January 24 is the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists. The communications office of the diocese of Rome traditionally celebrates the liturgical memory of the saint with a Mass for members of the media at Santa Maria in Montesanto, one of the so-called “twin churches” on Rome’s famed Piazza del Popolo.

This basilica (featured on the left) is also known to Romans as “the church of artists” because, for the last 70 years on Sundays a Mass is celebrated that usually involves people from the world of culture and art. The basilica on the right is Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, presided at today’s Mass, and delivered the homily to a packed church.

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Though cold, it was such a lovely, sunny day that, after so much rain, I decided to do something extravagant (and usually not on my agenda on a work day!) and have lunch outdoors at Rosati’s, one of the two high end café/restaurants on Pza. del Popolo.

A table with a view…

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What I try to do every day I live in Rome!

(Vatican News provided a summary of Pope Francis’ Message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications to take place on May 21, 2023, The papal message is traditionally released on the feast of St. Francis de Sales. The theme this year is “Speaking with the heart. ‘The truth in love’” (Eph 4:15): : Pope: Communicating with the heart can curb escalation of war – Vatican News