VATICAN INSIDER: VICE POSTULATOR OF VENERABLE SHEEN SAINTHOOD CAUSE – POPE APPOINTS NEW COMMUNICATIONS OFFCIALS

VATICAN INSIDER: VICE POSTULATOR OF VENERABLE SHEEN SAINTHOOD CAUSE

I normally announce my weekend Vatican Insider guest on my Friday blog but am trying today to get a bit ahead of myself as I’ll be on the road tomorrow afternoon and you never know what snafus there might be with travel plans. I’ll be going to a piece of heaven that Italians call the Amalfi Coast to join a niece and her beautiful family on Part Two of their Italian vacation. Hope to post some amazing photos just so you can get a glimpse of heaven here on earth.

I urge you to stay tuned after the news segment of Vatican Insider for 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 Abp. Fulton Sheen. You won’t want to miss this!

At EWTN studios in Rome:


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POPE APPOINTS NEW COMMUNICATIONS OFFCIALS

Pope Francis today made some important appointments in the Vatican’s communications field, naming Matteo Bruni as director of the Holy See Press Office. He also appointed Alessandro Gisotti, interim director for the past 6 plus months, and Sergio Centofanti as deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate at the Dicastery for Communication.

British-born Matteo Bruni becomes the new spokesperson of the Holy See on July 22. He graduated in modern and contemporary foreign languages and literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University. He has been working since July 2009 at the Holy See Press Office, where he has been overseeing the accreditation of journalists and operational communications as coordinator of the accreditation section. In this role, he organized reporters accompanying the Holy Father on papal trips outside Italy. Bruni speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Alessandro Gisotti, interim director until July 22, is a graduate of political science from Rome’s La Sapienza University and a professional journalist. After a stint at the United Nations Office of Information in Rome, he began working at Vatican Radio in 2000. From 2011 to 2016 he was deputy editor-in-chief at the Pope’s radio. In 2017 he became the coordinator of social media of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

He has taught journalism at the Jesuit Maximus Institute in Rome and theories and techniques of journalism at the Pontifical Lateran University. (photo of Gisotti in press office from Angela Ambrogetti of ACI Stampa/EWTN)

Thank you, Alessandro! Tante grazie!

Born in Naples, Sergio Centofanti, 59, graduated in literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University in 1986. Starting his career as a journalist in the early ‘80s, he joined Vatican Radio in 1986, working for the first 10 years with the morning edition world news in Italian. He has covered Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis on various Italian and international trips. In 2017 he was called to be part of the Multimedia Editorial Center in charge of coordinating the activities of the various language units of Vatican Radio-Vatican News.

ACN LAUNCHES NEW PROJECTS TO ASSIST SYRIAN CHRISTIANS

I POSTED THIS YESTERDAY BUT IT NEVER CAME UP ONLINE – WELL, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER….

ACN LAUNCHES NEW PROJECTS TO ASSIST SYRIAN CHRISTIANS

Aid to the Church in Need is sponsoring two new projects to assist Christians living in Syria.

by Vatican News

The Secretary General of the United Nations says the UN “remains deeply concerned over the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure following continued reports of hostilities in north-west Syria over the last days, including air strikes, shelling and the alleged use of barrel bombs.”

According to the UN, more than 30 civilians have been killed in the area of Idlib since 12 July.

The United Nations is urging “all parties to respect their obligations under International Humanitarian Law, to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to exercise restraint.”

Aid for Syrian Christians
Meanwhile, Aid to the Church in Need has launched a new appeal to help Christians in Syria.

“In Syria, the war is not yet over, terrorism has still not been defeated, and our brothers and sisters need our help more than ever,” says Alessandro Monteduro, Director of the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need (CAN).

He was speaking at the launch of a new initiative by ACN to support two different projects to assist Syrian Christians.

The first project is centered in Aleppo, where years of conflict have left deep wounds. Responding to a request from the Apostolic Vicar of the city, Bishop George Abou Khazen, CAN will distribute food packages to the poorest Christian families, as well as financial aid to help them acquire gas and heating oil.

In Damascus, the Greek-Melkite Patriarch Youssef Absi has asked for help to obtain medicine and home medical care for seriously ill Christians. In requesting aid, Project Manager Sister Joseph Marie Chanaa writes, “Without your benefactors we would not be able to carry out our mission.”

Keeping up “the light of hope”
From the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011 until the end of 2018, Aid to the Church in Need has donated more than thirty million euros to the local Churches, including approximately 8.6 million euros last year alone. In many areas where the security situation has improved, ACN and has already begun to support a plan for the reconstruction of churches and Christian homes.

Pope Francis, in his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter of this year, described the Syrian people as “victims of an ongoing conflict to which we risk becoming ever more resigned and even indifferent.”

The benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need, says Monteduro, have never given up, and have always fought the “virus of indifference with concrete and generous solidarity.” “With these two projects,” he says, “we want to contribute, once again, to keeping up the light of hope in the country in which our brothers and sisters were called Christian for the first time.”