THE REAL REASON MILLIONS COME TO ITALY’S AMALFI COAST

THE REAL REASON MILLIONS COME TO ITALY’S AMALFI COAST

As I wrote yesterday, you cannot escape the Amalfi coast – every breathtaking view, every hill, every mountain, every bend on the tortuous roads, every port and harbor and spectacular small cove, every bougainvilla-covered wall or terrace, every tiled roof and patio and church dome – without taking a thousand photos.

Yesterday I offered a slide show of some of the reasons that people travel to Sorrento, Positano and beyond – ice cream, limoncello, amazing cuisine, wonderful leather goods, enticing fruit markets and stunning fashions for all ages.

Today I get serious! Here are a few of my travelblogue © photos of the beauties of this region of God’s unparalleled creation! Someday I will count the photos I’ve taken over years of visits to Sorrento, Positano and Ravello – thousands for sure!

One slide show today is dedicated to just Ravello as it is so spectacular, especially the gardens of the historical Villa Ruffolo!

Enjoy!

RAVISHING RAVELLO –

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I have no idea of the audio link of Andy Williams singing “There’s a Summer Place” will work but here it is!

WHY MILLIONS ARE DRAWN TO ITALY’S AMALFI COAST

WHY MILLIONS ARE DRAWN TO ITALY’S AMALFI COAST

Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are probably the main reasons why people are drawn to the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast. There are smaller but no less exciting towns nearby, up and down the coast, such as Praiano and Sant’Agata, Minori and Maiori, that welcome visitors, many of which are places where Italians have summer homes.

I returned to Rome from the Amalfi Coast last week after five days of both work and vacation with my niece Christie, her husband Bryan and their four wonderful kids – Brogan, 1, Cole, 13, Emory 11 and Cece (Cecilia) 9. More memories, more fun times, more exploring, more relaxing, more terrific meals – and more photos!

You cannot escape the Amalfi coast – every breathtaking view, every hill, every mountain, every bend on the tortuous roads, every port and harbor and spectacular small cove, every bougainvilla-covered wall or terrace, every tiled roof and patio and church dome – without taking a thousand photos.

Today, just for fun, I offer a slide show of many of the reasons that people travel to Sorrento, Positano and beyond.

Tomorrow I will get serious – travelblogue© photos of the beauties of this region of God’s unparalleled creation!

Enjoy!

 

POPE RECEIVES PAPUA NEW GUINEA PILGRIMS – POPE FRANCIS MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO AILING NUN – 127 KILLED, 8 MILLION DISPLACED IN FLOODS IN INDIA

There is a stunning story from India, as you will read below. I cannot wrap my mind around these numbers! How does one even help this many people! They need homes, food, clothing, medicine, sanitary facilities and a ton of other things, I am sure, but all I could think of as I read this report is that we absolutely must pray for the displaced and for those trying to help them.

POPE RECEIVES PAPUA NEW GUINEA PILGRIMS

From Holy See Press Office: This morning in the Santa Marta residence, the Holy Father received a pilgrimage of faithful from Papua New Guinea, led by Fr. Martin Prado, an IVE missionary and their parish priest. During the audience, the pilgrims spoke of the situation in their country and performed some songs of their land. At the end of the meeting the Pope gave them his blessing. (Vatican media photo)

POPE FRANCIS MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO AILING NUN

Pope Francis visited an elderly nun at the Daughters of Charity’s house in Rome on Sunday, a gesture of kindness for her years of service at the Casa Santa Marta.
By Devin Watkins (vaticannews)

Sister Maria Mucci spent many years serving Pope Francis, as well as numerous Vatican visitors, at the Casa Santa Marta.

Having fallen ill, she is now in the infirmary at her congregation’s house in Rome, the Regina Mundi House. So, on Sunday evening, Pope Francis popped in for a quick visit to the ailing nun. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-07/pope-francis-surprise-visit-daughters-of-charity-rome.html

He also paused for a picture with members of the Daughters of Charity community staffing the residence, along with employees and guests. At the end of his visit, the Holy Father gave them all his blessing.

Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM, the Order’s Superior General, announced the news on his Facebook page.

Venerating his predecessor’s relic
Another special moment occurred when Pope Francis contemplated a relic of his predecessor, Pope St. John Paul II. The relic is the bloodstained shirt worn by the Polish Pope when he was shot by a gunman in St. Peter’s Square on 13 May 1981.

Gemelli Hospital, having treated Pope John Paul II after the assassination attempt, later gifted his bloodied shirt to the Regina Mundi House, where it is now venerated.

127 KILLED, 8 MILLION DISPLACED IN FLOODS IN INDIA

ucanews.com, Bhopal, India -July 30, 2019 – At least 127 people were killed and an astounding eight million displaced after rivers in Nepal burst their banks in the latest monsoons and swept through villages in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

Catholic social work departments in the area are struggling to provide basic amenities to the affected such as temporary shelter, drinking water and sanitation facilities.

“Millions have been badly hit after the flood situation worsened over the past week,” said Bishop Cajetan Francis Osta of Muzaffarpur, the worst affected area.

Eleven of the 13 flood-hit districts are in the area of Muzaffarpur, which has been working with Caritas India.

“Our social work department is doing its best to provide tarpaulins, mosquito nets, bedsheets, soap and drinking water,” said Bishop Osta.

FOR MORE: https://www.ucanews.com/news/state-of-horror-millions-homeless-127-killed-in-bihar/85752

POPE FRANCIS PRAYS FOR VICTIMS OF MEDITERRANEAN SHIPWRECK – POPE FRANCIS: THE OUR FATHER IS THE SYNTHESIS OF EVERY PRAYER – BONES FOUND IN TEUTONIC CEMETERY DATE TO END OF 1800s

POPE FRANCIS PRAYS FOR VICTIMS OF MEDITERRANEAN SHIPWRECK

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis remembered migrants who drowned in a shipwreck earlier this week.
By Christopher Wells (vaticannews)

Pope Francis has once again called on the international community “to act with speed and decisiveness” to address the issue of migration. His appeal came during the Sunday Angelus, when he prayed for victims of a shipwreck in the Mediterranean earlier this week.

Scores of migrants are feared drowned after a boat carrying migrants from Libya sank about 8 km from the coast of Libya on Wednesday. It is believed to be the worst shipwreck on the Mediterranean this year. Authorities said at least 115 are missing, while 134 were rescued. One body was recovered.

According to the UN refugee office, a total of 164 people had already died on the route between Libya and Europe in the first four months of 2019.

In his remarks on Sunday, Pope Francis called for action “to avoid a repetition of such tragedies, and to ensure the security and dignity of all.” He concluded his appeal by asking those present “to pray with me for the victims and for their families… and also, from the heart, to ask: ‘Father, Why?’”

POPE FRANCIS: THE OUR FATHER IS THE SYNTHESIS OF EVERY PRAYER

At the Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Our Father, “one of the most precious gifts” Jesus has left us.
By Christopher Wells (vaticannews)

In his reflection on Sunday’s Gospel, Pope Francis said that the disciples wanted “to experience the same ‘quality’” of prayer was present in Jesus’ relationship with the Father. “They could see that prayer was an essential dimension in the life of their Master,” he said, noting that, “each of His important actions was characterized by extended periods of prayer.” They recognized, too, that Jesus “did not pray like the other masters of the time,” rather, “His prayer is an intimate link with the Father.”

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, the Pope said, the Lord did not simply “give an abstract definition of prayer, or teach an effective technique for praying in order to ‘obtain’ something.” Instead, Jesus shared with them His own experience of prayer, “putting them directly in contact with the Father, and arousing in them a longing for a personal relationship with Him.”

This, Pope Francis said, “is the novelty of Christian prayer: It is a dialogue between people who love one another, a dialogue based on trust, sustained by listening, and open to the commitment to solidarity.”

The prayer Jesus taught them, the Our Father, “is one of the most precious gifts left to us by the divine Master during His earthly mission,” the Pope said. With this prayer, Jesus teaches us “to enter into the Fatherhood of God, and shows us the way to enter into prayerful and direct dialogue with Him, through the way of filial trust.” The Our Father, he said, “is the synthesis of every prayer, and we always address it to the Father in communion with our brothers and sisters.”

