VATICAN INSIDER: THE BIRTH OF WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY (PART II) –   POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA, DAY 6: MEETINGS, A JOURNEY TO IQALUIT, DEPARTURE FOR ROME

VATICAN INSIDER: THE BIRTH OF WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY (PART II)

Last Sunday, July 24, the Church marked the Second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. This weekend, in the interview segment of “Vatican Insider, I replay, in Part II, my conversation of last July with Catherine Wiley, grandmother and founder of Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) and Marilyn Henry who coordinates CGA in the United States. Both women are grandmothers and both have exceptional lives and stories.

Catherine was truly the catalyst for this now annual World Day. For years, she had an idea, a dream that, after meetings with Vatican officials and Pope Francis, culminated in last year’s First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. A great story of love and determination! And teamwork with Marilyn at her side!

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 searching in the SEARCH box. Below that, will appear “Vatican Insider” – click on that and the link to that particular episode will appear.

POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA, DAY 6: MEETINGS, A JOURNEY TO IQALUIT, DEPARTURE FOR ROME

Today, July 29, is the longest day of the papal trip for Francis, a day in which he has several morning encounter in Quebec, departs for Iqaluit for further meetings with indigenous and then takes leave of Canada for Rome.

As I write, the Pope has started his day that included private mass and a meeting with Canadian Jesuits (Pope meets with Canada’s Jesuits – Vatican News).

He just concluded his 25-minute meeting and talk with indigenous populations at the archbishop’s house in Quebec, telling them he “leaves Canada greatly enriched by indigenous peoples.” (Pope: ‘I leave Canada greatly enriched by indigenous peoples’ – Vatican News) 

Francis then greeted and thanked the personnel of the archbishop’s residence, and is on his way to the Quebec airport for the three-hour flight to Iqaluit.

Home to about 7,500 people, half of whom are Inuit who have fished here for thousands of years, Iqaluit – “the place of many fish” – is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut and the northernmost city in Canada.

In Iqaluit, at the La Nakasuk Elementary School, he will meet privately with a group of alumni of the residential schools. Nakasuk was an Inuk born in the Northwest Territories, now Nunavut, at the beginning of the twentieth century, who is considered the founder of Iqaluit.

The school building is one of the four elementary schools in the city and is distinguished by its unique, hermetic shape due to the scarcity of windows, a two story fibreglass ice block inspired by the traditional igloo.

After his meeting, Francis will go to an adjacent square to meet with young people and the elderly where traditional songs, dances and music will be performed, and the Pope will deliver his final speech of this trip.

The papal plane departs for Rome at 6:45 pm local time and is scheduled to land on Saturday, July 30 at 7:50 am Rome time.

 

POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA: DAY 5, MASS AT SHRINE OF SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE AND VESPERS

JUST IN FROM HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE 7 PM: “On the way back from the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Pope Francis stopped to meet the guests of the Fraternité St Alphonse Reception and Spirituality Center. Welcomed in the garden of the structure by permanent guests and by those who habitually frequent the center, in total about 50 people, including elderly people, people suffering from various addictions and HIV / AIDS patients, and by the director in charge, Fr André Morency , the Pope talked informally with them, listening to their stories and collecting their prayers. At the end, in greeting them, he gave them an icon of the virgin ‘Our Lady of Jerusalem’.”

The icon presented by the Pope has a beautiful, carved wood frame:

POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA: DAY 5, MASS AT SHRINE OF SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE AND VESPERS

THIS MORNING at 10 am local time, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Shine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in eastern Canada, near Quebec, and recalls that Jesus always walks with us to help us move beyond our failures toward hope in God. At the start of the fifth day of his Apostolic Journey to Canada, Pope Francis presided over Mass in the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, some 30 kilometers east of Quebec. The Pope traveled by car to the oldest pilgrimage site in North America, which was first built in 1658 to house a miraculous statue of Jesus’ grandmother.

