Praying for the Dead During November

Father Mark has an excellent suggestion on something to do, from Vultus Christi:

The offering of the Precious Blood of Christ for the Holy Souls is a mighty form of intercession on their behalf. Given that I am a firm believer in the value of repetitive prayer, of simple invocations repeated over and over again in the form of a chaplet or rosary, I began to pray for the Holy Souls in this way. Readers of Vultus Christi may want to make this prayer their own during the month of November, even on a daily basis. It is prayed on an ordinary rosary.

On the large beads:

V. Abba, Eternal Father,
I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lamb with blemish or spot (1 P 1:19) —
R. For the refreshment and deliverance of the souls in Purgatory.

(One can add here, especially those of my family, or of my ancestry, or of priests. The Holy Spirit sometimes moves one to pray for particular groups of Holy Souls.)

Ten times on the small beads:

V. By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus —
R. Purify and deliver their souls.

After having said five decades, one concludes with:

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.

Monasticism and Evangelicals

I see a lot of new books that pass across my desk, one of the more remarkable trends is the embracing of traditional Catholic practices (which of course are rooted in the Scriptures), here is a take in Quiet Flirtation:

Be it Baptists, Presbyterians, or Pentecostals, evangelicals of all stripes can be found flitting around the ancient pathways of the Franciscan, Dominican, and Benedictine orders. What’s the attraction? I decided to investigate. It seems the frenzied and the frenetic are finding stillness and order; the alienated are discovering the richness of belonging; and the non-committal are jumping headlong into the freedom of vows.

A couple of months ago, I bumped into filmmaker Lauralee Farrar at the Washington Arts Council. She had shared earlier that day about her new film, Praying the Hours, a story about eight people connected by community, at a time in their lives when one of them has their life tragically cut short. The film’s themes grew out of Farrar’s own exploration of the way in which the Benedictine monks view time. After a shattering moment in her life that changed everything, she says she “stumbled upon the Benedictine hours of prayer and began to make them the structure for living through a day”—sort of a Benedictine AA: “one hour at a time.”

At the time, Farrar had no idea that she was a part of a growing trend of people keeping the hours. For the uninitiated, the practice of praying the hours grew out of the eight times each day during which the Benedictine monks stopped to pray the Psalter: Lauds (Morning Prayer) offered at sunrise; Prime (1st hour of the day); Terce (3rd hour, or Mid-morning); Sext (6th hour or Midday); None (9th hour or Mid-Afternoon); Vespers (Evening Prayer) offered at sunset; Compline (Night Prayer) before going to bed; and during the Night (Matins).

As she explains it, “I was thrilled to discover that the hours each had . . . different characteristics and prayers to match them. (Right now I am writing you during the hour of None, when the shadows lengthen.) The message is that death is a part of life, that nothing lives forever. The prayer is that even though I realize there is not time to complete in this day the things I’d hoped for, I will not give up.” For Farrar, exploring monasticism has generated a renewed sense of God’s presence in time, as well as the production of what I believe will be a fascinating film.

Karen Sloan’s love affair with monasticism started like so many love stories. Girl meets boy. Boy joins monastic order. Well, okay, perhaps not like quite so many love stories. While Karen’s crush on boy-turned-monk inevitably went south, her fascination with the Dominican way of life blossomed. As she explored it, she shared with her friends and documented in her new book, Flirting with Monasticism, “The more I’m learning about the Dominican order—even the practices that are difficult to understand—the more it’s blessing my own spiritual journey.”

Sloan, a Christian whose church background was a hybrid of megachurch, Vineyard, and Presbyterian religious strains, also was drawn to the ordered life, provided by the Liturgy of the Hours. In addition, she notes in her new book several other aspects that enriched her journey, from thoughts about vestitution to the profession of vows. But it seems the aspect of the monastic life that loomed most prominent in her mind was that of community.

After spending many months getting to know the Dominican friars in her neighborhood, Sloan had a realization one day: “Most of the friars, [she] regularly joined for prayer had been living in the order’s community longer than [she had] been alive.” She wondered how these communities were able to live and minister together so well.

