BLOG: Alicia Ambrosio
At some point in our lives we’ve all heard the saying, “We make plans and God laughs.” God has laughed at me a few times. He’s still laughing at me and my plans. As I’ve mentioned in some of my previous blogs, I grew up in Vancouver and lived in Rome for several years. For ...read more
As I mentioned in my blog post this past Friday, this weekend marked the start of the 2010 Clericus Cup soccer tournament in Rome, a unique tournament for seminarians and priests living in Rome. On Saturday morning, on the field of the Pontifical Oratory of St. Peter, the team from the Neocatcechumenal Way’s Redemptoris Mater ...read more
Just after being appointed the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was interviewed about his love of sport, specifically soccer. He made headlines when he said he hoped the Vatican could one day have it’s very own FIFA recognized soccer team. The media attention grew when it was discovered that the Vatican City State ...read more
As the eyes of the world turn to Vancouver to see who will fly higher, finish with the fastest time, break the most records and win the most medals, the eyes of Salt+Light have turned to the Vancouver Olympics to see how the Church is rising to this unprecedented occasion. It turns out the entire ...read more
February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Forty days after his birth the Law of Moses required Mary to go to the temple and take part in the ritual for purification. This was also the day Mary and Joseph formally introduced Jesus to the House of God. In 1997 Pope John ...read more
Like many other Canadians, I spent my Friday night watching a star studded fundraising telethon for the people of Haiti. I found myself moved by the stories being sent back from correspondents on the ground and from aid workers who have been in the country since just after the quake hit. One thing struck me ...read more
Yesterday was the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, one more event in what Pope Benedict XVI calls “the manifestation cycle.” To celebrate the feast Pope Benedict celebrated a very special Mass. Unlike the other Masses he presides over, this one was held in the magnificent Sistine Chapel and there were 14 very important ...read more
Just before Christmas a British record label released a CD called Alma Mater. The CD features clips of Pope Benedict himself speaking at various events. Those clips of Pope Benedict were woven into beautiful pieces of Gregorian chant, sung by the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. No small task considering ...read more
Although the Canadian Church moved the official celebration of the Epiphany to the first Sunday of January, the Universal Church still celebrates the feast on January 6th. In Rome today, Pope Benedict XVI marked the solemnity with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and gave a homily reflecting on the significance of the Magi, or the ...read more
You may have heard that Pope Benedict XVI recently released a CD… sort of. Geffen Records, with the help of Vatican Radio, produced an album of Marian chants and Lauretan Litanies. Woven into the music are clips of Pope Benedict’s reflections on Mary. The second to last track on the CD is actually built around ...read more