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S+L BLOG: Emilie Callan



In this episode of Vatican Connections we to talk about US President Donald Trump’s recent meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 24. Since then and only eight days after that historic visit, Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris agreement. In December 2015, 195 countries signed a climate accord, agreeing ...read more
The Pontifical Swiss Guard is one of the smallest armies in the world, and one of the oldest still in operation. Its main responsibility is to protect the Pope and the Apostolic Palace. Although they have mostly held a ceremonial role in recent years, their training now includes unarmed combat and firearms. Not surprisingly, to ...read more
It can be difficult to get through winter in the city, especially when it seems all color has been sucked out of the landscape. Grey skies, iced-over trees, wet and muddy sidewalks, black coats, black boots, black, black, black, grey, grey, grey… these are not what dreams are made of. And, on the rare occasion when ...read more
On the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the Church also marked the World Day of Consecrated Life with Mass in Saint Peter’s basilica. In his homily, Pope Francis encouraged those present to rekindle “what originally set their hearts afire” to answer God’s call, which he came back to when meeting with a ...read more
Holiness is built on a continuous friendship with God. That’s why saints are known for their intense prayer life. They have come to know the One whom they desire to resemble most. As Trappist monk Dom Chautard once said: In order to sanctify the world, we must first sanctify ourselves. This begins with personal prayer. ...read more
On the feast of Saint Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, the Vatican released the Pope’s message for the 51st World Day of Social Communications. Opus Dei elects Msgr Fernando Ocariz as the new prelate of the organization. The Oblates of Mary Immculate in Canada mark the 200th anniversary of the congregation with a Mass ...read more
The Vatican Museums launched a new website on Monday, January 23rd, available in 5 languages and mobile friendly. Its recently appointed director, Barbara Jatta, said their plan is to feature over 200 000 pieces of art work on the website by the end of the year. The Pope celebrated Mass last Saturday for the closing ...read more
This week on Vatican Connections, the Church marks the Week of prayer for Christian Unity. In Rome, the Holy Father kicks it off with an ecumenical delegation from Finland and Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, shares with Vatican Radio what ecumenism looked like last year. The ...read more
This week Vatican Connections takes a look at Vatican diplomacy once again after Pope Francis delivered a traditional New Year’s address to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. The Church gears up for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Papal charities open their doors to the homeless as temperatures dropped in Rome and ...read more
On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated morning Mass and, in his homily, spoke about the way Jesus expressed authority: through service, closeness and coherence. The Holy See Press office also announced Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be meeting the Pope on Saturday. Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine ...read more