VATICAN INSIDER: THE CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION – FRIDAY THE 13TH BECOMES A GOOD FRIDAY

I just got back to Rome this morning from New York and will recount my adventures and what Rome is like now in a blog over the weekend.

In the meantime, to read the weekly edition in English of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, click here: https://www.vaticannews.va/content/dam/vaticannews/or/pdf/ING_2020_011_1303.pdf

VATICAN INSIDER: THE CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION

My two amazing guests in the interview segment of Vatican Insider this weekend are Catherine Wiley, grandmother and founder of Catholic Grandparents Association – CGA – and Marilyn Henry, also a grandmother, who founded the American branch of Catholic Grandparents. Part I of our conversation aired last weekend.

We spoke when they were in Rome for “The Richness of Many Years of Life” conference organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life that brought together 550 participants from 60 countries. Catherine tells us how she came to found this Association and both women speak about the work of CGA and how you, if you are a grandparent, can join this unique, lively and loving association.

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As I wrote last week, if you could plug Catherine into a wall socket, you’d not have to pay an electric company! She is so very passionate about her work, about CGA, about being a grandparent. And that’s how she feels about her “American double,” Marilyn Henry of Houston, Texas.

If you’re a grandparent and want to know if there is a CGA affiliate in your parish or diocese, all the info you need (phone numbers, email, etc) is right here: http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/

IN THE UNITED STATES, you can listen to Vatican Insider (VI) on a Catholic radio station near you (stations listed at http://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 http://www.ewtnradio.net ALWAYS CHECK YOUR OWN TIME ZONE! For VI archives: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/audio-library/index.asp (write Vatican Insider where it says Search Shows and Episodes)

FRIDAY THE 13TH BECOMES A GOOD FRIDAY

Parish churches in Rome to remain open for private prayer
In agreement with Pope Francis, the Cardinal Vicar of the Diocese of Rome has decided to amend an earlier decree closing Rome’s churches. Parish churches, as well as equivalent missionary centres, will now be allowed to remain open, while complying with measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

By Vatican News
The Diocese of Rome acted quickly to allow some churches in the city to remain open, one day after an initial decision had been made to close places of worship to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19.

On Friday morning, Pope Francis prayed “that the Holy Spirit might grant pastoral discernment to pastors so that they might perceive measures that might not leave the holy, faithful people of God alone, and so that the people of God might feel accompanied by their pastors.” With the Holy Father’s agreement, Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis, exercising pastoral discernment and wishing to avoid disorientation or confusion to the faithful, issued a new decree allowing parish churches, and some other equivalent pastoral missions, to remain open for private prayer.

In a letter to the faithful of the diocese, Cardinal De Donatis explained that the decision to close the churches of Rome had not been made out of “irrational fear, or worse, a pragmatism devoid of hope,”, but as a means of preventing contagion. However, he explained, there is also a need to ensure that people do not feel even more isolated, prompting the revised pastoral provisions.

Cardinal De Donatis said the Church is relying on the “wise discernment” of priests. “Be very close to the people of God. Make sure that every person feels loved and accompanied, help everyone to perceive that the Church does not close its doors to anyone, but is concerned that none of the ‘little ones’ should risk their lives or be forgotten.”

He encouraged them to bring “the comfort of the sacraments” to those who are ill and to ensure the help necessary for the poor, while taking every possible precaution to avoid anything that could endanger the health of others.

Cardinal De Donatis also encouraged prayer in the family, maintaining “the tradition of our parents and grandparents.”

The Cardinal Vicar concluded his letter by calling on all the faithful of the diocese to entrust themselves once more to Our Lady of Divine Love, the Madonna del Divino Amore.

VATICAN INSIDER: THE CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION – POPE INSTITUTES GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR PERSONNEL – 106TH WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS: “FORCED LIKE JESUS CHRIST TO FLEE”

VATICAN INSIDER: THE CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION

My two amazing guests in the interview segment of Vatican Insider this weekend and next are Catherine Wiley, grandmother and founder of Catholic Grandparents Association – CGA – and Marilyn Henry, also a grandmother, who founded the American branch of Catholic Grandparents.

We spoke when they were in Rome for “The Richness of Many Years of Life” conference organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life that brought together 550 participants from 60 countries. Catherine tells us how she came to found this Association and both women speak about the work of CGA and how you, if you are a grandparent, can join this unique, lively and loving association.

Catherine Wiley-

Marilyn Henry-(from twitter)

If you could plug Catherine in to a wall socket, you’d not have to pay an electric company! She is so very passionate about her work, about CGA, about being a grandparent. And that’s how she feels about her “American double,” Marilyn Henry of Houston, Texas.

If you’re a grandparent and want to know if there is a CGA affiliate in your parish or diocese, all the info you need (phone numbers, email, etc) is right here: http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/

For Catherine Wiley’s powerful talk at “The Richness of Many Years of Life,” conference, click on the link below. By the by, Marilyn told me that the entire gathering applauded Catherine for several mion iutes!

The Richness of many years speech- Rome 2020 by Catherine Wiley

IN THE UNITED STATES, you can listen to Vatican Insider (VI) on a Catholic radio station near you (stations listed at http://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 http://www.ewtnradio.net ALWAYS CHECK YOUR OWN TIME ZONE! For VI archives: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/audio-library/index.asp (write Vatican Insider where it says Search Shows and Episodes)

POPE INSTITUTES GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR PERSONNEL

Accepting the proposal of the Council of Cardinals and the Council for the Economy, His Holiness Francis has arranged for the institution of the General Directorate for Personnel within the General Affairs Section of the Secretariat of State.

The General Directorate for Personnel will take over the tasks of the current personnel office of the Secretariat of State and will have authority not only on the Dicasteries and Entities of the Holy See, but also on Institutes (for example, the Institute for Religious Works), plants, chapters, administrations, organisms, foundations, Domus and other institutions dependent on the Holy See or in some way connected to it, notwithstanding the respective Regulations.

This new department will be presided over by a director and will have strategic, inspection and operational power, with coordination, control and surveillance functions; it will also be equipped so that it can respond in good time to the various requests that it will be called to carry out.

The new General Directorate for Personnel will maintain close links with the Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Labor Office of the Apostolic See, the Pension Fund and the Governorate of the Vatican City State, as well as with the independent Commission of evaluation for the recruitment of lay personnel at the Apostolic See (CIVA).

This is a very important step in the reform process started by the Holy Father.

106TH WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS: “FORCED LIKE JESUS CHRIST TO FLEE”

The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday 27 September 2020. The Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” as the title for his annual Message. It will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDPs), who currently number over 41 million worldwide.

As the title makes clear, the reflection begins with the experience of the young Jesus and his family as displaced persons and refugees. This provides a Christological grounding for the Christian action of welcome or hospitality.

Over the coming months, the theme will be developed in six sub-themes expressed by six pairs of verbs: to know in order to understand; to draw near so as to serve; to listen in order to reconcile; to share and thus to grow; to involve in order to promote; and finally, to collaborate and therefore to build.

Again this year, the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will encourage, prepare and support the celebration of this day. Resources are being developed and a communication campaign will soon get underway. Each month, information, reflections, and multimedia aids will be offered as means of exploring and expressing the theme chosen this year by the Holy Father. (source Vatican media)