By Kirk Kilgour

 

Kirk Kilgour meets Pope John Paul II

Kirk Kilgour meets Pope John Paul II

The voice on the phone, a friend I’ve known for 25 years, greets me with the familiar Italian greeting, “Pronto.” It’s not uncommon for me to receive a call from Italy.

I have many friends from having lived there for three years, and I speak conversational Italian but sometimes have trouble with complete comprehension. My friend is explaining that the Vatican wants to pay for me to come to Italy to be part of a celebration involving a television show and a mass.

Not being Roman Catholic, I know nothing of the celebration he’s talking about, which makes me think I’m missing something in translation, but Belinda, my partner, and I start making plans to leave for Rome right away.

We stay in a hotel only several hundred yards away fr