Pope Francis Finally Gets His Pizza!

Pope Francis gets his pizza

A few weeks ago, in an interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa, Pope Francis expressed his wish that he could wander incognito onto the streets of Rome and get a pizza.  “The only thing I’d like to do,” he said,  “...is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go get a pizza.” Well, he finally got his wish!  On his visit this week to the Italian city of Naples, a custom-made pizza was delivered to him in the Popemobile by Enzo Cacialli, co-owner of Pizzeria Don Ern … [Read more...]

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Orvieto and the Feast of Corpus Christi

The town of Orvieto is an Etruscan city located in the scenic region of Umbria, between Firenze (Florence) and Roma (Rome).I first visited the medieval town of Orvieto in 2002, and again in 2006.  It’s the eucharistic miracle which is preserved there that I want to tell you about today—but first, let me tell you a little about this picturesque little town. *     *     *     *     * Getting Up There - Orvieto sits atop a volcanic rock, on a high butte overlooking the plain; and our group rod … [Read more...]

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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...]

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