Vatican Now Distancing Itself from Kim Davis?

At first the Vatican would neither confirm nor deny that Pope Francis had met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for five days after refusing to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.Then, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, Vatican spokesman, admitted that a brief meeting had taken place at the Vatican Embassy in Washington DC, but that news of the meeting had remained private until after Pope Francis had left the country, so as not to overshadow the Pope's message … [Read more...]

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New CD Recorded in the Sistine Chapel Features “The Music of Popes”

Here is a wonderful idea for Christmas gift giving: Beautiful music from a beautiful place. In the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held this morning to present the new musical CD "Cantate Domino": The Sistine Chapel and the Music of Popes."  The CD was produced by Deutsche Grammophon. The speakers at this morning's press conference wereArchbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Papal Household; Msgr. Massimo Palombella, S.D.B., director of the Pontifical Sistine Chapel … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis May Have Seen Inside the Vatican Embassy

Pope Francis slept last evening at the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC, more formally called the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States.International travel is tiring, to be sure; but if by chance the pontiff woke during the night and went padding around in his slippers, perhaps he walked down the staircase from his third floor bedroom to the second floor reception room, where he may have found his way to this:It's a tapestry of Noah, giving instructions … [Read more...]

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