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S+L BLOG: Emilie Callan



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
The Holy Father met with diplomats accredited to the Holy See Monday morning and warned against the danger of using religion to justify violence. He told them “that every expression of religion is called to promote peace”. On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, he baptised 28 babies in the Sistine Chapel. ...read more
The Holy Father sent messages of condolences to the Archbishop of Berlin, after the attack in a Christmas market on Monday, and to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Barbara Jatta, art historian, was named as new director of the Vatican Museums. In Canada, 350 farmworkers from Central ...read more
Over the weekend, the Holy Father met with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to approve the decrees of 12 new Servants of God, including the martyrdom of an American priest killed in Guatemala. The Pope also met with business leaders from around the world in Rome for a global forum ...read more
Today the Holy Father met with the director of the latest film “Silence” at the Vatican. Martin Scorsese was in Rome for a screening of his movie for a group of Jesuits. The private audience was attended by the film’s producer, Scorsese’s family. The meeting followed his usual General Audience, where he completed his catechesis ...read more
Christmas preparations are coming along at the Vatican. The Pope’s schedule for Advent and Christmas was just released, a Christmas tree was erected in Saint Peter’s Square, and a nativity scene will soon make its appearance. This year, the Vatican’s Christmas decorations are environmentally friendly, have been made with the help of children, and reflect ...read more
The Vatican announced the themes for the next World Youth Days to culminate at the International World Youth Day in Panama in 2019. They are taken from the Gospel of Luke and are inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope. A new website for Peter’s Pence was launched today, making it ...read more