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

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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...]

Cardinal Foley Belonged to All of Us– But Most Especially, He Belonged to God

It seems everyone has a good “Cardinal Foley” story to tell.  The man was just so nice, so gracious, so friendly, we all thought he belonged especially to us.During my years as conference director for Legatus, I called upon him often.  He concelebrated Mass at our annual conference in Florida, and later he welcomed us to his offices at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome.  There, he spoke with great energy about the role of the Church in the world, and about how goals of th … [Read more...]


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