Tag Archives: BXVI

Christmas Greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict

It’s time once again for many to start thinking about their Christmas cards. My post last year about sending cards to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict was very popular. I again want to share their addresses, for those who … Continue reading

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Holy Cards

I’ve always enjoyed collecting holy cards, particularly the older ones that one occasionally finds with unique and beautiful images and prayers or quotations on them. I remember that when I used to go to the local adoration chapel to pray … Continue reading

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Saint Andrew

First, a photo I took of the great painting of St. Andrew in one of the churches named after him in Rome, in 2006. The church is Sant’Andrea della Valle (St. Andrew of the Valley), a monumental church located not … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards to the Pope and Pope Emeritus

Many people are working on their Christmas cards now that Thanksgiving has passed – I know I’m trying to get my address list finalized! If you’d like to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and/or Pope Emeritus Benedict, these are … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on Music, Liturgy, John Paul II

Our pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, gave a speech yesterday at Castelgandolfo (the papal summer residence), where he received doctorates honoris causa from two Polish universities. Even though he has gone on record saying that he would not write any more theological … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI!

Our pope emeritus celebrates his 88th birthday today. This photo was apparently taken this morning in the Vatican, outside Benedict’s home, where he received a group of Bavarians in traditional costume and shared a mug of German beer with them. … Continue reading

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Another Priest Gift Idea

Is Father’s preaching a little bland? Want to do something about it in a kind way? Get him a great book that he will enjoy reading (or using for reference). I highly recommend this one, Dogma and Preaching: I only recently acquired … Continue reading

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He Has Not Done Thus For Any Other Nation

I would be surprised to hear of a church in Mexico that did not have a special altar dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe: her image is surely in every Mexican church, to say nothing of the countless other places … Continue reading

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Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum

Today is the seventh anniversary of the legal document written by Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum, which made it clear that the old Latin Mass was never abrogated, and that the faithful (and priests, who are also part of the … Continue reading

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Dare thy most to praise Him well; For He doth all praise excel; None can ever reach His due. — From the Sequence for today’s feast ALL TOGETHER BEFORE THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT At the moment of Adoration, we are all … Continue reading

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Another Visit to the Apostolic Palace

This afternoon I visited another chapel of the Apostolic Palace (see my previous chapel visit here – and also an earlier palace visit here). This one is the Pauline Chapel and it was constructed from 1538-1540. Michelangelo then painted some of the main … Continue reading

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My New Assignment

With twenty days left until I complete my time in Rome – and much yet to do to finish my academic degree – I am pleased to announce today the new assignment that Bishop Baker has given me for when I return. … Continue reading

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