Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Reading 1 IS 56:1-3A, 6-8

Thus says the LORD:
Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
the son of man who holds to it;
Who keeps the sabbath free from profanation,
and his hand from any evildoing.
Let not the foreigner say,
when he would join himself to the LORD,
“The LORD will surely exclude me from his people.”

The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
ministering to him,
Loving the name of the LORD,
and becoming his servants–
All who keep the sabbath free from profanation
and hold to my covenant,
Them I will bring to my holy mountain
and make joyful in my house of prayer;
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,
For my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.
Thus says the Lord GOD,
who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
Others will I gather to him
besides those already gathered.

Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 7-8

  1. (4)O God, let all the nations praise you!
    May God have pity on us and bless us;
    may he let his face shine upon us.
    So may your way be known upon earth;
    among all nations, your salvation.
    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
    May the nations be glad and exult
    because you rule the peoples in equity;
    the nations on the earth you guide.
    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
    The earth has yielded its fruits;
    God, our God, has blessed us.
    May God bless us,
    and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
    R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

Alleluia 

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come, Lord, bring us your peace
    that we may rejoice before you with a perfect heart.
    R.Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 5:33-36

Jesus said to the Jews:
“You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept testimony from a human being,
but I say this so that you may be saved.
John was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.
The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.”

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Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Reading 1 IS 45:6C-8, 18, 21C-25

I am the LORD, there is no other;
I form the light, and create the darkness,
I make well-being and create woe;
I, the LORD, do all these things.
Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,
like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.
Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;
let justice also spring up!
I, the LORD, have created this.

For thus says the LORD,
The creator of the heavens,
who is God,
The designer and maker of the earth
who established it,
Not creating it to be a waste,
but designing it be lived in:
I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Who announced this from the beginning
and foretold it from of old?
Was it not I, the LORD,
besides whom there is no other God?
There is no just and saving God but me.

Turn to me and be safe,
all you ends of the earth,
for I am God; there is no other!
By myself I swear,
uttering my just decree
and my unalterable word:
To me every knee shall bend;
by me every tongue shall swear,
Saying, “Only in the LORD
are just deeds and power.
Before him in shame shall come
all who vent their anger against him.
In the LORD shall be the vindication and the glory
of all the descendants of Israel.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 85:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14

  1. (Isaiah 45:8)Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.
    I will hear what God proclaims;
    the LORD–for he proclaims peace to his people.
    Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
    glory dwelling in our land.
    R.Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.
    Kindness and truth shall meet;
    justice and peace shall kiss.
    Truth shall spring out of the earth,
    and justice shall look down from heaven.
    R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.
    The LORD himself will give his benefits;
    our land shall yield its increase.
    Justice shall walk before him,
    and salvation, along the way of his steps.
    R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.

Alleluia SEE IS 40:9-10

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Raise your voice and tell the Good News:
    Behold, the Lord GOD comes with power.
    R.Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 7:18B-23

At that time,
John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask,
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
When the men came to the Lord, they said,
“John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask,
‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits;
he also granted sight to many who were blind.
And Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

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HOMILY OF THE DAY

DECEMBER, 2016          CYCLE A, YEAR I
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NOVEMBER, 2016          CYCLE C, YEAR II
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A Pilgrimage to the Marian and Eucharistic Miracle Shrines of Western Europe

Date: October 3-27, 2016

Countries of Destination: PORTUGAL, SPAIN, FRANCE, ITALY, BELGIUM, AND NETHERLANDS

