In October of 2003 I made a serendipitous trip to Rome to interview Monsignor Robert Sarno, an Official with the Congregazione Delle Causi Dei Santi at the Vatican. Being able to speak with the right person regarding Dorothy’s canonization process was such an important gift for the film. So you know, it’s not the Vatican that makes saints, it’s ‘we the people’ that bring the Cause to them.
I ended the interview with a celebratory supper of Penne alla Vodka at a restaurant I had spied near my hotel - Val di Sangro's cucina did not disappoint. Italy’s delectable food and the generous spirit of its people are beyond definition. The ancient ruins - some seen by way of a Vespa... the architecture, the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel, were glorious. I walked miles in this wondrous city, often covering ground where I knew Dorothy’s foot had once tread while attending the Second Vatican Council.
My friends (as well as Dorothy’s) encouraged me on this formidable adventure. I knew neither the topic nor the language well, and I had hired the cameraman, Massimo, long distance. In the end, faith prevailed and all went well.
Grazie Roma, arrivederci...