POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI

POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI

Joseph Ratzinger is 92 years old, is Pope Emeritus, (he no longer holds the role of pope, but retains the style of His Holiness) and lives in the Vatican, in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery. He was born in Marktl am Inn in Bavaria on the 16th of April, 1927, son of a...
CHRISTMAS 2019 IN SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

CHRISTMAS 2019 IN SAINT PETER’S SQUARE

Why does Christmas fall on the 25th of December? The Italian term “Natale” – “Christmas” – derives from the latin dies natalis, day of birth. Both the Greeks and the Romans celebrated the people’s day of birth with parties and gifts. The Roman festival of Natalis...
POPE FRANCIS

POPE FRANCIS

Francis I, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church After the papal resignation of Benedict XVI, a conclave was called on 11th February 2013, and on March 13th the first non-European pope was elected; the first Jesuit pope and the first to take his papal name from St....
VATICAN GENDARMERIE

VATICAN GENDARMERIE

What is the Vatican Gendarmerie? “How many military divisions does the Pope have?” Stalin hissed contemptuously at Yalta in 1945, annoyed by the international political influence of the smallest state in the world, the Vatican City, devoid of military...
THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER

THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER

The Chair of Saint Peter: theological meaning. In ancient Rome ‘la cattedra’ – the chair or throne – was the seat of notables: magistrates, officials or teachers. For Christians it is the chair of high ecclesiastical authorities. The Chair of St. Peter is the...
THE SACRISTY OF SAINT PETER’S

THE SACRISTY OF SAINT PETER’S

The Sacristy stands at the entrance to the Necropolis of Saint Peter, a few meters from the south side of the basilica, and is connected to the necropolis by two corridors that end at the tomb of Pius VIII and the Choir Chapel. The original sacristy built at the time...