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 surgery a secret to avoid the hospital admission from becoming a show. The Vatican’s history of...

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 type of surgery isconsidered major and it was conducted with Francis under general...

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 experienced civil war, terrorism, invasion, occupation, military intervention and...

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 his sculptures often contain tears or stalagmite –like features, making them appear to be...

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 outside of Church teaching.” Biden in 2012 at a vice presidential debate explained that he...

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...

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...