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 part of the ceremony with it being placed on the head of the new Pope. The image of the...

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 fathers. The number of Clergy offspring is unknown in the United States or in the world, but the...

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 needs and specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing...

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 to the word heresy. Starting in the 12th century the Church established a powerful office:...

Vatican Corner 05-05-2019

con nued … Investigators so far believe that the terrible fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was an accident and not intentionally set. About 50 investigators are questioning people, including restoration workers, and are searching the charred ruins for evidence, as well as reviewing the security camera recordings. A Paris police official told the...

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...

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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...

Vatican Corner 1-4-15

In 2015, the Vatican is planning to conduct public tours of the working farm at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence. The estate is about 1.25 times the size of the Vatican and located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Rome. At the request of Pope...

Vatican Corner 12-28-14

The unit of measurement that man has historically used to measure short periods of time is the day, one revolution of the earth about its axis. For longer periods of time, the year is used, one revolution of the earth around the sun. The year is not a whole number of...

Vatican Corner 12-21-14

Christmas trees are not really an Italian tradition, but are starting to become more popular in Italy. Some shops, hotels, and restaurants display small trees and decorations are usually fairly simple, often just lights. In addition to the always grand tree at the...

Vatican Corner 12-14-14

On Sept. 20, 2014 Pope Francis named Bishop Blase Cupich, 65, to be the new archbishop of Chicago. Before this appointment he was the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, and he is considered a “moderate” within the Church. But when asked about “moderate”, he said “I am...