"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ"

"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ"
"The Five Wounds of the Liturgical Mystical Body of Christ" according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider: 1. Mass versus populum. 2. Communion in the hand. 3. The Novus Ordo Offertory prayers. 4. Disappearance of Latin in the Ordinary Form. 5. Liturgical services of lector and acolyte by women and ministers in lay clothing.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Eponymous Flower: The Jacobin "Spirit of the Council"

The Eponymous Flower: The Jacobin "Spirit of the Council": According to Cardinal Suenens the II. Vatican Council had been the '1789' of the Church. Is Liberté the same as indifferentism, éga...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Sign of Faith

It is edifying to me that there are still those whose faith is deep & abiding enough to think to build such a beautiful monument as a public showing of Catholic faith. My father many years ago told me as a boy about such monuments to Catholic faith he saw in Germany. It impressed him that people came to care for these places and pray at them. This is a translation taken from Echo Newspaper of Bensheim, Germany

A sign of faith

Portrait: Markus Pietschmann has set up a self-built wayside cross in Gross Rohrsheim - Cross consecration on 21 May


Markus Pietschmann has handcrafted himself a wayside Cross, and it has placed it on the road in the  Jahn-strasse in Gross-Rohrheim. On 21 May, it will be consecrated. Photo: Sabine Weidner

"I was raised Catholic and field wayside crosses I have always liked - a given for me," says Markus Pietschmann. 
fields and roadside wayside crosses are visible signs of our ancestors and their religious faith. They are regarded as monuments, places of refuge and places for prayers. Even 50 years ago, no one in rural areas passed by a wayside cross, without having to cross themselves. , the 34-year-old man said: "Only around Biblis, Wattenheim, Gernsheim and the other predominantly Catholic places in the marsh are such places of rest and peace." Granted However, Gross-Rohrheim has been Protestant since the reformation. Shortly after the war in the years 1945/1946, when a group of German refugees from Catholic areas in eastern Europe established themselves here, the Catholic faith took root. There was recently celebrated the 15th Consecration feast of St. Theresa of the child Jesus Catholic Church.  Pietschmann was there as a singer in the "choir of the parish." Another weakness of the industrial mechanic who also supports the Quartet is the football club Alemannia Gross- Rohrsheim. Sporty Markus Pietschmann and is also active in the local gymnastics club. Yet how did he get the idea of such a large piece of handwork with this cross? "I've looked at all the roadside crosses and thought in Gross-Rohrsheim something is missing, a quote for the cross I had already picked out from the choral literature," says the young man from Gross-Rohrheim. The project is to produce a home made cross. A coincidence led him to the Christmas market in Einhausen to a stonemason. With his help, he even learned how to immortalize characters on the curved sandstone. In a quarry in Lower Franconian Miltenberg he acquired the main piece of sandstone for his wayside Cross. However, only a roughly cut into a three-meter square block - the parts were given with chisels, hammers, files and grinding into their material form. The base is adorned with the inscription: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." "In the barn, it looked much bigger than out here," Pietschmann said a few days after transport. He has found at the flea market the figure of Jesus. Filigree works with a height of 2.40 meters, a cross width of 85 centimeters and a base side length of about 80 centimeters, and two volutes (worm-like flourishes) to the junction of the base and cross structure, it is now on the extended Jahn Street, in Gross-Rohrheim. On he has the cross, which originated in countless hours in the local barn, placed on a foundation plith with his property - for all walkers, hikers and cyclists. "And someone has already been the first one to place flowers on the cross," he says. Even the cross has served its purpose. Allows people to rest and commune with God . A special moment to bless the cross will on 21 Mai (Saturday). "Then a priest Fr Ludger Maria Reichert will come, there will be a brief reflection, the FC-quartet singing and the choir of the parish," says Pietschmann. , and we will have a little party startng at 16.30 clock. 

