On the Feast of Blessed John Paul II: A Photo Montage from his Beatification

This banner was erected after the Beatification--I suppose because had it been there for the event, it would have blocked the view.

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.In the first week of May 2011, it was my great privilege to be in Rome for the first-ever Vatican Blogfest and, not coincidentally, the Beatification of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  I thought I’d share some photo memories from my Beatification album with you today, on JPII’s feast day. *     *     *     *     *On May 2, I watched the sun rise over the Tib … [Read more...]

WAIT, I WASN’T DONE! Orvieto Sights and Shops

Yesterday, I told you a little about Orvieto, the quaint Umbrian city that overlooks the Italian vineyards, like a diamond solitaire atop a precious ring.  But I wasn't done being effusive!  Orvieto is, in a way, a caricature of central Italy, a Disney-esque impression of an Italian city that's more... well, more Italian than the pope.Here are some of the things I neglected to share yesterday:  the city's narrow, cobblestoned streets, the open air shopping.  The dank tunnels in the Orvieto Un … [Read more...]

PILGRIMS DESCEND ON ROME FOR JPII BEATIFICATION: A Photo Montage

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.Attending the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, I met so many really interesting people from around the world.  From college students to backpacking nuns…. Polish families with young children to an elderly Slovakian couple….  Writers and reporters and editors and publishers….  So many people from so many places, unified in their love for Pope John Paul II and for the Church. … [Read more...]


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