Pope Francis is in Romania this weekend and returns to Rome on Sunday. I am in Illinois and leave tomorrow for Notre Dame, Indiana for the banquet at my alma mater, St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, where I will be given the 2019 Alumna Achievement Award. The weekend will be a mini reunion of family and Chicago area friends, including a celebratory dinner Sunday in the Windy City. I will take photos, of course, and try to have someone do a Facebook Live if that is possible. Be back with you on Monday!

An incredible number of you responded to my Facebook page post on Wednesday when I announced my trip and the award!  I wish it was humanly possible to respond individually so this big GRAZIE MILLE will have to do!


This weekend on Vatican Insider, my guest in the interview segment is Abp. Francisco Javier Lozano, former apostolic nuncio or papal ambassador. We conclude our three part conversation this weekend. Previous segments were aired May 17 and May 24.

Ordained a priest in Rome in 1968, Archbishop Lozano has Doctorates in Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law. He was called to Rome to study at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy of Rome and in his early years worked in the nunciatures of Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia and Guatemala.

From 1984 to 1994 he was Head of the Latin America-Spain Department of the Vatican’s Secretary of State under Pope John Paul II. Abp. Lozano was eventually Apostolic Nuncio in Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Croatia, Romania and Moldova. He speaks Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, English, Serbo-Croatian, German, Russian and Romanian. Listen to learn more about the Vatican’s celebrated diplomatic corps.

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