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A Glimpse Inside the Vatican & Msgr. Robert Deeley’s Guest Post

Hello everyone.

I first want to thank you for visiting my blog…for those returning, thank you for coming back and for first-time visitors, I welcome you and I appreciate your time and interest in visiting. I also want to extend my appreciation to ALL of you who have posted comments. Many of you have put a great deal of thought into your comments and I am grateful for your prayers, support, kind words and continued faith. There are many, many comments coming in from all over the world….I have read a number of them and will be sure to read each of them as soon as I can.

I want to take a moment to inform you about two important matters. Earlier this week I mentioned the importance of utilizing the latest technological vehicles to communicate directly with you. I am pleased to announce to you here, that we have taken another step towards that effort. The Pilot, the newspaper of our Archdiocese, has created a new and expanded web site. Its my hope that by learning more about the teachings of the Church and the good works being performed daily throughout the Archdiocese, Catholics – especially young Catholics – will grow more connected to the Church and to each other. You can access the new Pilot web site at www.TheBostonPilot.com, where this weeks Pilot edition has been published. I hope you enjoy the site.

I also want to inform you that Boston Catholic Television (BCTV) will hold its 15th annual telethon on Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, from 9am to 10pm each day. The stations director, Father Robert Reed, will co-host the telethon with Jay Fadden, BCTVs GM. The telethon will feature 26 hours of entertainment and interviews with the personalities from Catholic TVs prayerful, educational, and religious programs. BCTV is supported entirely by the generous support of viewers and relies on their telethon each year to help fund the coming year. During the telethon, viewers can call 617-332-8655 to make a pledge or share their feedback.

Now, from Rome.I am pleased to share with you some places in the Vatican that ordinarily people wouldnt have the chance to see. I guess you could say these are some places located off the beaten track. Vatican City is an independent country and it is 0.4 square kilometers in size.

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Just inside the Vatican gates…past the Swiss Guards and past the Vatican Police gates.

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The Vatican City has its own very reliable postal service. Its very famous for its beautiful stamps. A great number of stamp collectors buy the Vatican stamps. In Italy, a great many people will bring their mail here to have it sent by the Vatican Postal Service. The Vatican also issues its own currency and has its own bank, the Istituto per le Opere di Religione. Like the Vatican stamps, Vatican currency is also very popular with collectors.

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The Vatican supermarket, where the Swiss Guards and other employees of the Vatican do their shopping

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The Vatican Clinic and Infirmary

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The Vatican Pharmacy

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This piazza is where one would enter the Papal Offices and Vatican Apartments.

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The Vatican has its own train station and train tracks, though seldom used, if at all. The Holy Father, John Paul II went to Assisi on the train. The railway was originally built to transport pilgrims to and from the Holy City. Both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II used it, but rarely.

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The railway station building was constructed during the reign of Pius XI and opened in 1933. It now contains stores.

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Civil ruler of the Vatican Country, it’s Governor, has offices in this building, Palazzo del Governatorato.

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Symbol of the Holy Father, designed in flowers and plants on the meadow in front of Palazzo del Governatorato.

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Part of the Vatican gardens.

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There are several small chapels inside the Vatican grounds. This is St. Stephens Chapel.

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Domus Santa Marta is named after Saint Martha, who was the sister of Lazarus and Mary Magdalene. She was known for her hospitality for Jesus and so this hotel in the Vatican is named for her. Actually John Paul II had this hotel built so that in addition to having a hotel for visiting Priests, Cardinals and lay people who come to meetings in the Vatican, this is where the Cardinals will all stay when there is a Conclave to elect a new Pope. Formally, they would just camp out, literally, around the Sistine Chapel in very makeshift rooms. So this is a vast improvement. The Conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI was the first Conclave that used the Domus Santa Marta.during the day the Cardinals were brought from the Domus to the Sistine Chapel, where the votes actually took place.

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Side door to Saint Peter’s Basilica. Staying at Santa Marta, its very easy to get in and out of St. Peters Basilica to say Mass or to make a visit because this side door is available to us to access.

