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Vol. 53 â–Ş No. 9 Washington D.C.

An Italian American Gazette of the Greater Washington D.C. Area

Pope To Visit Philadelphia in 2015 The Vatican rarely announces Papal trips more than six months in advance, but Pope Francis confirmed to a television reporter recently that he will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the city's World Meeting of Families on September 22 to 27, 2015. Pope Francis later indicated that during that trip he might also visit Washington D.C. and New York. Pope Francis is not known to travel extensively, and he did not travel much even before becoming Pope in 2013. He and Pope John XXIII are the only pontiffs within the past eighty years who had never traveled to the United States before being appointed popes.

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Villa Rosa Italian Festival Draws Large Crowd

Thousands of local Italian Americans and friends enjoy annual festa

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The grounds of Villa Rosa in Mitchellville, Md., played host to the annual Italian Festival on Sunday, September 7. An estimated 5,000 people attended. The festival was organized by Darlene DiBattista, who was assisted by a legion of volunteers. (Darlene is pictured at top left with her husband Nick, daughter Gabriella and Fr. Ezio Marchetto.) Festivities began with the celebration of Mass by Fr. Ezio, assisted by Fr. Alex Dalpiaz. Numerous food

stands offered grilled chicken, sausage, pizza, polenta, cannoli, gelato, and more. Two bands entertained the crowds: The Four C Notes, who recreated the music the Four Seasons, and the Monaldi Brothers Band. Vendors who donated goods and services included Vaccaro's Desserts, Turano Baking Co., Litteri Inc., Sorrento Trattoria, Good Time Amusements, Clowns 4U, Hartman Bros., and Dolci Gelati. (See page 4 for more photos.)


So far, Pope Francis has limited himself to visiting particularly troubled parts of the globe. This past spring he went to the Middle East, stopping in Israel, Jordan and Palestine, and praying for a peaceful resolution of the turmoil in the region. This summer he visited South Korea, where he held a Mass for "peace and reconciliation" of the divided Korean peninsula. On the Pope's schedule this fall is a trip to Turkey, the predominately Muslim country. Orthodox church officials in Istanbul said they expected the pope to attend a commemoration in honor of the disciple St. Andrew, whose feast day falls on November 30.

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Address service requested Voce Italiana Holy Rosary Church 595 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001-2703


Voce Italiana, September 2014  

Voce Italiana is the Italian American Gazette of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area.

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