A MOMENT TO REMEMBER

  Introduction
Day 01 (Monday, Oct. 03, 2016) =       MANILA – DUBAI
Day 02 (Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016) =      DUBAI – LISBON – SANTAREM – FATIMA
Day 03 (Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016) = FATIMA
Day 04 (Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016) =     FATIMA – BRAGA – SANTIAGO
Day 05 (Friday, Oct. 07, 2016) =          SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Day 06 (Saturday, Oct. 08, 2016) =     SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – LUGO – CANGAS DE ONIS
Day 07 (Sunday, Oct. 09, 2016) =         CANGAS DE ONIS – COVADONGA – SAN SEBASTIAN – LOURDES
Day 08 (Monday, Oct. 10, 2016) =        LOURDES
Day 09 (Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016) =       LOURDES – NIMES – NICE
Day 10 (Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016) =  NICE – PADUA
Day 11 (Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016) =      PADUA – VENICE ISLAND – PADUA
Day 12 (Friday, Oct. 14, 2016) =           PADUA – PISA – FLORENCE
Day 13 (Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016) =       FLORENCE – LORETO – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Day 14 (Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016) =        SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – LANCIANO – ROME
Day 15 (Monday, Oct. 17, 2016) =        ROME
Day 16 (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016) =       ROME
Day 17 (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016) =  ROME – PARIS
Day 18 (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016) =      PARIS
Day 19 (Friday, Oct. 21, 2016) =           PARIS – NEVERS – PARIS
Day 20 (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016) =       PARIS – BRUSSELS
Day 21 (Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016) =         BRUSSELS – BRUGGES – BRUSSELS
Day 22 (Monday, Oct. 24, 2016) =        BRUSSELS – ANTWERP – AMSTERDAM
Day 23 (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016) =       AMSTERDAM
Day 24 (Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016) =  AMSTERDAM – DUBAI
Day 25 (Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016) =      DUBAI – MANILA
 

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A Pilgrimage to the Marian and Eucharistic Miracle Shrines of Western Europe

Date: 15OCT (Saturday). FLORENCE – LORETO – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (Day 13)

A wake up call was made at around 6:10AM today. It is because we would proceed to Loreto, Italy. Loreto is a hilltown and comune of the Italian province of Ancona, in the Marche. It is most commonly known as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site. Loreto is also located 127 meters (417 feet) above sea level on the right bank of the Musone river. It is 22 kilometres (14 miles) by rail south-southeast of Ancona. Like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apenninesto the Adriatic. The city has also a massive line of walls designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century. The distance from Florence, Italy is 345 kilometers. And then we proceeded down south from Loreto to San Giovanni Rotondo, the home of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina The distance from Loreto to San Giovanni Rotondo is 321 kilometers. Then we check in one of the hotels of San Giovanni Rotondo.

How to get to Loreto? Loreto is just off the Autostrada A14 between Pescara (south) and Bologna (north). Paid parking is available beneath the basilica. Loreto is just off the Autostrada A14 between Pescara (south) and Bologna (north). Paid parking is available beneath the basilica.

Another one, for independent travelers if traveling by train it is about two hours from Bologna. You change trains in the ferry port of Ancona and from there it takes about 20 minutes. The station is about one mile from the shrine so taxis might be best.

img_20161015_071849And so we brought our luggage outside of our hotel room here in Florence at 7AM and then had our breakfast. We were not able to live exactly at 8AM as scheduled because our baggage were not brought out from the hotel to the bus by Grand Hotel Mediterraneo porters here in Florence, Italy, unlike the other hotels we previously checked in. and yet we paid the porterage service. The porters brought out the luggage of other clients of the hotel. Is there discrimination even by hotel porters? I’m just expressing my opinion. And so we left the hotel at around 9AM instead of 8AM.

While in the bus, we prayed the morning prayer led by Group 1 (Inday Silva) and Bible bullets were distributed again and I got this one: “All of you should be like-minded sympathetic, loving toward one another, kindly disposed and humble. Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult. Return a blessing instead,” (1Peter 3:8). I reflected on this Biblical text especially in relation to what the hotel porters did to us. I asked God for forgiveness about the thought that entered into my mind which was hatred. We passed by 28 tunnels from Florence to an autogrill (in Chiaravalle).

