For sale: Pope Paul VI's 1964 limousine used during visit to New York

Won’t this look great in your driveway? Details: Back in 1965 for Pope Paul VI’s visit to the United States, a custom built 1964 Lincoln Continental Limousine was built for the Holy Father. That ’64 Continental is now up for auction at Bonhams on August 19 in California, where it’s expected to sell for up [Read More...]

World Youth Day? There's an app for that

And the Vatican announced it yesterday. Details: Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions, thanks to a new iPhone app unveiled at the Vatican on Friday (July 29). World Youth Day (WYD), an international gathering held every three years in a different city, will [Read More...]

Apostolic Nuncio Pietro Sambi dies — UPDATED

Rocco broke the news late yesterday, and notes that it’s the first time a papal legate to the U.S. has died in office: Pope Benedict’s representative to these shores since 2006 — and tipped to be in line for a Vatican post just a few weeks back — Sambi turned 73 in late June. As [Read More...]

Quote of the day: the pope on Norway

The pontiff sent condolences to Norway’s King Harald, following yesterday’s horrific attacks. The pope’s message, in part: “His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI offers fervent prayers for the victims and their families, invoking God’s peace upon the dead and divine consolation upon those who suffer.” “At this time of national grief he prays that all Norwegians [Read More...]

Vatican: profits up, donations down

The Holy See reports that it is back in the black. Details: The Vatican returned to profit last year after three years in the red but donations from the faithful fell nearly $15 million, or 18 percent, amid tough economic times and the explosion of the priest sex abuse scandal. The Vatican issued its annual [Read More...]

The next pope? — UPDATED

The new Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola, automatically leaps to the top of the list. NCR’s John Allen has a very good overview of the man he calls the “new Crown Prince of Catholicism”: Among insiders, he was already considered an ecclesial heavyweight and top-tier future prospect. Yet Milan is, well, sui generis. It’s [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We were more than forty candidates, who, at the solemn call on that radiant summer day, which I remember as the high point of my life, responded “Adsum”, Here I am. We should not be superstitious; but, at that moment when the elderly archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird—perhaps a lark—flew up [Read More...]

"Papa's got an iPad and Twitter account — he's not gonna get any work done now!"

That’s how Elizabeth Scalia celebrated the historic moment, captured in the photograph below. The pope launched the Vatican’s new online news site with a gesture that must have sent Apple stock soaring: tweeting on an iPad. Rocco has more. [Read more...]

The odor of sanctity?

A fragrance in honor of the Pope: Read all about it. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“There exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in [Read More...]