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Catching up with Fr. deLadurantaye in Rome

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fr deladurantaye vertWhile recently visiting seminarians in Rome, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was able to see Arlington priest Father Paul F. deLadurantaye, who has worked at the English section of the Vatican Secretariat of State since last September.

Fr. Paul F. deLadurantaye, a priest of the Diocese of Arlington and official at the Vatican Secretariat of State, introduces English-speaking pilgrims as Pope Francis leads his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. COURTESY

Father deLadurantaye said he has been adjusting to life and work in Rome. “Getting to know the other priests from the United States who work in the service of the Holy See has been a very good experience,” he said. Father deLadurantaye has interacted with diocesan seminarians of the Diocese of Arlington at events at the Pontifical North American College.

“Outside of my work, I have mostly been revisiting places I knew when I was a student at the college and that I have not seen in a long time,” he said.

When asked what his favorite gelato flavor was, he had a shocking answer: “I have actually not had gelato since I arrived,” he said. “When the warmer months come, I will have to remedy that.”

One of Father deLadurantaye's duties is announcing English-speaking pilgrims, as he did at the pope’s weekly audience Feb. 20. Continuing his series of talks on the Our Father, the pope reflected on the first verse of the Lord's Prayer. Praying to God in heaven, he said, is the first step of every Christian prayer to enter the "mystery of God's fatherhood."

Catholic News Service contributed to this article. 


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