VATICAN INSIDER: TWO PRIESTS, TWO BROTHERS, TWO TALES OF MINISTRY
My guests this week in the interview segment of Vatican Insider are two of my dearest friends, two priests, two brothers, native Chicagoans, who were both in Rome at the same time: Msgr. Michael Boland, a consultant to Catholic Charities USA following 30 magnificent years as head of Catholic Charities in the archdiocese of Chicago, and his brother Fr. Jeremiah Boland, pastor of a parish I know and love, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview, Illinois.
Fr. Jerry, a priest for 40 years, was in Rome on sabbatical at the North American College’s Institute of Continuing Theological Education at the same time that Msgr. Michael, a priest for 35 years, had to attend some meetings.
They are two of my most cherished friends and, as I note in our conversation, there are two things that bind us in friendship: celebration of Mass and meals! I know you will hear that friendship when we talk!
At La Vittoria – Fr. Jerry (L) – Msgr. Michael (R)
At Taverna Agape –
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POPE FRANCIS TEARS UP AS HE MENTIONS UKRAINE AT MARIAN PRAYER
Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day and holiday in the Vatican and in Italy. The Holy Father recited the Angelus at noon with thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square, and later in the afternoon visited the Spanish Steps where he laid a bouquet of flowers at the foot of the column bearing a statue of Mary Immaculate and recited a prayer for the world. Minutes into the prayer, as he mentioned Ukraine, Pope Francis’ voice cracked and he was silent and tearful for some time before resuming the prayer.
This is the Vatican video of the papal visit to Pza. di Spagna. You will see this moment at about 14:50. Below is the text of the papal prayer so you might want to click on that as you watch the video and he starts to pray. He stands at this point. Pope Francis brings the prayers of the world to Our Lady – Vatican News
Full text of Pope Francis’ prayer on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Vatican News