From the Dominicans she got to know, she discovered that these men are formed in community from the time of their novitiate. They share living space, meals, prayer, ministry work, and through it grow deeply connected. In some ways, she notes that “it’s like marriage, except that you are tied to not just one person but everyone in the order.” For these friars, learning to live in community means foregoing the usual rights to individuality and autonomy. It means a lifetime spent in submission to others. But then again, this is a biblical ideal to which we are called in Ephesians 5:21, where we are told to submit to one another out of love. So it is not a radical thought; in fact, it is a biblical thought that, for the most part, the rest of us simply do not do.

Same ole Gators…

“Wait till next year” etc. Disappointing loss, especially when you are a Gator fan sitting in the midst of Georgia fans…who are very genteel while they bark and bark and bark…

Two Church of Ireland Parishes Seek Admission to Catholic Church

From the Belfast Telegraph:

The Irish Catholic newspaper says the parishes have asked the Vatican for “full, corporate, sacramental union” under the authority of the Pope.

The ‘traditional rite’ group was set up in Ireland in 1991 by those unhappy with some of the more liberalising decisions taken by the Church of Ireland, such as the ordination of women ministers.

The entire group, which includes the three Irish parishes, has now sought “full communion with the See of Rome”.

While only a few hundred Anglicans in Ireland will be affected, the move, if approved by the Vatican, would see almost half a million Anglicans worldwide admitted into the Catholic Church.

Stadium Concerts Starring Pope John Paul II?

Plus a new DVD marketing the late Pope, from the Guardian Unlimited:

It is also a first for the Vatican because it has allowed Boswell to work musically with the Pope’s voice, which is the copyright of the church, in some case altering its rhythms.

“The images, celebrating many moments from his life, have been digitally enhanced and are quite cutting edge,” said Boswell, the composer of innovative soundtracks for films such as Hardware, Shallow Grave and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On the DVD John Paul II is heard singing on at least two tracks. In one section he is heard recalling Isaiah’s cry to “Go up on a high mountain” and to “Shout without fear” accompanied by images of the Pope not out of place in a rave video and also the kind of music not normally associated with the Catholic liturgy.

In another section of the DVD, John Paul’s visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp is accompanied by a piece for solo guitar and strings and featuring his cry, “No more war”.

The Pope DVD is released worldwide next month by Universal Video. Record company insiders say they hope to sell many millions of copies.

“They are marketing the Pope with the same verve that they would market any popular artist,” one insider said.

The DVD release is also expected to be followed by a series of stadium concerts around the world, involving a full orchestra conducted by Boswell and featuring John Paul II as a virtual presence on a large screen. The first concert will be held in Milan near the city’s cathedral.

Although the Vatican has publicly referred to the “exceptional circumstances” of John Paul II’s possible sainthood – thought to be a direct reference to the people’s cries of “Santo Subito” – the process is a slow one.

Repurposing of Sacred Spaces

When one travels to Rome, one is struck by how the Church essentially replaced a pagan culture, by repurposing temples, civic buildings etc. and converting them into churches. The Faith surplanted the previous culture, but in the US we are witnessing the reverse (perhaps symbolic of the how the Faith has fared in our culture)–of sacred spaces being converted into restaraunts, resorts, and this…from the California Catholic:

Los Angeles’ former cathedral, St. Vibiana’s, built in 1876, has gotten a new life since the Los Angeles archdiocese sold it to developer Tom Gilmore in 1999. It is now called “Vibiana’s Place,” and reopened as an art center in 2006.

“Church law requires that former churches be used for a dignified purpose,” archdiocesan spokesman Tod Tamberg told the Associated Press in 2005. St. Vibiana’s transformation into an art center is “really a wonderful second life for the former cathedral,” said Tamberg.

From Oct. 11-13, the old cathedral served as a venue for LA’s “Fashion Week.” BOXeight, a nonprofit arts organization, held its contribution to Fashion Week at Vibiana’s Place. The event, “Have Faith in LA,” was a “fashion, music and art collaborative.”

Designers featured at the event include Jeffrey Sebelia, whose Cosa Nostra collection displays his “love of all things punk rock,” said the Oct. 10 Los Angeles Times. His most requested piece is “the flirty striped dress zigzagged with zippers.” The Cosa Nostra web site reveals women’s styles, some tight and formfitting, while others emphasize cleavage.

“Have Faith in LA” featured Louis Verdad, a designer whose collection for women, like Sebelia’s, emphasizes the sexy – bare shoulders, low cut necklines, short skirts. According to his web site, the León, Guanjuato-born Verdad is “known for his chic, sophisticated design,” and draws his inspiration from “the elegant status-driven society in which he grew up.”

