Vatican Announces World Meeting of Families—In Philadelphia!

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Philadelphia.  September 22-27, 2015.  Be There.You’re part of a family, right?  I mean, you’re a mom or dad, or a sister, a brother, a daughter, a grandmother, a cousin….Well, you’re invited!  The Vatican has just announced that the Eighth World Meeting of Families will be held on September 22-27, 2015.  For the first time, the event will be held in North America—in the City of Brotherly Love.In summer 2012, an estimated one million people attended the closing Mass for the World Meet … [Read more...]

All Creatures Great and Small….

...the Lord God loves them all. --James Herriott … [Read more...]

A Coat of Arms for the Interregnum

Coat of Arms during interregnum

Have you ever seen this?Probably not—This is the coat of arms of the Holy See during the Interregnum, that period after a pope leaves office until a new pontiff is elected by the College of Cardinals.  It is also known as the Sede Vacante period, that time when the Seat (the Chair of Peter, that is) is Vacant.Instead of the papal tiara over the keys, as is customary for the Holy See and the Vatican City State, the tiara is replaced with the umbraculum (ombrellino, in Italian). This sy … [Read more...]