Monday, August 26, 2013


A very hard hitting open letter to the holy father from a passionate Italian. A free translation from the Italian blog messa in latino. 

"We need a Pope ready for martyrdom." Open Letter to Pope Francis (De Mari)

Without our commentary. There is no need. (Our italics and underscores).


Letter to Francis Pope:
we need a Pope ready for martyrdom to save the persecuted Christians in the world, and not dedicated to the pursuit of popularity even among football fans 

by Silvana De Mari , from IoAmol'Italia of 14/08/2013

Letter to Francis Pope: we need a Pope ready for martyrdom to save the persecuted Christians in the world, dedicated to the pursuit of popularity even among football fans
      Dearest Papa Francesco,

    I address you in a way so familiar because now I realize how much you love being an ordinary person, without frills, without gold and without ermine, an ordinary person, like many others. 
An ordinary person who like many watch football. 
An ordinary person who like many in an airplane chat amiably.
A common person like many others.  We need a Pope .      Forgive me, dear Papa Francesco, is not even to call your Holiness, I believe you to be a delightful person, the ideal neighbor, but we need a Pope.  They kill Christians as dogs.  Holiness, between a football game and a kiss of a disabled child and the other, could you do something a little 'more in hue with your role ? Only in the last hours 10 churches have been burned in Egypt. Could you do something? Perhaps get on your trappings, the gold and ermine, which are not junk Holiness, but are symbols of 2000 years of history and with that stuff on go to Egypt instead of watching football? It's only Balotelli who want so much to talk to you, there are also the parish priests of the Catholic churches in Nigeria that would have something to tell you, I mean those who survived, those already dead have nothing to say.     At a time when Christianity is under attack as never before, we need Holiness a Pope.  We need someone to appoint as the first problem the Christians massacred in Nigeria and Christians massacred in Pakistan during an Easter homily, because the dead were men, and why Holiness they were killed and with them freedom to human dignity. Holiness, I would not want to teach you the way to do so, I understand that you are a professional when it comes to Christianity and I a fledgling amateur, but sometimes it happens that amateurs are shinier in judgment. Noah's Ark, for example, was built and run by amateurs, the Titanic built guided by professionals. I do not want to jinx it with the comparison, but Christianity gives me the impression of the Titanic. the iceberg is called Islam , you say it's so good and spiritual, if you say that as an expert, it will be so, but, I insist, he was also an expert, one of the best, who was the captain of the Titanic. He who was an amateur, however, was St. Peter, for half his life he'd been a fisherman, zero theological studies, a duckling compared to you. St. Peter said to the Romans that they, as human beings, of course, were brothers, sons of the same God, but that their religion was false. His task was to convert them or die in the attempt of converting them to the one true faith, not finding merits in a false faith so that those who are born into it never leave it. St Peter died in the attempt, but eventually converted them. should not this be your role? Convert to Christianity. Or die in the attempt .   On the island of Lampedusa you need had to utter a single sentence I bring the love of God. Throughout the Koran the word love is not mentioned once. It would have sufficed. On Lampedusa you bowed in front of the "spirituality" of Ramadan, you bowed to Islam, and you represent Christ. He Who represents Christ does not bow before anyone . I am the way , the Truth and the Life. I am the Life, the Truth and the Way, but no matter what efforts to evangelize, even to proselytize, because it appears so much all religions are equal, Your Holiness, in my Gospel it does not say this. Or your's is a different one, or there is an excess of professionalism that is crushing.      St. Peter to the Romans had said that they, of course, were brothers, but that their religion was false. He was killed because of saying this.    Holiness people die. People are murdered. People die a horrible death. You goe to watch football. We need a Pope . Someone who is the heir of Jesus Christ and St. Peter, someone who is willing to be hated . Because it's all here. Jesus Christ was killed by people who hated him. St. Peter was killed by people who hated him. Anyone Who is fighting for a cause, will be hated.  Martin Luther King and Gandhi were so hated that they killed them. Unarmed prophets certainly not tolerant leaders. Whoever tolerates everything the opposite of everything with the usual happy face is a conniving. We cannot be loved by all, if we stand for something. If I remember correctly it is also written in the Gospels. Do not be afraid to be hated. Your predecessor was hated a lot. Also sentenced to death by a fatwa after his Regensburg speech, Osama Bin Laden had decreed his death.      You are loved by all, Your Holiness. You sure that's an advantage? I think the time has come to be hated. Put on all your trappings, which are not trash but symbols of 2,000 years of history, give the weight of those 2000 years, and go to Cairo, and fight for Coptic Christians, and weep over their churches burned and then go to Syria and later in Pakistan. Then, if you have time, you can also go to the game but I do not think that the time will allow for it. It is the darkest moment of Christianity since the beginning of time. We need a Pope .