Less elegant, and more revealing, are the designs by the Bohemian Society, also featured at the Vibiana’s Place show.

Among the entertainment groups featured during three-day event was “You Wear It Well,” which calls itself a “traveling presentation of short films and videos that investigate the intersection of fashion and film.” A short clip, “A Shaded View of Fashion,” featured on the group’s web site features scantily clad women, two men kissing, and a transvestite.

Another entertainment group was the Hysterica Dance Company, whose choreography, with barely clad men and women, emphasizes the erotic.

BOXeight calls itself “an arts organization dedicated to the rejuvenation of a downtown neighborhood, and the organization of a Los Angeles arts community.” It says it hopes that, through its efforts, “downtown will flourish into a standard for artists communities across the globe.”

Among BOXeight’s sponsors is the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, created by the new city charter in 1999. The council’s mission is “to unite the diverse communities of Downtown Los Angeles and to provide an innovative forum for all community stakeholders to contribute to a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive Downtown.”

Teaching the Faith means Not Appearing Like a “Clown”

Pope Benedict continues his catechesis on the Fathers of the Church, today talking about St. Ambrose and using an image that will spark some headlines, from Asia News Italy:

 Those who teach the faith “cannot run the risk of appearing like a type of clown who is playing a part; rather he must be like the beloved disciple who rested his head on the Master’s heart and learned therein how to think, speak and act”.  Because “at the end of it all a true disciple is he who announces the Gospel in a credible and effective way”, in short “authentic witness”, as was the case with Saint Ambrose.

The figure of the bishop and saint from Milan, who lived between 340 and 397, and in particular his influence on Saint Augustine’s conversion, was at the heart of Benedict XVI’s address to the 30 thousand people gathered today for the general audience.

According to the Pope, an effective announcing of the Gospel can only occur there where the “witness” of the preacher’s life and the “exemplary conduct of the Christian community” are credible, as was the case with Saint Ambrose and his Church.  As Augustine himself writes in his ”Confessions” what urged the young sceptical and desperate African to convert was in fact “Saint Augustine’s witness and that of his Milanese Church, which sang and prayed as one united body, capable of resisting the arrogance of the Emperor and his mother”, who demanded a building for the Arians. But in that building “the people held vigil ready to die together with their bishop”. “It is all too clear – commented Benedict XVI – which the witness of the preacher and the exemplary conduct of the Christian community condition the effectiveness of the spreading of the faith”.

What Augustine tells us of his meeting with Ambrose, defined as “an historical event in the history of the Church”, Benedict XVI highlighted among other things, the “the singular capacity of reading and familiarity with the Scriptures” to underline that kind of “reading where the heart commits itself to intelligently reach the Word of God”.  It is the “prayerful reading” of the Sacred Scripture which is particularly dear to the Pope and figures often throughout his speeches.  With reference to this today he recalled “Dei Verbum”, the document on the Sacred Scripture of the Second Vatican Council:  “it is necessary that all catechists and those who legitimately take part in the liturgy of the Word, engage constantly in the Scriptures, through deep and spiritual reading and careful study so they do not become a vain preacher of the Lord’s Word on the outside without ever hearing it within”.

The Encyclical Against the “Modernists” Turns 100

From Sandro Magister:

The anniversary came and went in silence, in the Vatican, without any official commemorations. But the questions addressed one hundred years ago in the encyclical “Pascendi Dominici Gregis” by saint Pius X “on the errors of modernism” are still seen as relevant. The reservation is due, instead, to the specific measures that the Church took a century ago: measures viewed as mistaken by today’s Church authorities.

This is what the new director of “L’Osservatore Romano,” professor Giovanni Maria Vian, said in the first significant interview that he granted after his appointment:

“Pius X was a great reformist pope, and in regard to the modernist question he understood very well what was at stake and what were the dangers for the Church’s faith. Unfortunately, his reputation is now linked mostly to the ways in which modernism was combated, often with methods unworthy of the cause they were intended to defend.”

And this is also what is said in the only two articles on the “Pascendi” encyclical published in recent weeks by press outlets controlled by the Church hierarchy: “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the journal of the Rome Jesuits printed with the editorial authorization of the Vatican authorities, and “Avvenire,” the newspaper owned by the Italian bishops’ conference.