Our Philippine tour leader, Monty, announced that Bishop Gutierrez will join us on the 19th back to the Philippines. But the Bishop will take the flight together with Frs. Bonie Ampoyas and Rey Joloro from Nice, France to Rome, Italy; then from Rome to Dubai, UAE; from Dubai to Manila, Philippines.

At 12:25PM (5:25PM Philippine time) we stopped at an autogrill in Chiaravalle while on ourimg_20161015_124246 way to Loreto from Florence for our lunch. The cost of my lunch was 15,20 Euro. We left the autogrill at 1:29PM and continued our travel to Loreto. Again we passed by another 2 tunnels before reaching Loreto. We reached Loreto at around 2:20PM; had a short walk to the Holy House of Loreto from where our tour bus stopped. We had our Mass at 3PM in the crypt presided by me. After the Mass our local tour guide toured us around the Holy House of Loreto.

The Holy House of Loreto is one of the most revered Marian shrines in the world. Since medieval times, the Holy House of Loreto has been believed to be the very home in which the Virgin Mary lived, conceived and raised the young Jesus.

The historical background of Holy House of Loreto was: According to the New Testament, Jesus was raised by Mary and Joseph in a small town called Nazareth, near Jerusalem. Joseph was a carpenter, and their house was humble. This is where Jesus grew up and worked until he left to reveal Himself to mankind. Three centuries after the life of Jesus, the newly-converted Emperor Constantine built a basilica over the humble brick house believed to have sheltered the Holy Family.

And according to Catholic tradition, the Holy House came under threat during the turmoil of the Crusades, so in 1291, angels miraculously translated the house from its original location to a site in modern-day Croatia. An empty space was left in Nazareth and a small house suddenly appeared in a field in Croatia. The bewildered parish priest brought to the scene by shepherds who discovered it, had a vision in which the Virgin Mary revealed it was her former house.

On December 10, 1294, the house was again moved by angels because of the Muslim invasion of Albania. It landed first in Recanti, Italy, but was shortly thereafter moved for a third time to its present location in Loreto.

img_20161015_142440Analysis of literary sources, however, indicates that the transport of the Holy House of Loreto happened by sea and not through the assistance of angels. During the medieval period of Christian history it was common for monks and crusaders to be called ‘angels’ by the common people, this explaining the legend of ‘angels’ flying the house from the Holy Land to Loreto. Archaeological evidence and documents uncovered in 1962 suggest that the house may indeed derive from the region of Nazareth as its limestone and cedar construction materials are not available in the area of Loreto.

The Holy House of Loreto, or Santa Casa di Loreto in Italian, has been venerated by pilgrims great and small, including many popes and saints, and numerous miracles and healings have been reported. Scientists are said to have confirmed the materials to be the same as those found in Nazareth and the house lacks normal foundations.

In 1469, a large basilica was built over the Holy House at Loreto, and still stands today. In 1507, a marble enclosure was constructed around the House inside the basilica, and in 1510, the site was officially approved for pilgrimages. Over the centuries, countless pilgrims have kneeled inside the basilica around the Holy House, wearing a trough in the hard rock.

The Basilica sheltering the Holy House has been rebuilt and repaired periodically since its construction in 1469, leaving it with a Renaissance exterior and a Gothic interior.

Inside the basilica, the Holy House is, of course, the main attraction. It is a small stone building measuring 13 x 31 feet, with traces of medieval murals on the inner walls. On the east wall (not part of the original building) is an altar with the Latin inscription Hic Verbum Caro Factum Est, “Here the Word was made flesh.” A statue of the Virgin stands above the altar.

December 10 is the feast day of Our Lady of Loreto and this sacred site attracts as many as 4 million Catholic pilgrims and visitors each year.

We left Loreto at around 4:30PM bound for San Giovanni Rotondo. From Loreto to San Giovanni Rotondo, we passed by 25 tunnels.

