Vatican Calls for More Books for the Blind

Braille typewriter

Day after day, Pope Francis reaches out to first one, then another group:  religious sisters, the elderly and infirm, prisoners, priests and bishops, young children—and this month, to the visually impaired.On June 11, Pope Francis recorded a personal greeting to a group of about 75 participants, most of them elderly, in the annual summer program offered by the Italian Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Unione Italiana Ciechi elpovedenci).  The program took place at Le Torri Cen … [Read more...]

ALL ABOARD! The Children’s Train Chugs Into Vatican City

Pope Francis works the crowd--hugging and kissing the children who've just arrived on the Children's Train

After his Sunday Angelus address on June 23, Pope Francis rushed over to the Vatican Train Station.  There, he welcomed 250 excited children between the ages of 6 and 10 who, with their families and teachers, journeyed aboard the “Children’s Train” from Milan to St. Peter’s Basilica.The children, red hats bobbing as they exited the train, were participants in an initiative of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the “Children’s Train: A Journey Through Beauty”.  The Children’s Train is par … [Read more...]

Saint Sylvester in Capite – A Busy Place Today!

Head of John the Baptist by Carravagio

But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”  Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.  He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. --Matthew 14:6-10The Church of Saint Sylvester in Capite (San Sil … [Read more...]