Is Vatican City Full of Winebibbers?

Italian wine

This made me laugh: A study by the California-based Wine Institute has reported that the Vatican City-State consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world.In fact, according to the Wine Institute, the Vatican's wine consumption is nearly double that of Italy as a whole. *     *     *     *     * BUT DIDN'T THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS?Actually, there are several reasons why wine is used in Rome—apart from the fact that altar wine is consecrated each day in hundred … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Cardinal Pell Named Prefect of the Vatican’s New Secretariat for the Economy

Australian Cardinal George Pell

Well, I didn't see that coming!Cardinal George Pell, Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, has just been appointed to head a new Secretariat established by Pope Francis to coordinate economic and administrative affairs of the Holy See and the Vatican City-State.The new Secretariat for the Economy was endorsed by both the Council of 8 Cardinals established to advise the Holy Father on governance and the Committee of 15 Cardinals which oversees the financial affairs of the Holy … [Read more...]

Vatican and Argentina Issue Joint Postage Stamps Honoring Pope Francis (UPDATED)

Joint Vatican - Argentina Stamps

You philatelists out there might be able to tell me whether this is as unusual as it seems:  I have never in my life heard of two nations collaborating on the printing of postage stamps.That’s what happened today, though.  A four-stamp collector’s set of stamps, each featuring a photographic image of Pope Francis, has been issued jointly by the Vatican City State and Argentina.  The set marks the beginning of the new pope’s pontificate, and includes four different stamps with the values of €0 … [Read more...]