BONES FOUND IN TEUTONIC CEMETERY DATE TO END OF 1800s

The Vatican released communications on Sunday, July 28, on the work done over the weekend in Vatican City’s Teutonic cemetery to analyze bone fragments found in two ossuaries to see if any bones or fragments belong to Manuela Orlando, the daughter of an Italian employee and citizen who disappeared on June 22, 1983, never returning home after a music lesson.

The Vatican has been examining graves and ossuaries since July 11, following an anonymous letter that arrived at the Orlandi home in the summer of 2018 that suggested Manuela’s remains could be found in the Teutonic cemetery where there was an angel and the words “requiescat in pace (rest in peace).”

Workers survey bones taken from an ossuary at the Teutonic cemetery in this image released by the Vatican July 27, 2019. The bones were inspected in the hope of finding the missing remains of a German princess and duchess and possibly the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, who disappeared in 1983. The Vatican announced that none of the bones postdate the 1800s. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) See VATICAN-BONES-ORLANDI July 29, 2019. 

Sunday’s Vatican statement said, “At 9.15 am this morning, as indicated yesterday, the morphological analysis of the findings discovered in the ossuaries in the Teutonic cemetery was resumed, as part of the investigative tasks of the Orlandi case. Present were Prof. Arcudi and his staff, the staff of the Fabbrica di San Pietro and the COS, the Operative Security Center of the Vatican Gendarmerie, the Promoter of Justice of Vatican City State Court, Prof. Gian Piero Milano, and his deputy, Prof. Alessandro Diddi, the lawyer and expert appointed by the Orlandi family and the officer in charge of the Judicial Police of the Vatican Gendarmerie Corps.

“At 12.30 the work in the cemetery was concluded. as part of the investigative tasks of the Orlandi case. Professor Giovanni Arcudi, assisted by his staff – in the presence of a trusted expert appointed by the Orlandi Family – completed the morphological analysis of the contents of the ossuaries (several hundred partially intact bone structures and thousands of fragments). During the forensic anthropological investigations, Prof. Arcudi did not find any bone structures that date back to a later period than the end of 1800.

“The consultant (for the family) requested a laboratory check on about seventy bone findings; Prof. Arcudi and his team did not endorse the request because the same bony structures have very ancient dating characteristics. For these reasons, the samples were collected and kept at the Gendarmerie Command available to the Promoter of Justice.

“In communicating these operations, the Holy See confirms its desire to seek the truth of the story of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi and categorically denies that this attitude of full cooperation and transparency can in any way mean, as some people sometimes say, an implicit admission of responsibility.

“The search for truth is in the interest of the Holy See and the Orlandi family. The transparent will of the Holy See has already emerged, in addition to the investigations and examinations in progress at the Teutonico cemetery as in those carried out by Italian authorities following a report by the Vatican gendarmerie, at the headquarters of Villa Giorgina, the nunciature in Italy. A request for dismissal by the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Rome was communicated on 3 July.

“As to Villa Giorgina: bones found there July 25, 2018, were ascertained by Italian authorities to date back to a period between 90 and 230 AD. This belies any connection with the painful disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi.”

VATICAN INSIDER AND THE CAUSE OF VENERABLE FULTON SHEEN

VATICAN INSIDER AND THE CAUSE OF VENERABLE FULTON SHEEN

Welcome to “Vatican Insider” on this final weekend of July! Where has this month gone!
As you know, I start the program with a summary of the news highlights of the past week at the Vatican, usually followed by a Q&A when time allows.
This week, I urge you to stay tuned after the news segment of Vatican Insider for Part II of my conversation with Msgr. Richard Soseman of the diocese of Peoria in Illinois. He is the vice postulator for the cause for canonization of Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen. You won’t want to miss this!

Photos taken during recent Rome visit:

At one point we talk about the miracles required for canonization: one is required for beatification and a second one for canonization but that second miracle must occur after the announcement of the future beatification of a person.

