“Love Is Our Mission”: Theme Is Announced for World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Abp Chaput speaking

Archbishop Charles Chaput was a gracious tour guide on Tuesday, showing off his adopted city of Philadelphia to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Archbishop Paglia and a team of Vatican officials were in town to begin preparations for the week-long World Meeting of Families, planned for September 2015 in Philadelphia. Tuesday's guided tour included a stop for the delegation at the Liberty Bell and at Independence Hall, accompanied by … [Read more...]

The Uniform of the Swiss Guard: A 100-Year-Old Tradition

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Were the uniforms of the Swiss Guard designed by Michelangelo?  I've always heard that; but today I read--on the Vatican's own website--that Michelangelo had nothing to do with it!  Instead, it was Commandant Jules Repond, inspired by the frescoes of Raffaello, who had the inspiration for the iconic uniforms which are worn by guards in Vatican City and at papal events. In any case,  they are lovely, aren't they?  The bold blue, red and yellow stripes, the white of the collar and … [Read more...]

Will the Vatican Establish a Secretariat for Communications? And What Would That Mean for Bloggers?

Attendees at the Vatican Blog Meeting
May 2, 2011

News this morning out of Rome:  Giacomo Galeazzi, writing for Vatican Insider, reports that the Vatican is considering establishment of a Secretariat for Communications, which would be a dicastery of the Roman Curia having oversight responsibility similar to that of the newly established Secretariat for the Economy. If the Secretariat is established, it will be a centralized structure which would coordinate offices including the Vatican Press Office, the Pontifical Council for Social … [Read more...]