POPE CANCELS DAILY SCHEDULE DUE TO KNEE PAIN – PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES SHOW SOLIDARITY IN UKRAINE

EWTN had a terrific meeting and light buffet lunch today with our CEO Michael Warsaw. The Rome bureau staff was present on our rooftop terrace and shared ideas with Michael under a splendid spring sun as he spoke to us of plans for the network in Alabama, Rome and around the world. It was wonderful to see him again as his last visit was 2019, so pre-Covid. I really enjoyed catching up with him.

POPE CANCELS DAILY SCHEDULE DUE TO KNEE PAIN

The press office put out a note today saying that “because of his continuing knee pain, and on the advice of his doctor, Pope Francis interrupted his activity scheduled for today, including participating in a meeting of the Council of Cardinals who just began a new session in recent days.”

PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES SHOW SOLIDARITY IN UKRAINE

The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the US, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, traveled to Ukraine during Holy Week there, to offer the Church’s solidarity with the suffering people there by being present in listening, visiting and praying together them.

By Sr. Bernadette Reis and Vatican News staff writer
Video and photos courtesy of Pontifical Mission Society, USA

Expressing a solidarity of presence with the people of Ukraine, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the US, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, traveled to the war-torn nation for Holy Week and Easter (according to the Julian calendar). He met with the people and local Church leaders to offer personally the Church’s solidarity through humanitarian support, visits to families and participation together in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies in Lviv and Kyiv.

The role of the Pontifical Mission Societies is to support the proclamation of the Gospel, the building of the Church and the work and witness of mission priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders. These missionaries also provide food, education and medical care to the most vulnerable communities and, through their work, witness to the compassionate heart of Jesus.

Solidarity of presence

Msgr. Harrington’s visit during the summit of the Eastern Church’s liturgical calendar recalled in a poignant way the suffering of Jesus manifested in the faces of the local people trying to recover from lost loved ones killed in the fighting, the ongoing conflict and precarious humanitarian conditions. In an interview with Vatican News, he described the visit as responding to the call Pope Francis expressed in his  Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti which speaks about being near to others, “to touch and heal the wounds of others.” He said he wanted to be there to offer “a sense of real solidarity,” that went beyond providing material assistance, accompanying “the people in the midst of their suffering.”

Click here for more of this wonderful and inspiring story and some lovely photos: Pontifical Mission Societies shows solidarity in Ukraine visit – Vatican News

VATICAN INSIDER: A SAINTLY JUBILEE IN CHICAGO – EWTN ROME: FIRST FRIDAY MASS IN HISTORIC CHURCH – OCTOBER 1: SAINT THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

VATICAN INSIDER: A SAINTLY JUBILEE IN CHICAGO

Join me this weekend on Vatican Insider for my conversation with my guest of honor, Fr. Ramil Fajardo, rector of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini National Shrine in Chicago. In Part I of our conversation, we talk about the upcoming Mother Cabrini Jubilee Year and focus on the life of Mother Cabrini, America’s first citizen Saint, and the migrants, especially Italian, whom she helped for so many years. As we also talk about today’s migrants and refugees, Fr. Ramil is joined by Fr. Ryan Brady. Next week we will look at how Chicago will celebrate this Cabrini Jubilee!

Fathers Ramil (L) and Ryan joined me for dinner after our interview in the brief time I spent in Chicago during my recent, very wonderful, U.S. vacation.

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EWTN ROME: FIRST FRIDAY MASS IN HISTORIC CHURCH

To mark today’s feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and first Friday of the month, staff from the EWTN Rome office, including new Rome bureau chief Andreas Thonhauser, attended Mass this morning in the celebrated and ancient Roman church of San Lorenzo in piscibus in the San Lorenzo International Youth Center, just yards from St. Peter’s Square.

It is a small but very wonderful church, almost a chapel, that just begs you to pray when you are inside. It is totally conducive to prayer. As Mass was celebrated by Fr. Johannes Lechner, I could only think of the earliest Christian gatherings when there were no formal churches but rather the faithful met in the homes of prominent Christians.

I took this photo as I crossed St. Peter’s square on my way to Mass:

Inside San Lorenzo:

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The Church of San Lorenzo in Piscibus (English: Saint Lawrence at the Fish Market) is a 12th-century small church in Rome’s Borgo rione (neighborhood).

