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S+L BLOG: Emilie Callan

In today’s episode, we take a look at the 4 day visit of the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Russia. The Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, talks about the current state of relations between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Church on Vatican Radio. The official logos for the ...read more
In today’s episode, the Director of the Vatican Observatory and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno was in the United States for the total solar eclipse. The Vatican released Pope Francis’s message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, marked next January 2018. Finally, the Holy Father focused his Angelus address on persevering in times ...read more
Is it too late to offer a Catholic summer playlist? The answer is no. It’s never too late. Besides, the weather has not been nearly hot enough to consider the past month “summer”. Our picnic days are far from being over. So here’s your opportunity to add some wholesome tunes – not boring! – to ...read more
Bishops of Panama were in Rome for their ad limina visit. As they prepare to host the next World Youth Day, in January 2019, part of their meeting with Pope Francis focused on that topic. They also discussed the challenges they face today, not only as a Church but also as a country. Vatican Magazine ...read more
What’s behind the frame? When Pope Francis is photographed during a papal trip, it’s more than just a simple snapshot. Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism wanted to know what we’re actually seeing in these photographs. By looking at Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to Cuba, they found the cultural background of photojournalists ...read more
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