From Cardinal Seán's blog

Friday, I met with Father Nicolae Pretorian, a Romanian Orthodox priest who has been working and teaching in Greece and is now going to be pursuing doctoral studies at Boston College. He was referred to us by Metropolitan Methodios and came to greet me.

He is an expert in church-state relations, so it was very interesting to be with him and hear about the situation in Greece.

Episcopal ordination

Saturday was, of course, the episcopal ordination Mass of Bishop Cristiano Barbosa.

We were so pleased that a number of bishops from the province were able to be with us, along with Archbishop Gonzalez, who had been a Boston bishop and came back to be there for the ordination.

We were also very honored by the presence of Father Philip Halikias, who represented Metropolitan Methodios.

The ordination was a great moment for the archdiocese. It is very significant that Pope Francis recognized the great pastoral need we have with such a large immigrant population from Brazil, Cape Verde, and Portugal in the archdiocese. We are blessed to have had the ministry of a priest who has been working with immigrants here for so many years. Now, to have him as an auxiliary bishop is an even greater blessing. For that, we are very, very grateful. [ . . .]

Trip to Rome

Right after the ordination, I departed for Rome for a meeting of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father.

On Monday morning, we listened to the insights of three women who are theologians and came to offer us their perspectives: Sister Linda Pocher, Giuliva Di Berardino, and Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells, who is an Anglican bishop. Then, in our afternoon session, we discussed the synodal way of the Church.

On Tuesday, we focused on the theme of evangelization, and we heard the reports of the Pro-Prefects of the Dicastery for Evangelization, Archbishop Fisichella and Cardinal Tagle.

On Wednesday, we met only in the afternoon because, in the morning, the Holy Father had his General Audience. He joined us for the afternoon session, where we continued to explore the topics we had discussed in the previous days.

Meetings in Rome

This week was a very busy time in Rome, with several other important meetings taking place at the Vatican, including the plenary of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. At that meeting, Abbot Jeremy Driscoll from Mount Angel was one of the presenters. Regular readers will remember that he preached the retreat for the bishops of Region One last summer. There was also an international conference on the formation of priests held by the Dicastery for the Clergy. So, there were a lot of priests, bishops, and cardinals from around the world at the Vatican.

I also met several of our staff members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with a child protection delegation from Mexico in St. Peter's Square. So, I was happy to greet them.