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 those days when the use of the vernacular – (the dialect spoken by ordinary people) was being...

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 brutal video testimony of abuse survivors and indifference they experienced from Church...

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 serious one possible, laicization – the removal from being a member of the clergy, also known...

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 “ Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. It is an hour long high -...

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 years now the celebration goes international with youth from the around the world gathering...

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...

Vatican Corner 02-25-18

VATICAN CORNER On February 12, 2018, Pope Francis signed a document know as a Motu Proprio, which is Latin for “by his own initiative.” It is a new Vatican law entitled “Learn How to Resign” in which Francis has ordered Vatican officials and bishops around the world,...

Vatican Corner 02-18-18

VATICAN CORNER Ash Wednesday may be the busiest church day of the year, possibly beating out Easter and Christmas for attendance, and yet it is not a holy day of obligation. It is the first day of Lent and it always falls forty-six days before Easter. It is a...

Vatican Corner 02-18-18

VATICAN CORNER Ash Wednesday may be the busiest church day of the year, possibly beating out Easter and Christmas for attendance, and yet it is not a holy day of obligation. It is the first day of Lent and it always falls forty-six days before Easter. It is a...

Vatican Corner 02-11-18

VATICAN CORNER In 1951 the mainland Chinese government ended diplomatic relations with the Vatican shortly after the atheist Communist Party took power. The government had been threatening to breakaway the “independent Catholics.” The government apparently...

Vatican Corner 02-04-18

VATICAN CORNER Following the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) the entire St. Peter’s Basilica began to be used for celebrations. Before that time, papal celebrations were held in the Sistine Chapel, which had no organ, or were held in the...