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 is the one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The 84-year old Pope Francis is at high risk...

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 people they sought to evangelize. Many towns, cities and rivers received her name under her...

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 when paganism had generally disappeared and the danger of being associated with it was...

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 environment, poverty, hunger, arms trade, political polarization, and the condition of 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 during the Covid-19 pandemic, which he said has helped us to see more clearly the importance of...

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...

Vatican Corner 09-20-2020

The prayer: The Angelus is a Catholic prayer devoted to the commemoration of the Incarnation, when Jesus was made flesh by being conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary. The name Angelus comes from the first few words of the text: “The Angel of the Lord declared unto...

Vatican Corner 09-13-2020

On August 30, 2020 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said in his weekly Angelus prayer that Christ’s cross is a powerful symbol of God’s love for humanity and not just a decoration or trinket. While Christians often hang a...

Vatican Corner 09-06-2020

Papal infallibility is generally misunderstood. It doesn’t mean that the pope cannot sin or make mistakes and his routine papal teaching is not thought to be infallible. It is instead when he defines a doctrine concerning faith and morals that is to be held by the...

Vatican Corner 08-30-2020

In Roman Catholic theology, there is the doctrine of papal infallibility, when the pope cannot be wrong. It occurs when the pope is acting as the supreme teacher, and is instructing in matters of faith and morals, while doing so under certain conditions. This doctrine...

Vatican Corner 08-23-2020

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (often shortened to The Assumption) is the taking of her body and soul to Heaven at the end of her life on earth. God assumed her body and soul into heavenly glory. It is a major feast day celebrated by the...

Vatican Corner 08-16-2020

Before the pandemic lockdown and the delayed opening to historians of the archives of Pope Pius XII’s wartime pontificate, Cesare Catananti a retired Italian doctor, and professor of medical history, was given access to a unique collection of WWII documents from the...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...