THE APOSTOLIC PALACE IN THE VATICAN

THE APOSTOLIC PALACE IN THE VATICAN

For over a thousand years the popes lived in Rome’s Cathedral, San Giovanni in Laterano – Saint John Lateran, built by emperor Constantine in the fourth century. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 AD), the barbarian invasions and political instability, a...
THE BASILICA OF SAINT PETER’S IN NUMBERS

THE BASILICA OF SAINT PETER’S IN NUMBERS

A story told through numbers The magnificent Vatican basilica as we see it today, is the result of a gigantic enterprise that lasted for centuries, and is in fact still on-going: this timeline gave birth to the Italian proverb “è come la fabbrica di S. Pietro” –...
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...