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 with their names given to people and churches. An example of a patron saint is St....

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 Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love near Rome. Seventy five years earlier, Pope Pius XII went...

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 not necessarily have to be a priest, and in some cases can even be a layperson. Pope Francis...

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. Pope Francis spoke to the faithful on Jan. 26th, in St. Peter’s Square and prayed for the...

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 are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Pope Francis said mourning can have two...

Vatican Corner 09-22-2019

The 140th anniversary of the Apparition at Knock, Ireland was on August 21, 2019. That is where the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist and Christ (as the Lamb of God) appeared to 15 local townspeople on the parish church’s gable wall. The shrine...

Vatican Corner 09-15-2019

Pope Francis had said that when he became Pope he didn’t want to travel very much because it was not in his nature. But a'er his first trip, a refugee camp, he realized the importance of his fatherly encounters where he can meet the people, hear their testimonies and...

Vatican Corner 08-25-2019

In 2013 when Pope Francis was in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, he visited a hospital run by the Fraternity of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Providence of God. He asked the Fraternity if they had members in the Amazon. The reply was “no” and Francis simply...

Vatican Corner 07-28-2019

On July 20, 2019 America and the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. It was the NASA space mission which for the first time attempted, and was successful in landing two men on the surface of the moon and returned them safely to Earth. Like millions of...

Vatican Corner 07-21-2019

After returning from his discovery of the New World, Christopher Columbus in February 1493 wrote a letter to Spanish King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the patrons of his exploration, telling them what he saw during his travels. The letter was written in Spanish and...

Vatican Corner 07-14-2019

… continued One of the strangest spectacles that was ever seen at the Vatican took place in 1890 when William Cody - (Buffalo Bill) was invited there. Two years earlier, he and his Wild West Show had traveled for the first time to Europe, having great success, and...

Vatican Corner 06-30-2019

One of the strangest spectacles that was ever seen at the Vatican took place on March 3, 1890. It was the 12th annual thanksgiving of the coronation of Pope Leo XIII and it was also when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show came to the Vatican. American William Frederick...

Vatican Corner 06-22-2019

Among the best known Christian prayers is the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father, and it is found in the Bible in Matthew 6:9- 13. It has been translated from the Latin vulgate, which was translated from ancient Greek, which was translated from Aramaic, the language...

Vatican Corner 06-16-2019

Popes wear a miter on their head during liturgical celebrations, but at official ceremonies, popes of the past centuries as well as modern day popes, have worn the papal crown or tiara for the purpose of highlighting their authority. At coronations the tiara has been...

Vatican Corner 06-09-2019

For nearly 900 years the Church has forbidden priests to marry or have sex, but it has never spelled out rules for what priests or bishops must do when a clergyman fathers a child. Canon law, the church’s legal system, is silent on the issue of priests becoming...

Vatican Corner 06-01-2019

For centuries, charity efforts, both large scale and small, have been part of Catholic tradition. In 2005 Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “Following the example given in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Christian charity is first of all the simple response to immediate...

Vatican Corner 05-12-2019

Modern Canon law defines heresy as the “obstinate denial or doubt, atier baptism, of some truth to be believed with divine and Catholic faith.” In other words it is the violations of important Catholic teachings. In the Catholic Church there is much dark history tied...