Today in Rome!

My special accessory – this two-sided fan!

I filmed today’s segment for Jim and Joy at high noon in Pza. Pio XII that is adjacent to St. Peter’s Square. I was sure that if I’d had a pan with cake batter, I could have baked it in the square!

Hopefully the Pope was staying cool! Today is the 30th anniversary of his episcopal ordination in Buenos Aires by Cardinal Antonio Quarracino. Tanti auguri, Holy Father!

FROM PRESS OFFICE: (7pm) Following the postponement of his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to South Sudan, His Holiness Pope Francis has decided to send the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Kinshasa and Juba in order to show his closeness to the beloved peoples of the Congo and South Sudan. The visit will take place from 1 to 8 July 2022


Saturday, June 25, at the end of the Mass to conclude the 10th World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis gave a gift to the 2,000 families who had come to Rome for this June 22-26 celebration. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, whose dicastery had prepared the meeting, presided at Mass but the Holy Father, seated in an armchair, delivered both the homily and a mandate to families everywhere to be “missionaries on the highways and byways of the world!”

Saturday and Sunday, I kept expecting the Vatican to publish this mandate in a number of languages, given that the world meeting took place in dioceses throughout the world. However, only Italian was released. Following is a translation of that mandate, a copy of which,Missionary Mandate of Families,” was handed out to people in St. Peter’s Square during the Angelus address on Sunday.

Dear families,

I invite you to continue your journey by listening to the Father who calls you: become missionaries on the highways and byways of the world! Do not walk alone! You, young families, be guided by those who know the way, you who are further along, be companions on the journey for others. You who are lost because of difficulties, do not be overcome by sadness, trust the Love God has placed in you, plead daily with the Spirit to revive it.

Announce with joy the beauty of being family! Announce to children and young people the grace of Christian marriage. Give hope to those who have none. Act as if everything depends on you, knowing that everything must be entrusted to God. Be you who “weave” the fabric of society and of a synodal Church, creating relationships, multiplying love and life. Be a sign of the living Christ, do not be afraid of what the Lord asks of you, nor be generous with Him. Open yourselves to Christ, listen to Him in the silence of prayer. Accompany those who are most fragile, take charge of those who are alone, refugees, abandoned.

Be the seed of a more fraternal world! Be families with big hearts! Be the welcoming face of the Church! And please pray, always pray!

May Mary, our Mother, come to your aid when there is no more wine, be a companion in the time of silence and trial, help you to walk together with her Risen Son.