Here is a link to my Facebook page with photos from last night’s book-signing event at the Domus Carmelitane residence with pilgrims from Divine Mercy parish in Paulding Ohio, and their pastor, Fr. Joseph T. Poggemeyer, and Fr. Matt Frisbee: https://www.facebook.com/joan.lewis.10420

Both the parish and the pastor have fascinating stories as you can see on the parish website (http://divinemercycatholic.com/our-parish/). Divine Mercy is in the diocese of Toledo, led by my good friend, Bishop Danny Thomas (we met in 1990, both of us newly arrived to work at the Vatican).

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The group leader, Maggie McDaniels and I had met at a Santa Susanna Mass a few months back. We have mutual friends and, as Maggie explained the group’s pilgrimage to Rome, I naturally mentioned the new must have guide to the Jubilee! You can find Maggie and Teresa Grodi at www.catholicfaithjourneys.com


FROM ASIA NEWS: Taipei – Pope Francis has sent a donation of $50,000 for the families of the victims and the survivors of the terrible earthquake that struck the southern part of the island of Taiwan last Feb. 6. This is confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei: the sum was sent to the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in Tainan. There were 117 victims, of which 115 residents in a single building complex that collapsed in Yongkang district. The authorities are currently engaged in an investigation to understand how the total collapse of the recently built Weiguan Jinlong ( “Golden Dragon”) was possible.

The day after the disaster, which occurred in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, the Pope sent a telegram signed by the Secretary of State Card. Parolin. In the text, the Pope says he  “was saddened to learn of the suffering caused by the deadly earthquake which struck in Tainan, leaving many people dead or seriously injured.  He sends prayerful condolences to the families of the deceased and injured, as well as to rescue personnel and the civil authorities. His Holiness, commending the souls of the departed to the tender mercy of God, invokes abundant divine blessings of consolation and strength upon those who mourn and upon all who have been affected by this tragedy”.