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When you pass through this door, you are actually in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Right in front of the Domus Santa Marta, there is a small Vatican Gas Station that is patronized by residents and employees of the Vatican. The prices are a little better there than out in Rome. It may even be even close to 30% lower in price.

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One of the newest statues placed in the niches outside and in the back of Saint Peters Basilica. This is a statue of the founder of Opus Dei, Saint Josemara Escriv.

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The Vatican City ATM machine.although Latin may be called a dead language, in the Vatican it is still alive and is still an official language. Here we have an ATM machine that gives the instructions in Latin. It may very well be the only ATM machine in the entire world that has instructions given in Latin, lol.

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When you come in at night, after the Vatican Gates are closed, you would come through here and pass through the Swiss Guards checkpoint.

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Entrance to the Audience Hall, where the Holy Father occasionally holds public audience when they are held indoors

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Fountain in front of Vatican Police headquarters.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the aspects of the Vatican that are seldom seen.
As I previously mentioned, I asked one of our own, Msgr. Robert Deeley, to make a guest post on my blog. I thought you might be interested in hearing his persepective on the Church and life in Rome as fellow Bostonian working here in the Eternal City. I hope you enjoy his post…..found below.
Buona sera and until my next post..

God Bless,
Cardinal Sen

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Greetings from Vatican City. My name is Msgr. Robert Deeley, a native of Belmont, Mass. After 5 years serving as Pastor at St. Anns in Quincy, I came to Rome to work at the Vatican in September of 2004.

I think it is a good thing that Cardinal Sen is sharing his experiences in Rome with everyone back in Boston. When I had a supper meeting with the Cardinal the other night he asked me to do a guest-post on his blog because he felt that you might like to hear about my experience and perspective here as a Bostonian living in Rome and working at the Vatican. I guess this, then, is what you might call singing for your supper. In truth I am happy to do it as it lets you know what is happening over here.

The building I work in at the Vatican is called the Palace of the Holy Office. The Italians, of course, use the word palace for any large building. The Palace is the home of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. When it was originally established in 1542 the Congregation was called the Office of the Inquisition, and later the name was changed to the Holy Office. Since its beginning it has been charged with the responsibility of preserving the faith of the Church. Over the years different Popes have made changes in emphasis. It is Pope Paul VI who gave it the title, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Servant of God, John Paul II, then gave new definition to the purpose of the Congregation in 1988. It is charged with promoting and guarding the teaching on faith and morals in the whole Catholic world.

The building where our offices are found was already built when the Congregation moved in some 450 years ago. Two families originally owned the building and at that time it was configured much differently. While its been rebuilt over six times, much of the structure is original.

There are about 40 people who work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where I serve. Most are priests but there are also lay men and women as well. There are three different offices.the Doctrine section concerns itself with anything pertaining to the teaching of the faith in the Church. In that office there are theologians and scripture scholars as well as moral theologians. They are responsible for promoting the faith. Often they give assistance to bishops helping them to deal with issues in their own countries. In their task of guarding the faith they also examine writings and opinions, which appear to be contrary to the teaching of the Church. Another section is the Discipline section. This is the one where I work. We deal with those questions, which affect the way the faith is lived in the world. The priests who work here are often canon lawyers, knowledgeable in the law of the Church. In particular we deal with what are called the the more grave delicts. Delict is another word for crime. The Discipline office examines certain grievous acts, which bring serious harm to the life of the Church. They might arise from crimes in which the Eucharist is abused, or the Sacrament of Penance is misused. They also arise from the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Because of the harmful effect these crimes have on people and the Church they are studied in this Office. Finally there is the Marriage section, which deals with certain questions concerning the dissolution of non-sacramental marriages. Under certain circumstances, the persons involved in these marriages can be allowed another marriage. This section works closely with Tribunals around the world in examining these marriage cases.

