GUESS WHOS COMING TO LUNCH! - MICHEL ROY OF CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS IS GUEST ON VATICAN INSIDER - ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA AWAITING CONFIRMATION OF 2015 PAPAL VISIT
Friday, July 25, 2014
In recent days I've written about the remains of St. Marianne Cope being returned to her beloved Hawaii where they will be enshrined in Honolulus cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. I am overjoyed to tell you that I will be at that July 31 ceremony!

I leave Sunday for Chicago and then Tuesday for Honolulu for what promises to be a very exciting time a bit of work, and some quality vacation time in a heavenly spot with some marvelous friends. One of those friends, Vince Sava, a forensic anthropologist who led the team that exhumed Mother Marianne Copes body in 2005 for her beatification, was the person who wrote recently to tell me that St. Mariannes remains were being returned permanently to Hawaii. Vinces email and letters from other friends - convinced me that, after all my visits to the islands to research Saints Damien and Marianne (and a potential third saint, Brother Joseph Dutton) it was only right that I be there for this ceremony!

Ill be able to share this great moment with my Hawaiian ohana or family a big and wonderful family that includes people whose lives have intertwined with the lives of Kalaupapas two saints - Sisters from the same order as St. Marianne, Vince Sava and Audrey Toguchi whose miraculous cure of lung cancer was credited to the intercession of St. Damien who preceded Marianne on Kalaupapa in his work with victims of leprosy.

After Hawaii, Ill be in Alabama for some work at EWTN and also to attend the annual Family Celebration weekend on August 16 and 17. If you come to Birmingham for that event, make sure to look me up! I intend to post an occasional blog while away, as well as updates on Facebook and Twitter and some videos on my Youtube page.

Stay in touch! In the meantime God sit on your shoulder!

GUESS WHOS COMING TO LUNCH!

Pope Francis made a surprise visit on Friday to the Vaticans employee cafeteria. He turned up, unexpected, shortly after noon, much to everybodys astonishment, took a tray and silverware and joined the line with all the employees to be served his lunch. The staff said he ate pasta without sauce and cod served with grilled tomatoes. He ate lunch at a long table, joining various Vatican employees. Describing the papal visit "like a thunderbolt out of the blue," the canteens chef Franco Pai'ni said the Pope was introduced to the staff and others there and asked them questions about themselves and their work. Afterwards, he paid them compliments on the quality of the food, gave his blessing and took part in a group photo before leaving. (Vatican Radio)

(When I worked at the Vatican, I had many a lunch at this cafeteria. Before the euro was introduced, one could have a dish of pasta, a piece of fruit and a small bottle of water for 1,000 lire (about $.75 at the then exchange rate) or a full meal of pasta, main course, desert and water for 10,000 lire Ive not been ther iba while and do not know current prices but whatever they are, lunch costs less than it would at a restaurant. The best part was not the meal iself, but the company of fellow employees getting to know people from different offices in the Vatican or the gardeners or engineers or electricians. Lots of great people to know and stories to be told! Illl have to go back someday!)

MICHEL ROY OF CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS IS GUEST ON VATICAN INSIDER

My special guest this week and next on Vatican Insider is Michel Roy, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis. Part I airs this weekend and Part II next weekend. Michel and I had an absolutely fascinating conversation this week about Caritas its history, the hot spots in the world where it is working, its worldwide presence, the many challenges it faces on a daily, if not hourly, basis, its amazing staff so very many topics and so very much information.

Given what is happening in the world today the tragedies, natural disasters, wars, violence, even the border problem in the US with countless illegals flowing into the United States all these are arenas for Caritas. You will learn not only about Caritas but you will be educated on history, how international politics affects CIs work, where Caritas works and where it cannot (and why). You will learn a great deal about the Church as well but most of all about the Caritas spirit, the Caritas family, what motivates its army of volunteers.

I have a feeling you will learn at least a dozen things, if not more, that you did not know before the program!

As you know, in the United States, you can listen to Vatican Insider on a Catholic radio station near you (there is a list of U.S. stations at www.ewtn.com) or on Sirius-XM satellite radio. If you live outside the U.S., you can listen to EWTN radio on our website home page by clicking on the right side where you see LISTEN TO EWTN. Vatican Insider airs Saturday mornings at 9:30 am (Eastern time) and re-airs Sundays at 4:30 pm (ET). Check for your time zone. Past shows are found in Vatican Insider archives: http://www.ewtn.com/vondemand/audio/file_index.asp?SeriesId=7096&pgnu=

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA AWAITING CONFIRMATION OF 2015 PAPAL VISIT

In response to a CNS story that said Pope Francis will be attending the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the archdiocese published the following statement today:

There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or the Holy See of Pope Francis attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. We still expect that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event.

Archbishop Chaput has frequently shared his confidence in Pope Francis attendance at the World Meeting and his personal conversations with the Holy Father are the foundation for that confidence. We are further heartened and excited by the comments of the Vatican Press Office regarding Pope Francis "willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families. While Archbishop Chaputs comments do not serve as official confirmation, they do serve to bolster our sincere hope that Philadelphia will welcome Pope Francis next September.

Write to Joan at:
< a title="blocked::mailto:joansrome@ewtn.com" href="mailto:joansrome@ewtn.com"> < font color="#800000">joansrome@ewtn.com

Follow Joan on Twitter

Follow Joan on Facebook

View Joan's videos on Youtube

CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICALINFORMATION ON VISITING THE VATICAN.




  News Home
  NewsLink
  Joan's Rome
  A Catholic Journalist
in London
  Inside EWTN
  Power & Witness
  Journeys home by Marcus Grodi
  Seen & Unseen
  Vatican Insider Podcast
  Joan's Rome:Video