In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the conclusion of Luke’s Gospel, which recounts the journey of the disciples to Emmaus and their encounter with Jesus, whom they did not initially recognize. Pope at Mass in Canada: ‘Jesus leads us from failure to hope and healing’ – Vatican News

THIS AFTERNOON at 5:15 local time, in Quebec’s Notre Dame cathedral, Pope Francis will celebrate Vespers with the bishops of Canada, together with priests, deacons, consecrated people, seminarians and pastoral workers. After an introduction by the president of the Canadian Episcopal Conference, Bishop Raymond Poisson of Saint-Jérôme e di Mont-Laurier, vespers will be celebrated in French, English and Latin, followed by a brief reading in French and then Pope Francis’ homily.

Following vespers, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, archbishop of Quebec, will accompany the Holy Father to the tomb of St. Francis de Laval for silent prayer. Several relics of Canadian saints are currently exposed for veneration in the cathedral.

 

POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA: TUESDAY MASS IN EDMONTON, AN ODE TO GRANDPARENTS – WEDNESDAY IN QUEBEC: CIVIL AUTHORITIES, DIPLOMATS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA

TUESDAY MASS IN EDMONTON, AN ODE TO GRANDPARENTS

During Mass celebrated at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday – the feast day of Sts Joachim and Anne – Pope Francis reflects on the important role of grandparents in passing down the faith, and highlights the need to preserve the memory of those who preceded us. In the homily, the Holy Father invited everyone to think about their own grandparents, as the Church celebrates the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne, in whose home the child Jesus came to know his relatives and “experienced the closeness, tender love and wisdom of His grandparents.” Francis highlighted that we are children of a history that needs to be preserved – not isolated individuals – as no one comes into the world detached from others. Thus, our roots and families in which we grew up are part of a unique history that preceded us and gave us life. Pope in Canada: Preserve your history to protect your future – Vatican News

WEDNESDAY IN QUEBEC: CIVIL AUTHORITIES, DIPLOMATS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Wednesday morning at 8 am local time, The Pope greeted the personnel of St. Joseph Seminary, his home in Edmonton for 3 nights, and gifted the seminary a statue of St. Joseph before leaving for Edmonton airport for his flight to Quebec, due to land just after 3 pm, local time.

His only meeting in Quebec on Wednesday will be at La Citadelle, the official residence of the governor general of Canada where he will meet with Governor General Mary May Simon, Prime Minister Trudeau, civil authorities, representatives of indigenous peoples and members of the diplomatic corps. Mary May Simon is the daughter of an Englishman, a fur trader in the Hudson’s Bay Company, and an Inuk, and has dedicated most of her life to helping indigenous peoples, especially the Inuit.

Photo pris le 09 aout 2011 en matinee par le Cpl Robert GRL de la Citadelle de Quebec de concert avec l’aide du 430 ETAH.

La Citadelle is the largest British fortress in North America. Located at the top of Cap Diamant in the Old Quebec historical quarter, the start-shaped citadelle was built by British engineers between 1820 and 1850. It is a world heritage UNESCO site.

 

 

THE POPE IN CANADA: MEETING WITH INDIGENOUS, MASS IN EDMONTON, VESPERS IN LAC STE. ANNE

THE POPE IN CANADA: MEETING WITH INDIGENOUS, MASS IN EDMONTON, VESPERS IN LAC STE. ANNE

Yesterday afternoon, Monday, Pope Francis met with members of the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, and said reconciliation is a gift of Christ to move forward in the wake of the pain caused by the Church’s role in the Canadian residential school system. Pope: ‘Christ, crucified in Canada’s residential school students, reconciles us’ – Vatican News

As I write, Pope Francis is celebrating Mass in Commonwealth stadium in Edmonton.

This afternoon, local time, Pope Francis will travel to Lac Ste. Anne, where he will participate in the Lac Ste Anne pilgrimage and preside over Vespers.

Today, July 26, is, of course, the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, our Blessed Mother and grandparents of Jesus.

