VATICAN INSIDER: OUTGOING ROME BUREAU CHIEF TELLS HIS STORY

Weekly Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano in English: ING_2021_028_0907.pdf (osservatoreromano.va)

From L’Osservatore Romano:   Dear Reader, Beginning this 1 July, all editions of L’Osservatore Romano will be available for reading by subscription only. Subscribe by 30 September to receive the promotional yearly price of €20.
click here to subscribe     

We inform you that until July the 15th, access will be available to all.

VATICAN INSIDER: OUTGOING ROME BUREAU CHIEF TELLS HIS STORY

My guest this week on Vatican Insider is a dear friend and my successor as EWTN’s Rome bureau chief, Alan Holdren. Part I of our conversation, which took place in my office, the very first EWTN Rome headquarters, airs this weekend and you’ll hear Alan tell us how he came to be with EWTN, his Rome years and the highlights of his tenure – papal trips, a conclave, canonizations and the biggest highlight of all, raising a beautiful family.

Alan was able to visit both Pope emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis with his family before they left Rome. He is returning to the United States and also tells us about that.

From left right in this photo: Joan, Alan and the new Rome bureau chief Andreas Thonhauser from Germany. Andreas is scheduled to arrive in August with his wife and family.

IN THE UNITED STATES, you can listen to Vatican Insider (VI) on a Catholic radio station near you (stations listed at www.ewtn.com) or on channel 130 Sirius-XM satellite radio, or on http://www.ewtn.com. OUTSIDE THE U.S., you can listen to EWTN radio on our website home page by clicking on the right side where you see “LISTEN TO EWTN.” VI airs at 5am and 9pm ET on Saturdays and 6am ET on Sundays. On the GB-IE feed (which is on SKY in the UK and Ireland), VI airs at 5:30am, 12 noon and 10pm CET on Sundays. Both of these feeds are also available on the EWTN app and on www.ewtnradio.net ALWAYS CHECK YOUR OWN TIME ZONE! For VI archives: go to https://www.ewtn.com/radio/audio-archive and write the name of the guest for whom you are serarching in the SEARCH box. Below that, will appear “Vatican Insider” – click on that and the link to that particular episode will appear.

POPE FRANCIS, WITHOUT FEVER, WORKS, READS, WALKS IN HALLWAY, CELEBRATES MASS – CHILDREN IN ONCOLOGY WARD WRITE POPE, SEND DRAWING

POPE FRANCIS, WITHOUT FEVER, WORKS, READS, WALKS IN HALLWAY, CELEBRATES MASS

JULY 9, 2021: Statement by Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni on Pope Francis’ continuing recovery from surgery: “His Holiness Pope Francis spent a quiet day with normal clinical progress. He continued to eat regularly and continues his scheduled treatment. He walked in the hallway and resumed his work, alternating it with moments of reading texts. In the afternoon, he celebrated Holy Mass in the chapel of his private apartment, attended by all those assisting him during his hospitalisation. Following the brief episode with a slight temperature, the Holy Father is without fever. This coming Sunday the Angelus is scheduled to be recited from the tenth floor of Gemelli University Hospital. The Holy Father gives thanks for the many messages of affection and closeness that he receives daily and asks that we continue to pray for him.”

CHILDREN IN ONCOLOGY WARD WRITE POPE, SEND DRAWING

Vatican news reports that children in the oncology ward of Gemelli Hospital have written to the Pope, expressing their closeness to him in an affectionate letter. One patient also drew a likeness of Pope Francis with a prayer for his speedy recovery. The Pope in previous days had expressed his closeness to cancer patients and all who are suffering. (Vatican media photo)

“We have learned that you are not so well and that you are now in the same hospital as us,” starts a letter the children wrote to Francis, who read it. “Even if we can’t see each other, we send you a big hug and we wish you to get well soon”.