HEALING THE VIRUS OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE, INEQUALITY, MARGINALIZATION – WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ITALY NOW….

Definitely today’s good news story from EWTN! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=290962375534891

HEALING THE VIRUS OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE, INEQUALITY, MARGINALIZATION

As he has been doing throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis held a weekly general audience this morning in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace that was live streamed for the faithful around the world.

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,” he began, “in our reflection on the current global pandemic, we have seen that it has made us sensitive to an even graver virus affecting our world: that of social injustice, lack of equal opportunity and the marginalization of the poor and those in greatest need.”

He underscored that “Christ’s example and teaching show us that a preferential option for the poor is an essential criterion of our authenticity as his followers. Christian charity demands that, beyond social assistance, we listen to their voices and work to overcome all that hinders their material and spiritual development.”

Noting the worldwide desire for life to “return to normal,” Francis explained that, “Our desire for a return to normality should not mean a return to social injustices or to a delay of long overdue reforms. Today we have an opportunity to create something different: an ethically sound economy, centered on persons, especially the poor, in recognition of their innate human dignity.”

“The pandemic is a crisis” he continued, “and we do not emerge from a crisis the same as before: either we come out of it better, or we come out of it worse. We must come out of it better, to counter social injustice and environmental damage. Today we have an opportunity to build something different.”

“How sad,” the Holy Father commented, “it would be if, for example, access to a Covid-19 vaccine were made available only to the rich, and not to others in equal or greater need! It would be sad if this vaccine became the property of such and such a nation, not universal for all. The pandemic has laid bare the difficult situation of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world. And the virus, while it makes no exception among people, has found, in its devastating path, great inequalities and discriminations. And it has increased them!”

The Pope concluded by saying he hoped “the Gospel might inspire us to find ever more creative ways to exercise that charity, grounded in faith and anchored in hope, which can heal our wounded world and promote the true welfare of our entire human family.”

 “Starting from this love anchored in hope and founded in faith, a healthier world will be possible.”

FOR VIDEO OF GENERAL AUDIENCE: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/healing-the-world-an-opportunity-to-build-something-different.html

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ITALY NOW….

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, LARGEST AND MOST MAGNIFICENT FLOOR THAT EVER WAS MADE”

Siena has unveiled the extraordinary inlaid marble mosaic floors of its cathedral in as part of an eagerly-awaited annual event. The magnificent marble floor, covered with masonite sheeting for the rest of the year, can be visited from today until 7 October.

Visitors, who will be obliged to follow precautions to contain the spread of covid-19, will be able to admire the inlaid floor whose 56 panels were created between the 14th and 16th centuries. The interlocking “marble carpet” floor was described by Giorgio Vasari as “the most beautiful, largest and most magnificent floor that ever was made”.

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For information about how to visit the stunning floor, which contains allegories, virtues, and scenes from the Old Testament, see the Duomo di Siena website. https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-siena-cathedral-unveils-beautiful-mosaic-floors.html

RAPHAEL SHOW IN ROME, A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, TO REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS

Rome’s blockbuster dedicated to Raphael on the 500th anniversary of his death has been met with such demand from the public that organisers have taken the unprecedented decision to open the exhibition around the clock. The sell-out show, which had the misfortune to open just days before Italy shut all museums and went into lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic, reopened on 2 June under strict visiting regulations.

The Scuderie del Quirinale controls the flow of visitors who are obliged to maintain social distancing, however this has not put off the public in the slightest, with the museum struggling to cope with the boom in demand for tickets. As the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition nears its final days, the museum will open to visitors from 08.00 until 01.00 from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 August, before opening 24 hours a day from Friday 28 until midnight on Sunday 30 August.

Billed as the greatest exhibition ever dedicated to Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, the show features no fewer than 100 paintings by the High Renaissance master, with 40 masterpieces on loan from the Uffizi in Florence.

For full exhibition details see Scuderie del Quirinale website. https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-opens-raphael-blockbuster-24-hours-a-day-to-cope-with-demand.html

ROME ZOO INGENUITY IN FIGHTING AUGUST HEAT
Authorities at Rome’s Bioparco are ensuring the zoo’s residents are coping with the summer heat by providing the animals with swimming pools and refreshing frozen fruit. The Bioparco says that during the extreme heat the animals choose whether to go outdoors or stay in their shelters.

