An Unexpected Privilege: The Day I Attended Mass with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger

The faithful wait for Mass to begin at the great altar in St. Peter's Basilica, September 28, 2003

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!It was September 2003, and I was leading a pilgrimage to Rome for a group of Catholic CEOs, members of Legatus.  We were so busy--Every day of our pilgrimage was filled with tours of historic basilicas, meetings with Vatican officials, lunches and dinners and gelato stands and, of course, daily Mass.  In the entire week we were in Rome, I slept little.  There was only one "free" night, when members of our group were encouraged to explore t … [Read more...]

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...]