Vatican Corner 09-29-2019

The Amazonian synod entitled “New paths for the Church and for an integral ecology”, is the name of the upcoming meeting of bishops that is to be held at the Vatican from October 6th through 27th, 2019. The gigantic 2,700,000 square miles Amazon rainforest contains portions of nine South America countries and is the home of the largest collection of...

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 constructed atterwards has become a focal point for Irish Catholics and Catholics throughout...

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 shepherd them. He just wrapped up his 31st papal trip abroad, traveling to Africa again...

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 replied: “Then you have to go”. As a result of that conversation the Fraternity was motivated...

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 people around the world, Pope St. Paul VI, the pope at the time, watched the moon landing...

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...

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...

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...

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 “...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vatican Corner 01-06-19

On December 21, 2018 Pope Francis again held a meeting with the Vatican employees and their families to exchange Christmas greetings. This gathering follows right after the long-held traditional meeting the pope holds with the officials of the Vatican’s administrative...

Vatican Corner 12-30-18

On December 17, 2018, Pope Francis turned 82 years old. The day before, he began celebrating with a party and a surprise cake along with the children under the care of a Vatican free health clinic. There was singing and music and he joked with the children saying he...

Vatican Corner 12-23-18

At the Vatican on the morning of Friday December 7, 2018, preparations for the celebration of the birth of Christ started off with an exhibition of over 100 different nativity scenes. This was the 43rd edition of the exhibit and it featured a wide variety of artistic...

Vatican Corner 12-16-18

This year the traditional nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not so traditional. For the first time it was made of sand, 720 tons. In November, heavy trucks brought the sand from the Italian seaside city of Jesolo near Venice, where every year since 1998 that...