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...]

On Anniversary of Tsunami, the Vatican Remembers with Mozart


Three years after the earthquake and tsunami which afflicted Japan in 2011, Rome remembers with music. Organized with the support of the Japanese embassy to the Holy See, "Mozart's Requiem for Japan from the Vatican" will be held today in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls.  The Gioacchino Rossini Symphony Orchestra of Pesaro and the San Carlo choir, also from Pesaro, will perform Mozart's Requiem under maestro Daniele Agiman.The tsunami which flooded Japan's eastern coastal … [Read more...]