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bishop Mario Oliveri speaks on rupture....

A portion of an interesting article by his grace Bishop Mario Oliveri of the diocese of Albenga-Imperia in northern Italy, published in the magazine "Catholic Studies" in January 2009:

"You are perhaps noting that where the Second Vatican Council has been interpreted as a break with the past, as a break, revolution, as a substantial change, as radical, and where it has been applied and experienced as such, it has really born another church, but that
 is not the true Church of Jesus Christ, another faith was born, but that is not the true faith in the Divine Revelation, another Liturgy has been born, but that is no longer the Divine Liturgy, there is no longer woven throughout the Liturgy a Transcendence, worship, Mystery of Grace that descends from on high to really create the new man, to enable him to worship in Spirit and Truth, it has been spreading a moral situation, a morality that is no longer anchored. If not the way you think one becomes a moral relativist, a measure of thought no longer sure of anything, because being closer to the true, the good."
Enjoy listening to the Bells of St Barthomew's Cathedral in Frankfurt am Main, Germany


SAINT BARTHOLOMEW was one of the twelve who were called to the Apostolate by our Blessed Lord Himself. Several learned interpreters of the Holy Scripture take this Apostle to have been the same as Nathaniel, a native of Cana, in Galilee, a doctor in the Jewish law, and one of the seventy-two disciples of Christ, to whom he was conducted by St. Philip, and whose innocence and simplicity of heart deserved to be celebrated with the highest eulogium by the divine mouth of our Redeemer. He is mentioned among the disciples who were met together in prayer after Christ’s ascension, and he received the Holy Ghost with the rest. Beint eminently qualified by the Divine Grace to discharge the functions of an apostle, he carried the Gospel through the most barbarous countries of the East, penetrating into the remoter Indies. He then returned again  into the northwest part of Asia, and met St. Philip at Hierapolis, in Phrygia. Hence he travelled into Lycaonia, where he instructed the people in the Christian faith; but we know not even the names of many of the countries in which he preached. St. Bartholomew’s last removal was into Great Armenia, where, preaching in a place obstinately addicted to the worship of idols, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom. The modern Greek historians say that he was condemned by the governor of Albanopolis to be crucified. Others affirm that he was flayed alive, which might well enough consist with his crucifixion, this double punishment being in use not only in Egypt, but also among the Persians.
REFLECTI0N.—The characteristic virtue of the apostles was zeal for the divine glory, the first property of the love of God. A soldier is always ready to defend the honor of his prince, and a son that of his father; and can a Christian say he loves God who is indifferent to His honor?

In the city of Frankfurt am Main in Germany where I lived for some years is the Cathedral Church of St Bartolomew. One of my favorite places to pray and reflect. Each year the patronal feast of the city is celebrated with great fanfare including a procession, Holy Mass and veneration of the relic of St Bartholomew (a part of his skull) as seen in the reliquary here:

On the outside wall of the gothic structure can be seen a relief of the martyrdom of St Bartholomew:

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Friday, August 23, 2013


Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face. Psalm 68:1

See the devastation at this link below. Please pray for the Christians of Egypt.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Coronatio Summi Pontificis


Coronatio Summi Pontificis

Accipe thiaram, tribus coronis ornatam, et scias te esse Patrem Principum et Regum, Rectorem Orbis, in terra Vicarium Salvatoris Nostri, Cui est honor, et gloria in sæcula sœculorum.

"Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns and know that thou art Father of Princes and Kings, Ruler of the World, Vicar of Our Savior on earth, to Him be the honor and glory forever and ever".

Pius P. P. X


Pius P. P. XI


Pius P. P. XII

Joannes P. P. XXIII


Paulus P. P. VI

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


AUGUST 13, 2013

[PAIX LITURGIQUE] The silent strength of Opus Sacerdotale at a time when everything was still possible ...

SOURCE  - Peace Liturgical - Letter No. 400 - August 13, 2013

In a recent letter, we did a portrait of a "country parson" the modest and remarkable Abbe Pierre Lourdelet, and we announced the next phase in the history of Opus Sacerdotale from the Council until 1988,  which played an essential means for the preservation of the Catholic priesthood. Father Lourdelet asked us to withdraw our post about him and keep silent about his testimony. We removed our post about him. He nevertheless gives us leave to talk - without him - about this beautiful work that was - and remains - Opus Sacerdotale. The weight of media silence has become unbearable when it "puts it under a bushel" such lamps which we so desperately need. We return this week on a key action of this association, despite the discretion of its leaders which have always wanted to surround part of the common heritage of the Church during the Silent era.
In 1963, while the inflection taken by the Second Vatican Council began to disturb more observers, a group of French priests came together at Lourdes to wonder about the future of the priesthood. This meeting comes shortly after an "Association for the support of the Catholic priesthood," chaired by Canon Etienne Catta, of the Diocese of Nantes, Benedictine Oblate Fontgombault, former professor at the Catholic University of Angers, specialist in social doctrine and policy of the Church. Very soon, the association, known by the name Opus Sacerdotale, is given structure and developed.

Those who approached the Opus Sacerdotale originally know that its first members were parish priests and they are the ones who have both originality and success in the work. Concerned over Roman innovations, these priests who often feel isolated, seeking both to feed their personal loyalty to the dogma and to strengthen each other. It is precisely such support, both doctrinal, moral and spiritual, that is offered by Opus Sacerdotale, well illustrated in its' motto: "Doctrina, Fortitudo, Pietas."

In 1974, the death of Canon Catta (buried in the cemetery of the Abbey of Fontgombault), the Priestly Opus had nearly a thousand priests. However, the line of the organization was to do no advertising. The rigor of the canon Catta's recruitment is well known: he wanted a personal contact with every priest before they became associated with the activities of Opus. In fact, the history of Opus is little and often poorly known. But his influence and activity are important in these years which mark the height of the crisis of the priesthood in Europe.

In September 1972, for example, a delegation of fifty priests of Opus participated in a priestly brotherhood Congress in Zaragoza. Supported by the Bishop of Cuenca, Bishop Guerra Campos, the priestly Hermandad (the Priestly Fraternity), then gathered more than 5,000 Spanish priests around the defense of orthodoxy of Catholic doctrine.

Billed as an important event, the Saragossa Congress causes controversy by those which are keeping track: several Roman cardinals were planned to attend when, at the last moment, Cardinal Villot, then Secretary of State, forbade them to go there. In fact, on 14 September 1972, L'Osservatore Romano - instrument of the Secretariat of State - and the Episcopal Conference from beyond the Pyrenees (led by Cardinal Vicente Enrique y Tarancon, who regarded Bishop Guerra Campos, protector of the Hermandad as his "personal enemy") will simultaneously publish a note that Congress la Hermandad priestly Fraternity is a private initiative with neither the support of Rome or of the Spanish Church. The Archbishop of Zaragoza sends also a convoluted statement explaining that it is "without the knowledge of his own accord," as they do not say at the time, the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar was given to delegates. Only Bishop Guerra Campos and Castan Lacoma Bishop, Bishop of Siguenza-Guadalajara, maintain their official support to the initiative, the only bishop finally this is Bishop Ángel Rodríguez Gamoneda Peruvian Vicar Apostolic Emeritus.

