Tomorrow, very early, I will begin my trip to Rome to again provide feedback to the readers of this website on the Synod of Bishops meeting from October 4 through October 24. I will be in Rome until October 21. I am very grateful for the opportunity that was provided by Concerned Catholics of Montana who are sponsoring this trip. I will be blogging daily (hopefully!) on my impressions. I will also be writing as a free lance reporter for the Missoulian. You can check out the weekly articles I will be writing, published in the Saturday religion section, at www.missoulian.com. The first article will be published this Saturday, October 3. I will be applying to the Vatican press office for accreditation as a free lance journalist. If I am granted accreditation by them….and the Missoulian has been very gracious in providing me documentation that I am indeed writing for them…I will be able to gain admission to the daily news conferences. This will give me good, up-to-the-minute information on Synod activities. I also plan on just hanging out in “Vatican Square” and talking to English speaking lay folk on what their thoughts are about the Synod or even if they are aware of it! I am planning on attending the vigil for the Synod on Saturday evening, October 3 and the opening Mass that Pope Francis will be celebrating for the opening of the Synod this coming Sunday October 4. The Mass should prove to be interesting if his homily is based on the Gospel reading of the day, Mark’s account of the Pharisee asking Jesus if it is lawful to divorce his wife. My Italian is getting good enough that I should be able to follow what the pope has to say in relation to this Gospel should he choose to do so!! So stay tuned…..and I will ask you to do what Pope Francis always ask people to do….pray for me. And Pope Francis also needs those prayers in the upcoming weeks as he tries to stir the “Barque of Peter” out into the deep!!
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