Msgr. Soseman noted that, at a July 5 audience with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis announced that a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Sheen could be promulgated, thus moving him a step closer to beatification.

Thus, said the vice postulator for the Sheen cause for canonization, a second miracle for the canonization of Abp. Sheen must occur after that July 5 date.

He also told me – thus the listeners of Vatican Insider – that if anyone knows of an alleged miracle due to the intercession of Abp, Sheen, they should contact him by writing to: Msgr. Richard Soseman, 1109 Pulaski Street, Peru, Illinois 61354.

By the way, in many cases, including Pope John Paul II and Abp. Sheen, miracles have been reported to have occurred during the person’s lifetime. However, even though well documented and meeting all criteria for a miracle, they may not be used toward the cause of canonization for a person.

Here is a link to Part I of our conversation that aired last weekend: https://podcasts.apple.com/uz/podcast/vatican-insider-07-20-2019-vatican-news-sheen-canonization/id260728043?i=1000444889326

And here’s a link to the story about the miracle that led to Sheen’s beatification: https://churchpop.com/2019/07/06/that-miracle-thats-getting-ven-archbishop-fulton-j-sheen-beatified/

One last point: If you know of someone who is very ill – man, woman or child – and in need of prayers, why not start praying to Abp. Sheen today to intercede for that person? And why not ask that person’s family member and friends to also pray to Venerable Sheen!

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BENEDICT XVI PAYS A SURPRISE VISIT TO CASTELGANDOLFO

It fills my heart with joy to report this story!

BENEDICT XVI PAYS A SURPRISE VISIT TO CASTELGANDOLFO

Local media today reported on the surprise visit last evening of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI to the famed Castelli Romani hills towns, including the papal palace at Castelgandolfo, one of his favorite spots to vacation. Castelgandolfo, in fact, has been a favorite spot for Popes over the centuries, especially in the summer as the Castelli hill towns often have cooler temperatures than Rome.

The citizens were thrilled to learn that the Pope emeritus would once again grace their small, enchanting town overlooking picturesque Lake Albano, site of an extinct volcano.

They loved it when Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI stayed weeks or months in the papal palace. Not only did they cherish the person of the Pope but also the fact that a Pope in residence drew visitors to the town, helping restaurants and other businesses to flourish.

All that changed with the election of Pope Francis who, as is well known, prefers working vacations in the Santa Marta residence to spending time at Castegandolfo. The townspeople not only miss having “their Pope” in residence, they miss the visitors and tourists that a pontifical presence attracts.

Yesterday was the first time in four years that Benedict had gone to Castelgandolfo. He had been invited by Pope Francis to spend some time in the palace in the summer of 2015.

Benedict arrived in a Mercedes Benz sedan with darkened windows, accompanied by his dear friend, personal secretary and prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein. Castelgandolfo was the first of three stops yesterday afternoon. Benedict first spent 90 minutes in the papal palace, even briefly visiting the gardens he so loved to walk in and pray the rosary. (file photo – public domain)


Afterwards he visited the shrine of the Madonna del Tufo in Rocca di Papa and then on to Frascati, another beautiful castelli romani hill town. Here he was welcomed by Bishop Raffaello Martinelli for a short private visit and light supper.

Everyone will remember how Benedict XVI travelled by helicopter from Vatican City to Castelgandolfo the evening of February 28, 2013, to spend a few months in the papal summer residence before retiring to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City.

Upon his arrival that late February afternoon, he went to the palace balcony overlooking the town’s main square and spoke his last public words as Supreme Pontiff: “Thank you. Thank you all. Dear Friends, I am happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your kindness, which does me so much good. Thank you for your friendship and your affection. You know that this day is different for me from the preceding ones. I am no longer the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, or I will be until 8:00 this evening and then no longer. I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth. But I would still, thank you, I would still—with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength—like to work for the common good and the good of the Church and of humanity. I feel greatly supported by your kindness. Let us go forward with the Lord for the good of the Church and the world. Thank you. I now wholeheartedly impart my blessing. May Almighty God bless us, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Good night! Thank you all!