Pope Francis Finally 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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OH NO! Crucifix Honoring JPII Breaks and Falls in Italy, Killing 21-Year-Old Man

A sad story out of northern Italy:  The corpus of Christ has fallen from a crucifix in the Alpine town of Cevo, crushing a 21-year-old man to death. The 100-foot-high crucifix had been erected to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to the region in 1998.  On Wednesday, April 23, during a ceremony preceding this weekend's canonization ceremony for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the 1,320-pound sculpture of Christ broke off the curved cross, fell and broke apart.The cross had b … [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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