The ambassador’s son and Chiara the dove of peace
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz poses Oct. 28, 2011 with Chiara the dove
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz poses Oct. 28, 2011 with Chiara the dove
By David Kerr
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- It has to be one of the more unusual legacies of the World Day for Peace in Assisi but the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See is now the proud owner of a little white dove called Chiara, or rather, his 7-year-old son Miguel is.

“We’ve been to Assisi a number of times and on one of those trips the Franciscan friars promised my son he could have a dove but, at that point, they were not quite ready to give it away,” Ambassador Miguel Diaz explained to CNA on Oct. 28.
Yesterday, though, the doves were finally ready and gainfully employed during the day’s ceremonies, which involved speeches by Pope Benedict and other religious leaders and an opportunity for everyone to re-commit to global peace.

“So one of the friars asked us, my wife Marian and I, if we wanted to bring a dove home.” They both said yes and quickly named the bird – which they believe to be female – Chiara in honor of St. Clare of Assisi, the great spiritual companion of St. Francis.

“So our 7-year-old is, of course, very, very happy,” said the ambassador, explaining that Chiara spent her first night in the Diaz household sleeping in Miguel, Jr.’s bedroom.

As it happens, the Diaz family – Miguel, Marian and their four children – recently received a new dog, a collie puppy named Cappuccino. Chiara, though, will very much belong to young Miguel.

“So he now has a little dove to take care of,” said his dad, “and it is a symbol of peace and as symbol of caregiving that will provide a little child with a responsibility for one of God’s creatures.”

Ambassador Diaz said that the day in Assisi had been “wonderful.” His delegation included the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Suzan Johnson Cook. Joining them were over 300 delegates from 50 countries around the world.
“Whenever we think of the name of St. Francis of Assisi, at least for me, we think of peace, justice and interfaith dialogue,” he said, “and these are three very important things that we know we need today.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 20, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27