An update: Day 24 without gas. A number of the families in the apartments above mine have gas water heaters so they have been without hot water this entire time! Some workers came Wednesday for about 3 hours in the morning to start building the scaffolding that will be necessary to install the new gas line and link it to all of the apartments currently without gas. The main line is under the sidewalk so it seems that’s where the work will start – digging down to the main line.

Thursday workers came for about 4 hours to work again on the scaffolding. No one came today. As far as I could see, the scaffolding did not reach the apartment on the topmost floor. I do not know as I write if the workers were from the Vatican as this is a Vatican-owned building, or from Italgas. So hard to believe this in a civilized nation!


Join me this weekend on “Vatican Insider” as I continue to explore all things Gregorian, including the Gregorian University Foundation with its president, Jesuit Fr. Alan Fogarty. Last weekend in Part I of our conversation, Fr. Alan told us all about the Foundation’s three offices in the U.S., Canada and Rome and gave us a glimpse into the fascinating history of the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute, all located in Rome.

We learned about the “Greg,” as the faculty, students and staff fondly call the Roman university, when Fr. Alan explained its long history, including its Saints and Blesseds and Popes – great stories and interesting statistics! This week in Part II, Fr, Alan focuses on his day-to-day work at the Foundation and it’s equally as interesting.

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