VATICAN INSIDER: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND “TERESA OF CALCUTTA. NO GREATER LOVE” – POPE FRANCIS GIVES INFLGHT PRESS CONFERENCE

VATICAN INSIDER: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND “TERESA OF CALCUTTA. NO GREATER LOVE”

Returning this week to the interview segment of “Vatican Insider” are Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and David Naglieri, writer and director of the film produced by the Knights, “Teresa of Calcutta: No Greater Love.”

Last week, we talked about what inspired the Knights of Columbus to do this film, how David was brought in as writer and director, and the stages of filming and some of the highlights.

This week we look at some of the challenges and highlights of filming this documentary, and I ask both Patrick and David if they learned something they never knew about Mother Teresa during the filming.

As I wrote after the Rome premiere: “Teresa of Calcutta’s love was a no-holds-barred love that embraced all of God’s children but absolutely above all, ‘the least of God’s children,’ the heart-wrenchingly poor and destitute, the forgotten and rejected ones such as the disabled, victims of leprosy, the starving, those who were left to die in the hovels they called home or on the streets of their villages or towns, on the peripheries of large, well-to-do urban centers where people truly did not care about the “people they could not see.”

I interviewed Patrick and David at one of the sports centers built in Rome by the Knights of Columbus. They have an office in Rome as well (another story for another day).

The movie premiered in Rome at the end of August and will be shown in 940 theaters in the United States for two days only, Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. Go to motherteresamovie.com for tickets.

The official website (where you can watch a trailer): Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Film – HOME (motherteresamovie.com)

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POPE FRANCIS GIVES INFLGHT PRESS CONFERENCE

Yesterday, September 15, on his six-hour flight from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan to Rome, Pope Francis gave an in-flight press conference to the 80 journalists who had accompanied him on his 38th international apostolic trip.

Here are two reports you might like to read that summarize the Q and A:

Pope: ‘Difficult to dialogue with those who started a war, but it must be done’ – Vatican News

Pope Francis: ‘The West has taken the wrong paths’ | Catholic News Agency

VATICAN INSIDER: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND “TERESA OF CALCUTTA. NO GREATER LOVE”

VATICAN INSIDER: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND “TERESA OF CALCUTTA. NO GREATER LOVE”

This week on Vatican Insider, I welcome two new guests in the interview segment – Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and David Naglieri, writer and director of the film produced by the Knights, “Teresa of Calcutta: No Greater Love.” The movie premiered in Rome at the end of August and will be shown in 940 theaters in the United States for two days only, Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. Go to motherteresamovie.com for tickets.

In Part I of our conversation, we talk about what inspired the Knights of Columbus to do this film, how David was brought in as writer and director, the stages of filming and some of the highlights.   More on this film when our conversation continues net week

As I wrote after the premiere: “Teresa of Calcutta’s love was a no-holds-barred love that embraced all of God’s children but absolutely above all, ‘the least of God’s children,’ the heart-wrenchingly poor and destitute, the forgotten and rejected ones such as the disabled, victims of leprosy, the starving, those who were left to die in the hovels they called home or on the streets of their villages or towns, on the peripheries of large, well-to-do urban centers where people truly did not care about the “people they could not see.”

I interviewed Patrick and David at a sports center in Rome, one of a number built in the Eternal City by the Knights of Columbus. They have an office in Rome as well (another story for another day). The Missionaries of Charity were the special guests at that day’s showing of No Greater Live. Fr. Brian Kolodeijchuk, postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for canonization, spoke to the sisters.

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The official website (where you can watch a trailer): Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Film – HOME (motherteresamovie.com)

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VATICAN INSIDER: MSGR TOM POWERS, RECTOR, NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE (PART II)- POPE FRANCIS EXPRESSES CLOSENESS TO ARGENTINE VICE PRESIDENT

To all my American family members and friends, have a wonderful, happy and safe Labor Day celebration on Monday!

VATICAN INSIDER:   MSGR TOM POWERS, RECTOR, NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE (PART II)

Here we are, a new month and a new edition of Vatican Insider. But you know my guest in the interview segment, Msgr. Tom Powers, the new rector of the Pontifical North American College because Part I of our conversation aired last week, He told us how he was invited to be rector, stating “My priesthood has been one of saying yes to the Church.” He also explained all the duties of a rector.

This week he talks about the new freshman class of seminarians, highlighting how they all met and exchanged inspirational vocation stories. He spoke of the vocation stories as “moments of God’s grace,”   adding, “my work here, our work here, is to form men to the heart of Christ.”

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POPE FRANCIS EXPRESSES CLOSENESS TO ARGENTINE VICE PRESIDENT

Pope Francis sends a telegram expressing his solidarity to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the vice president of Argentina, after she narrowly survived an attempt on her life.

