Pope Francis’ Taste For Wine: It’s In His Roots


Pius II had a predilection for milk. Benedict XVI drank orange Fanta. And Pope Francis? While Francis is known for drinking mate, an Argentinian tea, it seems that the current Pope’s palate is a bit more refined. Pope Francis – or Jorge Mario Bergoglio – is also a wine aficionado. The taste for wine runs in the family. His grandfather was a...

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9 Things to Do in Rome (Besides the Colosseum & Vatican!)


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Widely praised as the historically rich, culturally satisfying home to one of the world’s most frustrating airports, Rome tops the wish list of Italian travelers. The visit inevitably stars a few key players: the ancient Roman ruins and their notable Colosseum and Forum, an afternoon at the Vatican Museums with the obligatory illegal picture of...

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The Beatification of Paul VI: a Simple Guide to a Momentous Occasion


Beatification, which could be likened in gravitas to a papal election, is a moment of joy and celebration for the Vatican and the Catholic community all around the world. Thousands of devotees make a pilgrimage to Rome to witness this memorable event. The upcoming Beatification of Paul VI will take place on October 19th – here’s what you need...

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5 Tips for Major Events in St Peter’s Square


You can see St Peter's Square empty only at night The Vatican is expecting millions of people in Rome on Sunday, April 27 for the canonization of two popes: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. This is a unique and historic event because no pope has ever made two other popes saints on the same day. However millions of people in St Peter’s...

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