Advocacy Group Claims the Vatican is Full of Winos

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And I sure hope they’re right.  The Wine Institute, a group that promotes the California wine industry, has released the results of a study* saying the Vatican consumes more wine per-capita than any other country in the world. The average Vaticanian sucks down 74 liters of wine per person: double that of Italy and France. [Read More...]

The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis in 3D

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Here’s a terrific video (Italian with subtitles) of the The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis, using slick animation to peel away the layers and provide a good view of the site. The area had been closed for a time for additional excavation and restoration, but is now open to public with even more sites to see. [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the Internet as a “Gift from God”

Pope Francis Tweets, old skool.

In anticipation of the 45th World Communication’s Day tomorrow, Pope Francis offers some observations on the centrality of communication in the modern world and the ways in which it can help forge solidarity and bridge gaps, but only if used properly. In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one [Read More...]

Benedict’s Remarks on the “Vatileaks” Story

“Events in recent days regarding the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart, though the firm conviction, that despite human weakness, despite difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, and the Lord will never fail to give His aid in sustaining the Church on her journey. Nevertheless, some [Read More...]

Pontifical Academy For Life Members Ask Officials to Resign

Excerpt from CNA: Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life want its top officials to resign over a series of recent controversial decisions, including a conference described as the “worst day” in its history. “I am not alone with my feeling of profound shock over the (Febuary 2012) public conference and some of the official [Read More...]

First Reaction from the LCWR UPDATED

UPDATED: Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report. Writers on all sides of the ideological spectrum have been chewing over the welcome news that the dissident Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be reformed, so I won’t rehash the story here. You can find the full Doctrinal Assessment here, and read Rocco’s balanced coverage here. I was [Read More...]

Vatican/Oxford Libraries Going Digital

Here’s the scoop: The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford have announced a 4-year project to convert some of their important holdings into digital form for all to see – even if readers can’t understand the Medieval Latin, ancient Greek or Hebrew the documents are written in. Among the [Read More...]

Vatican Website Hacked

The most powerful, feared, super-skilled hakerz in the whole wide world managed to mildly inconvenience some people for a few hours while calling attention to their childish grasp of history and reality. Yes, our pals at Anonymous, last seen scampering for cover as their former ally, Sabu, ratted them out, managed to bring down the Vatican’s [Read More...]


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