Vatican City is a city-state within the city of Rome, Italy. It is home to both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and is a veritable monument to Catholicism's influence on architecture. It is where you will find the Vatican museums which house a number of ancient Roman sculptures including “Laocoon and His Sons”.
Pope Francis has sent his support and blessings to the Catholic Church in Australia as it commences a three-year process to consider its future through the Plenary Council 2020.
The annual Met Gala, which is often called ‘fashion’s biggest night of the year,’ and which has been described as the Oscars of the fashion world, has turned to the Catholic Church for its inspiration.
The the Australian chapter of the global Living the Change campaign - to mitigate the human impact on climate change - was recently launched at a gathering of the multi-faith network, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).
In recent months, Pope Francis has been outspoken about ongoing conflict in Syria and the Middle East. After a chemical weapons attack on Syria, the Pope released a statement condemning the attacks. Now, Pope Francis is inviting leaders from all denominations in the Middle East to pray with him in Italy for peace in the Middle East.
The results of last year’s Catholic Media User Survey are in and with more than 1,000 responses, the survey shows people are turning to Catholic media for a refreshingly alternative perspective on events. In many cases, respondents also said Catholic media plays a pivotal role in the development of their faith.
As most of us know, the Star Wars franchise depicts the adventures of characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” and has amassed such a huge and devout following, it is often likened to a religion. It turns out, the feverence of Star Wars fans isn’t the only commonality between Star Wars and Catholicism.