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 06-17-18

On June 11, 2018, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid from his post as the head of the diocese of Osomo, Chile. Francis also accepted the resignations of two other Chilean bishops who had reached the normal...

Vatican Corner 06-10-18

Many popes have had good senses of humor. The following are a few quotes from some of them: Pope Saint John XIII said when he was asked how many people work at the Vatican, he said: “About half”. To a young boy whom he was visiting in a hospital who said he either...

Vatican Corner 06-03-18

There are no schools inside Vatican City for the few children living there, and they a%end schools in the neighboring City of Rome. Vatican schools consist of about 15 Pontifical universities located mostly outside the boundary of Va"can City and also in Rome. They...

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...