Vatican Corner 06-13-2021

The Vatican’s daily newspaper is the L’Osservatore Romano, founded in 1861with the approval of Pope Pius IX. It details the pope’s activities and appointments, prints the text of papal speeches and is widely and carefully read for insights into the attitudes of the Vatican on a wide range of subjects. It also reports and comments on political developments....

Vatican Corner 06-06-2021

Leaders from around the world have applauded the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip. The United Nations called for concrete actions to address the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to achieve true peace and reconciliation in the region. The heart of the conflict is about the city of Jerusalem. The Palestinians want...

Vatican Corner 05-30-2021

On April 13, 2021, it was Memorial Day in Jerusalem, and the Israel president gave a night speech at the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish site. He honored those who died fighting for the country. It was also the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and nearby, loudspeakers from four minarets were loudly broadcasting prayers to the faithful. Reliable...

Vatican Corner 05-23-2021

In some southern areas of Italy, the Catholic Church and the Mafia have had a long and complicated history. Over the years, some Catholic priests have courageously opposed the crime families, and paid with their lives. However other priests have attended weddings, funerals, and other sacraments for mafia dons, accepted their donations, participated in...

Vatican Corner 05-16-2021

Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge who was brutally killed by the mafia in 1990. He worked as a prosecutor in the 1980s at the Court of Agrigento, Sicily, dealing with the corrupt system of mafia bribes and kickbacks used on public works contracts. He became a judge and was known as the “boy judge” because he looked younger than his age of 37. Despite...

Vatican Corner 05-09-2021

Research conducted by the Vatican’s Bambino Gesú Children’s Hospital of Rome has made an important breakthrough in cancer research and has now discovered the one missing piece of information about the process through which cells, including cancer cells, mature and...

Vatican Corner 05-02-2021

In 1869, the Bambino Gesú Children’s Hospital of Rome was founded from the initiative of the Salviati family with the help of friends and benefactors. Duchess Arabella Salviati was deeply moved when seeing young patients hospitalized alongside adults without any...

Vatican Corner 04-25-2021

The Catholic Church like most organized religions has for centuries reached out to the deaf and hard of hearing. Today Catholics have a significant worldwide ministry for the deaf community; however, historically the Church’s position on deafness was not so kindly....

Vatican Corner 04-18-2021

St. Peter’s Basilica has 11 chapels and 45 altars, of which many have been used every morning by priests to celebrate their daily Mass. The Code of Canon Law state that “priests are earnestly invited to offer the sacrifice of the Eucharist daily…” Priests generally...

Vatican Corner 04-11-2021

For the second year in a row, the ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter, which Pope Francis presides over, were changed to streaming services online because of the covid-19 restrictions. The ceremonies were not open to the general public because of the need for social...

Vatican Corner 04-04-2021

Why does the date of Easter which marks the date of Jesus’ death and resurrection move around from year to year? Sometimes it comes at the end of March and other times it happens in late April. It all has to do with the cycles of the moon. According to the Bible,...

Vatican Corner 03-28-2021

In a 2019 interview which was just published in the Argentine newspaper La Nacion on Feb. 27, 2021, Pope Francis said that when he was a younger priest at age 42, seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety. It was when he served as the Jesuit provincial (having...

Vatican Corner 03-21-2021

In the fourth century, the Laterani family of Rome was stripped of their land because one of their members was accused of conspiring against the Emperor. In 324 A.D., Emperor Constantine 1st gave the building located on that land to the bishops of Rome in order to...

Vatican Corner 03-14-2021

Because of continuing sporadic violence, Pope Francis’ historic trip to Iraq on March 5th through 8th , 2021 involved a massive security operation using thousands of Iraqi police and military. Even the Vatican police and Swiss Guards who accompanied him wore...

Vatican Corner 03-07-2021

Pope Francis will be visiting Iraq from March 5th through 8th, 2021. It will be the first time apope has visited the biblical land of Iraq and it will be Francis’ first return to jet plane travel since November 2019 when the global pandemic stopped his visits. Iraq is...

Vatican Corner 02-28-2021

But the partnership of Cardinal Pell and Pope Francis as financial reformers fell apart soon after it began, and even before the sexual abuse charges against Pell caused him to return to his native Australia. Pell wanted to eliminate corruption, maximize profit,...

Vatican Corner 02-21-2021

The 25 U.S. regulatory specialists who were brought in to examine the accounts of the Vatican Bank in 2013 uncovered poor procedures for checking information, inadequate documentation, and a complex system of proxies that hid who really controlled many accounts. Two...