Lac Ste Anne is a wide and shallow lake about 72km west of Edmonton and has been a Catholic pilgrimage destination since the late 19th century. Thousands of pilgrims come to this lake each year to bathe in its holy waters and pray.

Called ‘Lake of God’, by the Nakota Sioux and ‘Lake of the Spirit’ by the Cree people, it was named ‘Lac Ste Anne” by Father Jean-Baptiste Thibault, a missionary and the first priest to establish a permanent Catholic mission, in 1842, in Alberta, in this place already considered sacred for generations and known to the natives as a place of healing.

The first annual pilgrimage was organised by the Oblates in July 1889 and 400 people took part. In 1926 5,500 people took part in the pilgrimage. It has since continued each year, during the week of 26 July, the feast of St Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus, who is venerated in many indigenous Canadian communities. It has also become one of the most important spiritual gatherings for pilgrims in North America and is particularly dear to the First Nations peoples, who continue to attend annually.

The site was declared a National Historic Site by the Canadian government in 2004. (Vatican news)

 

“WALKING TOGETHER”: POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA

While I have this first report on Pope Francis’ historic trip to Canada, I will not be covering every papal event throughout his stay. EWTN television has some very thorough coverage planned with some terrific guests with commentaries, information and history, including the always very well-informed Fr. Raymond de Souza, a native of Canada. In addition CNA, EWTN’s news network, is covering every event at length, as is, of course, the Vatican news portal (vaticannews.va)

“WALKING TOGETHER”: POPE FRANCIS IN CANADA

As you know, Pope Francis departed for Canada on Sunday morning on the 37th foreign trip of his papacy. He arrived in Edmonton, western Canada, in late morning, local time. Edmonton is 8 hours behind Rome. Pope Francis will be in Canada until early Friday evening, leaving Iqaluit in northern Canada for Rome at 6:30 pm local time.

Sunday also marked the Second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The cardinal vicar of Rome celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for this world day, and the Holy Father spoke of this during an encounter with the 80 journalists on the papal plane, saying, “It’s Grandparents’ Day…. the ones who have passed on the history, traditions, habits and many other values….(they are) the roots who must be treasured.”

In remarks with the media, Francis stressed that his current trip is a “penitential pilgrimage” aimed, as he said last Sunday at the Angelus, at reconciliation and healing with Canada’s indigenous peoples. In a dark period of the nation’s history, indigenous children were separated from their families and communities and forcibly integrated into Canadian culture by placing them in residential schools. Most of the schools were church-run, with many administered by Catholic religious orders.

Last March, Francis met with representatives of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in the Vatican, apologizing for that they suffered, often at the hands of religious orders.

While in Canada, it is expected that Francis will issue an apology in the name of the Church for abuses committed against indigenous students in Catholic-run residential schools.

UPDATE: Pope Francis made a passionate apology in his first speech to indigenous in Canada: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-07/canada-pope-reiterates-shame-for-indian-residential-schools.html

Numerous meetings with indigenous peoples mark Francis’ five days in Canada, including two meetings Monday in Edmonton, one of which is with indigenous Catholics. (vatican media)

Wednesday in Quebec the Pope has a meeting with indigenous and several are on his itinerary Friday, the longest day of the trip when, after a 5-hour flight, he arrives in Iqaluit. Home to about 7,500 people, half of whom are Inuit who have fished here for thousands of years, Francis will meet the former residential school students, young people and elders before departing for Rome. Iqaluit – “the place of many fish” – is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, one of the former Northwest Territories. It is the northernmost city in Canada.

Only two events are scheduled for each day, except for Wednesday when there is a single event at the Citadel in Quebec, an encounter with civil authorities, representatives of the indigenous populations and the diplomatic corps.

This morning, the Pope was driven by car to Maskwacis, 100 kilometers from Edmonton, for his first meeting with indigenous. Maskwacis in the Cree language means “bear hill.”