By Benedict Mayaki, SJ (vaticannews)

Pope Francis has sent a message of closeness to Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina, following reports of an attack on her on Thursday.

“Having received the disturbing news of the attack that Your Excellency suffered yesterday afternoon, I wish to express my solidarity and closeness in this delicate moment,” the Pope said in a telegram on Friday.

The Pope prayed that, “social harmony and respect for democratic values may prevail in dear Argentina, against all types of violence and aggression.” (APF photo or licensor)

Assassination attempt

The Argentine Vice President narrowly survived an assassination attempt late Thursday, after a gunman’s weapon failed to fire as he aimed at her.

Footage circulating online shows Fernández de Kirchner surrounded by a mob of supporters as a hand appears from the crowd holding a gun pointed at her face at close range. The weapon did not discharge and Fernández can be seen flinching and ducking.

Police said the gunman, identified as a 35-year-old Brazilian, has been taken into custody, according to the BBC.

Authorities are still attempting to establish a motive for the attack on the vice president.

 

VATICAN INSIDER: MSGR. TOM POWERS, NEW RECTOR AT NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE – POPE ON L’AQUILA VISIT: “FORGIVENESS ONLY WEAPON AGAINST WAR” – POPE ASKS NORTH KOREA REGIME FOR INVITATION TO VISIT

VATICAN INSIDER:   MSGR. TOM POWERS, NEW RECTOR AT NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE

Welcome to Vatican Insider on this final weekend of August and what a weekend it promises to be in Rome! My guest this week in the interview segment is Msgr. Tom Powers, the new rector of the Pontifical North American College and a wonderful friend of many years! In Part I of our talk, he tells how he was invited to be rector, looks back a bit at his own years in Rome as a seminarian under two rectors, now Cardinals, Edwin O’Brien and Timothy Dolan and explains exactly what the duties of a rector are.

The new seminarians had just arrived and Msgr. Powers spoke about how they all met and exchanged inspirational vocation stories. He spoke of the vocation stories as “moments of God’s grace.” He said “my work here, our work here, is to form men to the heart of Christ.” Among his powerful remarks were his words on answering the call this past spring to become the rector, saying: “My priesthood has been one of saying yes to the Church.”

Photo taken in rectory where he was pastor before coming to Rome:

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POPE ON L’AQUILA VISIT: “FORGIVENESS ONLY WEAPON AGAINST WAR”

Pope Francis speaks to a local news publication of L’Aquila ahead of his pastoral visit on Sunday, and says it is harder to forgive than to make war, in reference to the Celestinian Pardon that he will inaugurate while in the central Italian city.

By Devin Watkins (vaticannews)

“It takes more strength to forgive than to wage war… Forgiveness is the only possible weapon against all war.”

Pope Francis offered that message on Friday in an interview with “Il Centro”, a local news publication in L’Aquila.

He is scheduled to make a pastoral visit to the central Italian city in the Abruzzo region on Sunday morning, where he will open the holy door of the annual Celestinian Pardon.

Overcoming evil with good

Referring to the war in Ukraine and other conflicts, the Pope recalled that “evil is never overcome by evil, but only with good.”

Forgiveness, he said, requires great interior and cultural maturity, as well as a culture of peace.

“Without this effort,” said the Pope, “we will remain stuck in the logic of evil, which is beholden to the promotion of the self-interests of those who take advantage of conflicts to enrich themselves.”

Pope Celestine V, who instituted the Celestinian Pardon in 1294, “knew how to promote humility and love for the poor,” he said, adding that our contemporary society can learn much from these attitudes.

Mystery of suffering

Asked about the devastating earthquake of 2009 that killed 309 people, Pope Francis recalled that, “pain and suffering are always a mystery.”

“Jesus Himself experienced this darkness of feeling alone and defeated. But at the same time, he taught us that it is precisely in these moments when everything seems lost that we can make an unexpected gesture: entrust ourselves to the Lord!”

The Pope added that there can be no rebirth in the wake of destruction without the act of entrusting ourselves to the Lord.

However, he said, our interior certitude in God’s mercy is a gift which must be requested and “protected from everything that would seek to snuff it out.”

Praising a Church close to the poor

Pope Francis then praised the many ways in which the local Church in L’Aquila has reached out to support the poor and those who have suffered due to the earthquake.

Many houses and buildings still need to be rebuilt in the city, including the Catholic Cathedral.

“I thank the city’s pastors,” said the Pope. “And I especially thank all priests and men and women religious who, along with lay people, have sought to rebuild, an effort which involves not only homes but also the soul itself of the people.”

“We cannot go very far if we walk alone. Unity alone can allow us to make truly difficult changes. We must leave behind all those things which divide us and hold up instead everything which unites us.”

