- Jul 14, 2020
An artistic masterpiece conceived by the Renaissance master Raphael was on display for one week in the Sistine Chapel to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.
On Sunday Pope Francis baptized more than 30 babies inside the Vatican and issued a clear defense of infant baptism in his homily, saying it gives children the strength to grow in the faith as they get older.
After the consistory to create new cardinals on Oct. 5, Pope Francis will have chosen more than half of the men who will enter the Sistine Chapel to elect his successor.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel Sunday, where he marked the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, as he does every year, by baptizing infants and telling their parents that to pass on the faith, they must start at home by both giving a good example and teaching their children the basics.
Art historian Elizabeth Lev makes the case that it was the art produced after the Protestant Reformation that helped save the Catholic faith.
The Vatican confirmed an ongoing investigation into financial irregularities involving the directors of the Sistine Chapel Choir.