Axios: Swiss Guards leave corps in order to avoid Vatican vaccine mandate

Axios: Swiss Guards leave corps in order to avoid Vatican vaccine mandate. “Three members of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard have voluntarily left the corps after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, defying the Vatican’s mandate, AP reports. Driving the news: Last week, the Vatican ordered all employees to get vaccinated or submit to testing, with the new policy going into effect on Oct. 1.”

Washington Post: Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates

Washington Post: Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates. “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the latest district of the Catholic Church to reject religious exemptions to coronavirus vaccination mandates, reflecting a stark divide among the church’s hierarchy over immunization requirements. Church leaders in the nation’s sixth-largest city urged priests Wednesday not to help parishioners evade the shots, which the Vatican has deemed ‘morally acceptable.’”

Catholic News Agency: Vatican Museums to reopen with strict new measures in May

Catholic News Agency: Vatican Museums to reopen with strict new measures in May. “Throughout the pandemic, the Vatican Museums have followed the Italian government’s measures. During a national lockdown in the spring of 2020, the museums were closed for a total of 12 weeks before reopening on June 1. The Vatican Museums have published a five-page document listing the new rules for visitors.”

Catholic Courier: Vatican Observatory launches podcast, new website

Catholic Courier: Vatican Observatory launches podcast, new website. “The podcasts are available on several platforms and they feature one of the pope’s own Jesuit astronomers speaking with a notable figure in the world of space exploration or science. For example, one episode features Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno — a planetary scientist, director of the Vatican Observatory and president of the foundation — speaking with U.S. astronaut Nicole Stott and her husband Christopher Stott of the International Institute of Space Commerce.”

Angelus News: Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversary

Angelus News: Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversary. “The web radio, debuting Feb. 12, will make Vatican Radio broadcasts available over the internet in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Armenian. The broadcasts will also be available via the Radio Vaticana app. Vatican Radio already transmits via radio waves, shortwave, satellite, DAB+, and digitally.”

The Guardian: Vatican enlists bots to protect library from onslaught of hackers

The Guardian: Vatican enlists bots to protect library from onslaught of hackers. “The Vatican Apostolic Library, which holds 80,000 documents of immense importance and immeasurable value, including the oldest surviving copy of the Bible and drawings and writings from Michelangelo and Galileo, has partnered with a cyber-security firm to defend its ambitious digitisation project against criminals. The library has faced an average of 100 threats a month since it started digitising its collection of historical treasures in 2012, according to Manlio Miceli, its chief information officer.”

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious. “The Vatican Library has revamped its website to serve scholars better and facilitate navigation for the curious…. Some of the new features, [Msgr. Cesare Pasini] said, include more powerful and expanded search functions, and registered researchers can now easily ask staff questions and order digital reproductions of manuscripts, texts and other materials from the libraries collections.”

Ubergizmo: Vatican Priest Launches His Own Minecraft Server To Tackle Toxic Gaming

Ubergizmo: Vatican Priest Launches His Own Minecraft Server To Tackle Toxic Gaming. “Due to the fact that more games are being created as multiplayer games, it also means that there is a rise in online communities, which in turn has also unfortunately resulted in some of them being rather toxic. However, in a bid to try and create a less toxic environment for gamers, a Vatican priest by the name of Fr. Robert Ballecer, decided to create the Vatican’s Minecraft server where he hopes that it would foster a less toxic community.”

The Guardian: Vatican’s Secret Archives no longer officially secret after renaming

The Guardian: Vatican’s Secret Archives no longer officially secret after renaming. “The Vatican said on Monday the new name would be the Vatican Apostolic Archives. This removes any potentially ‘negative nuances’ from the Latin word ‘secretum’, which the pope said in a decree was closer to ‘private’ or ‘reserved’ than ‘secret’ when the archives were first named in about 1610.”

The Hindu: Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

The Hindu: Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives. “The lawsuit in a U.S. federal court, which will be formally announced in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and ‘release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican and held in strict secrecy,’ lawyer Jeff Anderson said in a statement. “

The Pitch: A Kansas State grad student has reconstructed a piece of Vatican music that’s not been heard since 1542

The Pitch: A Kansas State grad student has reconstructed a piece of Vatican music that’s not been heard since 1542. “[Patrick] Dittamo came to the project after learning that the Kansas City Chorale was looking to perform a piece that hadn’t been done in modern times. He started researching underserved composers and came across Escobedo. Only a handful of his pieces had survived, but ‘Missa Ad te levavi’ was one of them, and it had been digitized in the Vatican’s online library. Despite the damage to the document, Dittamo was confident he could transcribe the manuscript. (Last summer, Dittamo completed Yale and Cornell University’s Historical Notation Bootcamp, and he’s currently wrapping up his master’s in music history and compositions.) Still, Dittamo says he underestimated the difficulty of the undertaking.”

Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives

Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives. “The archives’ heavily laden shelves stretch 53 miles down dimly lighted corridors and are packed with papal correspondence dating to the 8th century and penned by the likes of Mary Queen of Scots and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The only problem: There is so much of it. More than 1,000 scholars are let in annually to scour the shelves, but much has yet to be read, let alone inventoried, digitized or translated. Which is why one IT professor in Rome decided it was time to let algorithms loose in the hallowed halls of the Vatican, using artificial intelligence software taught to read medieval Latin.”