October, 2016

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Today’s Angelus at St Peter’s.

Pope Francis at today’s Angelus prays for Iraqi people, especially those in Mosul,  and says he is shaken by “the heinous acts of violence that are being committed”.

All Saints’ and All Souls’ in Rome

Pope Francis to say Mass for All Souls at Prima Porta.

All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, on Tuesday 1 November is a public holiday in Italy, resulting in the closure of offices and schools, and public transport runs according to its Sunday schedule.

The celebration of All Saints’ is followed by All Souls’ Day on 2 November, a Catholic tradition of mourning the dearly departed. In Italy this is a particularly important day, when people gather to visit family graves.

The city’s three main cemeteries, Verano, Flaminio and Prima Porta, are open each day from 07.30-18.00. Verano will have several welcoming areas offering information about cultural itineraries within the monumental cemetery.

This year, for the first time, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed at the Prima Porta cemetery on 2 November at 16.00. The Mass is open to everyone and no tickets are required.

The non-Catholic cemetery in the Ostiense-Testaccio district is open all day on 1 November, from 09.00-17.00, with last entrance at 16.30.

There are also increased bus services in the vicinity of the city’s cemeteries until 2 November.

For details about visiting Rome’s cemeteries see Comune di Roma website.

Pope Francis at the weekly Angelus in St Peter’s Square.

Pope at Angelus: ‘Today Is Time of Mission and Courage’.

No to a Mcdonalds at the Vatican!!

Cardinals speaking out against Mcdonalds opening at the Vatican!

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia spoke out about the proposed opening of the branch in sight of St Peter’s Square

McDonald’s plan to open its first restaurant in Vatican City has prompted criticism from cardinals living above the proposed site.

The fast food giant is reportedly willing to pay “a few tens of thousands of euros per month” to rent a property within sight of St Peter’s Square, according to the Guardian.

Cardinals claim that they were not consulted by APSA, the Vatican agency that owns the property, about the plans. Instead, residents were only informed after APSA had agreed to rent the ground floor of the property to McDonald’s.

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told LaRepubblica: “It’s a controversial, perverse decision to say the least. It is by no means respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the most characteristic squares which look onto the colonnade of St Peter’s.”

Speaking on behalf of the seven cardinals who live in the property, Cardinal Sgreccia added: “The space should be used instead to house entities which help the needy, in line with the Pope’s call for a ‘poor church for the poor’.”

Pope Francis is among one of the former residents of the apartments above the site; he lived there before he began his papacy.

African pilgrims enjoying themselves at the Vatican!

Pilgrims from Africa certainly know how to stand out and enjoy themselves in St. Peter’s.

Soccer legends unite for Pope Francis charity match.

Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho and Francesco Totti are among the soccer legends who have accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to play in a benefit soccer match at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on 12 October.

Funds raised from the United For Peace match will be donated to the Vatican’s various international projects promoting social integration and peace and to the rebuilding of sporting and educational facilities in the earthquake-hit town of Amatrice.

Other star players participating include Roberto Carlos, Fabio Capello, Hernan Crespo, Antonio Di Natale, Rodrigo Taddei, and Gianluca Zambrotta.
Pope Francis is not expected to attend the match but will bless the event and meet the players during an inauguration ceremony at the Vatican before the game.

Tickets, available online via Listicket and Ticketone, cost €10 for the Tribuna Tevere and Curve stands, and €20 for the Tribuna Monte Mario. There is a reduced €5 ticket price for the Tribuna Tevere for groups of ten.

The game kicks off at 21.15 and will be transmitted live by state broadcaster Rai 1.

Pope Francis creates 17 new Cardinals!

One of those designated by Pope Francis to become a new Cardinal during the Consistory on 19 November in St. Peter’s Basilica, is Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich. The Archbishop himself commented on the news by saying in a statement “The news this morning that Pope Francis has named me to the College of Cardinals is both humbling and encouraging. I offer my best wishes to the other Cardinals-elect, especially Kevin Farrell and Joseph Tobin, and I look forward to joining with them and the other cardinals as we work together with the Holy Father for the good of the Church.”

The Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome.

The Trevi Fountain has been recently renovated and is now open to the public again!