A Restaurant and a Bed and Breakfast near the Basilica of St. John in Lateran

Stefano and Jenny, the managers of the Taverna Latina, say: “Very often the things that give us greatest satisfaction are those pleasantly unexpected. The pleasure of discovery we leave to our new customers, because our habitual clients know our place well; those who find us never leave us.” The Taverna Latina is situated beyond the […]

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Vatican Watch – December 2013

Pope Francis visits Assisi.

OCTOBER Tuesday 1- Thursday 3 POPE ATTENDS A MEETING WITH eight CARDINALS Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on Church governance spent much of their first day together discussing the reform of the Synod of Bishops. Possible changes to the organization of the world Synod of Bishops, which has been a periodic gathering of […]

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Anniverseries, Ordinations & Restorations

Pope John XXIII.

ANNIVERSARIES On October 3, Pope Francis attended a commemorative conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII’s encyclical PACEM IN TERRIS (“Peace on Earth”). The Pacem in Terris conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Rome Oct. 2-4. Pacem in Terris, published in 1963, was Blessed John XXIII’s last […]

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Special Devotion, Proper Respect and Reverence for the Holy Eucharist

Athanasius Schneider:
Corpus Christi la Santa Comunione e il rinnovamento 
della Chiesa.

Many Catholics on opposing sides of the religious spectrum, namely those in favor of tradition and others upholding a progressive vision of the Church, perhaps still remember, albeit for different reasons, the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi in Rome on May 25, 2008, when Benedict XVI started for the first time to publicly […]

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The Resurrection: A Criminal Investigation…

“Those who read this book should do so because its premises are fundamental to the beliefs of all Christians. Hence it is important for those who believe, and equally important for non-believers, to understand what Christianity is all about”.

I had been invited to create an audio version of Dr. Rocco Leonard Martino’s new novel, The Resurrection: A Criminal Investigation of the Mysterious Disappearance of the Body of the Crucified Criminal Jesus of Nazareth. Doing my usual research on a subject I don’t think about quite as much as I should, I found myself […]

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The Hidden Gems of Francis’ Life

Argentinian Vatican correspondent Elisabetta Piqué and Pope Francis.

ACardinal Bergoglio who, just a few hours before being elected Pope, rediscovered the vocation for chemistry he had as a young man, offering a cardinal colleague some advice on medicine doses as they sat down to eat… A Cardinal Bergoglio who was elected after a voting session had to be annulled due to a mistake […]

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Pope Francis in 140 or Fewer Characters

In June Pope Francis tweeted "If we have found the meaning of life in Jesus, we cannot be indifferent toward one who suffers, one who is sad."

Among the large number of books issued during the first months of Pope Francis’ pontificate illustrating his gestures and the innovations he has introduced, a small volume has been published by the Vatican Publishing House featuring the Pope’s messages on Twitter from March 17 to September 10, complete with wonderful pictures by Giovanni Chiaramonte. Now, reviewing […]

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A “Concert for Peace” in Rome

Svetlana Kasyan, the young Russian soprano, meeting the Pope on November 13.

The musical evening was sponsored by the Urbi et Orbi Foundation (a project of the non-profit corporation which publishes this magazine), together with the St. Gregory the Theologian Foundation of Moscow, under the patronage of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture. At 5 pm on the evening of Nov­ember 12, Svetlana Kasyan, the young Russian […]

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“The Voice Of The Church Must Be Prophetic”

Metropolitan Hilarion during his November 1 speech in South Korea.

On November 1 in South Korea, Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev gave a powerful, dramatic address. Here, key excerpts from his talk. Your Holinesses and Beatitudes, Your Eminences and Graces, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Esteemed Delegates of the Assembly, The World Council of Churches has a long and rich history. Set up after the Second […]

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Between Benedict and Francis: My Life with Two Popes

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the pontifical household, talks about his tasks with Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The year 2013 is a year Archbishop Georg Gänswein will find hard to forget. As prefect of the pontifical household, the office organizing the Holy Father’s public audiences, Gänswein was raised to the episcopate on […]

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The Service of a Swiss Guard

Serg. Stephan Probst on duty while Pope Francis greets the faithful from his popemobile in St. Peter’s Square before his weekly general audience.

Sergeant Stephan Probst speaks about his experience in the Pontifical Swiss Guard, in charge of the Pope’s safety. Most of the young Swiss men who decide to come to the Vatican to serve the Pope as Pontifical Swiss Guards remain for the basic period of two and a half years, but for some of them […]

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The Journey to Moscow of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Orthodox faithful pray before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Perm.

An interview with photographer Janusz Rosikon about his extraordinary adventure in Russia. A friend of mine, Polish photographer Janusz Rosikon, who has been covering Marian celebrations for years, came to Rome for this October’s “Marian Days” in the Vatican. On Saturday, October 12, we attended the recitation of the Rosary in St. Peter’s Square presided […]

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Misericordina, Polish “Spiritual Medicine” in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus, with a box of Misericordina in his hand.

During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis recommends a mysterious medicine, and 25,000 small boxes, each containing a rosary, are distributed to the faithful.  A great many medicines are used today in Western countries. Modern man ex­pects to find a remedy for all physical diseases and even for spiritual problems. Therefore, the faithful who gathered on […]

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Pope frames vision for church outreach at every level

Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in the archbishop’s residence in Assisi, Italy, October 4. The meeting was in the famous "stripping room," where 
St. Francis stripped off his rich clothes, gave them to his father and began a life of poverty dedicated to Christ (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

Here are a few of the main features of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), which was released November 26 at the Vatican: — With a mix of conversational style and formal papal magisterial language, Pope Francis sets forth a vision for giving the entire Church, at every level, a […]

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“A Human Being is Always Sacred and Inviolable”

A copy of the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), seen during a news conference at the Vatican November 26. In his first extensive piece of writing as Pope, Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society’s poorest (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters).

On November 26, the Holy See released Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), an apostolic exhortation which lays out Pope Francis’ vision for a Church dedicated to evangelization. In his first extensive piece of writing as Pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, […]

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“Christ is the center of history”

Young priests great the Pope.

HOMILY FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH ON THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE.  Today’s solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the crowning of the liturgical year, also marks the conclusion of the Year of Faith opened by Pope Benedict XVI, to whom our […]

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Pope Closes Year of Faith, Venerates Apostle’s Relics

Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the closing of the Year of Faith on November 24.

On Sunday, November 24, Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis closed the “Year of Faith.” He also, for the first time, ordered the relics of St. Peter, found beneath the main altar in the 1940s, to be placed on public display for veneration. Pope Francis closed the Year of Faith by calling on people […]

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