US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A new PBS documentary gives us a rare look inside the Vatican

‘Inside the Vatican’ premieres Tuesday, April 28 on PBS

By Pamela Hill Nettleton |
Article Culture

Next week, PBS releases a new documentary of the Vatican offering tantalizing peeks into spaces no tourist can access and revealing the everyday work life for some of the 2,600 people working in the independent city-state.


When in Rome: John Paul II’s legacy at the Vatican

In his 26 years as pope, John Paul II gave new shape to the papacy.

By Richard R. Gaillardetz |
Article Your Faith

Habemus papam. We have a pope. The election of Pope Benedict XVI marks the conclusion of one of the most significant transitional moments in Roman Catholicism, rivaled only, perhaps, by the convocation of an ecumenical council.

Speculation about the identity of the new pope has given way to questions regarding his agenda for the church. The identity of the new pope suggests a papacy that will continue the overall thrust of his predecessor. Still, there are many possible new directions in which Benedict could lead our church.