About Us at Inside the Vatican Magazine
Published ten times a year,
Inside the Vatican provides a comprehensive, independent
report on Vatican affairs with occasional special supplements.
The first issue of Inside the Vatican magazine appeared
in April 1993 as our "Zero Issue." Our aim was to
fill a particular gap. We felt that many publications (ranging
from small Catholic journals to major international secular
magazines) seemed to be partial, tendentious, superficial,
or uncritical in their coverage of Catholic affairs, and of
the Vatican, in particular. We therefore aimed to be, in so
far as was in our power, balanced, reasonable, thoughtful
So many readers applauded our first effort that we were heartened
enough to continue publishing. Our issue #1 appeared almost
five months later (August-September 1993), and we have been
appearing monthly ever since (10 times yearly; our June-July
and August-September issues are combined).
We currently have a press run of 17,500 and a circulation
of about 15,000, predominantly in the United States but also
in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, the Philippines,
India and in Rome itself. We judge our readership to be predominantly
among thoughtful Roman Catholics, including several thousand
priests and religious leaders.
What Pope John Paul II Said About "Inside
the Vatican" Magazine...
What Better Recommendation?
Not long after the first issue of our magazine appeared (1993),
a Polish businessman was visiting Pope John Paul II. He
asked what he could do for the Holy Father. The Pope holding
a copy of Inside the Vatican said, "Do something for
this magazine." What a compliment!
What Our Readers Have to Say...
Jacqueline Jackson of Manitoba, Canada:
"Thank you Robert Moynihan for your beautiful and touching
commentary on CNN on the Holy Father's death and in particular
for your faith filled description of the Monstrance when the
Vatican put this image on TV. Your words and comportment were
dignified and made me proud to be Catholic. I had to have
this magazine [Inside the Vatican] because
of this. I knew it had to be an excellent publication filled
with the true faith. Thank you and God bless."
Deal W. Hudson-Editor of Crisis Magazine: "Because
of their research and resources, Inside The Vatican
is the only reliable source of information on what's really
happening at the heart of the Church. It's essential!"
Stratford Caldecott-Center for Faith & Culture, Oxford:
"In its exciting mixture of images and words, Inside
The Vatican is a feast, a treat, a celebration, for anyone
who wants to live spiritually and morally 'inside the Vatican.'"
Prof. Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard Law Professor: "No
periodical is more appreciated by me and all the members of
my family than Inside The Vatican. We rely on it for
clear, accurate news on the Church in the modern world and
for special features. The rich color, lucid writing, art history
and restaurant tips are a bonus!"
Patrick Madrid-Editor in Chief, ENVOY Magazine: "There
are many Catholic magazines I like, but there are only a few
I love and read religiously. Inside The Vatican has
long been one of those few. There's no better source for insightful,
in-depth and trustworthy reporting about what happens within
the walls of the Holy See. And the pictures! Rich photo documentaries
dazzle the eye and illuminate the mind. If you really want
to get "inside" the Vatican, subscribe to Inside The Vatican."
Austin Ruse-Head, Friday Fax on Family Issues: "Inside
The Vatican is both indispensable and courageous. I have
seen anti-Catholic and anti-life UN bureaucrats literally
bristle at hearing the name of this magazine. It is a
mark of distinction to make the devil mad."
Ralph Martin-Pres./Renewal Ministries & Author:
"Inside The Vatican is one of the very few
magazines that truly reflect the broad range of Pope John
Paul II's concerns for all aspects of the life and mission
of the Church. I read each issue thoroughly."
Dr. Janet Smith-Consultor to the Pontifical Council on
the Family, Professor of Philosophy, Univ- Dallas, Author,
"Why Humanae Vitae was Right.": "It's always
a thrill to receive a new issue of Inside The Vatican.
There is such a variety of features; and updates on news I
get nowhere else. It provides excellent commentary on important
issues; art essays that exalt the heart, and the photography
of places and churches in Rome keeps alive fond memories
of my trips there. It whets my appetite for exploring the
eternal city. I am proud to put it out on my coffee table
and notice few resist its beauty."
Al J. Matt-Editor, The Wanderer: "Inside
The Vatican provides valuable insights into the attitudes
and thinking that help shape the direction of the Church.
This magazine has an important role in our culturally bankrupt
society. Each issue provides beautiful reminders of art, architecture,
literature and faith that underlie Western Christian civilization."
