Is Vatican City Full of Winebibbers?

Italian wine

This made me laugh: A study by the California-based Wine Institute has reported that the Vatican City-State consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world.In fact, according to the Wine Institute, the Vatican's wine consumption is nearly double that of Italy as a whole. *     *     *     *     * BUT DIDN'T THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS?Actually, there are several reasons why wine is used in Rome—apart from the fact that altar wine is consecrated each day in hundred … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Issues a Letter to Families

Pope Francis with family 1

This morning in Rome, Pope Francis issued a Letter to Families.  In the letter, he urged Catholics to pray for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will open in October 2014.The Synod is being convened to discuss the theme of "pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization."Here is the English translation of the Holy Father's letter. Dear families,With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an … [Read more...]

Approved Miracle Sets Paul VI on the Road to Sainthood

Pope Paul VI

Last week Venerable Pope Paul VI moved one step closer to canonization, when the consulting theologians from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved a miracle attributed to his intercession.In December, I reported that the Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, headed by the Pope's personal physician, had declared that the former pope’s healing of an unborn child is “unexplainable” and had forwarded the case to theologians for review before the case goes t … [Read more...]