Writing desk of St. Therese goes on tour

Never mind the expression “if these walls could talk.” How about if this desk and inkwell could talk?

These items — second-class relics that belonged to St. Therese of Lisieux — have been on a tour of the United States. Sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies, the tour began in August and continues through mid-October. St. Therese and St. Francis Xavier are co-patrons of the church’s missionary work.

St. Therese is said to have used this desk almost daily from 1894 until her death from tuberculosis in 1897. It is where she composed her autobiography “Story of a Soul,” as well as many plays, poems and letters. Continue reading

Calling all Bergoglios! Picnic this weekend.

VATICAN CITY — With hundreds set to attend the Bergoglio family picnic this Sunday, one invited guest surely will be missing.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope Francis, was sent an invitation several days ago, but it’s unlikely he’ll be able to show. Attendees, who are meeting up in Cordoba, are hoping for a phone call or note instead, Luis Badilla reports on his blog Il Sismografo.

The future pope missed the gathering last year because it fell on the August feast day of St. Cajetan and he had to celebrate Mass, Betty Bergoglio of Las Varillas told reporters in March.

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