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput-Archbishop of Denver:
"I read something valuable, interesting, and genuinely
enriching in every issue of Inside The Vatican. American
Catholics are blessed with a good variety of excellent Catholic
reading choices. But I do not think any serious Catholic reader
can be satisfied without regular access to this excellent
Nina Shea-Head of Freedom House, Washington DC: "Inside
The Vatican is a must-read for everyone interested in
reading about what's going on behind the scenes in Rome and
cutting-edge Catholic theological, social, and cultural issues.
Editor, Bob Moynihan, has given us a beautiful and indispensable
guide to the Roman Catholic Church in today's world."
Msgr. Flavio Capucci-Opus Dei World Hdqts, Rome Italy:
"Among the many merits of Inside The Vatican,
I would like to emphasize the service it renders, issue after
issue, to the unity of the Church. The multiplicity of gifts,
the diverse vocations, the plurality of paths found within,
show the wealth which God has endowed our Church. There is
one condition without which this variety is transformed into
conflict: it is lived within the same shared faith. This is
a specific contribution offered by Inside The Vatican."
Our Editorial Stance
Inside the Vatican is for anyone who would like to
know more about:
- the role of the Holy See in guiding the spiritual lives
of one billion Catholics and
- the extensive impact of the papacy in today's world.
Perhaps the easiest way to describe this magazine is to say
it is both "a window on Rome," and "a door"
through which one enters the Vatican. It is a window through
which one sees the day-to-day activities of the Vatican; it
is a door through which one can enter to encounter a variety
of people and ideas.
It provides in-depth interviews with the finest minds in
the Church today, with saints -- canonized and un-canonized
-- and with those who are trying to "shake things up."
This magazine introduces its readers not only to movers and
shakers of ecclesiastical policy, but also to members of new
and emerging groups that ecclesiastical leaders hardly know
how to deal with.
On the pages of Inside the Vatican one will find up-to-the-minute
news reported with an eye on historical and theological contexts.
The one feature of the magazine that most immediately strikes
the typical reader is the visual -- the magazine's striking
color photos of news stories and in its reproduction of great
art works in its regular essays on Church art and architectural.
This magazine is Catholic but editorially independent of any
faction or interest group, in or outside of the Church.
The magazine is the work of an international, multi-lingual
group of lay journalists:
Dr. Robert Moynihan is editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican
magazine. Dr. Moynihan is an American and veteran Vatican
journalist with a knowledge of five languages. He obtained
his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Yale. More
about Dr. Moynihan here...
Delia Gallagher, Senior Editor.
Antonio Gaspari is chief reporter. Mr. Gaspari is an Italian
and veteran Vatican journalist.
Gregory Galazka is chief photographer. Mr. Galazka is a
Pole with almost two decades of experience as a Vatican photo-journalist.
Giuseppe Sabatelli is chief of design and layout. Mr. Sabatelli
is an Italian with a degree in architecture and 20 years of
experience in publishing.
Stefano Navarrini, an Italian, is chief illustrator.
Lucy Gordan, Culture and Arts Editor.
Mallon, an American who has won numerous journalism awards,
is a contributing editor. (You'll find links to Mr. Mallon's
Status Ecclesiae columns on our Articles
Also on staff is "Friar Tuck," a British priest
who lives in Rome and reports exclusively for us on Rome's
The magazine has its main offices and staff in Rome, with
correspondence and distribution offices in the United States,
England and Australia. The magazine's editorial thrust is
not based on liberal or conservative agendas. Its over-riding
aim is to present readers with facts and evidence necessary
for a clear understanding of the thinking behind the vital
decisions and actions of the Pope and his chief policy makers.
The ideal motivating the writers of Inside the Vatican
can be summarized in seven words: "journalism must aspire
to present the truth." We say this fully aware of how
long and painfully involved the search for truth can be. But
we are, nevertheless, committed to finding and publishing
each month important and accurate information and to presenting
it in as full, clear and honest a context as possible.
Inside the Vatican is published by Urbi et Orbi Communications, PO Box 57, New Hope, KY, 40052-0057, USA, pursuant
to a License Agreement with Dr. Robert Moynihan, the owner
of the Copyright.
Urbi Et Orbi Communications, Inc. is the registered Publisher
for Inside the Vatican magazine. Donations to either
name are tax deductible in the United States. We are a non-profit
Donations are always needed and can be made here...
Inside The Vatican (ISSN 1068-8579) is a Catholic news magazine, published monthly except July
and September, with occasional special supplements.