TECHNOLOGY 1, JOAN 0

After multiple attempts to post even a brief line on my blog, using my near-death computer and an auxiliary notebook that I have, both of which have failed me ignominiously in the last 48 hours, i have turned to my iPad which has proved to be a more faithful companion in these difficult days. This brief note is to explain my absence Friday and my likely absence tomorrow in this column. I have been able to post ….to re-post, actually….some news stories on Facebook to keep you informed but have not been able to post my Joan’s Rome column, photos, etc.

And that has been a shame because, for example, I had an amazing day yesterday in my home, sharing coffee, a Christmas panettone and great conversation with Alveda King! I will get those photos to you as soon as my new computer is up and running with all the new programs installed, etc. Alveda and I first met a few years ago through Priests for Life when Father Frank Pavone was marking the 20th anniversary of that organization he founded. Joining Alveda and me were Bob LaLonde of PFL and Geoffrey Stickland who helps the PFL Rome office and is one of the organizers of a conference Alveda is in town to attend, the Forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs.

She did a Facebook live in my office where I interviewed her for Vatican Insider and I did share that on Facebook today. She also posted a great blog about her trip to Rome…..her first time!…. and I will post a link to that as soon as possible.

In late afternoon yesterday, I interviewed Msgr. Robert Vitillo, director general of ICMC, the International Catholic Migration Commission. We had a truly amazing conversation about the work ICMC does throughout the world with millions of refugees, migrants and internally displaced peoples. (IDP)

Tuesday should be a thumbs-up day for the new computer, although I fully realize there will be many new things I will have to learn and that may take some additional time. I have a wonderfully talented friend, Alessandro, who works for SKY Italia and he has been a genius in assisting me technically over the years. I am counting on Alessandro….and St. Gabriel and St. Francis de Sales!

Hope you are having a fruitful Advent, a wonderful weekend and that December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception was an especially meaningful feast for you.