Living in Rome as a native Bostonian has been a great experience. I feel that Rome is a wonderful city, a marvelous city, but, most importantly, its marvelous because of whats here. This is the center of the Church. This is where we experience the international nature of the Church, in its very heart, which is the See of Peter. To be here with Benedict, our Holy Father, is a true privilege. Its a real honor to have been asked to work here, and to be here. Living in the City of Rome presents its challenges Id obviously rather be in Boston, or maybe Quincy, with family and friends.and happily serving in a parish as pastor, as I was before I came over. But, theres work to be done here and its wonderful to be here under the circumstances I mentioned.

How did I get here? In the midst of the crisis at home a few years ago, with the number of sexual abuse cases of priests that there were in the United States, the American Bishops realized that the office here in the Congregation did not have enough people to deal with all the cases. So they decided to offer some help. They agreed to send two canon lawyers over to Rome and fund that project for 18 months. In the summer of 2004, Cardinal Sen concurred with the Bishops and asked me to be one of those canon lawyers who could help in that effort. After I was here about six months I was asked if I would stay on and work directly for the Holy See in this office. The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at that time was Cardinal Ratzinger. He is now Pope Benedict XVI. Since I was told he was in favor of the idea I stayed. So, I am still here and now I work directly for the Congregation for the Faith. I expect I will be staying here for a few more years.

When Cardinal Sen and I were meeting the other night, he shared many of the positive things that are happening in the Archdiocese, especially in the healing process, the rebuilding of confidence, transparency and strengthening the Church in Boston. I also receive e-mail correspondence that our new Vicar General Fr. Rich Erikson sends to clergy and staff of the Archdiocese to keep us informedits a wonderful thing, especially for those of us who working away from the Archdiocese so that we can keep in touch with what is happening. Communication is key to any kind of success and it seems to me that Cardinal Sen is doing that, trying to help people understand better the decisions he makes. The Financial Transparency report that came out a few months ago was a perfect example of communication to the people of the Archdiocese. With that kind of information we can answer the questions that people may have and, then, most importantly, we can get about doing the great work that we are called to dowhich is the spreading of the Gospel. Those efforts help in the rebuilding, healing and strengthening process.

We have spent a lot of time in the recent past beating up on each other and almost forgetting what the purpose of the Church isand that is to help us to find our way to God. The first encyclical that our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, wrote is on that very topic – God is love. The Pope makes it clear that God loves us first, and in response to that love, we strive to serve one another. Thats the very heart and soul of who we are as Catholic people. We find Gods love in the Eucharist and in all the ways we are loved and served by others. And we, in turn bring that love to others by our service. The Church certainly needs healing. As we go about the work of healing lets not forget the work of the Church, and the way it is done every day. In our parishes, in our schools, in our hospitals, good things are happening. Gods love is being proclaimed when the sick are able to receive the sacraments, the young come to know more about Gods world, people find a place to mourn their loss, and celebrate lifes joys. Gods love will bring healing.

I am often asked about the Holy Father because I am here working at the Vatican. My image of the Holy Father is extremely positive. Since I worked with him for some 8 months before he was elected Pope I came to know him pretty well. He is an extraordinary man to lead the Church. Hes a very intelligent man, but he is also a very humble and holy man. He has a breadth of vision and vitality, which is incredible. He has a strong love of the Gospel and the truth of who we are as Catholics and Christians, which he wants to make known to others. Weve gone through a terrible crisis recently with the conflict over his speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany. But, in his usual humble way, he has done everything in his power to help people to understand what it was that he wanted to say and reach out to our Muslim friends. The direction that he wants to move things is to help people to understand that without God in our lives and without our belief in God, we are lostand there would be no meaning to life. The Holy Father doesnt restrict his teaching just to the universities. He gave a beautiful talk in Munich to the children preparing for First Communion and their parents. He invited the parents to take their children to church on Sunday and to say prayers with them each day at the supper tablevery simple ways to remind us about Gods role in our lives. The Holy Father works on many levels. I feel that there are very positive things happening in the World Church under his leadership. We are blessed that he has been chosen as our Pope.

