Rome – Day 4: No Show Edition

I have been running uninteresting errands… except for one.

As you may know the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage is underway.

Card. Pell was to be celebrant at Ss. Trinità.

Card. Pell is ill. Some wags here are suggesting that he has “Argentine Flu”.
His Eminence’s secretary assured me that the Cardinal is truly ailing.

However, earlier in the day there was an event scheduled for clerics. Card. Sarah was also a no show.

As we say here… eh beh.

The pilgrimage/event Twitter hashtag is #SumPont2014

Here is what it is like to sit in choir:


Messa in Latino has few less than perfect photos, but I can be glimpsed in the sanctuary in this one, taken during the Gospel.

Oh… before I forget, I saw this great vehicle today.  Gotta love the free market!


And… speaking of vehicles… here is some Z-Swag “In The Wild”!


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That’s Washington, not Rome.

It is common in traditional communities that people stick around after Mass to talk.  I have seen this play out everywhere I travel.  Tonight was no exception.  I’ll let others post more liturgical eye-candy.  What I am happy to see are the people who come who are so happy afterwards.


I wish that more of you could have experienced the Mass with the entire congregation singing the Ordinary and the Salve Regina at the end.  It was great.

I was out to supper with The Great Roman Fabrizio.  Alas, I only remembered that I had a camera at dessert time.  We split this thing… which involved apples and chocolate.  I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but this was pretty good!


Before I forget, Benedict XVI sent a message for those attending the Mass and tomorrow’s procession and Mass: “I am with you in spirit.”  He especially treated the young people who were participating in the Church’s older, traditional rite.

We head Card. Pell’s secretary read the homily that His Eminence would have given.  Some good points were made, among which was the fact that even as Pope Francis does some things that we find unusual, the long history of the papacy is a sign that God guides his Church.

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  1. Was/is there still a mass at the FSSP church for the pilgrims?

  2. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Prayers for Cardinal Pell.

  3. Bea says:

    I hope all traditionalists travel with their own “food tasters”

  4. Liam says:

    This is peculiar from today’s VIS update–

    Vatican City, 2014 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father received in audience:
    – Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy;
    – Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, apostolic nuncio in Nigeria, and Holy See permanent observer at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS);
    – delegation from the World Union of Catholic Teachers.

  5. Pat says:

    Padre, while in Rome you may have less time to surf the net, so here is a keeper:

  6. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Get well soon, Cardinal Pell! It must be hard to go from spring in Australia to autumn in Italy, and there’s a lot of yucky stuff going around in Europe.

  7. ALL: I deleted some weird speculation comments that have nothing to do with anything. If you can’t exercise good judgment and doing some self-editing, I’ll put you in permanent moderation. ‘kay?

    Have a good one!


  8. SPWang says:

    I think Fr. Withoos is a fine replacement. Tell him that everyone in Wangaratta says hi. :)

  9. Incaelo says:

    Ah, speculation… left or right, everyone’s good at it… Cardinal Pell’s audience with the Holy Father may well have been scheduled and then cancelled because of the cardinal’s illness, a fact not communicated with the VIS.

    Anyway, sounds like a spiffing homily that more people should pay attention too, especially those who think Pope Francis is either the Antichrist or the Fluffiest Pope Evuhr.

  10. Montenegro says:

    Agree with SPWang that Fr. Withoos is an excellent replacement. I attended a TLM which he said here in Brisbane a few years ago ,and I understand he is in no small part responsible for the very “traddie” nature of the chapel at Domus Australia in Rome.

  11. Federico says:

    Hey, Fr. Z., I like the garlic truck.

    But check out this other expression of spirito imprenditoriale photographed in the streets of Palermo a year ago. I told my wife that’s what I want for my next car!

    Make sure you scroll to see all the pictures!



  12. StnyPtGuy says:

    Speaking of the Garlic Truck:
    1. Is Avvelino famous for its garlic?
    2. Is one Euro for a bag(?) a string (?) a good price for garlic?

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