St. Peter’s Square Prepares for Christmas With Unique “Twin-Trunk Tree” and Opera

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The Vatican's tree, always a beauty, has just arrived in St. Peters Square.  This year's tree is different in that it's got a "double trunk"--that is, two trunks growing together.  There's a homily in there, I'm sure:  A twin-trunk tree would be a great metaphor for married  love, for example, or for the family. Another interesting thing:  This year's Nativity display in St. Peter's Square will have an opera theme, with life-size terra cotta figures … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Head of the Swiss Guard Removed From Post

Daniel Anrig, commandant of the Swiss Guard, will no longer serve in that post, effective the end of next month.That is the announcement which was published today in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper.Although no explanation was provided, The Telegraph reports that it's widely believed Pope Francis prefers a "warmer, more inclusive style of governance" and found the commander's manner overly strict and "Teutonic."  According to The Telegraph's Nick Squires, reporting … [Read more...]

“Hundreds of Millions of Euros” Found During Vatican Financial Overhaul

Things aren't looking quite as bad as they'd thought over at the Vatican finance office.In an exclusive article in the premier issue of the Catholic Herald magazine, Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the newly created Secretariat for the Economy and the most senior English-speaking official in the Vatican, said, “In fact, we have discovered that the situation is much healthier than it seemed, because some hundreds of millions of euros were tucked away in particular sectional accounts and did … [Read more...]