Friday, December 03, 2010 9:12 PM
From Rome Reports newsletter. Does this place look familiar?
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 5:57 AM
Photographers at General Audiences
Does anybody know of any other photo agencies snapping pics at the General Audience besides Osservatore Romano and Photo Felici?
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 4:45 PM
@benefan: No, I don't think there are any others, except for Spaziani, of course. Check his website. Felici and OR come round and give out their cards while you're waiting.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:42 PM
i wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year with joy, peace and happyness
Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:44 PM
Beautiful photo, benedetto.fan!!!!!!!! So, you did get there!!!! I knew you would! Hope to see you there in the Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Give all those angels my love, won't you!
Friday, December 24, 2010 3:18 AM
It looks like somebody is back in Rome during one of the best times of the year. Way to go!!!
Monday, December 27, 2010 5:54 AM
Baby's first Christmas
My sleepy little 6-month-old granddaughter being held by her daddy.
Monday, December 27, 2010 5:52 PM
How sweet, benefan! Thank you for this photo of Anna Therese! She's an honorary member of our forum!!!!!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4:46 PM
Just caught the Square on the webcam. What a beautiful sky!
Friday, January 07, 2011 7:44 AM
So most of you have probably already seen this video and, yes, New Year's Eve is past but the little penguin's joy is so contagious that I thought I should let him spread it here.
Friday, January 14, 2011 9:28 PM
IS YOUR NAME REALLY CHRISTIAN?Link to this blog entry was found on The Papal Visit page on Facebook. I thought you may find it interesting.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The pope on children's names
No, the pope didn’t “rail” against giving un-Christian names to babies, but he did point out, calmly and correctly, that names are important, and that the choice of a child’s name should not be left to whim or fancy. There is, though—as is so often the case with news stories about the Church—a canonical aspect to this issue.
Canon 855 of the 1983 Code states that “Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to take care that a name foreign to Christian sensibility is not given.” The obligation here is “negative” in that there is a duty to avoid names antithetical to Christian values.
The 1917 Code, however, read differently. Canon 761 thereof stated that “Pastors should take care that a Christian name is given to those whom they baptize; but if they are not able to bring this about, they will add to the name given by the parents the name of some Saint and record both names in the book of baptisms.” The obligation there was “positive” in that a name consistent with Christian tradition needed to be sought.
The law was taken at face value. My mother, named Nancy, loved telling how for one day in her life she was called Mary in deference to the pastor who, baptizing her in 1923, insisted that “Nancy” was not a Christian name, but that Mary surely was. Interestingly, though called Nancy all her life, my mom’s devotion to Mary was a hallmark of her spiritual life. Hmmm.
Personally, I think that either formulation of the law provides sufficient guidance in the choice of names for Christians of good will, and that neither formulation is adequate to prevent parents from abusing their responsibilities in the naming of their children. But I will say this: more than once over the years, when people hear the names of our children (Thomas, Charles, Catherine, Robert, Margaret, and Theresa) they can’t help but to say, “Gee, what lovely Catholic names they have!”
And they do
Friday, February 04, 2011 11:46 AM
At the general audience on last Wednesday, the 2nd of February, a little Brazilian boy run over to Papa and knelt down right in front of Papa.
Papa was really pleased and moved, talked to him friendly and blessed him. Unfortunately one can't see the little boy running over to him.
They mentioned that lil' G. gave a sign to the security people to let the little one pass.
Sigh..... It would be so nice to be a brave kid!
Monday, February 07, 2011 4:33 PM
I heard this morning that George Ratzinger had knee surgery in Regensburg. If anyone can find an article on this, please post it on the People around the Pope thread. I can't even find anything in German.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:57 PM
Movie "Fransceso and the Pope"
Look at that trailer of the movie "Fransceso and the Pope".
The movie is supposed to start at the German movies a day before Good Friday.
I guess, it is worth to watch it.
Friday, March 25, 2011 12:35 AM
Thank you for sharing that sweet video Simone!!!
Friday, March 25, 2011 5:38 AM
The movie trailer
Yes, Simone, that movie looked so cute that I tried to see if there might be an English version of the trailer or at least some indication that the movie will eventually make it to the U.S. but no luck. Thanks for posting it.
Nan, my gosh, where have you been?
Saturday, April 16, 2011 7:42 AM
The Royal Wedding
For those who haven't been invited, here's a preview:
Saturday, April 16, 2011 1:58 PM
@Benefan: This is hilarious!!!!!!!!! If it's like that on the actual day I may be able to stay awake!!!!!!!
Saturday, April 16, 2011 9:40 PM
Holy cow, what a crazy video is that! Can't stop laughing!
Monday, April 25, 2011 8:21 AM
Hello from Rome! Easter has been more than wonderful especially the mass in the square yesterday morning ' the sun shone, it was hot, Papa looked amazing and it was generally the tops!
Going home tomorrow. Taken lots of photos, which I will upload as soon as possible.
hope you are all well and happy!
