Celebrating one’s onomastico or name day is big in Italy – for some Italians, bigger than a birthday! – and is celebrated by those named for a saint (What! Cosa! You weren’t named for a saint!). Thus, if your name is George (or Jorge in Spanish or Giorgio in Italian) or Georgia, today, April 23, is your onomastico! Another example: the feast day of St. John the Baptist is June 24 and feminine derivatives of that name such as Joan also celebrate their name day in June. Start the search for your saint’s feast day and starting celebrating that as your very own name day!
VATICAN INSIDER AND THE VIA LUCIS
This week on “Vatican Insider,” after the news segment and the Q&A on scapulars, I bring you a Special I’ve prepared on the Via Lucis, the Way of Light, basically a post-Easter journey through 14 stations of light, the light that fills our life because of the Resurrection. Also known as the Stations of the Resurrection, this devotion encourages the faithful to meditate not only on the Resurrection itself but on Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances to the disciples and others.
If you don’t know this devotion, be sure to tune in. I know you’ll enjoy every minute! How great it would be to incorporate this devotion into pilgrimages to the Holy Land, to visit these 14 “new” stations! (photos from vialucis.org)
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POPE VISITS PAUL VI HALL, VACCINE RECIPIENTS, ON NAME DAY
I posted this story earlier on Facebook and Twitter but if you did not see those posts, you may want to know that the Pope spent part of his onomastico or name day – Jorge is George in Spanish – in the Paul VI Hall with the poor and homeless receiving their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. He thus showed his support for the project created by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, to provide free Covid-19 vaccines to vulnerable people.
They were part of the larger group of poor receiving the Pfizer BionTech vaccine thanks to the Vatican and to Spallanzani hospital, Italy’s center for contagious diseases. The first vaccination occurred during Holy Week. The Pope spent around half an hour with those present, walking through the hall, greeting people as he walked along, even offering a large chocolate Easter egg that was distributed to the volunteers, while respecting all health norms. Those present then sang a song for the Pope’s name-day.
PAPAL TELEGRAM FOR VOLCANO ERUPTION ON CARIBBEAN ISLAND
Pope Francis, in a message signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, expressed his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano that is located in the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines, situated in the Lesser Antilles. His thoughts and prayers are addressed in particular to “the many displaced persons forced to evacuate their homes and seek shelter from the effects of this disaster.” The Pope said he is “praying in a particular way for the emergency personnel and volunteers providing relief assistance.” (vaticannews)