VATICAN INSIDER: THE 100 YEARS OF PAULIST FATHER JIM LLOYD – VATICAN MUSEUMS TO RE-OPEN MAY 3 – CONDOLENCES ABOUND FOR DEATH OF BRITAIN’S PRINCE PHILIP, 99

Weekly edition in English of L’Osservatore Romano: ING_2021_015_0904.pdf (osservatoreromano.va)

VATICAN INSIDER: THE 100 YEARS OF PAULIST FATHER JIM LLOYD

In the interview segment of this week’s Vatican Insider, I pay tribute to a special friend, Paulist Father Jim Lloyd who, on Holy Saturday, April 3 2021, turned 100! Fr. Lloyd lives at the Paulist Motherhouse in New York City where I’ve been a guest on many occasions. I’ve also broken bread many times with the resident Paulists, including several who were former pastors of the Catholic American community in Rome when we were at Santa Susanna’s church. I’ve known so many wonderful and interesting priests in my life but I’ve known only two whose life story should be a movie, and Fr. Lloyd is one.

The conversation you’ll hear actually took place in New York at the Paulist residence right after Fr. Jim’s 97th birthday and days before his 70th anniversary as a priest! The first three minutes will really grab you! Tell me how many times you said ‘wow’ and ‘really!’!

This is the photo I took after our conversation:

And here are some pictures of Fr. Jim’ 100th birthday celebration, courtesy of Paulist President, Fr. Eric Andrews. The nuns you see in blue are the Sisters of Life, founded by the late NY archbishop, Cardinal John O’Connor, and the sisters you see in white habits and black veils who work at the Motherhouse are Oblate Sisters of Jesus the Priest. They are from Mexico and have been taking care of the Fathers in NYC for many years.

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VATICAN MUSEUMS TO RE-OPEN MAY 3

In line with government decrees to curb the spread of the pandemic, the Vatican Museums will re-open on the first Monday of May.

By Vatican News staff writer

The re-opening follows the Museums’ third closure since the start of the pandemic.

Rules and regulations are clear and will be enforced by security personnel. First and foremost, all visitors are required to book tickets on-line.

Safety measures

All visitors will also be required to respect the entry time specified on their booking, they will have to wear a face mask at all times and respect social distancing measures.

All indications can be found on the official Vatican Museums website.

The Vatican Gardens will also be open to the public for guided visits.

In a note issued by the management of the Museums and Gardens it is specified that security personnel may order anyone who does not respect the rules to leave the Museums and the Gardens.

CONDOLENCES ABOUND FOR DEATH OF BRITAIN’S PRINCE PHILIP, 99

Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, dies at the age of 99. The Archbishop of Westminster says he will be greatly missed.

By Lydia O’Kane (vaticannews)

A statement issued by Buckingham Palace on Friday said, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Prince had spent a month in hospital receiving treatment for an infection and underwent heart surgery before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh was Britain’s longest serving consort. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, and was made a Prince of the United Kingdom after his marriage to Princess Elizabeth in 1947.

On her accession to the throne, Prince Philip dedicated a lifetime of service to Queen and country.

Condolences

Paying tribute to the Duke, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said, “At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.

“How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigour. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace.”

The Duke of Edinburgh gave up a promising naval career to support his wife and carried out 20,000 royal engagements promoting British interests both at home and abroad. He was by Queen Elizabeth’s side when she met Pope Francis at the Casa Santa Marta in 2014.

The Prince also met Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict VI during their pontificates.

Prince Philip retired from Royal duties in 2017 after 65 years of service.

The Duke of Edinburgh is survived by the Queen and their four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.