Category Archives: Vatican

What Do You Find In A Swiss Guard’s Cookbook?

This may be the most useful publication to come out of the Vatican in the last two weeks. David Geisser, a member of the Vatican’s famous Swiss Guards, has released a cookbook called “Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard.” This is not a joke. The cookbook contains some of the favorite recipes of current and past pontiffs.  [...]

At Synod14, the Pope Has the Last Word

      The just-concluded Synod on the Family at the Vatican has proven to be as contentious and fraught with drama as any large family gathering, complete with squabbles, loose talk and finger-pointing (mostly from the Synod’s chattiest and most self-aggrandizing attendee, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper) not to mention questionable reporting, some sensible opining and a [...]

Who is Trying to Rig Synod14?

I ask the question in my headline because of reports like this from Edward Pentin in the National  Catholic  Register: “More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. The first [...]

What the Synod Relatio Didn’t Say (And How It Didn’t Say It)

Once again, the Vatican has tripped over the English language and landed in a heap of trouble. Late in 2013, I posted a pair of articles at Breitbart.com dealing with issues surrounding the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Click here and here for them, [...]

Synod on the Family Debates Correct Pronunciation of “Synod”

In a somewhat strange development, discussions at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family have stalled due to the sudden emergence of a fierce debate among the bishops over the proper way to pronounce the word “synod.” Reportedly the dispute centers on whether the correct pronunciation is sigh-nod or sinnid. While seemingly a matter of little [...]

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?   [...]


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