VATICAN INSIDER VISITS THE HOLY HOUSE OF LORETO

VATICAN INSIDER VISITS THE HOLY HOUSE OF LORETO

This week, in what is normally the interview segment of Vatican Insider, I take you to Loreto, a town on the Adriatic coast of Italy for a visit to the magnificent shrine of the Holy House of Loreto. The Holy House of Loreto has, in fact, been one of the world’s premier shrines dedicated to Mary for over seven hundred years.

According to tradition, the home in which Mary lived, in which the Angel Gabriel appeared to her, announcing she would become the Mother of God, and the home she shared with Jesus and Joseph, was transported by angels to this Italian hill town overlooking the Adriatic on the night of December 10, 1294.

I took these photos during a pilgrimage in 2017 with the women of WINE (Women In the New Evangelization).

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Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year to go from December 8, 2019 to December 10, feast day of the Holy House, 2020. I talk about that Jubilee but also note that, again because of the coronavirus epidemic, many events have had to be cancelled, postponed and moved to other, future dates.

The photo of Pope Francis inside the Holy House is from Vatican Media from his visit last year on March 25.

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POPE’S UNIVERSAL PRAYER, URBI ET ORBI, STREAMED ALSO IN SIGN LANGUAGE

POPE’S UNIVERSAL PRAYER, URBI ET ORBI, STREAMED ALSO IN SIGN LANGUAGE

A streaming channel in sign language for the hearing impaired is activated by Vatican News on the occasion of Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Universal Prayer for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis has called for global participation “to respond to the coronavirus pandemic with the universality of prayer.”

The ceremony takes place today, Friday, March 27 at 6pm Rome time and will be broadcast live to the world by Vatican Media.

In an effort to make that participation as universal as possible, Vatican News has created new online streaming channel in sign language for people with hearing challenges.

For approximately one hour all believers are invited to join Pope Francis for the extraordinary ceremony which consists in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who follow live through the various forms of communication. This plenary indulgence will also be extended to those who may not be able to participate in the prayer through the media due to illness but who unite themselves in spiritual communion with the prayer.

You can join through all the Vatican Radio communications platforms including a dedicated channel on YouTube with translation into Sign Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCONID8PEOo.

This service will be curated by Sr. Veronica Donatello, coordinator of Italian Bishops’ Conference Catechesis Section for people with disabilities. It will be broadcast in collaboration with the Bishops’ TV2000 network.