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 12-10-17

VATICAN CORNER On November 27, 2017, Pope Francis took his 21st trip outside Italy and flew 10 hour to Southeast Asia to visit Myanmar (also known as Burma) and then to Bangladesh 3 days later. This trip replaced his visit to India which fell through. Myanmar is...

Vatican Corner 12-03-17

VATICAN CORNER Pope Francis celebrated the first ever World Day of the Poor in St. Peter’s Basilica on November 19, 2017. There were between 6,000 and 7,000 people attending Mass, and about 4,000 of them were poor people who had been the invited special guests. Those...

Vatican Corner 11-26-17

VATICAN CORNER Vatican Press Office announced on November 9, 2017 that Pope Francis has decided to put a stop to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco in its duty-free stores. The reason given was that the Holy See “cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly...

Vatican Corner 11-19-17

VATICAN CORNER On All Souls Day, October 2, 2017, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the World War II Neptuno American War Cemetery 38 miles south of Rome. It is the site where 7,860 American soldiers are buried, the majority of which died in the liberation of Sicily...

Vatican Corner 11-12-17

VATICAN CORNER On October 26, 2017, in an office in the Vatican, Pope Francis held a 20 minute video interview with the six astronauts currently orbiting the Earth 250 miles high in the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is the most complex international...

Vatican Corner 11-05-17

VATICAN CORNER From a recent study of cat genes that span the last 9,000 years, scientist found that wild cats and domestic cats of the past had no major genetic differences. Therefore, scientists think that cats domesticated themselves. They think cats came to live...

Vatican Corner 10-29-17

VATICAN CORNER Things not to do when visiting The Vatican / Rome (continued) Don’t expect to get tap water at your restaurant table. Most locals and visitors buy inexpensive bottles of water when dining out, either acqua natural or acqua frizzante (sparkling). Roman...

Vatican Corner 10-22-17

VATICAN CORNER Things not to do when visiting The Vatican / Rome (continued) 6. When visiting, don’t take your eye off your bag, do not carry large sums of money, and be sure to hide your money and credit cards from pickpockets, who are frequently women and children....

Vatican Corner 10-15-17

VATICAN CORNER  Don’t come in June and July, the high peak crowd months. Your precious !me could be wasted in the sluggish pace of the crowds and in July the temperature can be extremely hot  and humid making traveling and sightseeing uncomfortable. Rome like many big...

Vatican Corner 10-08-17

VATICAN CORNER During the Mass, bread and wine is blessed and changed into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ (transubstantinated ). It is a ritual that first began at the Last Supper, when our Savior Jesus Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his...

Vatican Corner 10-01-17

VATICAN CORNER The last Pope to have a beard was Pope Innocent XII who died in 1700. Since then, all subsequent Popes have been clean-shaven. Roman Canon tradition encourages clean-shaven clergy for the reason that facial hair could possibly disrespect the blood of...

Vatican Corner 09-24-17

VATICAN CORNER The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), in 1965, established the principle of greater participation by the laity in the celebration of the Mass. It authorized significant changes in the texts, forms, and language used in the Mass and in the sacraments....

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