I am off to see the Pope…Day 5 Meeting Boys Towns

Here is a copy of our Itinerary for our trip:

Benvenuti a Roma! PROGRAM

May 11 – May 13, 2015

MONDAY 05/11/2015 11:30 a.m. Meeting in front of Hotel Columbus for pick up Via della Conciliazione, 33 – 00193 Roma (driver’s name is Francesco)

1:00 p.m. Lunch with the boys at La Città dei Ragazzi Largo Città dei Ragazzi, 1- 00163 Roma 2:30 – 5:30pm Tour of Boys’ Town (La Città dei Ragazzi) Boys’ Town is structured like a pleasant town area with streets, piazzas, living quarters and services, surrounded by olive and grape orchards, on 84 hectares of land in the roman countryside, in the south west outskirts of Rome. Participation to the Boys’ Assembly Location Città Giardino Visit to the Pizza Making Workshop A well-known maestro in pizza making is teaching 13 boys from Boys’ Town how to make delicious pizzas.

TUESDAY 05/12/2015 10:00 a.m. Meeting in front of Hotel Columbus Via della Conciliazione, 33 – 00193 Roma 10:30 a.m. Visit to Centro Televisivo Vaticano (Vatican Television Center) Via del Pellegrino – 00120 Città del Vaticano The Vatican Television Center is the international broadcaster of Vatican City State. Vatican Central Television was first aired in 1983. 10:45 a.m. Meeting with Monsignor Dario Viganò, Director of CTV 11:30 a.m.

Visit to Giardini Vaticani (Gardens of Vatican City). Urban green spaces dating from the 13th century with Renaissance and Baroque fountains and sculptures. [Free Time]

7:45 p.m. Meeting in front of Hotel Columbus for pick up Via della Conciliazione, 33 – 00193 Roma 8:30 p.m. Dinner organized by Mr. Raffaello Siniscalco and hosted by Mr. Giancarlo Rossi (Financial Advisor and Philanthropist). Via Gramsci n. 54, int. 8 (Parioli) – 00197 Roma (Transportation provided)

WEDNESDAY 05/13/2015

8:30 a.m. Meeting in front of Hotel Columbus We will walk through Piazza San Pietro for the Papal Audience.

10:30 a.m. Audience with the Holy Father 12:30 p.m.

Lunch at Casa Santa Marta (Vatican City) Lunch hosted by Fondazione Sorella Natura (Sister Nature Foundation). Domus Sanctæ Marthæ (Latin for Saint Martha’s House) is a building adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and it currently serves as the residence of Pope Francis.

2:30 p.m. Visit to the Monastery and Church of San Francesco a Ripa Grande Guided tour by Father Stefano Tamburo, OFM. Exclusive preview of the almost completed restoration of Saint Francis` Cell. (Transportation provided) 6:30 p.m. Meeting in front of Hotel Columbus for pick up Via della Conciliazione, 33 – 00193 Roma 7:00 p.m.

Aperitif hosted by Chiara Anguissola d’Altoè and Giuseppe Petochi at their house on the spectacular Aventino hill on Via Tempio di Diana n.13, Roma. (Transportation provided)

Useful Contacts: Mr. Gabriele Delmonaco and Mr. Raffaello Sinisclaco

Monday morning, we are up early to go meet Gabriele Delmonaco, the new Director of and to see the Boys Town orphanage. I am really looking forward to meeting these kids and just observing how wonderous this fifty-year+ charity has worked so well.

Boys Town with Trish and GabrieleThe boys are amazing. I find children fascinating…and here…their stories seem so sad and a huge burden for them…not unlike Phoenix StarShine…these kids are so incredibly resilient. We could all learn from them.

They are self-governing and elect a mayor and city council members who meet and discuss issues similar to any city. Each resident must have some service time in the council. We observed one of the council meetings and I was very impressed by the authentic way the kids tried to work through their own issues and needs.

The boys each have mentors and learn hands-on work so they can develop workforce skills. For the most part, the children only want to have jobs. They are worried about their future ability to pay for themselves. They all must leave the orphanage by the time they are eighteen.

The boys have a pizza kitchen and today they have a famous pizza chef helping them to learn to make pizza for us…and I stuffed myself.

the Pope's Boys Town Pizza
Here at Boys Town we learn how to toss a real pizza.

Although they all attend schools outside of their campus, they have needs and desires for more learning. Many of them have never seen anything outside of the orphanage or their tough backgrounds.

Steve McCarty plays for Boys Towns in Rome, Italy
Steve McCarty plays for Boys Towns in Rome, Italy

  Walt Disney is one of many internationally famous people who have visited and support the Pope's Boys Towns and Girls Towns
Walt Disney is one of many internationally famous people who have visited and support the Pope’s Boys Towns and Girls Towns
The Boys Towns self-govern with their own Mayor and Town Council
The Boys Towns self-govern with their own Mayor and Town Council
A famous pizza chef comes to help us make pizza for our guests.
A famous pizza chef comes to help us make pizza for our guests.

We have been invited to attend a dinner in our honor in a neighborhood called, Parioli, tomorrow evening.