi’ dates back to the time of the Roman Empire and is the blessing given to the City of Rome and the Catholic world on the occasion of a newly elected pope, and also on every Christmas day and Easter Sunday. Pope Francis gave a special...

Vatican Corner 03-29-2020

A patron saint is one chosen as a special protector or guardian over a certain important area of life, which include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, societies, places and causes. As early as the fourth century, apostles and martyrs were made patron saints...

Vatican Corner 03-22-2020

Pope Francis composed a prayer to the Virgin Mary, to ask for her protection for Rome, Italy and the en re world during the Covid -19 coronavirus pandemic. On March 11, 2020, a video of his reading the prayer was broadcasted at the beginning of Mass held at the...

Vatican Corner 03-15-2020

The leadership of the government of the Roman Catholic Church (Curia) has almost always been completely male-dominated, since women are not allowed to be ordained priests. Women have traditionally been in support rolls. However, the head of a government office does...

Vatican Corner 03-08-2020

Since Jan. 27, 2020, 600,000 medical masks were collected and donated by the Va can pharmacy and Chinese Chris an communities es in Italy. The masks were then transported at no cost by China Southern Airlines to Wuhan, China the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic....

Vatican Corner 03-01-2020

At his Wednesday General Audience on February 12, 2020, Pope Francis discussed the second of the eight beatitudes, those eight blessings and teachings made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew (5:3-11). The second beatitude is - Blessed...

Vatican Corner 02-23-2020

In Argentina in 1954, Jesuit Father Mauricio Jiménez Arteaga, SJ, a beloved priest, preacher, teacher and confessor died. He had been well-know, and had a reputation for holiness. His legacy lasting over the years and in 1974 an investigation of him began with the...

Vatican Corner 02-16-2020

Over time, the Christian Religion has separated into many different branches. The red lines in the adjoining chart show the Roman Catholic branch with its Western and Eastern Rites. The chart shows the division that took place in the 16th century, when German...

Vatican Corner 02-09-2020

As part of his Friday of Mercy initiative, and just before the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis on January 31, 2020 blessed the Vatican’s new Night and Day Center for homeless people .The Center is in a four-story palace that was constructed in the 1800s, and...