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I don’t know when it was that I realized I love working with children. Maybe it was that year teaching kindergarten. Maybe it’s because that at some parties I go to, I end up playing games with the kids and leaving the adults to do all their talking! Regardless, I’ve been able to indulge in ...read more
In the midst of all the hard work and writing, an event of biblical proportions took place on Thursday evening. It took place not in the synod hall, but at a building known to us as “the Biblicum” in Rome’s Piazza della Pilotta, near the Trevi Fountain. It was a reunion and festive dinner at ...read more
Sadly for a lone tourist, much of Rome is either indecipherable or inaccessible.  Unlike Canada, where every hundred-year old building gets a commemorative plaque, even the magnificent churches typically lack explanations of their features. And the city is full of so many notable religious sites that a guide book would weigh more than a traveller ...read more
While I can’t always understand them, Rome is full of interesting characters. It’s for them that I’ve attempted to become an extrovert since I arrived nearly two weeks ago. Andre Koekenhoff (right) is the Thermovolt site manager for the solar panel project atop the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, where most of the Synod of Bishops ...read more
How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find a word that means Maria? A flibbtijibbet! A will-o’-the-wisp! A clown! Singing yet? I would guess that 92% of this country (random calculation and not scientific) have some concept of The Sound of ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI attended the world premiere of “Testimony” with good reason.  Certainly, a John Paul II biopic is timely, given that today marks the 30th anniversary of his pontifical election. And yes, some visual stimulus is in order for the Synod Fathers, who have daily endured the rigorous schedule of long speeches. However, the ...read more