Last evening at 6 pm in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis said Mass to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Prof. Guzmán Carriquiri Lecour and Lídice María Gómez Mango. Guzman, a Uruguyan, has held numerous positions in the Roman Curia, starting in 1971 and including Bureau Chief and later under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. It seems the Pope heard the couple had planned a Mass and he decided to personally preside! A lovely way to thank the couple, especially Guzman, for his years of service!
From Canton Ohio: A miracle inquiry for the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Rhoda Wise was closed in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown on June 25, 2019 and will be sent to the Congregation of Saints in Rome. More details will be shared at the special Mass on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in thanksgiving for the 80th Anniversary of the Healing of The Servant of God Rhoda Wise. The Mass is 7:00 pm at Saint Peter Catholic Church, Canton, celebrated by Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of Youngstown.
There is a big breaking story on China from the Vatican – will try to post Vatican note ASAP.
VATICAN INSIDER EXPLORES THE ACCU
Join me on this final weekend of June for a new edition of Vatican Insider for Part II of my conversation with Michael Galligan-Stierle, outgoing president and CEO of ACCU – the Washington, DC-based Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Every June Michael and his wife Pamela lead the ACCU’s annual Rome seminar for university and college presidents. We talk about the history of ACCU the Rome seminar, the difference between college and university, the benefits of membership in ACCU for a college or university, the advantages of going to a Catholic college or university, and much more.
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JUNE 29, CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF STS PETER AND PAUL IN ROME
Thirty-one metropolitan archbishops will receive the pallium tomorrow morning, June 29 in St. Peter’s basilica during Mass presided over by the Holy Father. The Pope will bless the palliums during Mass and hand each archbishop the symbol of his authority in his archdiocese and of his ties to the Successor of Peter, the Pope. The nuncio of each archbishop’s country will actually place the pallium on his shoulders in a ceremony in his home cathedral.
June 29 is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles and patron saints of Rome. There are a number of non-liturgical events that mark the day of you happen to be in the Eternal City. It is a big holiday for the Vatican and the City of Rome.
The historical Floral Painting known as Infiorata Storica, organized by the Pro Loco organization of Rome, will take place tomorrow between Via della Conciliazione and Piazza Pio XII, just yards from St. Peter’s Square.
According to historical sources, the custom of creating floral paintings was born in Rome in the year 1625, when on the occasion of the patronal feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, the head of the Vatican Floristry, Benedetto Drei had carpets made of “leafy flowers and vines to emulate the works of the mosaic” in front of the Basilica of St. Peter. At the death of Benedetto Drei, it was Gian Lorenzo Bernini who succeeded him, and it is through his influence that the tradition spread to the localities of Castelli Romani, rooting itself strongly in Lazio and beyond.
At 9:30 pm on June 29, go to the terraces of the Pincio (Piazza del Popolo) for the 13th edition of the historical re-enactment of the “Girandola di Roma,” (the Roman pinwheel), a fireworks display conceived by Michelangelo and reworked by Bernini.