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The Revolution of John XXIII: The Second Vatican Council

Last edited 13th May 2014

In 1958, when the Cardinals elected a 76 year old Pope, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, many expected an uneventful pontificate without surprises. But Pope John XXIII, now a canonized saint, surprised everyone. Watch this video for more.

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Jesuits Celebrate 200 Years Since its Order was Restored

Last edited 11th May 2014

When Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus in 1773, the Jesuits technically ceased to exist for 41 years. In 1814, the Society was reborn thanks to Pope Pius VII. This chapter is key in the history of the Jesuits. Pope Francis brought it up just days after his election, when he explained why he chose the name Francis.

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John XXIII: The Pope who Dodged Police to Walk Outside the Vatican

Last edited 6th April 2014

Guido Gusso was the butler for the Msgr. Angelo Roncalli, the first as Patriarch of Venice, then in Rome as Pope. In those years, they shared many stories and anecdotes. Guido Gusso said that when the Pope tired of walking around the Vatican Gardens, they would come up with ways to dodge Vatican police and leave the walled city.

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Vatican Museums launch exhibit on Indonesia

Last edited 17th March 2014

This is how Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello kicked off a unique exhibit titled Indonesia Land of Harmony. Hosted by the Vatican Museums, it includes 150 objects and artifacts that reflect the country's different ethnicities and religions. FR. NICOLA MAPELLIVatican's Ethnological Museum"The main purpose is to use art to show that a peaceful co-existence is possible between different communities, ethnicities and cultures. Indonesia is a perfect example of this.” Some of these items are gifts that Indonesian communities have given to Popesthroughout the years. Others are gifts that missionaries brought to Rome.

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One Year Ago, Cardinals walked into the Sistine Chapel to elect the new Pope

Last edited 12th March 2014

Exactly one year ago, on March 12, 2013 Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked into the Sistine Chapel, along with his fellow cardinals to elect a new Pope. What happened next surprised the Church and the world. The Vatican's Master of the Liturgical Celebrations, Guido Marini, said the traditional 'Extra Omnes' phrase to start off the conclave at 17: 32 Rome time.

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The Basillica of St. Francis, Assisi Italy

Last edited 17th February 2014

Did you know that the medieval city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the homonymous Religious Order of the Franciscans, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 2000?


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Vatican will Open Historic, Pompeii-Like Necropolis to Public

Last edited 2nd February 2014

Few people are aware that under the Vatican you can find the historic necropolis of Via Triumphalis. It's a Roman cemetery located near the Circus of Nero, where, according to tradition, St. Peter was martyred. Starting this month of January, the necropolis will open to the public. It's so well preserved that experts often refer to it as a "Roman Pompeii.”

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2013: A Year that Rocked the Church

Last edited 6th January 2014

The year 2013 saw dramatic events in the life of the Catholic Church. A video by Catholic News Service!

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Fr. Robert Barron comments on The Council of Trent

Last edited 11th December 2013

This year is the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent. It is one of the most important councils in the history of the Church, as well as the longest council by far, which was held in response to the Protestant Reformation. So what did they talk about, and why is it important for Catholics today? Watch this video with Fr. Robert Barron for more.

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Vatican Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the First Council Document Published

Last edited 11th December 2013

Many of the people inside Rome's Church of St. Anselmo were too young to remember the Second Vatican Council. But they heard from witnesses who vividly recall the first document the Council approved, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Arguably, this document may have changed Catholicism for everyday churchgoers, more than any other text from the Second Vatican Council.

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