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  • The World seen from the Vatican 01-13-2021

    This week at the Vatican:
    During the Angelus, the pope showed his concern about the US Capitol's attack.
    Pope officially allows women to take on roles of "lay ministries" such as acolytes.
    Much more, at Rome Reports Premium.

  • Latin Grammy winner for best Christian album: "My message is Jesus"

    “I could sing of love, but God is love. I could sing of hope, but He is hope. Singing about God brings all these things together in a special way,” says Alex Campos. His name is Alex Campos. He is one of the winners of the 13 Latin Grammys that Colombia took home in the 2020 edition. He says that...

  • Franciscan center in Rome preserves St. Maximilian Kolbe's room

    The International College of the Conventual Franciscans in Rome houses the room where St. Maximilian Kolbe founded the Militia of the Immaculata. More than 100 years ago, this simple room in what is now the International College of the Conventual Franciscans in Rome marked one of the most importa...

  • Pope on Epiphany: Set aside complaints and cast off dictatorship of the self

    “Worshiping the Lord is not easy; it isn't something that just happens. It requires a certain spiritual maturity,” he said. The Mass on the feast of the Epiphany began with a short procession in St. Peter's Basilica.

  • U.S. Bishops condemn violence by Trump supporters in Capitol Building

    “We should feel violated when the legacy of freedom enshrined in that building is disrespected and desecrated,” declared the Archbishop of Washington. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the US capital witnessed moments of unprecedented chaos and violence. A large group of pro-Trump protesters infiltrated the...

  • The World seen from the Vatican 01-06-21

  • Identical copy of "The Marriage of the Virgin" is placed where Raphael wanted it

    Made with the use of the latest technologies, it is an identical piece as the one exhibited in the Pinacoteca de Brera. The year 2020 marked the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death. As a tribute, a perfect replica of one of his most important pieces, "Lo Sposalizio," also known as "The Marriage ...

  • Tips for finding your perfect match all summed up in this checklist

    Thanks to the “Checklist for choosing a partner” book, finding the love of your life can be easier than you thought. Whether you’re new to the dating scene or looking to find a partner, one of the most important decisions is choosing the right person to share your love life with.

  • Where are the three wise men today?

    The supposed remains of the Magi are kept in an impressive reliquary inside the Cathedral of Cologne, a popular pilgrimage site to this day. According to the Gospel of Matthew, a group of Magi, in search of the infant king of the Jews, followed a star to Bethlehem, where they found the newborn Je...

  • Vatican cancels baptisms presided over by the pope due to the pandemic

    The ceremony had not been officially announced, but according to custom it should have been held next Sunday inside the Sistine Chapel. As a precautionary measure against the pandemic, the Vatican has canceled one of the most touching ceremonies the pope celebrates each year: the Baptism of infants.

  • Pope will celebrate Mass for the Epiphany after missing last two ceremonies

    After being unable to celebrate the traditional papal events on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, he will celebrate his first liturgy of the year. Pope Francis will celebrate his first Mass of 2021 on the occasion of the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. As usual, the Mass will be held in S...

  • Santiago de Compostela launches a Xacobeo that will last until end of 2022

    The spectacular ceremony in the cathedral of Santiago included the “botafumeiro.” 2021 is a significant year for pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James.

  • Why pope hasn't named new archbishop of Minsk after Kondrusiewicz's resignation

    Archbishop Kondrusiewicz is no longer archbishop of Minsk. Although his resignation coincides with the age at which bishops should retire, it seems to have been part of an agreement between the Vatican and Lukashenko.

  • Pope at Angelus: For 2021 to be a good year, we must take more care of others

    “We do not know what this year holds for us, but what we can do is to take care of each other and of creation,” said the pope. During last Sunday's Angelus, the pope reminded Christians that the New Year's success does not depend on luck. In order for everything to go well, he proposed, in additi...

  • Pope's messages about the family for year of Amoris Laetitia

    The family is one of the themes to which Pope Francis has dedicated much of his pontificate. His contributions as pontiff focus on two aspects. The first is caring for relationships within the family.

  • Campaign to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's house and turn it into literary center

    Award-winning author Julia Golding, who lives down the street from Tolkien's old house, is spearheading Project Northmoor. This house on Northmoor Road in Oxford is where J.R.R. Tolkien lived from 1930 to 1947. In those years, he wrote “The Hobbit” and most of “The Lord of the Rings,” his two mos...

  • Vatican prepares to receive Covid-19 vaccine

    The hope is that by the second week of January, Vatican City will have enough doses to cover its needs. The smallest state in the world is preparing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. To store the vaccines, the Vatican acquired an ultra-low temperature freezer.

  • The World seen from the Vatican 12-30-2020

  • Gen Verde launches new song about changing direction to save the earth

    Gen Verde's members say the new single is a concrete and collective action to protect Creation. This is “Turn Around.” It's the latest single released by Gen Verde, the international performing arts group of the Focolare movement.

  • Two key messages from Pope Francis on Christmas marked by pandemic

    Just like during Holy Week, Christmas of 2020 was marked by the pandemic. Once again, the main Vatican ceremonies were held in a practically empty St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Stories to make headlines in 2021: Pope's trip to Iraq and reform of Curia

    The pope has called bishops from all over the world to a synod on synodality. The year has just begun, and Pope Francis already has an intense agenda for the upcoming twelve months.

  • December: Pope commits to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions in Vatican

    He chose to dedicate an entire year to St. Joseph. Since the beginning of December, the pope has been asking people to respect government-imposed restrictions to address the pandemic.

  • Pope Francis announces a year of reflection dedicated to the family

    It is organized on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the publication of the Amoris Laetitia document. During the Angelus on the Feast of the Holy Family, the pope made an important announcement. He said that next March 19 would be the inauguration of a year dedicated to the family. The mo...

  • The best images of a year marked by the pandemic

    During the health crisis, some of the pope's gestures became viral. The year 2020 was the year of the health crisis. It completely changed the world's agenda, and the Vatican was no exception.