Vatican Corner 08-09-2020

Cybercrime is a problem for anyone who uses the internet and who stores important data online. Hackers are continually looking for secret information they can use to  obtain money or other gains. They say there are only two types of offices: one that has been hit by a cyber-attack and the other which has not yet discovered the attack, but is infected. The...

Vatican Corner 08-02-2020

On July 23, 2020 a notice went out announcing that the Vatican has published a book which contains Pope Francis’ homilies during the coronavirus lockdown which he delivered between March 9 and May 18, 2020. It was also reported that the book include prayers, blessings, messages, and resources for times when physical access to the sacraments is not...

Vatican Corner 07-26-2020

The dome of the roof of Saint Peter’s Basilica, with its exceptional height and beauty unmistakably marks the skyline of Rome. It is 394 feet high above the floor and is still the tallest of its kind in the world today. It was designed by Michelangelo who used the ideas of the previous architects and his own to create this monumental and distinctive...

Vatican Corner 07-19-2020

Regarding the Israeli prime minister’s promise to annex portions of the West Bank beginning July 1, 2020, Vatican sources said that they had hoped the United States could act as an honest broker between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the drawing up of a new peace plan. But it appeared that the Trump administration’s support of Israeli’s annexation...

Vatican Corner 07-12-2020

Annexation is when a country declares land that is outside its border is now within those borders. It often happens after military occupation and without the approval of the people living there. International law says it is illegal. During the past year, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made repeated promises to annex different areas of the...

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...

Vatican Corner 04-05-2020

The papal blessing: ‘Urbi et Orbi’ dates back to the time of the Roman Empire and is the blessing given to the City of Rome and the Catholic world on the occasion of a newly elected pope, and also on every Christmas day and Easter Sunday. Pope Francis gave a special...

Vatican Corner 03-29-2020

A patron saint is one chosen as a special protector or guardian over a certain important area of life, which include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, societies, places and causes. As early as the fourth century, apostles and martyrs were made patron saints...

Vatican Corner 03-22-2020

Pope Francis composed a prayer to the Virgin Mary, to ask for her protection for Rome, Italy and the en re world during the Covid -19 coronavirus pandemic. On March 11, 2020, a video of his reading the prayer was broadcasted at the beginning of Mass held at the...

Vatican Corner 03-15-2020

The leadership of the government of the Roman Catholic Church (Curia) has almost always been completely male-dominated, since women are not allowed to be ordained priests. Women have traditionally been in support rolls. However, the head of a government office does...

Vatican Corner 03-08-2020

Since Jan. 27, 2020, 600,000 medical masks were collected and donated by the Va can pharmacy and Chinese Chris an communities es in Italy. The masks were then transported at no cost by China Southern Airlines to Wuhan, China the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic....

Vatican Corner 03-01-2020

At his Wednesday General Audience on February 12, 2020, Pope Francis discussed the second of the eight beatitudes, those eight blessings and teachings made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Gospel of Matthew (5:3-11). The second beatitude is - Blessed...

Vatican Corner 02-23-2020

In Argentina in 1954, Jesuit Father Mauricio Jiménez Arteaga, SJ, a beloved priest, preacher, teacher and confessor died. He had been well-know, and had a reputation for holiness. His legacy lasting over the years and in 1974 an investigation of him began with the...

Vatican Corner 02-16-2020

Over time, the Christian Religion has separated into many different branches. The red lines in the adjoining chart show the Roman Catholic branch with its Western and Eastern Rites. The chart shows the division that took place in the 16th century, when German...

Vatican Corner 02-09-2020

As part of his Friday of Mercy initiative, and just before the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis on January 31, 2020 blessed the Vatican’s new Night and Day Center for homeless people .The Center is in a four-story palace that was constructed in the 1800s, and...

Vatican Corner 02-02-2020

On Sept. 29, 2019, the first new sculpture since the mid-19th century was installed in St. Peter’s Square. Pope Francis wanted it located at the busy tourist area in front of St. Peter’s Basilica “so that all will be reminded of the evangelical challenge of...

Vatican Corner 01-26-2020

Pope Benedict XVI, was the first pope in the modern era to retire. He promised when he stepped down in 2013 and took the title of “Pope Emeritus” that he would remain “hidden to the world. However, he has not remained hidden entirely. A 6,000 word essay by the former...