March 9, 2015

First month as a Vatican intern

In the past month, I have already grown in more ways than even I can imagine. At previous workplaces, I was timid, and afraid to overstep my boundaries, real or imagined. While at the Catholic News Service, I’ve been able to freely develop my journalistic abilities, and the feedback has been only supportive and encouraging. In […]

March 6, 2015

Dispatches from a UN Intern

I’m Adam Vincent, a second-semester junior. Officially, I’m pursuing majors in Humanities, Communication, and Honors, a concentration in Peace and Justice Studies, and specialization in Rhetorical Studies. But for the purposes of small talk here, I’m simply studying communication. Despite the title of this blog, I don’t actually work at the Vatican – rather, I’m […]

March 2, 2015

Italian Media in Milan

This weekend, I had the privilege of learning about Italian broadcast media in Milan. The trip was a field study for a course I am taking in Rome called Communication and Social Transformation. One of my professors works in Italian media, so she was able to get us into the public TV and radio station, […]

December 7, 2014

Nothing Compares to Rome

Venice Unlike other cities, Venice doesn’t exactly have a list of places and monuments one must visit before leaving. More than anything, one goes to Venice for the atmosphere. It is unlike any other place I’ve been in, with its narrow winding alleyways and canals. I really enjoyed just walking around with my friends without […]

November 24, 2014

International Conference on Autism: Animating Hope

This past week, I was given the unique opportunity to attend the Vatican’s first ever International Conference on Autism, titled “Animating Hope.” The conference was attended by more than 650 people from 57 different countries. Among this group were world-renowned researchers, scientists, religious and political leaders, and autistic persons and their parents. The conference was […]

November 18, 2014


This past weekend, a few friends and I decided to take a trip to Venice! We took a train from Rome (which is about a 3.5 hour journey) and pulled into Venice around 6pm Friday night. As soon as we walked out of Venice’s central train station, Venezia Santa Lucia, we were right on the […]

November 15, 2014

Behind the Veil

I am about to raise a very complex questions. Have you ever wondered what is the one commonality that binds all of us; people, women, men, children, together? The answer to this very complex question is simple. What we all share in common is that we are all human beings. We share an often overlooked […]

November 12, 2014

Fall Break!

This week was our fall break! It was nice to get away for a while and enjoy a short reprieve from school/work, and especially great to see my family again. I met them in Zurich last Friday morning– we spent the weekend in Switzerland, which was awesome! We spent Friday exploring Zurich– we hopped on […]

October 26, 2014

Aqueducts, Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps

This week for “At Home in Rome,” our teacher took us to the Roman aqueducts! The aqueducts were constructed in order to bring water into the city from distant sources. They supplied public baths, latrines, fountains, and private households. What I found particularly interesting was that in the 1950s, the aqueducts were occupied by poor […]

October 26, 2014

Chocolate and other happenings

Perugia Chocolate. Such a beautiful word. Just the promise of it can turn a bad day into a bearable one. Now imagine a festival dedicated to chocolate in all its shapes and forms. Well, that is exactly what Eurochocolate 2014 offered. I had always dreamed of attending one of these famous festivals in the city […]

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