August 6 marks three important anniversaries, one for the entire world and two for the Catholic Church. Today is the 76th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, and the death toll from both was well over 200,000.
August 6 also marks two events for the Catholic Church: the death of Pope Paul VI – now St. Paul VI – on this day in 1978 at the papal residence of Castelgandolfo, and the feast of the Transfiguration. Here is Pope Francis’ tweet for today:
@pontifex The feast of the #TransfigurationoftheLord reminds us that we are called to experience being in touch with Christ so that, enlightened by his light, we might bear it and make it shine everywhere like tiny lamps of the gospel the bear a little bit of love and hope.
Here’s the link to the weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano (once you click on the link, click on Download and that should work). This is now a paying edition. I have a subscription and hope this works for you. I believe you can also subscribe via this link for €20 a year. ING_2021_032_0608.pdf (osservatoreromano.va)
And you might enjoy this story from Bethlehem: 800-year-old church organ in Bethlehem may breath new life – Catholic Philly
Whatever is on your agenda for the weekend – summer vacation time of relaxing, swimming, sailing or other sports, a family picnic, or perhaps just down time at home after returning from a vacation, I hope your days are health, happy and indeed relaxing. Try to have a weekend where you do want you want to do, not what you have to do. Have fun. Laugh a lot, hug your parents and siblings and children and nieces and nephews. Spend time so that when you wake up on Monday, you have a huge smile on your face from a weekend well spent!
VATICAN INSIDER WELCOMES A DYNAMIC DUO OF GRANDMOTHERS
Welcome to a new edition of Vatican Insider this weekend, in particular, welcome to Part II of my conversation with two dear friends, a dynamic duo – Catherine Wiley and Marilyn Henry – as we talk more about the first World day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Catherine founded the Catholic Grandparents Association in the UK and Marilyn Henry coordinates CGA in the US. Grandmothers themselves, they tell us the riveting tale of how CGA came about and how visits to the Vatican and a lot of work over 12 years led to this new World Day! We learn how Catherine and Marilyn found out the Pope had instituted this World Day and what it meant for them to be in Rome for the First World Day on July 25, 2021!
Some photos of our times together over the World Day of Grandparents weekend including meals and our conversation.
Here is the Catholic Grandparents Association’s marvelous website: Catholic Grandparents Association – Keeping Prayer at the Heart of Family Life
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