Lizzy Myers meets Pope Francis

Dear Blog Readers — this is not a proper post, just a few freeze frames of video shot by AP Television cameraman Gianfranco Stara showing Lizzy Myers at the Pope’s weekly audience today. At the end of the audience the Pope walked up to her, kissed her and touched both her eyes.  She gave him […]

Lizzy Myers’ Visual Bucket List

Dear Blog Readers, This past week we have been following the story of little Lizzy Myers, the five-year-old girl from Mansfield, Ohio who has come to Rome with her family as part of a “visual bucket list” they are trying to complete before she goes blind. By the time you read this post Lizzy will […]

Cardinal Pell Takes the Stand in Rome

Dear Blog Readers, Last night I had the bizarre experience of sitting through three hours of testimony by Australian Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s Chief of Finance, to the Australian Royal Commission on Child Abuse. As over a hundred of us – journalists, survivors, relatives of victims –sat in a hotel in Rome, listening to […]

Fences, Barbed Wire and Walls – In Juarez with Pope Francis

In one day the Pope went behind the walls of Cereso N. 3, one of the more violent, dangerous prisons in the world where he hugged prisoners and urged them to “write a new story” and “move forward,” telling them that “we know what is done, is done.” He prayed before the imposing border fence […]

Into the Tierra Caliente with Pope Francis

Dear Blog Readers — You may all be getting terribly bored with my Mexico posts but at this point I am completing them as a diary for myself.  Otherwise I will get involved in other news and forget all the details of this incredible trip. On his fifth day in Mexico, the Pope traveled to […]

Following Pope Francis in Chiapas for AP Television

Dropping down into San Cristobal de Las Casas in a helicopter and seeing all the beautiful faces and traditional clothing of the indigenous people there waiting for Pope Francis was for me the most exhilarating moment of the Papal trip to Mexico. AP Television VJ Paolo Santalucia and I were chosen along with three other […]

A Mexican Fiesta for Pope Francis

Dear Blog Readers – I am just back from Pope Francis’ six-day trip to Mexico and have so much material – speeches, photos, videos, and memories–that it will be hard to boil it down into one blog post. So it is going to be a two-part series and it is mostly going to be a […]

Reaching the Ragged Edges in Mexico

Dear Blog Readers— On Friday I will be traveling on the Papal Plane to Mexico (with a brief stop in Cuba) for AP Television.   The Associated Press will have a four-person team on board. I will be working with Video-Journalist Paolo Santalucia, AP Rome Bureau Chief Nicole Winfield for AP wire and Gregorio Borgia for […]