The week ahead: Vatican documentary, Order’s bicentenary, St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul

On Friday, September 20 and 27, at 9pm, BBC Two will broadcast a two-part documentary about the Vatican. Inside the Vatican will look at the quirkier side of Vatican life, such as designer clothes sales and the world’s shortest national railway line. It will also interview leading Vatican officials and discuss the sexual abuse scandal.

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The Faithful Companions of Jesus, an order founded by Venerable Marie Madeleine d’Houët in 1820, begins its bicentenary celebrations today. Pupils at FCJ schools will take part in a “Day of Kindness”, including tea parties for the elderly.

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Friday, September 27 is the feast of St Vincent de Paul, the founder of two religious orders and inspiration for the Society of Vincent de Paul, and perhaps the saint most associated with care for the poor. The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia will mark the occasion with Solemn Mass at 12.05pm, followed by veneration of a relic of St Vincent.