U.S. to downscale Vatican embassy

The following comes from a Nov. 23 column by Kathy Schiffer from Patheos.com. The United States is scaling back its diplomatic mission at the Vatican—making plans to close its Vatican Embassy headquarters, and instead conduct its operations in a smaller building within the walls of the U.S. Embassy to Italy. The Obama Administration cites “security concerns” following the … [Read more...]

Serra biography minimizes the priest’s sacrifice

  The following comes from a Nov. 7 story on the website of Catholic News Agency. A new biography of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded many Catholic missions in 18th century California, shows “incomprehension” of its subject and wrongly minimizes his heroism, one reviewer says. “A true image of the great missionary indeed it is, but it … [Read more...]

Obama’s ambassador to the Vatican rankles pro-lifers

The following comes from an Oct. 29 story in LifeSiteNews. Only four days after formally beginning his post as the new US ambassador to the Vatican, Ken Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) took a swipe at pro-life Americans who criticized CRS for funding groups promoting abortion and contraception.  Hackett was interviewed days after presenting his … [Read more...]