Vatican Corner 10-25-2020

The more we peer into space, the more certain we become that our planet isn’t the only one suitable for life. If there is life out there then some of it could possibly be intelligent life. That kind of life possesses wisdom, the ability to act with appropriate judgments, and be able to communicate. But intelligent life could also be extremely rare. The...

Vatican Corner 10-18-2020

Named for the Roman goddess of beauty, the planet Venus is Earth’s broiling sister planet. It has a surface temperature of around 880 degrees Fahrenheit, a thick atmosphere of sulfuric acid, and has not been looked at as a possible place for life. More attention has been paid to other planets, such as Mars. However, on September 14, 2020, scientists...

Vatican Corner 10-11-2020

Cardinal Angelo Becciu was born in 1948 in Sardinia, Italy. After completing his studies in theology and philosophy, he was ordained a priest at the age of 24. When speaking about his seminary days in 2018, he said “I entered the seminary because as a child I dreamed of being a priest. I liked what priests did, how the young priests helped in our parishes....

Vatican Corner 10-04-2020

On Sept. 24, 2020, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 72, one of the highest-ranking cardinals in the Catholic Church unexpectedly resigned his position and gave up his cardinal rights. There was no immediate explanation from the Vatican. In a press conference the next day Cardinal Becciu said that Pope Francis told him that “I no longer have trust in you.” Becciu...

Vatican Corner 09-27-2020

On September 12, 2020, the Vatican said that it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. Cardinal Robert Sarah the head of the Vatican’s liturgy office said in a letter to bishop’s conferences worldwide that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement for the physical presence by the...

Vatican Corner 06-28-2020

On April 16, 2020, retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 93rd birthday. He was well, but due to the coronavirus restrictions, he could not receive any visitors. He resides at a former monastery located in the Vatican Gardens and lives with his retired personal...

Vatican Corner 06-21-2020

The vast majority of police officers are honorable men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our communities. With police brutality currently in focus, a welcomed remembrance might be that of an extraordinary policeman who someday could be declared a...

Vatican Corner 06-14-2020

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man tragically died in Minneapolis, Minnesota during his arrest by the police. He was being arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. During the arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer...

Vatican Corner 06-07-2020

On May 10, 2020, the Italian newspaper II Messaggero made the claim that they had a copy of an internal financial analysis that was given to Pope Francis during a recent meeting with the heads of the Vatican departments. The newspaper claimed the analysis stated that...

Vatican Corner 05-31-2020

St. Peter’s Basilica, the 2,000 year old home to most of the Catholic Church’s crucial ceremonies, and one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, is being prepared for reopening to the public after being closed to visitors and pilgrims for more than two months....

Vatican Corner 05-24-2020

Nine days after his election as pope on March 22, 2013, Francis started inviting small groups of people to the chapel at his residence at the Casa Santa Marta guest house for early morning Mass. His first invited guests to Mass were the Vatican gardeners and garbage...

Vatican Corner 05-17-2020

During the coronavirus shelter-in-place rules, many Catholic are concerned about how they can obtain the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament’s goal is to forgive serious postbaptismal sin so that one’s friendly and familial conversation with God and the Church...

Vatican Corner 05-10-2020

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was the most severe in recent history, and yet it is largely forgotten today. Despite killing more people than were killed in combat in both World Wars combined. The pandemic was poorly covered by newspapers of the day, as a world war...

Vatican Corner 05-03-2020

There is an army of women religious throughout the world who are combating the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as the nurse nuns who care for the sick in the hospitals, there are thousands of women religious who are using prayer to fight the virus. In Italy some nuns use...

Vatican Corner 04-26-2020

On April 13, 2020, Pope Francis reflected on women’s contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic. He spoke of women who are “doctors, nurses, members of security forces, and prison guards, employees in stores providing basic necessities …, and mothers and sisters who...

Vatican Corner 04-19-2020

Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican on April 12, 2020, was held inside the nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica rather than outside in St. Peter’s Square. The celebration normally draws tens of thousands of people to the Square, but this time it was surrounded by police...

Vatican Corner 04-12-2020

Pope Francis in his special blessing on March 27, 2020 said that “God’s strength is turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies. The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our...