VATICAN INSIDER: THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN’S ROSARY, PART II

The Vatican announced today that throughout July, as has become tradition since the election of Francis, there will be no weekly general audiences with Pope Francis. They will resume on August 3. He will suspend most activities and audiences but will continue to give his Sunday Angelus. The main exception to his July Vatican staycation will be the scheduled trip to Canada July 24 to 29, arriving back in Rome on the 30th. Hopefully everyone will be working on healing his painful knee issue in this down time.

VATICAN INSIDER: THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN’S ROSARY, PART II

Back for Part II, my guest this week in the interview segment of “Vatican Insider” is Blythe Kaufman. Many of you know Blythe as the founder in 2011 of Children’s Rosary®, an International Prayer group movement for children. She is also a wife, mother of three, endodontist, and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine!

Blythe was recently in Rome with her son Asher to speak to Vatican officials about the Children’s Rosary International Prayer Group and, along with the rest of the family, they participated in the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome from June 22 through the 26th.   This week Asher explains how a parish can set up a Children’s Rosary group.

Blythe and Asher appeared last week on EWTN News Nightly: here’s a link (go to 40 seconds mark):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2YiC6DXuCY

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A RESTFUL VACATION FOR POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI…. – ….AND A TRAVEL AND WORK VACATION IN JULY FOR FRANCIS

How do I say thank you? Let me count the ways…..

I am speechless at the hundreds of emails and Facebok postings I have received in just a few hours wishing me a Happy Birthday! The messages have been long and short, wise and witty, marked by love, affection and friendship and glowing tributes to my work. I have heard from every corner of the earth, it seems, from longtime friends and from Facebook people I only know through correspondence – or perhaps not at all!  I have “received” cakes and cupcakes, virtual flowers and cards, musical tributes and several videos.

And I have received real flowers!

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I am moved and humbled by all of this!  When people say “God bless!” to me, I usually respond, “He really has!”  And He has blessed me – abundantly, in every way, with faith, family and friends.

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Please know that I’d love to respond to each and each person who has written so far (30 more best wishes have arrived since I start writing minutes ago!) but you are all in my hearts and prayers. May the Lord bless each of you as well!

I will raise a glass of prosecco tonight at my birthday dinner hosted by Linda and Jack Del Rio and will salute each and every one of you!

POPE FRANCIS’ JUNE 30 TWEET: How wonderful it is to proclaim to everyone the love of God which saves us and gives meaning to our lives!

A RESTFUL VACATION FOR POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI….

This morning, around 10 am, Pope Francis went to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican gardens where Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resides in retirement to greet the former pontiff and wish him a pleasant stay at Castlegandofo. The two met for about a half hour. Benedict XVI left shortly afterward for the papal residence in the Alban Hills and will stay there for two weeks, returning to Vatican City on July 14. Since becoming Pope in March 2013, Francis has invited Benedict several times to stay at Castelgandolfo, knowing how very much he enjoys this residence and feels at home there.

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….AND A TRAVEL AND WORK VACATION IN JULY FOR  FRANCIS

Pope Francis will spend most of July in Rome, although he will travel to three Latin American nations from July 5 to 12. When he is back in Rome he will be working on speeches and homilies for his September pilgrimage to Cuba and the U.S. where he will address the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and preside at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

In July, the Wednesday general audiences will be suspended but will resume in August in the Paul VI Hall. One exception is the previously planned audience the afternoon of July 3 with the Movement of Renewal in the Spirit in St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy Father will continue to recite the Angelus on Sundays.

The morning Mass at Santa Marta is also suspended during July and August. It will resume in early September.