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 8-28-16

VATICAN CORNER …continued The first woman to be hired to work at  the Vatican was Anna Pezzoli who in 1915  had a job planning papal celebrations. The  biggest hiring push came after the Second  Vatican Council in the 1960s. Today there  are about 750 women working...

Vatican Corner 8-21-16

VATICAN CORNER There are about 750 women working in the Vatican which is about one fifth of all Vatican employees, and those women are not doing the cleaning jobs, those jobs are done by men. Most of the women are academics, such as archivists, art historians, office...

Vatican Corner 8-14-16

VATICAN CORNER Hundreds of  thousands of pilgrims from around the  world came to Krakow, Poland joining the  native Polish youth July 26th through July  31st, 2016 for the Catholic event know as  World Youth Day. It is a huge youth  encounter focused on faith and is...

Vatican Corner 8-7-16

VATICAN CORNER  continued … In 1950 it  was determined that the bones found in a tomb  many feet beneath high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica  were not those of St. Peter as originally thought. But  the archeologists did conclude that it was indeed St.  Peter’s grave...

Vatican Corner 7-31-16

VATICAN CORNER  The religious  devoted always believed the altar of St. Peter’s  Basilica was erected directly above the actual  tomb of Peter. But the experts merely smiled,  considering this an improbable fairy tale.  History tells us that in the year 49 AD Peter ...

Vatican Corner 7-24-16

VATICAN CORNER Pope Francis routinely praises the virtues of dialogue and building bridges, and he did just that by welcoming to the Vatican a figure from his native Argentina who has been not only one of his most vocal critics, but who once actually occupied his...

Vatican Corner 7-17-16

VATICAN CORNER In a June 28, 2016 interview with a journalist from La Nación, an Argentinian newspaper, Pope Francis said he won’t be slowed down by resistance from those in the Church who “say no to everything.” He rejects “conflict with them,” saying “they do their...

Vatican Corner 7-10-16

VATICAN CORNER Why is there a four thousand year old Egyptian obelisk in the center of St. Peter’s Square? An obelisk is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument made from a single stone with a pyramid-like shape at the top. There are 28 obelisks still standing...

Vatican Corner 7-3-16

VATICAN CORNER … continued Mrs. Audrey Toguchi’s recovery from cancer was found by the Vatican’s medical investigation to be quick, complete, lasting and inexplicable. Miracle tribunals are perhaps the only form of investigation whose goal is to end with no...

Vatican Corner 6-26-16

VATICAN CORNER …continued Mrs. Audrey Toguchi, afflicted with cancer, began praying for a miracle from the late Father Damien, the “the self-exiled priest” who tended to his flock of lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Audrey spoke to her longtime friend and...

Vatican Corner 6-19-16

VATICAN CORNER According to Catholic doctrine, God is the ultimate source of all miracles, but in heaven, someone who lived a heroically virtuous life and is a prospective saint may be able to intercede (plead) with God and have miracles delivered. Two miracles are...

Vatican Corner 6-12-16

VATICAN CORNER Since 2013, Pope Francis has preferred to spend his summers in the same Vatican hotel where he lives the rest of the year and not to vacation at the traditional papal retreat that has been used for centuries - Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside palace and town...

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