"Secret Access: The Vatican"

Thanks to my pal Dave Gibson, who alerted his readers to a History Channel special on the Vatican, airing tonight at 9 pm. As Dave notes: The show provides an overview of the history of the Vatican, and focuses on everyday life in the city-state today, and how it all works, or doesn’t, as the [Read More...]

Pope will grant first-ever TV interview

Some authors do Oprah to plug their books.  The pope has other ideas. Details: Pontiffs utter and pronounce. They, well, pontificate. But on 22 April, Good Friday, Pope Benedict will– in a papal first – answer viewers’ questions on television. Rosario Carello, presenter of a special programme to be broadcast onItaly‘s publicly owned RAI network, [Read More...]

Coming soon: a motu proprio on the mass?

Reports out of the Vatican indicate that may be in the cards. From the New Liturgical Movement website: In the coming weeks a document of Benedict XVI will be released which reorganizes the competences of the Congregation for Divine Worship, entrusting it with the task of promoting a liturgy more faithful to the original intentions [Read More...]

The servant of the servants…in dalmatic

Below, Pope Benedict celebrates mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, January 1, 2011. You can read more about the pontiff’s New Year’s message here.  And he also announced a special inter-religious summit in Assisi for peace. [Read more...]

Have you gotten one of these in the mail?

It’s a Christmas card from The Big Guy himself. I’m still waiting for mine.  I’m sure he’s very busy — sending fruitcake to Rowan and Kung and such.   I’m sure that’s why I haven’t gotten mine yet.  Really. [Read more...]

Bending for Benedict: trapeze artists perform for pope

And now for something completely different, from today’s general audience with Pope Benedict. [Read more...]


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