Posts by Michael Severance

PovertyCure’ and ‘Call of the Entrepreneur’ Screened to Central and Eastern Europeans

Rome Office director Kishore Jayabalan presents PoveryCure at the Sorrento “Liberty Camp” On October 8-9, the director of Acton’s Rome office, Kishore Jayabalan, and its operations manager, Michael Severance, traveled to southern Italy to present PovertyCure and The Call of the Entrepreneur, the original and latest of the Institute’s popular educational  DVD films. Continue Reading...

Lumen Fidei: Lighting Our Way in the Year of Faith

It felt a little like the conclave week all over again inside the Vatican Press Office. Journalists cornering other journalists. Educated guesses and bets. Raised eyebrows of suspicion and plenty of pencil wagging, not to mention the nervous knees bouncing iPads and notepads in the foyer. Continue Reading...

Desperate Entrepreneur Atop St. Peter’s Pleads to Pope

What a sweet spectacle it is to observe Rome’s pastel-colored cityscape and glowing white marble churches from above St. Peter’s Basilica just before sunset. But this is not what one Italian entrepreneur had in mind late Monday evening and years since experiencing any kind of dolce vita in his native land. Continue Reading...

Eulogies to Margaret Thatcher at the Pub (and the Cathedral)

The Pavilion End pub with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background Last week following Acton’s seminar on morality, virtue, and Catholic social teaching with a group of financiers, bankers, and other business executives in London, I was invited to attend a private eulogy service organized by the Freedom Association for the late Lady Margaret Thatcher. Continue Reading...

Errata Corrige

I have corrected an error of mistaken identity published as an audio post (now corrected here) and reposted with transcript content here. In these posts, I was relating a personal experience I had in meeting then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio some 12 years ago at the University of Dallas Rome Campus. Continue Reading...

Arrivederci Benedetto!

With an elegant white papal helicopter swirling over our heads, Benedict XVI flew into Castel Gandolfo for a final word to faithful living in the diocese of Albano Laziale—my adopted Italian home—and summer residence of popes since the early 17th century. Continue Reading...