The Pope was welcomed at the entrance of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows church by the parish priest and some elders of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations, The Pope, members of the papal entourage and chiefs of the indigenous peoples then continued on foot to the cemetery, accompanied by drum sounds. Pope Francis was in in a wheel chair, from which he prayed silently.

A monument honoring the survivors of the Ermineskin Indian Residential School, Maskwacis, Alberta (Vatican media)

All then proceeded to the Bear Park Pow-Wow Grounds, where a ceremony, including dance and music and invocations by the indigenous and the papal address took place.

Francis is the second Pope to make an apostolic journey to Canada. Pope John Paul made three trips in 1984, 1987 and 2002. He met with indigenous peoples several times, during which he praised their culture and traditions as well as called for respect for their rights. He acknowledged that, “the hour has come to bind up wounds, to heal all divisions.”

On one trip, he said, “Not only is Christianity relevant to the Indian people, but Christ, in the members of His Body, is Himself Indian.”

Given the pain and discomfort he has been suffering for several months due to issues with a knee ligament and a fracture in a bone of the right knee, the fact that Pope Francis has made every effort to fulfil a promise he made to the indigenous in March to travel to Canada is quite remarkable.

I’m sure you saw the photos taken yesterday of the Holy Father being brought aboard the ITA plane by an elevator, given the difficulty of climbing the stairway. He deplaned in the same manner. (Daniel Ibanez EWTN)

A golf cart was made available for the Pope for his morning encounter in Maskwacis with the indigenous but he stayed in the wheelchair.

 

 

SUMMER IN ITALY – STAYING COOL WITH JOAN’S LIMONCELLO

SUMMER IN ITALY – STAYING COOL WITH JOAN’S LIMONCELLO

Many of you know and listen to Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection radio on EWTN, and are familiar with our get-together every Wednesday at 9:40 am ET when I bring news and updates from Rome.

Teresa recently asked me to make a contribution to her website, T’s Italy, by sharing my recipe for limoncello, and would I make a video about making this celebrated Italian liquore?! T’s Italy is, as her site says, Travelling to Italy with Teresa in your Pocket as your personal travel consultant.

The latest edition is dedicated to Lovely Lakes and Limoncello. There I share my limoncello recipe and my video!

Enjoy!   Cheers! Salute!

Joan Lewis’ Limoncello – T’s Italy (travelitalyexpert.com)

 

VATICAN INSIDER TRACES THE BIRTH OF WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

Today is the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene. As this is one of my favorite stories of a saint, let’s look back a year when I posted the following column: lots of info about Mary Magdalene, how her relic came to Rome and eventually to San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, and how I was privileged to hold the reliquary with bones of her foot (left foot, it is said, and I guess that could be known by bone structure) – all in photos! JULY 22: FEAST OF MARY MAGDALENE, A SAINT WITH A FOOT IN ROME | Joan’s Rome (wordpress.com)

VATICAN INSIDER TRACES THE BIRTH OF WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

This Sunday, July 24, the Church marks the Second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. And this weekend, in the interview segment of “Vatican Insider, I replay my conversation of last July with Catherine Wiley, grandmother and founder of Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) and Marilyn Henry who coordinates CGA in the United States. Both women are grandmothers and both have exceptional lives and stories

Catherine was truly the catalyst for this now annual World Day. For years, she had an idea, a dream that, after meetings with Vatican officials and Pope Francis, culminated in last year’s First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. A great story of love and determination! And teamwork with Marilyn at her side!

By the way, the 2022 Mass on July 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica for this world day will be presided over by Cardinal de Donatis, vicar for the diocese of Rome as Pope Francis leaves that very morning for his trip to Canada.

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POPE TRANSFERS OPUS DEI TO DICASTERY FOR CLERGY, SAYS PRELATE MAY NOT BE A BISHOP – GERMAN BISHOPS RESPOND TO VATICAN COMMUNIQUE ON SYNODAL PATH

POPE TRANSFERS OPUS DEI TO DICASTERY FOR CLERGY, SAYS PRELATE MAY NOT BE A BISHOP

Forty years after St. John Paul established Opus Dei as a personal prelature in his Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit, Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Motu proprio Ad charisma tuendum, published today, confirmed the charism of Opus Dei but ordered the transfer of jurisdiction from the Dicastery of Bishops to the Dicastery for Clergy and also established that the Prelate can no longer be awarded the episcopal order. This enters into force August 4.