We stopped by in an autogrill for 15 minutes at 7:15PM for toilet break and bought something: a juice (2,50 Euro) here in Torre Fantene Ovest.  We left the autogrill at 7:44PM for San Giovanni Rotondo. We passed by another 2 tunnels from this autogrill before we reached San Giovanni Rotondo.

We checked in a hotel here in San Giovanni Rotondo, Vallerossa Hotel at around 8:40PM. In going here, it is like going up to Baguio City, we passed by a zigzag road.img_20161015_204740-our-hotel-in-san-giovanni-rotondo

San Giovanni Rotondo is the name of a city and comune in the province of Foggia and region of Apulia, in southern Italy. San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina from 28 July 1916 until his death on 23 September 1968. The Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church was built in devotion to the saint and dedicated on 1 July 2004. The city is renowned for its hospital and medical-research centre Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for the Relief of the Suffering) founded by Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

How to Get from Rome to Padre Pio Shrine? San Giovanni Rotondo is 180 miles east of Rome in the Puglia region of southern Italy. The trip by train from Rome’s Termini Train Station to Foggia takes about 3 hours on a Freccia train or 4 1/2 to 5 on the less expensive IC trains (with no connections required). As of this writing, there are 7 trains a day (weekdays) between 8AM and almost midnight. There are frequent connecting buses from Foggia train station to San Giovanni Rotondo that take about 40 minutes. The smaller San Severo train station is closer to San Giovanni Rotondo and also has connecting buses on weekdays but only one on Sundays (see schedule above). To get to San Severo from Rome, you would still take the train to Foggia, then transfer to a regional train to San Severo.

Then we had our dinner in Vallerossa Hotel; entered my hotel room 416. I occupied the Room of Nathaniel Caballero and his son, since they were not with us. They were left in Nice, France for some medical checkups of his son.

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A Pilgrimage to the Marian and Eucharistic Miracle Shrines of Western Europe

Date: 14OCT (Friday) PADUA – PISA – FLORENCE. (Day 12)

We stayed here in Padova, Italy until this morning at Crowned Plaza Hotel. Crowne Plazaimg_20161013_083635 Hotel is an excellent starting point to visit cultural cities like Venice and Verona not to forget Padova. All 179 spacious hotel bedrooms and suites are fully air conditioned and equipped with high speed internet access and flat screen TV. Campiello restaurant is an outstanding place to dine with a variety of tasty dishes freshly prepared with and, together with Fr. Estong, good wine.

img_20161014_071202We ate our breakfast at 6:47AM here in the hotel and luggage out at the same. We left Padova, Italy at 8:24AM and travelled south to Pisa and to view the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral. The distance between Padova (Padua) and Pisa is 222 kilometers. Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, straddling the River Arnojust before it empties into the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its iconic Leaning Tower (the bell tower of the city’s cathedral), the city of over 90,834 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city’s architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.

It was a rainy morning when we left Padova and the temperature was at 8.9ˑC. While on our way to Pisa, we prayed the Morning Prayer lead by Group 3. After Morning Prayer, Bible bullets were distributed and I got this: “You know when I sit and stand. You understand my thoughts from afar,” (Psalm 139:2).

We stopped at an autogrill for our toilet break at 10AM and bought orange juice (2,60 Euro)img_20161014_101859-the-stopover-where-we-a-20mins-toilet-break-and-bought-choc-jui and chocolate (3,99 Euro). Then left this autogrill here in Cantagallo and continued our travel to Pisa at 10:20AM. While on our way from this autogrill, the rain began to pour again. From this place we passed by 29 tunnels, most of them were long tunnels and then we arrived Pisa at around 12:10PM. From where the bus was parked, we rode on a train-liked bus that brought us to the leaning Tower of Pisa for about 5 minutes and then started the tour and had pictures in the Leaning Tower.

