Tag Archives: Rome

Christmas Greetings for the Popes, Current and Emeritus

I posted a couple of years about how to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; those posts have always been very popular. I’m happy to share this information again, in case you want to include … Continue reading

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Notes on Trinity Sunday

I am grateful to Archbishop Gullickson (whose blog you should read) for posting on Twitter a link to this article with some historical notes on the provenance of Trinity Sunday: Non Est Authenticum: The Micrologus on the Feast of the Holy Trinity … Continue reading

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Images above Altars

I’ve been on my annual retreat this week, which I am making in a beloved city in Mexico. During this time I have been sharing some photos on social media. One, in particular, generated some comment: Some have wondered not … Continue reading

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Prayers for Confessors to Say

One spring during my period of studies in Rome, I spent Holy Week at a parish in Edinburgh, Scotland and assisted with the sacred functions there. It was there that I saw, for the first time, a beautiful prayer for … Continue reading

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The Pope of Gestures

Pope Francis has repeatedly been referred to as “the pope of gestures“. It is of note, then, that the Holy Father again celebrated Mass on the high altar of the Sistine Chapel this past Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism … Continue reading

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Cardinal Sarah Again Addresses Ad Orientem Worship

I would like to call your attention to Sandro Magister’s latest column, in which he presents the upcoming book of Cardinal Robert Sarah. In particular, the excellent Cardinal again speaks about “ad orientem” worship. I quote: “FACING EAST” (par. 254) … 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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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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Seventy Eight Languages

I read this fascinating article today about Cardinal Mezzofanti, a prodigious churchman of the 19th century who knew 78 languages. It was published in the excellent Italian journal Il Timone (“The Rudder”). I thought you would enjoy it also, so … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Your Christmas Menu

During my three years in Italy I tried a number of delicious dishes, but there is one, which I had towards the end, that really stands out in my mind – for its wonderful flavor, and great simplicity. It is … Continue reading

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Pope St. Gregory the Great

This evening I have the privilege of celebrating Mass for the St. John Vianney Vocations Society here in Birmingham. Here is the brief homily that I have prepared to give. (If you are going to be there, and are reading this beforehand, … Continue reading

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