I have two special guests this week on Vatican Insider in the interview segment. I talk to Dr. Joseph Marotta, founder and executive director of Medicus Christi, and his new partner in Rome, Dr. Ettore Valente, an Italo-American who is also an orthopedic surgeon and is helping Dr. Marotta to launch Medicus Christi Italia. It is a wonderful story of two faith-filled men who are very dedicated to medicine and to helping their fellow man.

Dr. Marotta is on the left and Dr. Valente on our right.


When there is so much bad news in the world I always feel privileged on Vatican Insider to offer the good news of wonderful, inspiring people whose altruism, faith and willingness to always be there for others is so uplifting. And that’s what you will hear this week.

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Fr. Federico Lombardi, head of the Holy See Press Office released the following information about Pope Francis’ acceptance of an invitation to address a joint session of the US Congress in Washington, D.C., on September 24, 2015. The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Thursday morning that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress during the Pope’s visit to the United States in September.

The Holy Father’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.”

Boehner wrote in his statement: “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”

“We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people,” he added.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington described the announcement as “a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September.”

The Washington Archdiocese statement also said the announced visit “will be a time of grace for all of us.” The statement said the archdiocese looks forward “to the official announcement of more details of the visit.”

The invitation was issued in March 2014:

On his January 19 return flight from the Philippines to Rome, Pope Francis met with the press corps traveling with him and said that his September 2015 trip to the U.S. would take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington – where he will canonize the Franciscan missionary Blessed Junipero Serra. During his press conference with journalists aboard that flight, he announced that he would be addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City, as well as confirming his presence and participation in the World Meeting of Families set to take place in Philadelphia on September 26 & 27.

Following are links to Speaker Boehner’s announcement and to the Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on the announcement of Pope Francis’ planned address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress: