Vatican Corner 10-10-2021

The Swiss Guard’s main duties at the Vatican are providing security services, protecting the Pope and his residence, and providing honor guards at the main entrances, at public audiences, at Masses and at diplomatic receptions. The Guard’s 150 year old barracks is where most of the guardsmen live and it is very cramped with only 12 single rooms and with...

Vatican Corner 10-03-2021

Pope Francis has recently made a video that reflects on family life presented by testimonies from families around the world. This video is an accompaniment to his 2016 book AmorisLaetitia (Joy of Love). In Chapter 5 of the book under the title An Expanding Fruitfulness, the subject of child adoption is discussed. Pope Francis says that adoption is a very...

Vatican Corner 09-26-2021

Pope Francis made his 34th foreign trip on September 12 -15, 2021, traveling to the center of Europe and spending (as planned) just seven hours in Hungary and four days in Slovakia. Sixty percent of Hungary’s 10 million people are Catholic while Seventy-three percent of the Slovak Republic’s 5.5 million are Catholic. It was a demanding trip health-wise for...

Vatican Corner 09-19-2021

If on September 11, 2001 the four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda against the United States never happened, would Francis have become the Pope? There is a connection between those terrible events that changed world history and with the events that led to the Jesuit Mario Bergoglio rising to the attention of the College...

Vatican Corner 09-12-2021

Another poor reason people give for not taking the vaccines is concern about side effects. The vaccines can sometimes cause aches, fever and fatigue but only for a short time. In fact such side effects are a sign that the vaccine is getting the immune system ready for a Covid -19 attack. It is very rare that blood clots are a side effect. So far there have...

Vatican Corner 09-05-2021

Some good reasons you might not get inoculated against the pandemic might be if you have an underlying health condition or an allergic history. But there are other reasons and some are very poor and need to be combated in order to bring the pandemic to an end. Needle...

Vatican Corner 08-29-2021

As of this writing on 8/23/2021, there have been reported 213,338,543 cases of the Covid-19 virus worldwide, 4,454,049 deaths and 190,903,844 recovered. On August 18, 2021, in an attempt to make the people around the world feel more confident in the Covid-19 vaccines,...

Vatican Corner 08-22-2021

On August 11, 2021, the actor and Catholic: Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the TV - Internet series and global phenomenon “The Chosen” met Pope Francis at his weekly Wednesday audience at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Roumie said that it was a lifelong dream of his...

Vatican Corner 08-15-2021

The traditional Latin Mass has a liturgy entirely in Latin, but there are other major differences between the Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass which uses the common  language of the country, and is the familiar Mass that has been used for the past 50 +...

Vatican Corner 08-08-2021

Latin was the language spoken around the area of Rome called Latium in the 1st century BC. With the power of Rome, Latin became the dominant language in Italy and in the entire Western Roman Empire. After Pentecost, the apostles spread Christianity throughout the...

Vatican Corner 08-01-2021

Twenty-five years after Michelangelo painted his masterpiece the: ‘Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel’, and after a long, successful period working for the Medici family in Florence, he returned to the Vatican to work. He was welcomed by Pope Clement VII who commissioned...

Vatican Corner 07-25-2021

Shortly before Pope Francis’ planned colon surgery, Salvatore Izzo the director of the Vaticannews website told Francis about his own medical problems, but Francis did not reveal his pending surgery in return. The Vatican and the Pope probably wanted to keep the...

Vatican Corner 07-18-2021

On July 4, 2021, the 84-year-old Pope Francis had surgery to remove a portion of his left colon in what has been described as a planned procedure. A 10 person team of doctors and nurses at Rome’s Gemelli hospital performed the operation in about 3 hours’ time. That...

Vatican Corner 07-11-2021

On Thursday July 1, 2021, Pope Francis hosted a day of prayer for Lebanon with 10 senior Lebanese Catholic and Orthodox leaders. They spent the day discussing the future of Lebanon which is currently in a very serious economic crisis. Throughout its existence, it has...

Vatican Corner 07-04-2021

Standing In the Courtyard of the Pinecone at the Vatican Museum is a tall contemporary sculpture known as Sfera con Sfera or Sphere within a Sphere. It is the work of Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, born June 23, 1926. He is known for his geometric bronze works and...

Vatican Corner 06-27-2021

On Sept. 27, 2019, the then former Vice President Joe Biden was denied communion at a Catholic church in Florence, South Carolina over his support for abortion rights. Father RobertMorey said “any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself...

Vatican Corner 06-20-2021

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 67, of Munich and Freising, German submitted his resignation to Pope Francis and that news was made public on June 4, 2021. The reason Marx gave was that he is taking responsibility for the failures of the Church in handling clerical...