In “Avvenire,” the theologian Corrado Pizziolo emphasized the enduring relevance of the central questions addressed by the encyclical.

But in “La Civiltà Cattolica,” Jesuit historian Giovanni Sale, in reconstructing the genesis and development of the document, highlighted the elements judged as most outdated: its excessively “doctrinaire” structure, its excessively “harsh and censorious” tone, and its “excessively fundamentalist and hard-line” application.

CNN Anchor Maria de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien

Her name means “The Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude”, speaks about her Catholic Faith, from the Sioux City Journal:

In 1998, she traveled to Cuba to cover Pope John Paul II’s historic visit. She recalled that people thought the visit would be a turning point for those who wanted to practice their religion freely.

“I was looking for my mother’s old apartment and had a chance to talk with some people in the building,” she said. “They asked me, ‘What is it like to practice your religion?’ and I had never thought about that. It amazed me.”

O’Brien said now that she is a mother, she is more cognizant of the message children receive from adults.

“What values of life do we live and not just state,” she asked. “And what values as a nation do we have? It’s both terrifying and freeing to realize the future is in our hands.”

O’Brien quoted President John F. Kennedy’s reference that “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.”

“People willing to be a lone voice even when it’s not OK is important,” she said.

“People often define you by your job,” she noted. “Jobs come and go. What defines you as a human being is more important.”

Feast of Saint Gaspar

The real “Superman” who found his strength in the Precious Blood of Jesus…pray for the members and works of the communities that he founded.

From The Church’s Most Powerful Novenas:

Antonio and Annunziata Del Bufalo named their child after one of the three magi when he was born on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1786 in Rome, Italy. Yet when at the age of two young Gaspar was threatened with blindness due to a serious eye ailment it was to St. Francis Xavier (whose partial relics were contained in the nearby Gesu (Jesus) Church) that they turned—and were heard as Gaspar was healed.

Early in Gaspar’s life he showed himself to be a great friend of the poor and the sick. He would teach the catechism to orphans and bring meals to the hospitalized as well as setting up a shelter for those who had no place to sleep at night.

At the same time he was pursuing the priesthood in Rome to which he was ordained in1808.

A year after Gaspar’s ordination the French Emperor Napoleon took over the Papal States and imprisoned the Pope. The clergy were ordered to take an oath of loyalty to the emperor and when Gaspar came before the magistrate and was given the oath he replied, “I would rather die, or suffer evil than to take such an oath. I cannot, I ought not. I will not.” He was sent to Piacenza, in exile and during this time he became gravely ill and received the Last Rites from his friend Monsignor Albertini.
Monsignor Albertini encouraged his friend that he was sure this could not be the end for Gaspar for some years earlier a saintly nun Maria Agnese had told him that he would meet a young priest with whom he would form a close friendship during a time of oppression by the Church’s enemies. She had said, “He will distinguish himself by a special devotion to St. Francis Xavier. He will become an apostlic missionary and will found a new congregation of missionary priests under the invocation of the Divine Blood who purpose shall be to reform customs, to save souls, to foster decorum among the secular clergy, to arouse the people back from their apathy and lack of faith, bringing them back to love of the Crucifix.”

Monsignor Albertini told Gaspar that God had much for him to do and so he would.
In 1811 after refusing the loyalty oath a second time he was imprisoned for the next four years until Rome was liberated from Napoleon’s rule. In 1814 Pope Pius VII granted Gaspar a church and convent that had been abandoned by another religious order as a place where he could house a new congregation that would bear the name of Most Precious Blood of Christ. On August 15, 1815 the first house of this new congregation opened with four members.
The congregation founded by Gaspar was to be a charitable fraternity of priests who would take no vows but dedicate themselves to preaching missions and spreading devotion the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. He wrote to a priest friend at the time, “Those who do evangelical work, do so by ensuring that the Blood of Jesus is used to save souls, and they must do this continuously, asking that sinners be forgiven.”
Gaspar went about preaching missions to the most obstinate groups. One time when a dying man, a sinner refused to convert—Gaspar began to scourge himself until the dying man came to his senses and died with his faith intact. Sent by the pope to preach to the most difficult souls, essentially gansters some of who intended to kill the priest, miracles were worked where the knife of a would be attacker fell out of the hand, a bullet intended for Gaspar fell harmlessly at his feet—while those who set out to persecute ended being captured by the Lord. Such was the power of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus and his apostle.
Gaspar suffered throughout his life. Some of this suffering came from the Church he loved and obeyed. He died in 1837. He was canonized a saint by Pope Pius XII in 1954.
Blessed Pope John XXIII, himself a great modern apostle of devotion to the precious blood added the phrase “Blessed be his most precious blood” to the Divine Praises commonly recited at the conclusion of Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In an Apostolic Letter on promoting the devotion of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus entitled Inde a Primis he shared that he had been a devotee of this devotion begun by St. Gaspar since his infancy and encouraged others to promote this devotion by using a litany developed by the Congregation of Rites at the time. He wrote in his Apostolic Letter that devotion to the Most Precious Blood owed its modern diffusion to St. Gaspar del Bufalo.