Despite these maneuvers the Saragossa Congress has allowed the members of Opus - whose delegation was led by Father Balastrier, monk of St. Vincent de Paul, chaplain of Our Lady of Lys in Paris editor of the canonical status of the work - to meet other European priests who, like them, are organizing to defend their best integrity of the deposit of faith. In 1973, an annual meeting of priests in Western Europe (French, German, English, Belgian, Dutch) is held at the Abbey of Vaals, Netherlands. One of the participants in this first edition told in 2005 in the journal Item headed Father Paul Aulagnier, while he was putting on his vestments, the sacristan brother told him, seeing him cross the stole: "Monsieur le Cure, you should know that no longer meets the stole because since Vatican II, it was found that the Mass is not a sacrifice." Theological shortcut striking.

Like its imposing but powerless Spanish counterpart, the Priestly Opus passed first doctrinal issues. However, Opus gladly welcomed all the priests attached to keep the Mass of their ordination. In fact, most of the " rejected priests of the time, adhered according to the formula of Father Houghton, himself a member of Opus Sacerdotale.
1) It is important from the point of view of historical memory to remember that resistance to the new liturgical law took on , mainly in France, significant proportions, were much larger than had been imagined by Roman and Episcopal authorities.

Before the development of the Society of St. Pius X and later other traditional fraternities, there is not a diocese of France where at least some priests, sometimes more, have continued to celebrate the Tridentine Mass for the faithful , or a new mass so enriched with traditional elements (offertory use only Eucharistic Prayer 1) it was in fact a traditional mass. [1] The number of priests has never fallen for thirty years (which means it has increased significantly in relative terms, given the declining number of priests). As to the older priests were relayed by the newly ordained the Brotherhood of Archbishop Lefebvre and other traditional communities (the Priestly Opus has also helped to prepare the next generation by putting on track in the ancient convent of Moissac, which later became the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest).

The very peaceful work of Canon Catta, which goes beyond the traditional priests from a strictly liturgical point of view, is to be seen in this context. In 2007, the Motu Proprio which gives parish priests the right tocelebrate the traditional Mass publicly for groups of faithful who wish, is, among other things, the consecration of forty years of resistance of parish priests.

2) When one hears preaching of Pope Francis it is sometimes said: "We understand what he says: he preaches as a parish priest of the past." His pontificate is to summarize why it would also be an attempt, in a completely different way than Benedict XVI,  to restore.

Moreover, throughout his many homilies since his election, Pope Francis repeatedly called the priests to "open" their churches, their hearts and their apostolate while giving them the example of the daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and inviting them to spend more time in the confessional. At the mention of such to the priests of Opus Sacerdotale, we can only say that this model of priest desired by the current Pope was still once widely present in our parishes ...

3) Finally, we also cannot forget that the Priestly Opus has materially, fraternally, spiritually supported many persecuted colleagues, or who were simply. The laity can not imagine to what isolation caused by the crisis of the Church exists, or just secularization has reduced countless diocesan priests. We bemoan today the dramatic collapse of vocations but it is not anxiety that inhabits the minds of the current diocesan seminarians at the thought of what might become of their priesthood, a fortiori when they have traditional ideas, in the provinces of France. The action of Opus Sacerdotale is also a way to provide opportunities for these future priests of Summorum Pontificum.

