ROME – KPRC2's Bill Balleza is in Rome, Italy, to cover the Vatican summit on the prevention of sex abuse of minors.
Bill, along with KPRC2 producer Debbie Strauss, is posting a blog-like journal of his coverage of the big stories on his trip, as well as behind-the-scenes photos and videos.
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
When you're a journalist sometimes you are afforded the opportunity to travel to beautiful places like Rome. If you're truly fortunate, you get the chance to sample the local cuisine.
Tonight, the KPRC team dined on a delicacy ... Pringles!
The standard chives and onion were not too shabby.
We really went wild with Ham & Cheese. They tasted like a French Croque Monsieur.
And finally, Ketchup. Smelled just like... ketchup.
It was a great taste test, but I'm ready for a Whataburger!
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Is a four-day summit enough for survivors?
Today survivors of clergy abuse met with the UN Ambassador to Vatican City. A handful of representatives from SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), Bishop Accountability and ECA (End Clergy Abuse) met with Ambassador Gingrich. This was the first-ever meeting between survivors and a UN Ambassador.
They were joined by Mark Rozzi, a legislator from Pennsylvania.
Mark Rozzi PA legislator and Dr Denise Buchanan ECA Board Member and Global Coordinator met with US Vatican Ambassador Gingrich and her staffers.
Earlier in the day, SNAP delegates from the U.S. delivered a letter to the office of the Mother Superior.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
Seminarians from Texas study at Vatican
The Pontifical North American College is tucked away behind St. Peters Square in the Vatican. It’s where American seminarians with the most promise are selected to complete the final four years of theological study before ordination to the priesthood.
Fourteen seminarians from Texas are studying at NAC.
I chatted with 25-year-old Joe White from Lake Jackson. He graduated from Brazoswood High School in 2013 and he was an altar boy at St. Michael’s Church.
Seminarian Sam Bass is from Austin.
Bass first thought about becoming a priest while he was in college.
Rome is different from Austin, but he feels a sense of honor and responsibility to bring what he learns back home.
Ismael Rodriguez, of Dallas, was the first seminarian in eight years from his Diocese to go to NAC. Being in the seminary is more than a brotherhood for Rodriguez. He eats with the other seminarians, studies with them and prays with them.
In this first press briefing, the leaders of the conference reported they listened to victims of abuse to hear of their pain and suffering. Pope Francis himself will be present during the “Protection of Minors” sessions here at the Vatican. #PBC2019 pic.twitter.com/GZWxzUYe1q— Bill Balleza (@KPRC2BillB) February 21, 2019
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Today is our first day in Rome. We landed at noon and quickly made our way over to the Vatican's North American College. A select few seminarians from the United States are studying here for the priesthood. We spent time today interviewing Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the NAC.
Sitting down with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the #PBC2019 in Rome. We're at the Meeting for The Protection of Minors in the Church in the wake of widespread cases of sexual abuse involving members of the clergy.— Bill Balleza (@KPRC2BillB) February 20, 2019
Full coverage on KPRC: https://t.co/m0DGNvHlX2 pic.twitter.com/byVZdrQIKu
You can watch the interview below.
In the 1980s the cardinal was a professor at the NAC. This is also where the cardinal is staying during the four-day summit.
@KPRC2BillB just arrived in Rome for the Vatican conference addressing the clergy sex abuse scandal. He will be interviewing Cardinal Daniel DiNardo later today. Stay with @KPRC2 for more updates from Bill in Rome pic.twitter.com/KxouGTvhjH— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) February 20, 2019
Back to Rome; this time to report on a Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church.Posted by KPRC2 Bill Balleza on Monday, February 18, 2019