The Second Martyrdom of St. Isaac Jogues


Strangely enough, his brethren in Canada learned of his escape from the Iroquois only when he re-appeared on the St. Lawrence that June of 1644! In those days communications left something to be desired.

     Mere Marie de l’Incarnation, “mother of the Canadian Church” and good friend of Jogues, wrote to her son Claude in France to say that “God has restored to us a true living martyr.” She also mentioned that she had questioned Jogues about his experiences and was struck by his “wondrous simplicity, which shows his great saintliness.”

     Although he was back in Canada, Jogues would never see the land of Huronia again. His superiors assigned him to ministry at the young colony of Montreal and employed him in various dealings with the Iroquois, at that time a bit more tractable. The French were then more hopeful of arranging some kind of lasting peace with their bitter foe and needed the services of a man like Jogues so well versed in the language and ways of these Iroquois.

     In May 1646, Jogues went as an ambassador of peace to the Mohawks, his erstwhile captors. It was not a long affair and he re-turned to Quebec by early July.

     All that summer an uneasy truce continued, but in September the French believed it necessary to make further overtures for peace, and so once again they proposed sending Jogues among the Iroquois. He, for his part, was most willing to go, even though he felt a premonition of impending death. While awaiting confirmation of his appointment he penned a few lines to a fellow Jesuit and ended with: “My heart tells me that, if I am the one to be sent on this mission, I shall go but I shall not return. But I would be happy if our Lord wished to complete the sacrifice where he began it. Farewell, dear Father. Pray that God unite me to himself inseparably.”

     Jogues, accompanied by a young donne’ Jean de la Lande and a few Hurons, left Three Rivers on this embassy September 27th or 28th. At first all went smoothly. But some Iroquois they met on the way advised them that all was not well. Certain malcontents were all for breaking the truce and attacking the French. At this news all Jogues’ Huron companions but one left him. Jogues, however, felt he must push on, and de Ia Lande stayed with him.

     Whether they sensed it or not – and possibly they did – they were heading for death, but the death of martyrs.

     No news of their fate reached Quebec until June 1647. Letters from the Dutch governor Kieft and Jan Labatie, an interpreter at Fort Orange (Albany), announced the deaths of Jogues and de la Lande. Both had been beaten and tomahawked to death by certain Mohawks angry with the French and full of hate for Jogues whom they blamed for so many recent misfortunes. It was a sad but not unexpected message.

     Jerome Lalemant, in the Relation for 1647, refers to Jogues as a true martyr. He then paid a warm tribute to his fellow missionary. One can detect in Lalemant’s words his deep appreciation and love of this heroic brother. He praises his rare humility, his strict poverty, his great purity of heart, and his love of the Cross.

     Never, says Lalemant, did Jogues condone in himself the slightest aversion towards his persecutors, and, even though by nature endowed with a hasty temper, he controlled it admirably. True, he spoke out boldly when any of the Iroquois mocked the faith, but that was only because God meant everything to him and he could not brook any seeming slight to the divine majesty.
Jogues’ obedience, extraordinary prayerfulness and deep attachment to the Blessed Sacrament were bywords with his fellow Jesuits. Father Buteux described him as a soul glued to the Blessed Sacrament.

     Nor must we forget his remarkable sensitivity, his deep concern for others, his tormentors included, and his love so full of tenderness. All this he manifested so strikingly in his dealings with Goupil, the Hurons and the Iroquois themselves. Parkman, that begrudging admirer of the early blackrobes, was profoundly impressed by the life of Jogues. In him he saw “one of the purest examples of Roman Catholic virtue.”

