Category Archives: Vatican

Inside the Vatican Secret Archives

Via Crux, very cool photos of some of the incredible treasures from the Vatican archives. The selection of photos includes Galileo’s signature from his trial, letters to Pope Pius IX from Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and endless shelves holding centuries of important Church documents. See the photos here. a

People Are Dying for Christ — Go to Mass on Friday

Friday, Aug. 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Unless it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, and that means that Catholics are required to attend Mass (unless they have a health issue or other situation that would licitly excuse them from attending [...]

11 Things You Won’t Believe Can Fit Inside St. Peter’s Basilica

  Next Saturday (June 29) will mark the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. As the universal Church prepares to honor two of her greatest saints, Catholics around the world will be asking themselves the same question that they do every year around this time: What huge things could fit inside St. Peter’s Basilica?   [...]

US Embassy to Vatican: Celebrate LGBT Day With Us!

Our embassy to the Holy See was established to promote goodwill between the United States and the Vatican. Under the Obama administration, however, it has at best done nothing and at worst it actively harms our relationship with the Holy See. Today for instance the embassy staff took a break from posting selfies and asking [...]

Pope Francis to United Nations Officials: Full Text

{Ed. Note: We present here the full text of the address by Pope Francis to executives from the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes.} Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you [...]

Pope Francis: Say What?

Earlier this week, a story made the rounds on the inter-webs that Pope Francis had counselled an Argentine woman who had married a divorcee to go ahead and receive Communion. The story, as reported here, was based on an Italian report of an Argentine report based on a Facebook post by the husband of the [...]

John XXIII, John Paul II, and the Triumph of Vatican II

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in order to modernize the Church and help it get with the times. His vision for reform lives on in those progressive folks who like talking about “social justice” the “spirit of the Council.” Meanwhile, Good Pope John’s revolutionary vision for [...]

Popes Clearly Say Who Can and Can’t Receive Communion

Reading the comments to John’s excellent post about Bishop Paprocki, I sense a kind of amnesia. So, for the record: There is already lots of clarity about communion and pro-abortion politicians. And, lest we let ourselves off the hook while  scorning those awful no-good pro-aborts, there is also lot of clarity about how maybe many of [...]

10 Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul II Existed

The saints who will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning a week of events leading up to the naming of our St. John Paul II Student Center on his canonization day, we [...]


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