Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As you know, I have been fighting wi-fi, Internet and connectivity issues for about two weeks and today was no exception they started the moment I awoke this morning and that can well mean it is time to stop trying to connect and simply go back to bed!

I went to the Vatican press office today in the hopes of working there but, lo and behold, no Internet! I then spent a brief period in the store near my home where I bought the Internet key when my troubles started and Mauro, the owner, cannot figure out why it is sooooo slow - why I am waiting 3 to 10 minutes (or more) to open an email, a link or a website. He spent considerable time trying to discover what was behind the slowness. I worked briefly on his wifi but, once I was home, the Internet again became ultra slow. I have only been able to connect to email but not to links within the emails. Oddly enough, I have been unable all day to connect to Vatican web sites for news, so I cannot even do a cut-and-paste!

So, no news today. And we'll soon see if "no news is good news."

Actually, I was able to open and thus copy - one brief news story from an email alert I received: Pope Francis has placed a phone call to Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, to assure him of his prayers and solidarity as Christians face open persecution in sections of Iraq and Syria. The Syriac Patriarch told the Italian news agency SIR that the Pope had said he was following the latest news from Mosul with grave concern, and had given his apostolic blessing to the Christians of the region. The call from the Pope came shortly after a firebombing attack on the headquarters of the Syriac-Catholic Church in Mosul. On the same day the Pontiff had spoken at his regular Sunday audience about the Christians of Iraq who "are persecuted, chased away, forced to leave their houses without the possibility of taking anything.''

It is 8:30 pm. I can go to a nearby restaurant or caf and get wi-fi and possibly create a doable column, but I know when to stop and simply use the hand I've been dealt.

I'm a born optimist so I ask you to come back here tomorrow when I am sure I'll be able to bring you some news and other stories!

PS Telecom, the phone company just called! One Telecom employee tells that upgrading our neighborhood to fiber optic is the cause of my wifi issues! And that is followed by a conversation with another Telecom employee who assures me nothing of the sort is happening!

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