The Holy Father modified some of Opus Dei’s structures on the basis of the March 19, 2022 constitution on reform of the Roman Curis, Praedicate Evangelium, in order to “protect the charism” and “promote the evangelizing action that its members carry out in the world” by spreading “the call to holiness in the world, through the sanctification of work and commitments to family and society.”

Here’s a translation of some of the salient paragraphs:

“To protect the charism, my predecessor Saint John Paul II, in the Apostolic Constitution Ut sit, of 28 November 1982, erected the Prelature of Opus Dei, entrusting it with the pastoral task of contributing in a particular way to the evangelizing mission of the Church.” (Vatican file photo, Pope, prelate)

“With this Motu Proprio we intend to confirm the Prelature of Opus Dei in the authentically charismatic context of the Church, specifying its organization in harmony with the testimony of the Founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, and with the teachings of the conciliar ecclesiology regarding personal prelatures.”

By means of the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium of March 19, 2022 that reforms the organization of the Roman Curia to better promote its service in favor of evangelization, I have deemed it convenient to entrust to the Dicastery for the Clergy the competence for all that pertains to the Apostolic See regarding the personal prelatures, of which the only one erected up to now is that of Opus Dei, in consideration of the pre-eminent task carried out in it, according to the norm of law, by clerics (cf. can. 294, CIC).

In Article 1, the Pope moves the jurisdiction for Opus Dei from the Dicastery for Bishops to the Dicastery for Clergy.

Article 2. The text of art. 6 of the Apostolic Constitution Ut sit is, starting from now, replaced by the following text: “Each year the Prelate will submit to the Dicastery for the Clergy a report on the state of the Prelature and on the carrying out of its apostolic work.”

(That original Ut sit article VI read: “Through the Sacred Congregation for Bishops, the Prelate will present to the Roman Pontiff, every five years, a report on the state of the Prelature, and on the development of its apostolic work.”

Art 4. In full respect of the nature of the specific charism described by the aforementioned Apostolic Constitution, we intend to strengthen the conviction that, for the protection of the particular gift of the Spirit, a form of government based more on charism than on hierarchical authority is needed. Therefore the Prelate will not be awarded or eligible to be awarded the episcopal order.

Art. 5. Considering that the pontifical insignia are reserved for those awarded the episcopal order, the Prelate of Opus Dei is granted, by reason of his office, the use of the title of Apostolic Protonotary supernumerary with the title of Reverend Monsignor and therefore may use the insignia corresponding to this title.

This motu proprio will enter into force on August 4, 2022 and be published in the official commentary of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

Given in Rome at St. Peter’s on July 14, 2022, the 10th year of pontificate, Francesco

GERMAN BISHOPS RESPOND TO VATICAN COMMUNIQUE ON SYNODAL PATH

The Bishops write, among other things: “Since the beginning of the Synodal Path, the Synodal Committee has endeavoured to find direct ways of communication with the Roman bodies. In our opinion, this would be the right place for such clarifications. Unfortunately, the Synodal Committee has not been invited to a discussion to date. We regret with irritation that this direct communication has not yet taken place. In our understanding, a synodal Church is something else!”

An English translation of the full response from the German episcopacy on the July 21 Vatican communique on the “synodal path” underway in Germany is here (scroll down to bottom of page): 21.07.2022: Statement by the Presidents of the Synodal Path on the statement presented by the Holy See

HOLY SEE STATEMENT ON “SYNODAL PATH” IN GERMANY 

Seems the Catholic Church in Germany, as it pursues a “Synodal Path,” is being told to “shape up”….

