Thursday, July 14, 2016
Our last full day in Rome! After our delicious breakfast of Italian corn etti, we set out for Radio Vaticana where we celebrated the Holy Eucharist in Latin. Our voices were heard throughout the world, as the Mass was broadcast to many countries.
After the celebration of Mass, we had some time for quiet prayer in the chapel. Then we were privileged to meet with Sean Patrick Lovett, who has worked at Vatican Radio for forty years. Flanked by a beautiful mural depicting the Popes from Pius XI to Francis, we started our conference with a question and answer session. Sean explained how Vatican Radio began in 1931 with Pius XI who was a “prisoner in the Vatican” at the time. He called the famous Marconi for help in getting the Church’s message broadcast to the rest of the world. On February 12, 1931, the first message began with the words by Pius XI, “To every living creature…” We saw the actual microphone made by Marconi which was used for this historic event. This communication continues to spread the truth of the Gospel to this very day. We were amazed to hear stories of his experiences with the Popes under which he served, and we were inspired by Sean and how happy he is to serve God in this mission.
After this wonderful presentation, we dispersed to go through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s one more time and receive the plenary indulgence. The afternoon was free to pack and get ready to return to our homeland. Some of the Sisters went to San Francesco a Ripa Church, truly a hidden treasure. They saw the room in which St. Francis stayed during his trips to Rome, including the rock he used as his pillow. They also were able to see and venerate the relics of hundreds of Franciscan Saints which were hidden behind beautiful paintings, but at the trip of a button rotated around for all to see. It was truly amazing!
At 5:00 p.m. we had our final Holy Hour together, followed by a festive supper in honor of Sr. Kateri’s feast day today. In the evening some of the Sisters walked to the Vatican to get a view of St. Peter’s Basilica at night.
As the day came to a close, we felt a special bond after being together for so long. Even though we belong to different religious communities, we have truly been united as one family during these three weeks. We thank God for this wonderful opportunity and the many graces we have received.
This was taken earler in the week - a confessional / ambo combined. A nice meditation on the connection between the Sacrament of Confession and the Word of God.
All the popes actively involved in Vatican Radio, with the creator of the Radio Guglielmo Marconi
Final Group shot!
The first microphone - made from the same type of marble as the Pieta
The reliquary in the room that St. Francis stayed when he came to Rome
A very nice statue in San Francesco a Ripa Church