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Daily Archives: 14 July 2008
Rorate picked up from Paolo Rodari of Palazzo Apostolico an article stating that, in November, His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze will be replaced as Prefect of the CDWDS by H.E.Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, Archbp. of Toledo. It seems reasonable to … Read More
A kind reader sent links to YouTube videos of a first Mass this past Sunday July 13, 2008 at the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis. It is for the first Mass of Fr. Henrique Fragelli of … Read More
I received this by e-mail: Father Z; I wanted to share with you the words of our Pastor, Father Allan McDonald, Pastor of St. Joseph in Macon, Georgia. You have mentioned him at least once before on your blog a … Read More
The transcript of the presser with the Holy Father aboard the airplane en route to Australia has been released, so far in the original language of the questions (Italian and English). Now you can see who asked which questions. Lucio … Read More
According to the intrepid Andrea Tornielli, writing from Australia, the director/founder of PETRUS, Gianluca Barile, a good source of Catholic liturgical news and the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, has had an cerebral ischemia. Please join WDTPRS in praying for … Read More
This is just in via e-mail: Kneeling for Communion? Written by Justin Lynch Monday, 14 July 2008 9:30 am Happy & Ready: Cardinal Pell Fresh from greeting the Pope upon his arrival, Cardinal Pell was asked this morning by … Read More
Some video from Australia. Pope Benedict celebrates Mass privately, has a walk, hears some music. [flv]08_07_14_CTV_B16.flv[/flv] In this piece we see the arrival of the WYD Cross. There are also interviews with pilgrims from Burma. [flv]08_07_14_WYD_Cross.flv[/flv] Muslims and Jews take … Read More
Here is a story from the Chicago Tribune about Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini, the church in Rome which is established as the parish for the Extraordinary Use of the Roman Rite. ‘A greater sense of the sacred’With pope’s blessing, Latin … Read More