Encouragement in the faith

Pope Francis concluded the interview with “Il Centro” by saying that he comes to encourage the people of L’Aquila in their faith.

“Humility, love, closeness, forgiveness, and mercy truly are the best way to proclaim the Gospel to the men and women of today and of all times.”

POPE WILLING TO GO TO NORTH KOREA IF INVITED

Pope Francis has expressed willingness to visit North Korea, asking the regime to invite him to the country.

In an interview with KBS at the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday, the pontiff said he is willing to travel to North Korea upon receiving the invitation, which he will not reject.

Pope Francis, the 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church, has repeatedly indicated that he is willing to visit North Korea, but it is rather unusual that he has requested an invitation from North Korea using such direct and strong rhetoric.

The pope devoted a considerable part of the 30-minute interview to the subject of war and peace, while citing weapons production a major concern.

He prayed that God will be with all people, both in South and North Korea. He asked South Koreans, in particular, to work for peace as they are well aware of what a war is like, having experienced the pain of armed conflict.

The interview will air on KBS 1 TV at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10 p.m. on September 1. (source: Pope Francis Asks for Invitation to Visit N. Korea l KBS WORLD)

VATICAN INSIDER, A PREVIEW: NEW CARDINALS, A PAPAL TRIP AND A MEETING OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS

VATICAN INSIDER, A PREVIEW: NEW CARDINALS, A PAPAL TRIP AND A MEETING OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS

Be sure to tune in to Vatican Insider this weekend, yet another tropical August weekend in so many parts of the world. I hope you can be in a cool place, perhaps with an iced drink, as you listen to the latest news from the Vatican, and a Special I have prepared in place of the interview segment.

Next weekend, the final weekend of August, will be a big one, perhaps even historic, as the Pope will create 20 new cardinals, visit L’Aquila in Italy’s central Abruzzo region, celebrate Mass with all members of the College of Cardinals, including the new ones and meet behind closed doors with the entire College to discuss his document on the reform of the Roman Curia, Praedicate Evangelium. I look at each of those events – and maybe beyond!

I hope my overview of what is about to happen in the Vatican on the last four days of August will help you follow those events with a greater understanding.

There may also be some big surprises so stay tuned!

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VATICAN INSIDER: FERRAGOSTO IN ITALY – POPE FRANCIS AND UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SPEAK ON PHONE

VATICAN INSIDER: FERRAGOSTO IN ITALY

In the interview segment of “Vatican Insider” this weekend, I offer a special I’ve prepared on The Lazy, Hazy Days of Ferragosto. On Monday in Italy we celebrate the biggest holiday of the summer season “Ferragosto,” the name Italians give to the August 15 solemnity of the Assumption. Ferragosto refers to the feriae augusti, meaning “holidays of August.” I look at the origin of the word ‘ferragosto’ and also at how the expression ‘the dog days of summer’ was born.

I’ll also tell you how the ancient Romans beat the midsummer heat! I think you’ll learn a lot and have a few laughs at the same time so tune it for that after news and the Q&A.

Italy in August: Closed for Vacation

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POPE FRANCIS AND UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY SPEAK ON PHONE

Italy’s news agency ANSA reported at 6:22 this evening Rome time that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he had spoken on the phone with Pope Francis and told him about Russian war crimes. Zelesnky said on Twitter: “Talked to @Pontifex_it. Briefed him on RF aggression against Ukraine, its horrible crimes. Grateful to the pontiff for his prayers for Ukraine. Our people need support of world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about acts of horror committed by the aggressor in Ukraine.” (ANSA).

Zelensky’s words are interspersed with images of the Ukrainian flag as you can see on his tweet: Zelenskyy – Twitter Search / Twitter

As I go to press, there is no official confirmation from the Holy See Press Office.

VATICAN INSIDER: THE “BEST OF” – OUR LADY AND THE AUGUST SNOWFALL IN ROME

VATICAN INSIDER: THE “BEST OF”

Tune in for a surprise this weekend when we offer a “best of” Vatican Insider: one of my stories on the Vatican Observatory (1st segment of the show) and A Visit to Rome (second segment), a conversation with the postulator of Saint Mother Teresa’s cause for canonization. No news summary or Q&A this week!

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OUR LADY AND THE AUGUST SNOWFALL IN ROME

Right now, if snow were to really fall on the Eternal City, you’d have a few million happy people who have been suffering extremely hot temperatures for almost three months. Of course, we’d have to rush for sweaters and coats but that would be welcome clothing – and we’d probably want sunshine again tomorrow!

Snow is falling in Rome as I write, falling from the ceiling of one of the four papal basilicas in Rome, Our Lady of the Snows, aka St. Mary Major.

It was just too hot today to stand in line for security and then stand in a jam-packed church for some time so I offer some photos I took a few years ago (I now have far better camera!).

