Vatican Corner 02-10-2019

Rome ’ s former symphony hall, the 1,300 seat - Auditorium della Conciliazione, located close to the Vatican just off St. Peter ’ s Square, has been presenting two shows a day since March 15, 2018 of a “ fully - immersive, live multimedia production entitled “ Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. It is an hour long high -...

Vatican Corner 02-03-19

Continued … The goal of World Youth Day is to inspire young people with the message of Jesus Christ. It has been celebrated every year since 1986, beginning when Pope John Paul II decided to share a special Palm Sunday gathering with Catholic young people. Every few years now the celebration goes international with youth from the around the world gathering...

Vatican Corner 01-27-19

A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place for the purpose of worship and/or to ask for heavenly aid. The journey involves leaving behind the comforts of home and frequently includes sacrifice, self-denial, hunger, long walks, pain, exhaustion, extreme weather, and crowds among the ordeals encountered. Jesus Christ embraced his cross of suffering and...

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 6-7-15

    continued…On Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington D.C., Pope Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra as a saint. Serra’s birth name was Miquel Josep Serra i Ferrer and he took the name “Junipero” in honor of Saint Juniper who was a Franciscan companion of Saint...

Vatican Corner 5-31-15

  continued…After years of prayers by Catholic nuns and controversy among American Indian groups, Pope Francis has decided that while visiting the United State in September, he will canonize as a saint, Junípero Serra, the Spanish priest who founded nine California...

Vatican Corner 5-24-15

Continued ... Pennsylvania artist Neilson Carlin was selected by the organizers of the 2015 Philadelphia World Meeting of Families Congress to create a portrait of the Holy Family to serve as the icon for the event. His four-by-five-foot oil on canvas painting depicts...

Vatican Corner 5-17-15

Continued … A 135,000 square foot media hub is being prepared in Philadelphia with all its cable feeds, workstations, translators and coffee for the expected 5,000 to 7,000 journalist who will cover the Pope’s visit and the World Meeting of Families event. In the past...

Vatican Corner 5-10-15

Continued… Archbishop Chaput says that when Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia for two days at the end of September, his pastoral mission will have a dual purpose. The Pope’s participation in the closing of the World Meeting of Families conference is one key element...

Vatican Corner 5-3-15

Continued… Archbishop Charles Chaputsay that he will probably be riding with the Pope in the “Pope mobile, “but one thing is certain, even though he has a Pennsylvania driver’s license, he’s not expecting to be asked to drive the Pope through town. As far as where the...

Vatican Corner 4-26-15

vatican corner Continued…  Archbishop Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says that so far church organizers have raised $33 million of their $45     million goal for the World Meeting of Families event, of which Pope Francis will be attending the closing...

Vatican Corner 4-19-15

The name that William Penn gave his colony’s capital city is a combination of Greek words for love: phileo and   brother: adelphos, setting up the       enduring nickname for Philadelphia, PA, the City of Brotherly Love. It is the place where the founding fathers of...

Vatican Corner 3-29-15

Year after year, parishes around the world take up the traditional annual Good Friday Collection for the Church in the Holy Land. The proceeds from the Collection go to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The Franciscans have been caring for the holy sites there...

Vatican Corner 3-22-15

continued … Prior to 1965, the Latin response: “ET cum spiritu tuo,“ which literally means “And with your spirit,” when translated into the English liturgy became “And also with you.” The translation was thought to convey the same meaning but be more straightforward....

Vatican Corner 3-15-15

On Saturday evening March 7, 2015, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at All Saints Church in Rome in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first time Mass was offered in the local vernacular language – (Italian) rather than in Latin. Pope Francis concluded his...

Vatican Corner 3-8-15

Catholics abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Fridays during Lent. Abstinence is one of Christian’s oldest traditions. According to The Catholic Source Book, “From the first century, the day of the crucifixion has been traditionally observed as a day...

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