Vatican City, February 11, 2020: Today the Catholic Church not only celebrates the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick, but also the anniversary of the Lateran Accords, which celebrates the sovereign Vatican City-State. Also, noteworthy is that on this day in 2013 Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.
In light of these celebrations, the Holy See celebrates a holiday today. This provided Bishop Berg with the opportunity to take advantage of spiritual opportunities around Rome and to visit with local reporters about his time with Pope Francis and the bishops of Region XIII, his vocation story, family life, and the work taking place in Colorado and the Diocese of Pueblo.
Bishop Berg began his day by celebrating Holy Mass at the tomb of Saint Peter in the Clementine Chapel (Chapel of Saint Peter) at Saint Peter’s Basilica with Father Derrek Scott and Father Michael Chrisman (concelebrating). In Bishop’s homily, he reflected on the incredible faith of Saints Peter and Paul, how Jesus chose these two men because of their capacity to be men of faith, how we ought not to focus on their weaknesses, but their strengths and what they accomplished through grace.
Following the Mass and an hour of prayer and reflection in the Basilica, Bishop had the opportunity to run errands in Rome, picking up episcopal and liturgical necessities, including a new pectoral cross with the image of Christ Crucified.
In the afternoon, Rome Reports interviewed Bishop Berg at their office on Via della Conciliazione. The interview was filmed on the balcony overlooking rooftop apartments in the Borgo Pio district with the Vatican wall close by and the Vatican Offices in the background. In his interview, he spoke to the Ad Limina experiences he has had thus far, the Diocesan initiatives being implemented in the Diocese of Pueblo, the death penalty repeal bill and Initiative 120 in the State of Colorado.
The day ended with a special dinner at the home of friend, Joan Lewis, who is known for EWTN’s Joan’s Rome. Joan and Bishop Berg discussed all sorts of topics including Bishop’s music background, business and nursery work, food, achievements, the Church, and the list goes on. Both the Rome Reports and Joan’s Rome interviews will air in the coming weeks.
Contributor: Amanda Zurface resides in Pueblo, Colorado, where she serves as the Vice-Chancellor for the Diocese of Pueblo. She also serves as the Catholic Content Specialist for Covenant Eyes. Amanda holds a License and MA in Canon Law and a BA in Catholic Theology and Social Justice. She is the co-author of Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, Confident: Helping Parents Navigate Online Exposure and Transformed by Beauty.