The other three papal basilicas, by the way, are St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls and St. John Lateran. By the way, these four basilicas, with three others, constitute the 7 must-visit pilgrim churches in Rome. The remaining three: St. Sebastian, Holy Cross in Jerusalem (with relics of the crucifixion) and St. Lawrence – San Lorenzo al Verano.

Now about the annual snowfall:

The year was 358 A.D. John, a Roman patrician, and his wife, unable to have children, had been praying faithfully to the Virgin, asking her to give them a sign as to whom they should leave their enormous patrimony. The night of August 4-5, one of the hottest of the year, Mary appeared to the couple in a dream and requested that they build a church in her honor where snow would fall that night.

John and his wife went to tell their friend Pope Liberius of their dream and to their amazement discovered that the pontiff had had the same dream. That morning, August 5, one of Rome’s seven fabled hills, the Esquiline, was covered in snow, as witnessed by John, his wife, the Pope and his entourage, and a throng of Romans.

Pope Liberius took a stick and traced the sign of the future basilica in the snow, a basilica that would be forever known as Our Lady of the Snows, in addition to the name it bears today, St. Mary Major, the greatest – and the oldest – Marian church.

The feast of Our Lady of the Snows was introduced that year and has been commemorated ever since on August 5. Each year, there are two celebrations on that day. In late afternoon during a liturgy, usually vespers, thousands of white flower petals, symbolizing the miraculous snowfall, are released through one of the square panels of the basilica’s glorious gilt ceiling. In the evening, about 9 pm, outside the basilica, white flower petals are showered down on the faithful who have gathered to commemorate that event.

The snowfall:

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The basilica:

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If you are ever in Rome on August 5 go to St. Mary Major in mid-afternoon or about 9 at night to witness the snowfall and participate in a liturgy (put that on your calendar for next year!)

I did a brief video on my very first trip years ago (see following link) but want to return next year with my now far superior phone camera (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9LTZk-k2k8).

VATICAN INSIDER TRACES THE BIRTH OF WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

Today is the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene. As this is one of my favorite stories of a saint, let’s look back a year when I posted the following column: lots of info about Mary Magdalene, how her relic came to Rome and eventually to San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, and how I was privileged to hold the reliquary with bones of her foot (left foot, it is said, and I guess that could be known by bone structure) – all in photos! JULY 22: FEAST OF MARY MAGDALENE, A SAINT WITH A FOOT IN ROME | Joan’s Rome (wordpress.com)

VATICAN INSIDER TRACES THE BIRTH OF WORLD DAY OF GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

This Sunday, July 24, the Church marks the Second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. And this weekend, in the interview segment of “Vatican Insider, I replay my conversation of last July with Catherine Wiley, grandmother and founder of Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) and Marilyn Henry who coordinates CGA in the United States. Both women are grandmothers and both have exceptional lives and stories

Catherine was truly the catalyst for this now annual World Day. For years, she had an idea, a dream that, after meetings with Vatican officials and Pope Francis, culminated in last year’s First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. A great story of love and determination! And teamwork with Marilyn at her side!

By the way, the 2022 Mass on July 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica for this world day will be presided over by Cardinal de Donatis, vicar for the diocese of Rome as Pope Francis leaves that very morning for his trip to Canada.

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VATICAN INSIDER: FR. MICHAEL MAHER, THE BOLLANDISTS AND SAINTS

VATICAN INSIDER: FR. MICHAEL MAHER, THE BOLLANDISTS AND SAINTS

I hope you can join me on “Vatican Insider” on what seems to be another scorching weekend in much of the northern hemisphere but don’t worry, just relax a bit, sip a cool drink and enjoy the news segment and then my special guest in the interview segment, Jesuit Fr. Michael Maher. A native of Milwaukee, he is an expert on the Belgium-based Société des Bollandistes, the Society of Bollandists who, as their website explains, “For almost four centuries … have been at the forefront of hagiographic research, that is, preparing biographies of saints and ecclesiastical leaders.”

We learn that the Society of Bollandists “is a unique institution renowned for its comprehensive and specialised library, with many ancient and rare works and manuscripts among its 500,000 volumes. Saints are inspirational, though some may belong more to the realm of folklore or even invention. For twenty centuries they have been influencing our world, our culture and our thinking in ways few people realise.”

Father Maher talks about that work, about how to separate fact from legend in a saint’s life, the need for scholars to know ancient languages for this work, and what we can learn about societies from reading the lives of the saints. A riveting conversation about a unique institution! He’ll be back next week for Part II of our conversation. (across from me in this photo)

Some additional photos taken during my first visit with Fr. Maher at the Jesuit Generalate in Rome. We are obviously on the rooftop of the Rome premises – some amazing views!

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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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