The church is dedicated to St, Lawrence, the Roman deacon martyr. The first document to reference it dates to 1143, at which time it was referred to as S. Laurentius in porticu maiore (“Saint Lawrence near the great portico”), referring to its vicinity to the great Portico that in the Middle Ages connected Pons Aelius with the old St. Peter’s Basilica, stretching along the Borgo. The title in piscibus, which first appeared in a 1205 bull of Pope Innocent III, translates literally to “near the fishes.” The name refers either to a fish market that was operated nearby, or the Roman de Piscibus family.

In the Middle Ages the governance of the church was transferred to the canons of the Vatican Basilica, as attested in bulls of Innocent III (October 15, 1205) and Pope Gregory IX (June 22, 1228).

The church housed Poor Clares for some time, before Leo X moved them elsewhere. He replaced them with a lay community from the nearby Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia.

San Lorenzo was held by the Piarist fathers into the early 20th century. It underwent major changes when the central part of the Borgo neighborhood, the Spina di Borgo, was demolished in order to construct the modern Via della Concciliazione, a work that went from 1936 to 1950.
 
The church was sold by the Italian government to the Holy See in 1941. It was, however, consequently deconsecrated, having been declared redundant. It was afterward converted into a study hall for the Scuola Pontificia Pio IX, and later used as a studio for the sculptor Pericle Fazzini, who used it while working on his massive “Resurrection” piece for the Paul VI Audience Hall between 1970 and 1977.

Pope John Paul II saw the old church – by then more or less forgotten, being hidden by the modern propylea around Piazza Pio XII – as a potential site for a youth ministry center at the Vatican. He reconsecrated it with a special youth Mass in March 1983, expressing the desire that the church become “a hothouse of faith-filled evangelization.” It continues to house the Centro San Lorenzo, which is overseen by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. In November 2007, it was designated a titular deanery by Pope Benedict XVI and given to Cardinal Paul Cordes.   (source: in part from Wikipedia)

To visit San Lorenzo website: San Lorenzo International Centre (laity.va)

OCTOBER 1: SAINT THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

(franciscanmedia.org) “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”

These are the words of Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24.

Life in a Carmelite convent is indeed uneventful and consists mainly of prayer and hard domestic work. But Thérèse possessed that holy insight that redeems the time, however dull that time may be. She saw in quiet suffering a redemptive suffering, suffering that was indeed her apostolate. Thérèse said she came to the Carmel convent “to save souls and pray for priests.” And shortly before she died, she wrote: “I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth.”

Thérèse was canonized in 1925. On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church, the third woman to be so recognized in light of her holiness and the influence of her teaching on spirituality in the Church.

Her parents, Louis and Zelie, were beatified in 2008 and canonized in 2015.

REFLECTION

Thérèse has much to teach our age of the image, the appearance, the “self.” We have become a dangerously self-conscious people, painfully aware of the need to be fulfilled, yet knowing we are not. Thérèse, like so many saints, sought to serve others, to do something outside herself, to forget herself in quiet acts of love. She is one of the great examples of the gospel paradox that we gain our life by losing it, and that the seed that falls to the ground must die in order to live.

Preoccupation with self separates modern men and women from God, from their fellow human beings, and ultimately from themselves. We must re-learn to forget ourselves, to contemplate a God who draws us out of ourselves, and to serve others as the ultimate expression of selfhood. These are the insights of Saint Thérèse, and they are more valid today than ever.

SAINT THÉRÈSE IS THE PATRON SAINT OF:

Florists
Missionaries
Pilots
Priests

VATICAN INSIDER: OUTGOING ROME BUREAU CHIEF TELLS HIS STORY

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VATICAN INSIDER: OUTGOING ROME BUREAU CHIEF TELLS HIS STORY

My guest this week on Vatican Insider is a dear friend and my successor as EWTN’s Rome bureau chief, Alan Holdren. Part I of our conversation, which took place in my office, the very first EWTN Rome headquarters, airs this weekend and you’ll hear Alan tell us how he came to be with EWTN, his Rome years and the highlights of his tenure – papal trips, a conclave, canonizations and the biggest highlight of all, raising a beautiful family.

Alan was able to visit both Pope emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis with his family before they left Rome. He is returning to the United States and also tells us about that.

From left right in this photo: Joan, Alan and the new Rome bureau chief Andreas Thonhauser from Germany. Andreas is scheduled to arrive in August with his wife and family.

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