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 meet this invitation by celebrating the Mass individually or concelebrating with other...

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 distancing. Only a very small number of the faithful were allowed to attend. However, over...

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, Jesus’ death and resurrection happened around the time of Jewish Passover. Passover is the...

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 jurisdiction over all Jesuit priests) in Argentina. He explained that it was “in the terrible...

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 create the first Roman basilica. It became known as St. John Lateran (Basilica di San...

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...

Vatican Corner 02-14-2021

The Vatican Bank or (IOR) is a comparatively recent institution, but its roots can be traced back to 1887 when Pope Leo XIII would keep the gold coins of the Vatican’s operating capital in a trunk under his bed. Today this private Bank’s customers are mostly all part...

Vatican Corner 02-07-2021

The Vatican’s Institute of Works for Religion (IOR) also known as the Vatican Bank is a private bank in Vatican City. It is located in a medieval tower that once was a dungeon. At the entrance you are checked by two Swiss Guards, pass through a two-door security kiosk...

Vatican Corner 01-31-2021

On January 23, 2021, the Vigil of the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists, Pope Francis issued a new warning about misinformation being spread on social media. He wrote that “we have known for some time that news and even...

Vatican Corner 01-24-2021

The Vatican announced on January 13, 2021 that Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and that the Vatican’s program of vaccinations has begun. The program is entirely voluntary and the vaccine being offered...

Vatican Corner 01-17-2021

The Virgin Mary our Blessed Mother has had a special presence in the Americas for over five hundred years. Christopher Columbus named his flagship the Santa Maria. The Spanish and French missionaries, who came along with the explorers introduced Mary to the native...

Vatican Corner 01-10-2021

Most historians agree that the early Christians did not use lighted candles, torches or lamps during ceremonies for the first 3 centuries. They tried to avoid anything that might resemble the way Romans used lamps in their sacrificial rituals. But in the 4th century...

Vatican Corner 01-03-2021

In a new book entitled “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future,” Pope Francis avoids complex discussions of church doctrine and theology and instead tells stories from his own life, and gives his views on the crises facing the world, from the coronavirus, the...

Vatican Corner 12-27-2020

In his new Apostolic Letter, Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender, loving, father, a father obedient to God, an accepting, and creatively courageous father, a working father, and a father in the shadows. The Pope’s letter was written...