NO, There Were No Ashley Madison Clients From the Vatican!

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Last week a shocking headline insinuated that Vatican employees--perhaps priests or even bishops?--were among those whose names and email addresses were released in the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. The Catholic Herald reported:Vatican workers listed among users of Ashley Madison siteAccording to the Catholic Herald, Websites of at least two dozen people with the .va address are among those who had signed up to meet married people for liaisons. The reader could only imagine the … [Read more...]

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A Song Fit for a Pope: Charles Gounod’s Great Pontifical Anthem

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So there is such a thing as a "Papal Anthem"? Who knew?! The Papal Anthem--more formally titled the Pontifical Anthem and March--is played to mark the presence of the Pope or one of his representatives, such as a nuncio, and on other solemn occasions. The first eight bars are played whenever the Vatican's flag is raised. Despite the title of the YouTube video I've included here, the Vatican does not call this a "national anthem." It is a composition, they explain, whose words and music "speak … [Read more...]

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Monday, June 29: Opening Day for Vatican’s New Secretariat for Communications

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We knew that Pope Francis was planning a reorganization of the Vatican's wide-reaching communications offices. The nine-member Council of Cardinals, which includes Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, had recommended an overhaul. I expressed puzzlement about it here, and I questioned how the reorganization would affect bloggers here; but I have to admit:  the sprawl caused by new media, from television to radio to print media to the new media giants Facebook and Twitter (including the Pope's Twitter … [Read more...]

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