To Celebrate 30 Years Of Diplomatic Relations Between The United States And The Vatican

Yes, while the rest of the world was celebrating the 30th birthday of the Macintosh computer, I was more interested in the amazing fact that before 1984, the United States didn’t have an ambassador to the Vatican. That’s right. China, for example, had diplomatic ties with the Vatican before the Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave did.

Here’s a little video commemorating this important anniversary. Roll tape. [Read more...]

About Moving The Vatican City Legation…(Stuff I Refuse To Be Upset About)

Current location (left) vs. new location (right). I vote for the new location.

Recently a firestorm of fake dudgeon was released into the Catholic blogosphere when news came that the U.S. Embassy to Vatican City was, horror of horrors, going to be moved to a space that was available where the U.S. Embassy to Italy was located in Rome. The hue and cry from some quarters was loud and long.

Former ambassadors to the Holy See lined up to whine about the perceived slight they were enduring. Meanwhile, the current Ambassador to the Holy See was fine with the idea, and the Vatican was cool with it too. But that didn’t placate folks, and you know what? Neither will this blog post. [Read more...]


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