     It is rare for any man to suffer two martyrdoms in a single lifetime. This was Jogues’ holy fate. “Our Lord prolonged his life,” wrote Lale-mant, “that he might come and present it to him another time, as a burnt offering, at the place where he had already begun his sacrifice.” Jogues’ accomplishment, then, is, in a dramatic and unforgettable manner, that of any man or woman who unswervingly loves God with the whole heart and the whole mind and the whole strength, and the neighbor as oneself, even if this must lead to unspeakable suffering and death.

New Cardinals Announced, One Died Last Night

The announcement, from the Vatican

 Following today’s general audience, the Holy Father announced the names of 23 prelates who will be created cardinals in a consistory due to be held on November 24, the eve of the Feast of Christ the King. The consistory will be the second of his pontificate.   Following the November 24 concistory, the College of Cardinals will number 202 members of whom 121, under the age of 80, will be electors.   Given below is a list of the new cardinal electors: 

 – Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. 

 – Archbishop John Patrick Foley, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.  

– Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State.  

– Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum.”  

– Archbishop Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, vicar general of His Holiness for Vatican City and president of the Fabric of St. Peter’s.  

– Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  – Archbishop Raffaele Farina S.D.B., archivist and librarian of Holy Roman Church.  

– Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco Vicente of Valencia, Spain.  – Archbishop Sean Baptist Brady of Armagh, Ireland.  

– Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain.  

– Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris, France.  

– Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, Italy.  

– Archbishop Theodore-Adrien Sarr of Dakar, Senegal.  

– Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Bombay, India. 

 – Archbishop Francisco Robles Ortega of Monterrey, Mexico. 

 – Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S.A.  

– Archbishop Odilio Pedro Scherer of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  

– Archbishop John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya.  

Having pronounced the names of the new cardinal electors, the Pope then indicated that he had also decided to elevate to the dignity of cardinal “three venerable prelates and two worthy priests,” all over the age of 80 and hence non-electors, for their “commitment and service to the Church.” Their names are:   

– His Beatitude Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Iraq.  – Archbishop Giovanni Coppa, apostolic nuncio.  

– Archbishop Estanislao Esteban Karlic, emeritus of Parana, Argentina.  

– Fr. Urbano Navarrete S.J., former rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University.  

– Fr. Umberto Betti O.F.M., former rector of the Pontifical Lateran University.  

He added:

“Among these, I had also intended to confer the dignity of cardinal upon the elderly Bishop Ignacy Jez of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg, Poland, a worthy prelate who died suddenly yesterday. We offer a prayer for the repose of his soul.”  

“The new cardinals come from various parts of the world,” said the Holy Father. “And the universality of the Church, with the multiplicity of her ministries, is clearly reflected in them. Alongside deserving prelates who work for the Holy See are pastors who dedicate their energies to direct contact with the faithful.”  

He went on: “There are other persons, very dear to me who, for their dedication to the service of the Church, well deserve promotion to the dignity of cardinal. In the future I hope to have the opportunity to express, also in this way, my esteem and affection to them and to their countries of origin.”  

Benedict entrusted the future cardinals “to the protection of Mary Most Holy asking her to help each of them in their new tasks, that they may know how to bear courageous witness in all circumstances to their love for Christ and for the Church.”

Spe Salvi (”Saved by Hope”)

Surprise…there are two forthcoming Encyclicals from Pope Benedict XVI and the next one to be released won’t be the “social” one, but one on hope. Whatever it will be, when Benedict writes it is time well worth spent reading!

Review: The Church’s Most Powerful Novenas

Reviewed by Ana Braga-Henebry, M.A.

Possible Miracles for Ven. Solanus?

The files documenting the case head to Rome, from the Archdiocese of Detroit:

 When Bro. Leo Wollenweber, OFM Cap., flies to Rome Sunday, Oct. 14, he may be carrying with him details of the miracle that finally advances the Ven. Solanus Casey the next step on the way to being declared a saint.

“I have three cases that look promising, for which I have some medical records,” said Bro. Wollenweber, vice postulator for the sainthood cause of the famous Capuchin who served as porter at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.

He will deliver the reports on the three remarkable healings to Fr. Florio Tessari, OFM Cap., postulator general for all Capuchin sainthood causes.

“We’ll need people’s prayers so that we’ll have good success with this,” Bro. Wollenweber said.

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