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Archbp. Piero Marini reported to have had a stroke

I’ve been digging around about a rumor I heard that Archbp. Piero Marini – formerly papal MC and recently “rehabilitated” as a newly appointed member of the Congregation for Divine Worship.  I contacted some folks I know and got a … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for November 2016

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for November 2016 The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for November is: “That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity”. His … Continue reading

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Rome 2 – Days 5&6: Churches, Masses and Crucifix

Since I was on the ceremony crew the other day for the Pontifical Mass at St. Peter’s I couldn’t get any photos.  But, before Mass I found some interesting sights to record and share. This is inside the sacristy of … Continue reading

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Rome 2- Day 2 & 3: Cooking up vestments and victuals

Today I stopped in at Gammarelli to talk about the upcoming pontifical set of vestments in white and I saw a relatively inexpensive rose pianera. They will make a matching cope and have it to us by Gaudete Sunday. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants: Our worship, therefore our identity, needs orthotics.

I receive this from a reader…  I thought you might be interested in this; it at least is new to me. In Waterbury, Connecticut this morning, I came across this version of “Now Thank We All Our God” in WLP’s … Continue reading

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ROME 2 – Day 1: Exorcisms, guts, and Roman altars

The pilgrimage group having dispersed in Venice, we made our way to Lake Garda simply to rest up and have a nice view. That was gloriously accomplished. Now it’s time for the third phase. I headed back to Rome for … Continue reading

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“Be Thou unto us, O Lord, a help when we go forward, a comfort by the way…”

As it is the Feast of Raphael the Archangel in the older, traditional Roman calendar, I’ll share something I wrote for the UK’s best Catholic weekly… also, I’m traveling today, back to Rome after a nice rest at Lake Garda. … Continue reading

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Venice Days 2-3: Bones, fabrics and views

A few more images of Venice before transitioning to another place. From the vaporetto on the way out to San Giorgio Maggiore, a view of Santa Maria della Salute. Over the door of the church you still find the arms … Continue reading

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Venice – Day 1-2: Of Mark and Mud-bugs

This improbable place never ceases to amaze. St. Mark’s Square, which at about noon today will start to fill up with water.  Raised sidewalks of metal scaffolding will be set up for people to file along.  In this age of … Continue reading

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Florence – Day 5-7: Red meat and musea

Welcome to Florence. Giotto’s bell tower.  The hotel is very close so I can hear the bells clearly. The new Museum of the Duomo is open and it is stunning.  After a few hours in this exquisite museum I understand … Continue reading

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Are you hurt, disoriented, frustrated about what’s going on in the Church? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Two things struck me with special force today. Today I said the traditional Mass in the Duomo of Florence at the altar of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church, who protects the Church now just as he protected the Holy … Continue reading

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Rome-Assisi – Day 4-5: Francis, Prayer and Exile

This is what is in the window of Gammarelli right now.  You can tell that they are getting ready for a consistory. Off to Assisi.  First stop, Santa Maria degli Angeli and a visit to the little Porziuncula church. \ … Continue reading

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Rome Day 3-4: sculpture and spies

I’ve been struggling with moving photos around and with wifi, so posting is a little tricky at the moment. Anyway, some shots. A wide angle view of our lunch spot from yesterday. I had rabbit for my second, but here’s … Continue reading

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Day 2-3: books and beauty

A quick shot from yesterday evening as I headed to the Vatican Museum to meet the group for the private visit. One of the most important statues in the history of Western art. And another one. And then there’s this … Continue reading

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Rome Days 1-2: Of clams and griffons

I’ve been on the move since I got here with a large group of people. A shot from last nights supper. About all I was able to manage was a place of veg. Today I stopped at the shop where … Continue reading

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