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Wednesday 11: “AMERICAS, OPEN YOUR ARMS TO POOR, IMMIGRANTS, UNBORN” Anticipating the December 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guada­lupe, patroness of the Americas, Pope Francis said, “I ask all the people of the Americas to open wide their arms, like the Virgin, with love and tenderness.” Speaking in Spanish during his general audience, the first Pope [...]

By |2013-12-26T00:39:41+00:00Dec 26th, 2013|Categories: Vatican Watch|Tags: |

Lack of Transparency over Consultants' Pay Prompts Questions

In July, Pope Francis set up an 8-member commission to study the Vatican's economic and administrative structures as part of an effort to reform the Roman Curia. (The Maltese economist and businessman Joseph F.X. Zahra is head of the commission.) Source: Salt & Light TV   Yesterday, the Vatican announced that two new contracts [...]

By |2013-12-20T21:41:41+00:00Dec 20th, 2013|Categories: Vatican Watch|

Special Devotion, Proper Respect and Reverence for the Holy Eucharist

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 administer [...]

By |2013-12-14T21:14:49+00:00Dec 14th, 2013|Categories: Vatican Watch|Tags: , , , |

A Musician-Diplomat among the Bishops

Interview with Msgr. Lorenzo Baldisseri, the new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who has served as apostolic nuncio in many countries. Msgr. Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, plays the piano. “When it came to making the act of obedience to the new Pope, I got in line — [...]

By |2018-03-24T05:56:42+00:00Dec 14th, 2013|Categories: Roman Curia|

Christmas with the Band of the Pontifical Swiss Guard

The Swiss Guard Band usually performs a Christmas concert each december in St. Peters Square. Here a brief history of the band of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. A soldier of the Pontifical Swiss Guard during Pope Benedicts XVI's prayer. One of the newest Christmas traditions in the Vatican is the Pope’s visit to a [...]

By |2013-12-14T04:25:18+00:00Dec 14th, 2013|Categories: Vatican Watch|

Vatican Watch – November 2013

Thursday 5 A LETTER TO PUTIN Pope Francis wrote to Vladimir Putin, Russian president, host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5-6. The pontiff asked leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution through [...]

Turkish Catholics Caught Between Two Fires

A Franciscan Capuchin, the archbishop of Smyrna, Turkey (and, since the mur­der of Bishop Luigi Pado­vese on June 3, 2010, apostolic administrator of Anatolia), Ruggero Fran­ceschini, 73, is a witness to the life of the Catholic Church in Turkey. Here, he speaks of the difficulties facing Christians in a Muslim country and expresses hope that new [...]

By |2018-02-23T13:09:45+00:00May 1st, 2013|Categories: Interview, News, Vatican Watch|Tags: |

January and February: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of Vatican Events

Pope Benedict and two Italian schoolchildren watch after releasing a dove from the window of the Pope’s apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 29. After praying the Angelus, the Pope and the children released doves as a symbol of peace. January Tuesday 8 “BE LIKE GOOD SAMARITAN, HELP THOSE IN NEED” [...]

By |2013-05-01T06:38:15+00:00May 1st, 2013|Categories: Vatican Watch|Tags: |

Homily by Benedict XVI for the Creation of Six New Cardinals

Dear Brothers and Sisters, These words, which the new Cardinals are soon to proclaim in the course of their solemn profession of faith, come from the Niceno-Constantinopolitan creed, the synthesis of the Church’s faith that each of us receives at baptism. Only by professing and preserving this rule of truth intact can we be authentic disciples [...]

By |2012-12-01T12:31:02+00:00Dec 1st, 2012|Categories: Vatican Watch|Tags: |

Celebrating Church’s Universality, Pope Creates New Cardinals

On November 24, Benedict XVI appointed six new cardinals from the US, Lebanon, Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia and India, in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. Nigerian Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, 68, of Abuja, receives the red biretta from Benedict XVI U.S. Archbishop James M. Harvey, 63, former prefect of the papal household, speaks [...]

By |2012-12-01T08:21:14+00:00Dec 1st, 2012|Categories: Vatican Watch|Tags: |
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