[1] In this context, here's what on December 23, 1974 Archbishop Lefebvre said to the seminarians Écône regarding the priests of the Opus Sacerdotale, "They say the Novus Ordo Mass, but it is approaching very close to the Mass of St. Pius V and then you have to be away from it greatly I was talking a couple of days ago with Fr Lourdelet, who took over from canon Catta in France for Opus Sacerdotale:. among these priests, they are about, I think, 600, there are certainly a hundred who still say the Mass of St. Pius V as it finally as we tell ourselves. There is a number, Fr Lourdelet himself told me he encouraged and was ready in any case to urge all members of Opus priests for them to take at least the old offertory and former canon too, and if there is a whole those priests who have decided to keep this practice as requested by Father Lourdelet, it is certain that it is still almost already the Mass of St. Pius V, one might say, especially if we keep the old offertory and the first course cannon, old canon! " (Reported in Christendom No. 90, November-December 2004). In a nutshell, the essence of what proponents advocate of what is termed "reform of the reform".

ST. Radegunda of Wolfratshausen – (fl. c1250)

ST. Radegunda of Wolfratshausen – (fl. c1250)

German saintRadegunda was born at Wolfratshausen in Bavaria, and became a servant at the castle of Wellenburg. She served the poor and sick of the region, and save her own food rations to share with them and the members of the local leper colony. During one of her errand she was attacked by wolves, and died of her injuries three days later. She was interred at Wellenburg and was revered as a saint (Aug 13), her memory being particularly revered by the later owners of Wellenburg Castle, the famous Fugger family.

Monday, August 12, 2013




Traditionalists bergogliani

An Italian lady told me that she had been a few years in Buenos Aires 
and had met Cardinal Bergoglio. The first time I saw
 him he was dressed in a plain black cassock, he had a worn pair of
 shoes and a worn black bag. She thought he was an ordinary priest, but other
 people recognized him and came up to greet him affably. She was very
 surprised to see the humble lifestyle of the Archbishop and the kindness
 with which he dealt with people. All three meetings took place in Buenos
 Aires on public transport (bus and metro) and this was a surprise to her,
 since in Italy she was used to seeing churchmen travel in expensive
 big cars.

Another thing that struck her was the fact that Cardinal Bergoglio
 headed towards the city's most infamous and degraded areas in the Argentine
 capital, where he went to help the poor who were materially and spiritually 
abandoned by all. He went there alone, without an escort, but no one
 ever dared to attack him and rob him. He was much loved by the
 common people. 

When he was elected to the throne of Peter, the sister of Pope
 expressed the desire to come to Rome to continue to help him, 
but the Pope replied that the Vatican did not need her, and he
 urged her instead to continue his apostolate in the slums of Buenos Aires.
 He asked also to give the poor the clothes he had left in Argentina.

One should not be scandalized the humble lifestyle led by the then 
Archbishop of Buenos Aires, in fact even the saints behaved the
 same way. For example, the great St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori,
 when he was elected bishop, instead of a gemstone ring he
 embeded a piece of glass made from a bottom of the bottle in it.
 Also, he lived in poverty (even slept on the floor), gave everything 
to those in need, and once even gave his black cassock and
 was forced to walk around with the purple dress used for the liturgy.
 In short, although a bishop, he did not live in a gorgeous (as unfortunately
 many other priests did who were raised to the episcopal dignity), but always 
maintained a style of austere life as a true successor of the apostles.

If we want the traditional movement to expand the most, we need to have
 traditionalists "bergogliani", ie, people who live in a simple way, 
actually help the poor, are jovial and friendly with others, have a 
great love for the old liturgy and the doctrinal and spiritual patrimony
 of Catholic Tradition. This is the right mix to "break left" and to spread
 the traditional movement.

The halt in the advance of the movement is not so much the fault
of the modernists, but rather the attitudes of some traditionalists who
 behave coldly with others, often have a sour face, live a comfortable life,
 they waste money on useless things and maybe they speak about not being
 able to help the needy. In short, with their un-Christian behavior,
 the people move away from the Catholic Tradition,
 because they lead people to believe that the traditionalists are people
 cold, haughty, full of pride, insensitive to the suffering of others,
 and so on.

