Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict!

Pope Benedicts birthday

I was so excited for a minute.  I saw this photo and I thought, "I have a scoop!"  Then I looked more closely, and I am almost certain that's the papal nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, standing there on the right.  Archbishop Sambi, you may recall, died a few months ago.So the photo is cool, but it's apparently from a different year, not this year's papal birthday party. One interesting tidbit:  There have been 265 popes since St. Peter, and only five of them have lived to th … [Read more...]

Regina Coeli: Queen of Heaven

Mary Queen of Heaven

The Regina Coeli (“Queen of Heaven”) is a traditional Marian prayer. During the Easter season (from Easter until Pentecost), the Regina Coeli is recited in place of the Angelus, that ancient prayer of the Church which has traditionally been recited at noon and again at 6:00 p.m.The prayer dates back to at least the 1200s. According to legend, Pope St. Gregory the Great heard angels chanting the first three lines one Easter morning in Rome. He was inspired to add the fourth line. * * * * * * … [Read more...]