HOLY SEE STATEMENT ON “SYNODAL PATH” IN GERMANY 

Released today by the Holy See Press Office:  “In order to protect the freedom of the people of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry, it seems necessary to specify that the “Synodal Path” in Germany has no power to oblige the Bishops and the faithful to adopt new ways of governing and new approaches to doctrine and moral.

“It would not be lawful, before an agreement is reached at the level of the universal Church, to initiate new official structures or doctrines in dioceses (as) that would represent a wound to ecclesial communion and a threat to the unity of the Church. As the Holy Father recalled in the Letter to the People of God who are on their way in Germany: “The universal Church lives in and of the particular Churches, just as the particular Churches live and flourish in and from the universal Church, and if they find themselves separated from the entire ecclesial body, they weaken, rot and die. Hence the need to keep communion with the whole body of the Church always alive and effective “[1]. Therefore it is hoped that the proposals of the pathway of the particular Churches in Germany will converge on the synodal path that the universal Church is taking for a mutual enrichment and a witness of that unity with which the body of the Church manifests its fidelity to Christ the Lord.” [1] FRANCIS, Letter to the People of God who are on their way in Germany, 9   (Pope urges German Church to walk together, moved by the Spirit – Vatican News)

(FYI: BISHOPS WRITE OPEN LETTER TO GERMAN EPISCOPACY: April 2022: More than 70 bishops from around the world have released a “fraternal open letter” to Germany’s bishops warning that sweeping changes to Church teaching advocated by the ongoing process known as the “Synodal Path” may lead to schism. Bishops sign letter warning that Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ could lead to schism | Catholic News Agency)

 

HOLY FATHER RECEIVES ROYALS OF MONACO

I rarely if ever make prayer requests but today is truly an exception.

I met Brad Easterbrooks, a seminarian from the diocese of San Diego, when he was studying in Rome at the North American College. As I had been in the past, I was at the California table for Thanksgiving Dinner last November with Brad and other California seminarians and priests for a great dinner and engaging conversations.

Brad had been ordained a deacon in September and had such an interesting story and a delightful personality that I asked him to be my guest on “Vatican Insider” to tell the story of his vocation to the priesthood that he hopes to live as a military chaplain. That two-part interview aired in February. What so struck me in our conversation was his joy at the anticipation of his ordination to the priesthood. He radiated happiness.

San Diego diocese photo

Brad’s dream came true when he was ordained on Friday, June 24, 2022 at St. Gabriel Church in Poway, California. Joining the new priest were his mother, a brother, an aunt and other family members. His father David, whose life had been focussed on Brad becoming a priest, was in the hospital and unable to attend.

Several hours after the ordination, Brad’s father died of heart complications!

A day later, the new Fr. Easterbooks offered his first Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary church in San Diego for the repose of the soul of his father.

I learned this tragic news just days ago via an email from some friends whom I see on occasion in Rome and who knew the Easterbooks family.

So my prayer request is for Fr. Easterbrooks and his family as he starts his priestly life without his beloved Dad. It is hard for me to think of such a glorious moment in one’s life being touched by the searing pain of such a loss!

David Easterbrooks was buried in the historic and beautiful Mission San Luis Rey cemetery where my parents are buried as well as my brother-in-law.

May God sit on your shoulder, Fr. Brad!

HOLY FATHER RECEIVES ROYALS OF MONACO

Pope Francis this morning received Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of the Principality of Monaco for about a half hour in the papal library. Informal conversation, an exchange of gifts and meeting several other representatives from the principality marked the encounter.

These photos are from the Italian and French pages of Vatican News. The meeting (as I write) has not appeared in English news.

Francis gifted the couple a bronze work depicting a child helping another to get up with the words “Amare Aiutare” (To Love To Help), together with the volumes of papal documents, including the year’s message for peace, the document on human fraternity and the book on the Statio Orbis of March 27, 2020 edited by the Vatican Publishing House. A print depicting the chapel of the Palace of Monaco was donated to the Pope by the royal couple..