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 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 institutions. This was the fifth time greeting the workers and their families and it took...

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 hoped “such a big cake doesn’t give indigestion. He blew out the single candle atop the...

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 representations of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Then just atter sunset in St. Peter’s...

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 city has hosted an annual sand sculpture festival. Beach sand is not suitable for this...

Vatican Corner 05-27-18

On May 10, 2018, Pope Francis visited the small town of Loppiano, Italy, near Florence, where its 850 inhabitants live, but which is also the first international center of the Focolare. an international movement based in Italy that promotes the ideals of unity and...

Vatican Corner 05-20-18

VATICAN CORNER Making the Sign of the Cross is one of the most common things Catholics do. We make it when we begin and end our prayers, when we enter and leave church, when we start Mass etc., but do we know why? In the Sign of the Cross, we profess the deepest...

Vatican Corner 05-06-18

VATICAN CORNER Alfie Evans, a British toddler, just weeks short of his second birthday, died April 28, 2018, in Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital. He was the son of Kate James, 20, and Tom Evans, 21, and his story touched the hearts of many, including Pope Francis, and...

Vatican Corner 04-29-18

VATICAN CORNER Although it is common knowledge that nuns are treated like indentured servants by cardinals and bishops for whom they cook and clean for little or no pay, the March 2018 edition of the Vatican magazine: “Women Church World” had the courage to denounce...

Vatican Corner 04-22-18

VATICAN CORNER In 2002, several Chilean men reported to church authorities that they had been sexually abused in the 1980 and 1990s by Rev. Fernando Karadima. Only after the victims went public in 2010 did the Vatican investigate, which lead to Rev. Karadima’s removal...

Vatican Corner 04-15-18

VATICAN CORNER Pope Francis grew up in Argentina speaking Spanish and having Italian relatives. His experiences with different cultures and with a wide variety of literature and cinema led to his mastery of metaphor and the ability to use figures of speech and symbols...

Vatican Corner 04-08-18

VATICAN CORNER The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Papal Foundation is a stellar charity which supports the Holy Father and the Catholic Church in its help of the poor that are mostly in developing countries throughout the world. Beginning in 1988, during the papacy...

Vatican Corner 04-01-2018

VATICAN CORNER Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, while in their twenties, wrote the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. The musical is sung throughout with no dialogue. Because the producers were afraid to gamble their money on such a different...

Vatican Corner 03-25-18

VATICAN CORNER For 32 years the solemnity of Easter has been celebrated in Saint Peter’s Square decorated with flowers, plants and trees transported there from the Netherlands. That country is the world’s largest exporter of flowers and has been in charge of the...

Vatican Corner 03-18-18

VATICAN CORNER On March 3, 2018 in Vatican City at the Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Francis spoke to thousands of Italian nurses who were members of the Federation of Professional Nursing Colleges, Health Assistants, and Child Wardens. He greeted them and thanked them...

Vatican Corner 03-11-18

VATICAN CORNER The Vatican Bank, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) is a private bank inside Vatican City run by a Board which reports to a Supervisory Commission of Cardinals and the Pope. The Bank’s purpose is “to provide for the...

Vatican Corner 03-04-18

VATICAN CORNER The Vatican and Rome were covered with a blanket of snow of over 2 inches on the morning of February 26, 2018, a rare event since they typically experience mild Mediterranean winters. It was the biggest snowfall in six years and is due to a storm dubbed...

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