Hello and welcome!
On Friday and Saturday, we had the plenary sessions of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. They were held at the Antonianum, the Franciscan pontifical university in Rome.
The prefect, Cardinal João Braz, and Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, the congregation’s secretary, were with us, along with a number of superior generals of religious communities, including my own Capuchin Father General Roberto Genuin.
On Saturday, the members of the congregation went to the Vatican for an audience with the Holy Father, who addressed us about religious life.
Saturday afternoon, I went to my titular church in Rome, Santa Maria della Vittoria, to celebrate the parish vigil Mass for Gaudete Sunday. The church has been closed for renovations for the last several months, and it came out very beautifully.
Sunday afternoon, we began our three-day seminar sponsored by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on the dignity of persons bringing forth allegations of abuse in the life of the Church, looking at how the rights of survivors are handled in different areas of the world.
The seminar was well attended and produced very helpful conversations about how to better assist survivors. We are so grateful to commission member Dr. Myriam Wijlens, her colleagues on the commission, and our secretary, Father Andrew Small, for all their efforts in bringing this seminar together.
That evening, I had dinner with Deacon Joe Ferme, Msgr. Paul McInerny and Msgr. John Abruzzese, who are the three Boston clergy currently in Rome. It was a great pleasure to be able to gather with them once again.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we had our meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia. It was our first in-person gathering in two years. In our meetings, we discussed the situation of the pandemic in our countries and preparations for the Synod on Synodality.
The Portuguese Ambassador to the Holy See, António José Emauz de Almeida Lima, with my friend Maria Lobão
It was quite impressive!
Until next week,