Pope Francis is in Armenia for a three-day visit and you can follow coverage of that on EWTN television, on our news pages at ewtn.com and also via periodic radio reports from Armenia.
June 24, the feast of St. John the Baptist, is celebrated in a big way in Rome, and is the onomastico, the name day, of all those named John (of Joan!). For many individuals and families in Italy, the name day is a bigger celebration that the birthday. After all, we got our name at our baptism! As Pope Francis often asks: Do you know when you were baptized?
LIVING FULLY 2016: DISABILITY, CULURE AND FAITH, A CELEBRATION
It has been a wonderful first full day in Rome after a period of travel. I finally slept more than five hours and that alone was a gift from heaven! I spent late morning and early afternoon preparing this week’s edition of my EWTN radio program “Vatican Insider. I then went to the Rome office of CNA/EWTN/ news to be on Teresa Tomeo’s program, “Catholic Connection.” Immediately afterwards I walked (in 96 degree weather) about five blocks to LUMSA, a Catholic University with some offices near the Vatican to join my friends who organized the Kairos Forum conference in co-sponsorship with the Pontifical Council for Culture. The theme this year is “Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith, a Celebration.”
Speaking of the Kairos Forum and conference, my guest this weekend on VATICAN INSIDER is CRISTINA GANGEMI, a disability advisor to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, and director of the Kairos Forum that seeks to highlight and respond to the spiritual and religious needs of people with disabilities. As I said, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture is co- sponsoring with Kairos this academic symposium and conference entitled, LIVING FULLY 2016 whose aim is to celebrate the lives and stories of disabled people within culture and faith. Cristina will tell us all about Kairos and the Vatican conference.
When I arrived at LUMSA I saw Cristina’s son Gianluca who was an intern for five months with EWTN, during which time he was the producer for my twice weekly segments for “At Home with Jim and Joy.” Here’s the shirt he was wearing
Linda and Jack Del Rio (coach of the Oakland Raiders) are very supportive of Kairos and provided the conference workers and volunteers with a number of these shirts.
Here’s a link to the Living Fully 2016 website, with press releases, speakers, etc.: http://www.livingfully2016.com/
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As I write, I await a text message from the WINE group about possibly joining some of them for dinner in Trastevere. If not, the Kairos group invited me to join them at 8:30 at La Scaletta!
WINE: THE SEARCH FOR WOMEN SAINTS CONTINUES IN ROME
Below is a link to a column posted yesterday by Kelly Wahlquist, founder of WINE, Women in the New Evangelization, and co-leader of the WINE pilgrimage to Italy, along with Teresa Tomeo. I was with the group for most of their stay in Umbria and we arrived Rome on Wednesday evening after a day spent with St. Rita in Cascia.
Following a somewhat late dinner Kelly, Teresa and I sought a place in the hotel to start writing our daily posts together. Hotel wifi presented a few issues and Kelly seemed to have the worst luck, as you will read below. I, of course, returned home and solved the wifi issue there! As you will see, at the end of her piece, entitled Journey through Italy “virtually” impossible, Kelly also gives links to columns posted by Teresa and me. http://www.winepilgrimages.com/journey-with-us/