Vatican Corner 03-10-2019

When the world’s bishops get together for meetings now-adays, they no longer communicate with each other using just one common language - Latin, as they once did. Back in the early 1960s Latin was the primary language they knew and used together. However, even in those days when the use of the vernacular – (the dialect spoken by ordinary people) was being...

Vatican Corner 03-03-2019

For four days - Feb. 23-26, 2019, the world’s top bishops gathered at the Vatican for the special meeting called by Pope Francis about clerical sexual abuse and child protection. Pope Francis presided over the meeting and every day the participants listened to the brutal video testimony of abuse survivors and indifference they experienced from Church...

Vatican Corner 02-24-19

The Vatican announced on February 16, 2019 the conviction of the 88 year old ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick on the charges of sexual abuse of minors and adults – aggravated by the abuse of power – and solicitation in the confessional. The penalty imposed, the most serious one possible, laicization – the removal from being a member of the clergy, also known...

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 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...

Vatican Corner 3-1-15

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 Pope Francis walked in a solemn procession between churches on Rome’s ancient Aventine Hill, calling on Catholics to humbly remember their human limits as they began the annual 40 day penitential Lenten period leading to Easter on April...

Vatican Corner 2-22-15

A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical leader and is usually also an ordained bishop. A cardinal’s duties include attending meetings of the College of Cardinals, making himself available to the Pope as requested, and many are also leaders of a diocese or archdiocese,...

Vatican Corner 2-15-15

During a talk on fatherhood at his general audience on Wednesday February 4, 2015, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text to recount a conversation he once had with a father at a family encounter. Francis indicated that he agreed with the father’s use of...

Ash Wednesday & Lent In Two Minutes

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Vatican Corner 2-8-15

continued … In Manila on Sunday morning January 18, 2015, Pope Francis visited the Catholic University of Santo Tomas, where he drew a crowd of 200,000 and where he came close to tears himself hearing from two rescued street children speak of their lives growing up...

Vatican Corner 2-1-15

continued … Pope Francis left Sri Lanka and landed in the Philippines on Thursday January 15, 2015. The Pope said the main reason for the visit was to meet survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded on land which claimed more than 7,350 lives...

Vatican Corner 1-25-15

On January 12, 2015, Pope Francis began his second Asian pilgrimage in five months, visiting Sri Lanka for two days and the Philippines for three. It is exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II‘s record setting visit to those two countries. Pope Francis has defined the...

Vatican Corner 1-18-15

On November 8, 2014, Pope Francis made more key appointments intended to help bring about a change of mentality in the Vatican hierarchy. He is looking for a softer approach to applying Church law, and he thinks he’s found that in French Moroccan Archbishop Dominique...

Vatican Corner 1-11-15

Pope Francis has found a way of clearing out the unwanted and unneeded gifts he receives and at the same time raising money for the poor. The Vatican began selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of those unwanted gifts. Sales began in November, making a ticket...