Im also frequently asked about the workweek here in Rome, being in a different culture than we are used to in the US. We work six days a week. Usually I have Mass at my residence each morning or I celebrate Mass in one of the convents around the city. We start work about 8:30 am and on four of the days during the week, we finish work before 2:00 pm at the office, and on the other two days we come back again in the afternoon for another three hours. We have our dinner in the middle of the day, so consequently after dinner, thats when theres an opportunity to do the reading and writing that is also part of my job. We have a very busy schedule, but its also reasonable. Stores are closed on Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. Thats essentially the weekend for the Romans. In Italy, however, more and more, offices are open Monday through Friday. The Vatican retains the old schedule. It seems to me that a lot of work gets done at lunch, so therefore the Vatican likes to keep the schedule the way it is. The lay people who work in the Vatican also enjoy the flexibility of the schedule.

I do miss Boston, but I was home in July and Ill be home again in November for a family wedding and Thanksgiving. So I do get back and forth. When I was a seminarian here in Rome some 30 years ago, we called home once or twice a year at the maximum because it was a major effort, and expense, to go about making a phone call. But, nowadays with phone cards, cell phones and computers, you can be reading the Boston papers, or the Patriot-Ledger, in the morning and you can be on the phone very reasonably talking to people back home. So its not any different from being stationed anywhere else. But, then you realize that it is 3000 miles away and they use different money over here and they eat much better food! I think that pasta was one of the greatest inventions ever made! But I wont complain about the food in the North End. It does just fine in comparison.
People often say that the traffic here is worse than in Boston. I think that I was well trained in Boston. When I was home this summer, I happened to be there for the joy of having the problems with the tunnel being closed. So the traffic was getting pretty messy. But I didnt see much difference between that and Rome. The thing about Rome is that the cars are smaller and more of them fit on the street. Add the motorinos, or motorbikes, and there are a lot of small vehicles. They like to squeeze into every corner. You get used to it over time, just like you get used to Boston.Boston is good practice for driving here.

During the Month of October the people of St. Anns in Wollaston will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the parish school. The school is a wonderful apostolate of the parish, as well as the area and community. Its been a great contribution to Quincy and the surrounding area. Id like to take this opportunity to congratulate them and encourage everyone there to enjoy that celebration and to recommit themselves to the future of the school. I am sorry that I wont be there to share in the celebration. So, to Sister Catherine Lee and all of the teachers and students at St. Anns, have a great celebration…

Ive enjoyed sharing a bit about my work and life in Rome with you. Thank you to Cardinal Sen for allowing me this opportunity and thank you to everyone who has visited the Cardinals blog. God bless you all!

Peace,
Msgr. Robert Deeley

31 Responses to A Glimpse Inside the Vatican & Msgr. Robert Deeley’s Guest Post


Comments

  1. Comment by michael g. b. | 2006/09/28 at 23:17:37

    i will definitely check out the new expanded web site at The Boston Pilot . . . i do not live in the Boston area . . but back in 1962 and 63 i attended Saint Francis Seraphic Seminary in Andover and have the most nostalgically happy memories of that Franciscan school (and recall hearing Cardinal Cushing at that time speak of his experiences at the Second Vatican Council at that time) . . . so my visits to the new web-site will also probably be fueled by a bit of nostalgia of thoughts of “Old River Road” in “Lowell/Andover” :)

  2. Comment by Greg Rowles OFM Cap | 2006/09/29 at 02:24:15

    Our Fr Albert Colletta OFM Cap (RIP) was from Quincy. He worked very hard for many years in Australia amongst the Italian migrants both in the city and in our parishes in the country. The first Capuchins coming to Australia after WWII were from New Jersey :) we will always be greatful

  3. Ann
    Comment by Ann | 2006/09/29 at 03:00:32

    Your Eminence,

    This a wonderful idea and a fruitful way to connect the faithful with the heart of the Church. The photos are excellent and the commentary is fascinating.

