Vatican Corner 10-10-2021

The Swiss Guard’s main duties at the Vatican are providing security services, protecting the Pope and his residence, and providing honor guards at the main entrances, at public audiences, at Masses and at diplomatic receptions. The Guard’s 150 year old barracks is where most of the guardsmen live and it is very cramped with only 12 single rooms and with...

Vatican Corner 10-03-2021

Pope Francis has recently made a video that reflects on family life presented by testimonies from families around the world. This video is an accompaniment to his 2016 book AmorisLaetitia (Joy of Love). In Chapter 5 of the book under the title An Expanding Fruitfulness, the subject of child adoption is discussed. Pope Francis says that adoption is a very...

Vatican Corner 09-26-2021

Pope Francis made his 34th foreign trip on September 12 -15, 2021, traveling to the center of Europe and spending (as planned) just seven hours in Hungary and four days in Slovakia. Sixty percent of Hungary’s 10 million people are Catholic while Seventy-three percent of the Slovak Republic’s 5.5 million are Catholic. It was a demanding trip health-wise for...

Vatican Corner 09-19-2021

If on September 11, 2001 the four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda against the United States never happened, would Francis have become the Pope? There is a connection between those terrible events that changed world history and with the events that led to the Jesuit Mario Bergoglio rising to the attention of the College...

Vatican Corner 09-12-2021

Another poor reason people give for not taking the vaccines is concern about side effects. The vaccines can sometimes cause aches, fever and fatigue but only for a short time. In fact such side effects are a sign that the vaccine is getting the immune system ready for a Covid -19 attack. It is very rare that blood clots are a side effect. So far there have...

Vatican Corner 06-13-2021

The Vatican’s daily newspaper is the L’Osservatore Romano, founded in 1861with the approval of Pope Pius IX. It details the pope’s activities and appointments, prints the text of papal speeches and is widely and carefully read for insights into the attitudes of the...

Vatican Corner 06-06-2021

Leaders from around the world have applauded the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip. The United Nations called for concrete actions to address the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to achieve true peace and reconciliation in...

Vatican Corner 05-30-2021

On April 13, 2021, it was Memorial Day in Jerusalem, and the Israel president gave a night speech at the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish site. He honored those who died fighting for the country. It was also the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and nearby,...

Vatican Corner 05-23-2021

In some southern areas of Italy, the Catholic Church and the Mafia have had a long and complicated history. Over the years, some Catholic priests have courageously opposed the crime families, and paid with their lives. However other priests have attended weddings,...

Vatican Corner 05-16-2021

Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge who was brutally killed by the mafia in 1990. He worked as a prosecutor in the 1980s at the Court of Agrigento, Sicily, dealing with the corrupt system of mafia bribes and kickbacks used on public works contracts. He became a...

Vatican Corner 05-09-2021

Research conducted by the Vatican’s Bambino Gesú Children’s Hospital of Rome has made an important breakthrough in cancer research and has now discovered the one missing piece of information about the process through which cells, including cancer cells, mature and...

Vatican Corner 05-02-2021

In 1869, the Bambino Gesú Children’s Hospital of Rome was founded from the initiative of the Salviati family with the help of friends and benefactors. Duchess Arabella Salviati was deeply moved when seeing young patients hospitalized alongside adults without any...

Vatican Corner 04-25-2021

The Catholic Church like most organized religions has for centuries reached out to the deaf and hard of hearing. Today Catholics have a significant worldwide ministry for the deaf community; however, historically the Church’s position on deafness was not so kindly....

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...

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...

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,...

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...