Buon Compleanno, Roma! The Eternal City May Be Older Than We Thought!


As the city of Rome prepares to celebrate its 2,767th birthday on April 21, archeologists have uncovered evidence that the city may be even older than they thought.Tradition is that the city of Rome was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. by two brothers, Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a wolf.But on Sunday, April 13, archeologists reported that they'd unearthed evidence of a wall which had been constructed at least 200 years earlier than that.  Patrizia Fortini, head of the Roman Forum … [Read more...]

Oops! Mr. President, the Vatican Is a Country!

White House press tag

The Gateway Pundit caught this diplomatic gaffe:CNN's senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman tweeted a picture of his credentials on Thursday morning.  The glitzy press tag issued for President Obama's multi-nation stop includes the flags of countries he's visited on this trip.... except for the Vatican.  Apparently, the folks in the White House Travel Department don't know much about the Catholic Church, and don't remember that the Vatican is not Rome.Vatican City-State is a co … [Read more...]

A Little Light Reading to Enliven Your Lent

Reflections from Rome

I have been smiling my way through Monsignor Richard Soseman's book, Reflections from Rome: Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family.I'm just sorry--so sorry!--that I didn't tell you about it earlier, before Lent began; but you know, it's not too late to add it to your repertoire during this season of reflection and renewal!I first met Monsignor Soseman ("Mons" is his on-line handle) in May 2011, when I was in Rome attending the Vatican Blogfest.  Mons, a priest from the Diocese of Peoria … [Read more...]