    I’d especially like to thank Msgr. Deeley for his reflections on our new Holy Father, Benedict XVI. I began reading his books after his election because I had been so inspired by his homilies at John Paul’s funeral and his installation.( I hadn’t ever read a thing about theology in my life!) This has really opened my eyes to the beauty and mystery of our faith. God bless Benedict and you both as you continue your work in the vinyards.

    Ann
    New York

  4. Comment by Br Lawrence Lew, OP | 2006/09/29 at 06:55:03

    Your Eminence,

    This is a wonderful and innovative blog and I especially enjoyed this post giving us an insider’s view of the Vatican City. Thank you and may God bless and prosper your work in His service.

  5. Comment by friar minor | 2006/09/29 at 08:31:04

    Thank you, your eminence, for the “inside look” at the Vatican. And thanks, Monsignor, for introducing the “group blog” feel to things!

  6. Comment by Peter Gori, O.S.A. | 2006/09/29 at 09:30:30

    Thanks,Cardinal Sean, for the abiliity to “follow you” these days.
    The Presentationi Sisters in Methuen are enjoying this blog very much too.
    When Fr. Brian takes you for gelato at Piazza Navona, be sure to visit the Agostiniani at Chiesa S. Agostino and the tomb of Saint Monica there. There is located also the statue of Our Lady of Childbirth. Ci vidiamo.
    Peter
    Methuen, MA

  7. Comment by Mary Mackenzie | 2006/09/29 at 10:04:34

    Your Eminence-
    It is great to see Vatican City from the inside. I also enjoyed your guest poster, Msgr. Deeley’s contribution on his holiness and working with him. Thanks for the blog!

  8. Comment by Emily Snyder | 2006/09/29 at 10:29:02

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share day by day your faith, the Eternal City (!), and yourself. (And thank you Msgr. Deely!) You have done so much for our diocese – thank you for being our shepherd. Know that our prayers are with you.

    In His Heart,
    Emily Snyder
    Hudson Catholic High School, Hudson, MA

  9. Comment by brother lesser | 2006/09/29 at 10:37:49

    Dear Cardinal Sean:

    Military Bloggers have what is called a “MilBlog” Conference in Washington, D.C. every year. Thousands come from all over America to attend.

    I have put a bug in the ear of the Franciscan University of Steubenville to put together a “CathBlog” Convention there sometime in 2007.

    Any gueses as to whom I would like to see as the Keynote Speaker?

    God bless and keep up the great work!

  10. Comment by Michele | 2006/09/29 at 10:43:23

    Cardinal Sean,

    I loved the little tour and photos of Vatican CityI never knew it was an independent country.

    The new web-site is greatI will encourage my 13 year old to make a visitas for me, Im always searching for good Catholic editorialsthanks to all who put it together.

    Dear Msgr. Deeley,

    Thanks for taking the time to post and for your sacrificial work for the greater good of our Church.your input has given me a whole new perspective on what takes place behind the scenes. Thank you for the beautiful representation of the Holy Father. I think Catholics around the world share your sentiments….I do.

    If I ever make it to Rome, I’ll have to get around by foot…Boston drivers are crazy!

    God bless you!

  11. Comment by Claudia Harney | 2006/09/29 at 11:15:43

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for refreshing the memories of our tirp to Italy. Our friend Elaine told us to check out your blog and what a blessing. This is a wonderful gift to all.
    God Bless,
    The Harney Bunch

  12. Comment by Julia Russell | 2006/09/29 at 11:29:38

    Hello Cardinal Sean….the insiders tour of the Vatican is a great addition…who would think of an ATM with Latin directions!!!!
    Also seeing the “ordinary” sites such as post office, pharmacy,infirmary etc, gives a very real look at daily life in a city often thought of as “out of this world”.
    My sister Jacqueline’s birthday was October 1…she would be 42 this year…please pray for her eternal rest and her three children
    still living…Kelly Marie(16),Tommy(14) and Micheal(11)…..
    Thanks, Julia Russell,Easton,MA

  13. Comment by Ben Rogers | 2006/09/29 at 14:08:57

    your Eminence,

    I must thank-you for sharing your journey with all of us around the world. While I do not live in the Archdioces of Boston (Archdioces of Kanas City in Kansas) I wanted to let you know that you are indeed touching the lives of those outside of the Boston area, and strenthening our faith too. My prayers are with you as you share in the ministry of Christ.

