Good News of Various Kinds

You may be wondering why, in the midst of putting up my new series, the blog and I both disappeared completely for a week. Chalk it up to a horrendous server crash, which took a lot of work to recover from. Things finally got back to normal last night. No permanent harm done to any files, thank God!  I’ll get back to the posts on St. Francis and the Sultan as soon as I catch up with my other work.

In the meantime, I’ve actually had some good news — I was interviewed today on the phone, by a journalist with the Catholic News Service about A Passionate Adventure!!  I hope the resulting story will mean good publicity.

The really and truly good news is that today is the 51st anniversary of the opening of Vatican II (October 11, 1962), and the first celebration, in many parts of the world, of the feast day of Blessed — soon to be Saint — Pope John XXIII.

Right now there is an exhibit at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls in Rome, of memorabilia of Vatican II including the original handwritten text of the Pope’s address to the bishops on the opening day. Fr. Z. has a great photo of it.

And here is the event itself (Pope John speaks the opening words of his text “Gaudet Mater Ecclesia” Mother Church rejoices – around 2:40 or so.

That’s it for now. Much work to do!

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