For the vast majority of visitors the sole reason is the famous leaning tower which is located in Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square) just to the north of the city center. Piazza dei Miracoli is a pedestrian area, free to access with the main attractions within the square, plus tourist offices, gift shops and exhibitions as well as ticket offices. The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the Cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. Already tilting when it was completed in 1372, the 56m white-marble cylinder is the bell tower of the Romanesque, striped-marble cathedral that rises next to it in the Piazza dei Miracoli. Also in the piazza is the Baptistry, whose renowned acoustics are demonstrated by amateur singers daily.

img_20161014_123705The Leaning Tower is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized and the tilt partially corrected by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The height of the tower is 55.86 meters (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 meters (185.93 feet) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 m (8 ft 0.06 in). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 meters (12 ft 10 in) from the centre.

After viewing and taking pictures in this Leaning Tower of Pisa, we ate, together with Inday Siva and Nieda Ramos in a Burger King and I bought Maximum barbeque burger worh 8,20 Euro at 1:15PM. After we ate our lunch we went back to where our tour leader from the Philippines, Monty, told us.  We left the Leaning Tower place, rode again on a train-liked bus that brought us to where our tour bus parked. We left Pisa at 2PM and travelled again to Florence. The distance between Pisa and Florence is 83 kilometers.

While we were inside the bus, we prayed the Holy Rosary and it rained again on our way to Florence, Italy.

We reached Florence at around 3:20PM and our Mass would be at 4:45PM and out tour guide waited for us for a walking tour of the Old Town. Visit the Basilica of Sta. Croce, Duomo, and view the Baptistery and Giotto’s bell tower.. Before going to the Church we had a tour around the old city of Florence. Florence represents one of the most charming and important art cities in Italy; visited every year by thousands of tourists from all around the world. Florentia, this is its ancient name, is the town that marked the history of our country and of Europe, it’s no coincidence that Florence became, for a few years, the capital of Italy. Cradle of Italian language and culture, it represents the symbol of Renaissance as well, Florence experienced the greatest  splendor during the fifteenth and the sixteenth century in reason of its political power and of its rich cultural and artistic flowering.

During the Medici Dynasty and in particular during the Lordship of Lorenzo il Magnifico and Cosimo I, the town became one of the most important cultural poles of attraction in Europe. Florence has been inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List, its historical town center gathers monuments, religious buildings, architectural works and gardens that are unique in the all world, designed by ingenious artists such as  Giotto, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo and many others. The Piazza del Duomo is the ideal starting point for those who wish to visit the cathedral, the magnificent Giotto’s Campanile, the baptistery and the Opera del Duomo museum.

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the Metropolitan City of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,083 inhabitants, expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area.

Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages,” A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

The Historic Center of Florence attracts 13 million tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world’s 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8 million visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Florence is an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked in the top 51 fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is a major national economic centre, as well as a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.

We had our tour in the old city of Florence. Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance: (la culla del Rinascimento) for its monuments, churches, and buildings. The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city which we visited and had pictures, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo, whose dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby Campanile (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are also highlights. The dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.

According to our tour guide, many significant episodes in the history of art and political changes were staged here, such as: In 1301, Dante Alighieri was sent into exile from here (commemorated by a plaque on one of the walls of the Uffizi).

Until we reached Sta. Croce for our 4:45PM Mass but we arrived late at 5PM. Reconsideration was asked but the in-charge did not approve our motion for reconsideration and so we went to Grand Hotel Mediterraneo and checked in between 5:50PM and 6:35PM. Room 267 was assigned to me and Fr. Estong and waited for our dinner at around 7PM.

Thanks be to God, a good news was relayed to us that Bishop Gutierrez had already checked out from the hospital in Nice, France. He is staying in a monastery. According to the Bishop, he would meet us in Rome airport on the 19th of November, 2016.

img_20161014_175421-we-stayed-here-overnightAfter our dinner, at 8:30PM, we had our Mass in one of the halls of Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence, Italy. After the Mass we rested for tomorrow’s activity. We were not able to make pasyal-pasyal in Florence due to heavy rain.

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