  14. Comment by Jennifer Zandstra | 2006/09/29 at 16:32:29

    Your Eminence,
    I’ve been reading your blog since you started it, but only just now realized I could leave a comment :D Thank you for the beautiful pictures of San Giovanni Rotondo, and the wonderful entries on Rome and the Vatican. I think it’s so neat to be able to “take the trip with you”, so to speak! I keep you and the people of your diocese in my prayers.

    ~Jennifer (Dallas, TX)

  15. Comment by Matt | 2006/09/29 at 17:29:28

    Cardinal Sean,
    I have been enjoying your blog. We were in Rome in May but now we can see the Vatican from the inside. Look forward to seeing you at Catholic Charities Christmas Event in December

  16. Comment by Brother Felix | 2006/09/29 at 18:03:27

    It was so great to see Father Albert Colleta being remembered. I have vivid meories of his cheerful smiling face even today. I was a visitor at St. Fiacre’s Friary in Leichhardt in the early 60’s when he was still there. Thanks for the memories. Brother Felix

  17. Comment by Allen Costigliola | 2006/09/29 at 18:50:34

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    I have just discovered your blog and would like to thank you for taking the time to share with us your journey. I love the photos and all the commentary and look forward to review the previous posts. I would also like to thank Msgr. Robert Deeley for posts. I now have a deeper appreaciation of his typical work day life in Rome. I have never been to Italy, but plan to someday and your blog only instills more fire within me to make the journey. look forward to future reading and will share site with others. I am only sorry I found it so late in your trip.

    God Bless,
    Allen

  18. Comment by Julia | 2006/09/29 at 19:46:35

    Dearest Cardinal Sean O’Malley,

    What a wonderful piece of fresh fruit from the Divine in sharing this gift of surprise! Your Eminence, it is very pleasing to see all of the lovely photographs and to read the thoughts expressed. It was a nice ‘Padre Pio surprise’ to see you went to Rome in Celebrating the Mass of St. Pio!

    I sent you a book St. Padre Pio Man of Hope, along with His Holy oil and you both have been a Blessing, thru the Grace of God, Our Lady and Her Son, Jesus.

    God Bless you!
    Julia

  19. Comment by Kristy | 2006/09/29 at 21:03:29

    Cardinal Sean and Msgr. Deeley,

    In your opinion, what place has the best gelati in Rome? My husband and I recently spent our honeymoon in Rome and we liked Cafe Della Palma (near the Pantheon & Gesu) the most scrumptious. :)

    May God bless you both. You are in our prayers, please pray for us newlyweds!!

  20. Comment by Terriwe Lambert | 2006/09/29 at 22:36:06

    Robert Deeley,
    I am a parishoner at St. Brigid in Lexington and last saw you at the wake of Msgr. Kielty. I was a former vice chair of the parsh council under Eugene Curtin.
    Would you please remember in you prayers our seven month old granddaughter who has liver cancer and is at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She was diagnosed three weeks ago. Her name is Kate Elizabeth Lambert. She has an extremely rare form of liver cancer called rhabdoid. There is no known treatment and only 17 diagnosed cases since 1972 in this country.
    We need a miracle and you are in the place of miracles and holy people. Please have her prayed for .
    With deep appreciation,
    Terrie Lambert

  21. Comment by Beverley Ann | 2006/09/30 at 02:31:52

    Dear Cardinal Sean
    It was a true blessing to find your site and enjoy a beautiful heartfelt spiritual walk through the vatican.
    I was there in May , but Unfortunatley due to a friends fall on the steps had to leave after one day.
    I was so disappointed , after travelling all the way from Australia and looking forward to praying at John Paul 11,s grave. I had daydreamed about this trip for two year before it became a reality, but then a huge sacrifice to leave.
    So I feel this site has been a gift for me,, as I just love Rome so much,, but have never had the opportunity to spend enough time there.
    All Gods graces and blessings
    With love Beverley Ann Price

  22. Comment by kevin J Mac Donald | 2006/09/30 at 23:05:48

    Your Eminince,
    Any time where a new child becomes a Sister/Brother of Our Lord; Jesus Christ is an incredible moment.
    When a,” Prince of the Church”, reminds us that we need to accept responsibility for a child.

