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Mar 30, 2017
Dispatches from Rome: Day Six
First, a quick back-track to Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Rome. Bishop Tony Krótki OMI (Churchill, MB) and I were blessed to attend Pope Francis’s Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, along with about 100,000 others!
Day Six in Rome started very early, but this allowed for prayerful preparation for today’s meetings, with sunrise over the Tiber River.
Several of us met on the Spanish steps prior to our meeting with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of peoples. Cardinal Filoni is an expert in Chinese affairs and on the Middle East.
We subsequently met with Cardinal Peter Turkson, who was appointed the first Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development. This Dicastery (1), which began operations on January 1, 2017, combines the work of four Pontifical Councils: Justice and Peace, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, and Cor Unum (2).
Today we also met with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and Archbishop Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
(1) A Dicastery is a department of the Roman Curia, the administration of the Holy See through which the Pope directs the Catholic Church.
(2) Cor Unum means One Heart, and was the Pontifical Council for Human and Christian Development.
At the Angelus in St. Peter's Square
Sunrise over the Tiber River
On the Spanish steps
Meeting with Cardinal Turkson
Meeting with Cardinal Sandri
Meeting with Archbishop Farrell