Luff und choy ' Mary xxxxxx
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:18 PM
Back from Rome yesterday, exhausted but happy. The liturgies were all holy and out of this world - the music gets better and better. Company of loving friends old and new made everything beautiful.
If you'd like to see some photos I'll post them soon.
Luff to all - Mary xx
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:52 PM
I knew you would be there. I tried to spot you but... Too many people
I am glad to hear you had a good time and of course WE ALL WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS
Thursday, May 05, 2011 5:59 PM
Okay, girls, some of you were in Rome at Easter and some were there for the beatification of JPII. How about some photos? We're dying here waiting.
Thursday, July 07, 2011 9:49 PM
MY ARTICLE PRINTED IN OUR PARISH MAGAZINE: SUMMER 2011HAVE YOU DONE ROME?
By Mary Hutchings
Have I done Rome? Many of my friends probably think I have, considering I’ve been there more than ten times in the last six years. But the truth is I haven’t “done” Rome in the tourist sense. I’ve skipped past the usual tourist sites: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and even spent longer in the Roman Forum, because the history of Ancient Rome interests me. I’ve been to the catacombs as a Christian pilgrim.
But my little part of Rome is home for me and it’s a fairly well-kept secret. Just outside the walls of Vatican City, between it and the Tiber, is a “borough” or “borgo” which was built in the 14th century and has changed little. It is sometimes known as the “Leonine City” and still has a Piazza della Citta Leonina, whose claim to fame is that Cardinal Ratzinger had an apartment there, a stone’s throw from his present residence, the Apostolic Palace. But step a little farther from the Vatican – only a few steps, I promise you – and you are back in the Middle Ages. The main street of the Borgo is Borgo Pio. It is narrow and cobbled and flanked by ancient buildings faced in warm dark yellow or orange stucco, whose windows have shutters or little balconies. Flower and plant pots abound on the balconies and, in May, there blooms an enormous bougainvillea which goes from the ground to the fifth floor of an old palazzo.
Artists and musicians live here. In summer the windows are open and you can hear groups singing madrigals. The ground floors of many of the buildings are now restaurants or trattorie, with tables on the road [this is a “zona pedonale”]. As you drink coffee or dine you will be serenaded by violinists and accordionists. It is a place to sit and think or dream, to write little stories or poems……to draw. On feast day evenings you may look straight down towards the Tiber and see and hear a beautiful, many-coloured firework display.
It is a place to “spot” well-known clerics from the Vatican, for a few cardinals and monsignori live here. The best time to meet visiting clergy is after the Pallium Mass [June 29th each year]; my friends and I once spent a whole evening deep in conversation with the Abbot and a monk of Papa Stronsay, the isolated Transalpine Redemptorist Monastery which has recently come back into Communion with the Holy See.
The ancient cobblestones are smooth and can be dangerous; they are unevenly spaced and not all the same height. To walk for any length of time here, you need stout shoes, for it is not unlike walking along an uneven rocky path in the mountains of Snowdonia [the only area I am able to use for comparison]. The various little streets, or borgos, can be explored all day. You’ll find furniture-makers and craftsmen making leather shoes and there’s even a street of the “umbrella makers”.
My day here begins with Mass, either at one of the many altars in Saint Peter’s Basilica, or in the little church of Saint Anne, the parish church of Vatican City……..and the day ends with dreaming at one of the tables in the Borgo Pio. Beware thunderstorms, though! One of these will drive you indoors and may last the whole evening.
Thursday, July 07, 2011 10:45 PM
I am going at the end of August this year, was there four times since the election of Papa.
I wished I could have managed to go during Eastern or Corpus Christ.
Saw it on TV though.
I love Borgo very much indeed, especially the part where you can see the pasetto.
Friday, July 08, 2011 5:42 AM
Enjoyed the article
Thanks for posting your article, Mary. I enjoyed all the local color. You really should write more. You do a great job of describing all the details so it is easy to imagine the look of the place. Sigh. It would certainly be great to visit.
Friday, July 08, 2011 10:55 PM
ROME JUNE 2011 FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
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Two photos of the "top" of the Borgo Pio, looking down towards the Tiber. Particularly atmospheric at night!
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Watching the firework display at Castel Sant'Angelo, June 29th 2011
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A room with a view! My view this time was of the backs of the buildings in the Borgo Vittorio. I love the spiral staircase!
Thought I would post these here rather than on the Visit With Papa thread. I do have some more photos and still haven't posted my photos from Easter.
Friday, July 15, 2011 4:41 PM
Your article is a very good one and I know what I am talking about as I write in our parish magazine.
Friday, July 15, 2011 8:39 PM
Very nice, Mary.
Love the view down the road towards the St. Anna Hotel.
The building on the right is my fav. cash withdrawal spot.
No trip to Rome for me this year - too much business travel already, plus one entire month family vacation on cape cod coming up.
Hopefully for Easter 2012.