If you’ve been to Italy and had some of its fabulous coffee (in one of many forms and combinations), you will love this story. Even if you haven’t been to Italy, you’ll love this story! How Italy came to be Europe’s coffee capital (thelocal.it)
Why else should you come to Italy? Well, here’s why: Rome is world’s top food destination: Tripadvisor – Wanted in Rome
VATICAN INSIDER WELCOMES BACK FR. CHRISTOPHER PEARSON
In this week’s interview segment, Vatican Insider welcomes back Fr. Christopher Pearson, pastor of Most Precious Blood parish in London. As I mentioned last week in Part I of our conversation, we’ve been friends for over a dozen years, as you will hear in the amusing start of our conversation, and Fr. Christopher was in Rome to concelebrate at the January 5 funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
What links us in friendship is one of Pope Benedict’s major achievements – the creation in 2009 of the Personal Ordinariate, a canonical structure within the Catholic Church established to enable “groups of Anglicans” to join the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their liturgical and spiritual patrimony. Fr. Chris was an Anglican pastor for 15 years and talks about his becoming a Catholic priest. He highlights Benedict’s great desire for Christian Unity, citing the Ordinariate as one example of how that can be achieved.
Fr. Christopher, Maggie McDaniel of Catholic Faith Journeys and I shared a great meal at Taverna Agape while they were in Rome. Fr. Chris was in Rome to concelebrate Pope emeritus Benedict’s funeral Mass.
Fr. Christopher is always a total delight to be with and you always learn a great deal from him. I am blessed that we are friends! And now Maggie knows him – maybe she’ll do a pilgrimage to the UK and the Ordinariate of Walsingham!
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