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 09-16-18

... continued The motivation for retired Archbishop Viganó’s dramatic lefter of attack on Pope Francis may also have to do with the set of people the Pope has promoted in the Church. They included Bishop McElroy of San Diego, Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Wuerl...

Vatican Corner 09-09-18

On Sunday August 26, 2018 an eleven page letter written by retired Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, now 77 - a lifetime Vatican “ insider ”, was published which made serious accusations against Pope Francis but offered no evidence. In the letter he accused Francis of...

Vatican Corner 09-02-18

On Tuesday August 14, 2018 a shocking 1,300 page report from a Pennsylvania grand jury was released that described alleged child and young - adult sexual abuse of more than 1,000 victims by 301 Catholic priests, brothers, deacons and seminarians, over a 70 year...

Vatican Corner 08-26-18

An antipope, by definition is a person who is opposed to the legitimately elected Pope and makes a significant competing claim to be the Pope. At various times between the 3rd and mid 15th centuries, antipopes were supported by a substantial number of cardinals and...

Vatican Corner 08-19-18

Over the 2018 years of the papacy there have been 266 popes and many have been recognized as saints, including 48 out of the first 50 consecutive popes. Of the first 31 popes, 28 died as martyrs being killed for their faith. Some popes have been better than others,...

Vatican Corner 08-12-18

On July 31, 2018, Pope Francis met with more than 60,000 young altar servers who came to St. Peter ’ s Square for the 12th International Pilgrimage for Altar Boys and Girls. The gathering which is held about every 4 years, began as a meeting of German altar servers...

Vatican Corner 08-05-18

The ‘ Holy Stairs ’ or ‘ Scala Santa ’ are a set of 28 white marble steps located in Rome in extraterritorial property of the Vatican about 3 miles outside the walls near the Archbasilica of St. John in Laterano, the most ancient church in the world. That is the...

Vatican Corner 07-29-18

Pope Francis surprised the wedding guests and Brazilian Father Renato dos Santos the planned celebrant when Francis unexpectedly appeared at the wedding of Luca Schafer, a Swiss Guard, and Brazilian Letícia Vera, a former employee of the Vatican Museums on July 16,...

Vatican Corner 07-22-18

Three dimensional (3D) printing is a manufacturing process using digital data and a printing machine to build up material layer by layer to create tangible objects. Plastics, carbon - fibers, metals, and food are some of the materials being used today in these...

Vatican Corner 07-15-18

A project of the Jesuit - run global prayer network Apostleship of Prayer is the monthly “ Pope Video ” initiative. In his prayer video of July 3, 2018, Pope Francis asked Catholics to dedicate the month of July to giving a spiritual gift to their pastors by praying...

Vatican Corner 07-01-18

A gathering of gentlemen wearing scarlet trimmed black cassocks in the streets of Rome next to the Vatican is a rare site, especially since cardinals tend to stay in their apartments, offices, and vehicles. But in May, 2018 cardinals seemed to be all around, standing...

Vatican Corner 06-24-18

On June 29, 2018, Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals and as before, they come from all over the world, including, this time, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, and Poland. Every year, Francis has been selecting new cardinals and many have...