The real traditionalists must have models as St. John Bosco,
 St. Leopold Mandic, St. Luigi Orione, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori,
 St. Vincent de Paul, and all the saints. His Holiness, Pope St. Pius X 
said that the traditionalists are the true friends of the people. So if the people
 do not consider as "friends" such traditionalists, evidently meaning that they 
do not act like real traditionalists.


Will this consecration include a specific mention of Russia? This report from Fratres in Unum Blog:

Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The announcement was made ​​this afternoon at a press conference by the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima and the Rector of the Sanctuary of Fatima.  The statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be taken to the Marian Day at the request of Pope
In response to the desire of the Holy Father Francis, the Image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima which is venerated in the Chapel of the Apparitions will be in Rome on 12 and 13 October at the Marian Day promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. On the 13th of October, with the image of Our Lady, Pope Francisco will make the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Anniversary International Pilgrimage: Eucharist, blessing
The Marian Day is a major event in the calendar of planned papal celebrations of the Year of Faith and will gather in Rome hundreds of movements and institutions linked to Marian devotion.
In a letter to the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, D. António Marto, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, D. Rino Fisichella, announces that "all ecclesial movements of Marian spirituality" are invited to the Marian Day: an encounter that provides on the 12th, a pilgrimage to the tomb of the apostle St. Peter and other moments of prayer and meditation, and on the 13th, the Eucharistic celebration, presided by Pope Francisco, Piazza S. Peter.
"It's a lively desire of the Holy Father that the Marian Day may have as a special sign Marian icons among the most significant for Christians around the world and, therefore, think of the beloved original statue of Our Lady of Fatima" wrote D. Rino Fisichella.
Thus, the image of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine will leave for Portugal in the morning of October 12th and return on the afternoon of the 13th. Its place in the Chapel of the Apparitions will be placed the first picture of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima, enthroned at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary since December 8, 2003.
12 and 13 October 2013: Secretary of State of the Vatican in Fatima
The Shrine of Fatima announces with joy that the Cardinal Secretary of State of the Vatican, D. Tarcisio Bertone, presides over the pilgrimage to Fatima Anniversary International October, the 12th and 13th.
In the invitation letter you sent on 12 July, the bishops of Portugal, to announce the coming of D. Fatima Tarcisio Bertone, the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, D. António Marto, points out that "the presence of the Cardinal Secretary of State give a particular expression of communion with the Holy Father, so characteristic of the message of Fatima."
Remember that, at the end of 90 years of the apparitions of Fatima, in October 2007, D. Tarcisio Bertone as Secretary of State and sent by the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the pilgrimage Anniversary International October, when he was dedicated and opened on the afternoon of the 12th, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the present Church of the Holy Trinity.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


The 32nd International Eucharistic Congress which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October of 1934. Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli the future Pope Pius XII was there and served as Papal Legate to the Congress. More than one million people gathered for the Holy Mass in Palermo Park and to hear via loudspeaker a greeting and blessing from the Pope via Vatican Radio. 

What is particularly noteworthy in these photographs of the crowds gathered is their organization. One is also struck by the photos and videos of the distribution of holy communion to such large crowds of people. Viewing the photos and the film of the Holy Mass, I could not help but draw comparisons between this large gathering of Catholics united in faith and practice in 1934 with the liturgical shenanigans at World Youth Day just a short time ago. What (if anything) do the two celebrations of Holy Mass in 1934 and 2013 share in common? What differences does one see in the reverence, piety, devotion and faith respectively of those assisting at the Holy Mass in 1934 versus the WYD Mass in 2013? I'll let you dear reader draw your own conclusions.


Now for the photographs of the World Youth Day liturgy of 2013:

Rio de Janeiro: Mass on Copacabana Beach.  Picture Vinicius Farias.