- Oct 30, 2020
The Vatican announced on Sunday that Pope Francis will visit the Italian city of Genoa on May 27, 2017, after earlier confirming that he’ll visit Milan in March. Both visits were cancelled this year, which was taken in some quarters as a snub to the cardinals who lead those archdioceses.
Friday night at Christ Cathedral, the Diocese of Orange, California, Crux, and Catholic Relief Services will host a dinner to support relief efforts from the earthquake that struck central Italy on August 24, leaving 300 dead and wiping out the legendary small town of Amatrice. Follow the livestream here at 9:15p ET, 6:15p PT.
The earthquake of Amatrice didn’t just rock and knock down buildings, it shook and unsettled human hearts, and so the rebuilding of the small town had to involve more than just the reconstruction of buildings.
The Vatican said Pope Francis arrived in Amatrice Tuesday morning, accompanied by the bishop of Rieti, and started his visit at the school. He then visited the hardest-hit area of the town, which remains largely closed due to security concerns.
If you’re anywhere near Orange County, California, on Oct. 14, join us for a fantastic dinner at Christ Cathedral in support of relief for the Aug. 23 earthquake in Italy that wiped out the small town of Amatrice — and if you’re not, be part of the event online right here at Crux.
Though perhaps not yet a “superstar” saint, Blessed Chiara Luce Badano’s story is rapidly building a following, especially among younger Catholics today, in part because her selfless acceptance of suffering provokes both curiosity and esteem among post-modern types.