World Meeting of Families: Another Papal Slip-Up?

On July 25, I reported that Pope Francis would be coming to the United States in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. I was relaying the announcement by Archbishop Charles Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia, that the pope would attend the meeting on September 25-27.  Now, the Vatican says "Not so fast!"According to Vatican Radio,The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, issued a statement on Friday, saying the Pope has not c … [Read more...]

For the First Time Ever, a Woman Is Awarded the Ratzinger Prize

Anne-Marie Pelletier

Anne-Marie Pelletier, a French Biblical scholar who has written on Christianity and women, is the first woman recipient of the Ratzinger Prize in theology, it was announced today in the Vatican. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Scientific Committee of the "Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI", made the announcement this morning in a press conference in the Holy See Press Office.  The award will be presented November 22, 2014 to two individuals:  In addition to Dr. P … [Read more...]

Oldest Vatican Film, Dated 1896, Features Pope Leo XIII in the Rose Garden

Pope Leo XIII 3

In 1896, Pope Leo XIII became the first pope ever to be captured on film.Clearly, His Holiness did not understand the film industry.  You can see him respond to an off-screen reminder that this is not a still-life photo, but a real moving picture.   Back and forth, he waves his hand stiffly in the air--playing for the camera. *     *     *     *     * Some years ago, while serving as conference director for Legatus, I took our group of pilgrims to visit the offices of the Pontifical Council … [Read more...]


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