Fr Probo Vaccarini celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month – and marked the occasion by concelebrating Mass with his four sons, who are all priests.
Born in 1919, Fr Vaccarini was told by Padre Pio to have a “big and holy family”. He had four sons and three daughters before his wife died. All four sons entered the priesthood and one of the daughters entered the lay consecrated life.
In 1988, at the age of 69, he was ordained; he is still an active priest today.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, sent congratulations and a blessing from Pope Francis, read aloud during the Eucharistic celebration.
Tourists in Rome are going to be affected by new rules on public behaviour – including restrictions on drinking alcohol on the streets, and a ban on pub crawls, climbing monuments and jumping into fountains.
The new rules are “aimed at promoting respect for common goods both by citizens and tourists, the culture of legality, the spirit of community, solidarity and development of civil conscience”, according to an official statement.
There’s also a ban on the city’s “centurions” who dress up and charge tourists for photographs, and on unauthorised tour guides.
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