For those who venture outside there are new shaded areas as well as swimming pools for elephants, tigers, hippos, wolves and bears. Primates such as ring-tailed lemurs and macaques receive bamboo canes filled with yogurt and frozen fruit which, in addition to cooling them down, sharpens their food-finding skills, according to the zoo.

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-zoo-animals-cool-off-with-frozen-fruit.html

470 QUARANTINED AT RESORT WHEN STAFF MEMBER TESTS COVID POSITIVE

Local authorities ordered guests not to leave the Santo Stefano resort on Monday after the case was detected at the resort on Sardinia’s La Maddalena island. The region’s crisis unit conducted swab tests on some 470 vacationers and staff on Monday.

“We are waiting for the swabs to be processed, in the meantime we have arranged that no one leaves the resort,” stated regional health councilor Mario Nieddu.

Guests are allowed to move freely around the resort itself, but mustn’t leave, Italian media reports. Two guests reportedly tried to escape shortly after the lockdown was ordered, but were stopped by local police on their way to Olbia airport.

https://www.thelocal.it/20200819/coronavirus-sardinian-hotel-with-hundreds-of-guests-locked-down-over-positive-case

POPE FRANCIS’ PALM SUNDAY MASS IN 1 MINUTE – INSPIRATION IN PRAYER AND ART FOR THE COVID-19 ERA

POPE FRANCIS’ PALM SUNDAY MASS IN 1 MINUTE

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica due to the coronavirus pandemic, and dedicates his homily to the theme of service and love. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/pope-palm-sunday-mass-video-one-minute.html

INSPIRATION IN PRAYER AND ART FOR THE COVID-19 ERA

ROSARY, ANGELUS LIVE STREAMED DAILY FROM LORETO

Starting Monday, April 6, every day at noon, Archbishop Fabio Dal Cin will preside over the recitation of the Rosary and the Angelus prayer from the Marian Shrine of Loreto. Archbishop Dal Cin, the Pontifical Delegate for the Shrine, said: “The Holy House of Loreto invites us to invoke Mary, so as not to lose hope in the God of life.” He invited the faithful to join every day at 12 noon throughout Holy Week. Vatican News is providing live streaming of the prayer (www.vaticannews.va). “You can also join us at 9 pm every evening for the recitation of the Rosary and the Supplication to Our Lady of Loreto to free us from evil and from the pandemic.” (vaticannews)

PRAYING WITH THE RELICS OF PADRE PIO

At a moment of worldwide anxiety and uncertainty, nothing matters more than prayer. “Prayer is the best weapon we have,” Padre Pio once said. “It is the key to God’s heart.” With this in mind, the Saint Pio Foundation is privileged to offer an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to join our hearts in prayer during this time of pandemic. From Monday, April 6 to May 1, 2020, the Saint Pio Foundation is launching a dedicated web page that will offer the opportunity to pray the rosary virtually, in the presence of the relics of Padre Pio. The page features the relics and four different video clips, each representing a mystery of the rosary, along with narration announcing the mysteries. This is an unparalleled initiative that the Saint Pio Foundation hopes will encourage devotion and hope during this time of turmoil and draw the world together at a time when so many feel pulled apart. To access: https://www.saintpiofoundation.org/online-veneration (source: Saint Pio Foundation)

A VIRTUAL VISIT TO ART OF RAPHAEL ON 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH

At the Scuderie del Quirinale (Quirinale Stables), an exhibition had been set up to open on March 5, 2020 on the 500th anniversary of the death of Raffaello Sanzio. In the impossibility of visiting the exhibition, the stables presented a “virtual visit” that will accompany the participants on a walk through the halls, custodians of over 200 masterpieces from all over the world. This is a way to allow the public to admire, even from a distance, the splendor of Raphael’s art and the grandeur of the exhibition project, in order to share culture and beauty with as many people as possible. https://agcult.it/a/16525/2020-03-26/scuderie-del-quirinale-la-visita-virtuale-della-mostra-raffaello-e-da-oggi-online


(JFL: To visit the Quirinale Place, once the summer residence of Popes and now home to Italy’s president, click here: https://palazzo.quirinale.it/palazzo_en.html)