    There is so little responsibility in our 24/7 workday now.
    We need to work on this issue.

  23. Comment by David F. Linehan | 2006/10/01 at 10:09:21

    Thank You – Father Deeley and Cardinal Sean

    I once visited the Vatican ’74. Awesome revisit for me after being linked to this website via spiritdaily.com. Great idea. I’m wondering now if my Archdiocese of New York Yankees has something similar.

    David Francis – October 1, 2006

  24. Comment by Charles Vincent Grillo, Jr. | 2006/10/01 at 10:56:38

    Buonasera Cardinal Sean,
    Ringraziarla per questo sito web!!

    This web-site is very detailed. It is just like being back in Roma!!

    Please make this a new tradition for the Archdiocese of Boston. I am sure that the faithful would enjoy referring back to this web-site on a frequent basis so they can stay in touch with the goodness that God has bestowed in you. Thank you for sharing your journey and future journey’s with us.

    Ci vediamo,

    Charles Vincent Grillo, Jr.

  25. Comment by dani MarieBernadette D’Angelo | 2006/10/01 at 11:18:34

    Your Eminence, thank you for your devotion, your priesthood, your role as Cardinal, your love of people and for sharing this awesome blog with the world. I live in Wisconsin and it was such a treat for me to see the gorgeous pictures of Rome. You are a true shepherd and the Catholic faith community is blest to have you.
    I will come back often to enjoy and learn from you. In His Love and Her Heart…dani MarieBernadette

  26. Comment by Gene Rossetto | 2006/10/01 at 13:07:51

    Your Excellency,
    Been impressed with your work ever since you arrived in Boston, when I first began to follow your ministry.
    It was with great interest and joy that I read your blogg from Rome on Sept. 30.
    Congratulations on your latests elevation.
    God bless you.
    Gene Rossetto

  27. Comment by Myriam | 2006/10/01 at 13:25:03

    Querido Padre Sean,
    Thanks to you we can once again visit the Eternal City, and most important of all you continue to nurture our souls in the distance. May God bless you and we pray for you and with you at the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria tonight.
    Always,
    Myriam

  28. Comment by James J. Vondras | 2006/10/01 at 14:51:40

    Pax Domini sit semper vosbiscom. For He has chosen a loyal and faithful servent.

  29. Comment by Eleanor Haley | 2006/10/06 at 19:10:22

    Thank you Msgr. Deely for that great letter. You brought Rome to Quincy. As much as we miss you here, I know you are doing God’s work. Hope to see you in November.

  30. Comment by John J.Riley,M.A.,M.Div. | 2006/10/11 at 00:15:32

    Cardinal Sean,
    My family will be praying for Kate Elizabeth Lambert.
    I am sure that many people will be praying for her. She has
    a rare form of liver cancer and needs many prayers. I am sure
    our Lord will help that little girl. My wife,Emma,and I enjoyed
    your inside tour and Msgr.Deeley’s talk. Thank you.
    Lucky (John J.Riley,M.A.,M.Div.)

  31. Comment by Jeannie Alaback | 2006/11/05 at 13:23:51

    I found mention of Cardinal Sean’s blog in our diocesan newspaper(Eastern Oklahoma Catholic). It was wonderful to see the pictures and comments. I have been to Rome several times , but had not seen these places. we are trying to get our Church of St Mary updated to be on the web and send news on the internet. It was so good to see what Cardinal S has done, thanks very much, jeannie alaback


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