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Monday 30 September 2013

Rorate hits the mark

Our good friends at the Rorate Caeli blog have two posts which I wish to point you too.

1.  The scandalous behaviour of a tie-wearing bishops from France who has the temerity to call for armed assault against President Assad of Syria in direct dissent to the Holy Father's plea for peace; and if that is not enough, a slap in the face to the Melkite Archbishop.

2. A disgusting piece from the National Catholic Reporter blaming the deaths of the Catholics at Mass last week in Peshawar on themselves.

Do not lose heart friends.

Saturday 28 September 2013

Papal Nuncio to Canada abruptly resigns

Sources close to this writer advised a few days ago that the Papal Nuncio to Canada would be replaced sometime in October, perhaps around the 15th. In an unexpected occurrence, the Most Rev. Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada and Titular Archbishop of Agropoli resigned earlier today. No reason is yet known for the rumoured replacement or now, the sudden resignation and no announcement from the Holy See or the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has been made.  

Born in Barbastro, Spain, on July 27, 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood by His Holiness Pope John Paul II for the Archdiocese of Compostella, Spain on June 15, 1980.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on February 10, 1984 and has served in the Apostolic Nunciatures of Madagascar, the Philippines and India. He was appointed Assessor for General Affairs for the Secretariat of State of the Holy See on February 7, 1998.
He was appointed Titular Archbishop of Agropoli and Apostolic Nuncio on December 12, 2002, and received episcopal ordination by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on January 6, 2003. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal on February 8, 2003. Then Holy Father Benedict XVI named him Apostolic Nuncio to Canada on December 10, 2009.

Below is the chronology of Archbishop Luigi Ventura. It is worth noting that the "Events" between Apostolic Nucicature's were "appointments," not resignations. This was also the case with Archbishop Quintana's previous appointments and the Nuncio previous to +Ventura. 

9 Dec 194468.80BornBorgosatollo, Italy
14 Jun 196924.5Ordained PriestPriest of BresciaItaly
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedTitular Archbishop of Equilium
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Côte d’Ivoire
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso
25 Mar 199550.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Niger
29 Apr 199550.4Ordained BishopTitular Archbishop of Equilium
25 Mar 199954.3AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Chile
22 Jun 200156.5AppointedApostolic Nuncio to Canada
22 Sep 200964.8AppointedApostolic Nuncio to France
In an article logged in the comment box to this report, the Archbishop spoke last week at the CCCB Annual Plenary and indicated that he was being "called back to Rome."

Let us remember Archbishop Ventura in our prayers.

As information becomes available this post will be updated.

Thursday 12 September 2013

Solemn Latin Mass in Toronto - Our Lady of the Rosary

Please join the Knights of Columbus of Blessed John XXIII Council 4976 and their guests from the  Knights of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; and the Toronto Traditional Mass Society-UNA VOCE TORONTO, as we gather to honour Our Lady and her victory at the Battle of Lepanto. The Mass will be held on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Monday, October 7, 2013 at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church at 161 Annette Street, just east of Keele Street in Toronto. A public recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 6:30 P.M and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available with the Solemn Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite following at 7:00 P.M. We are pleased to announce that the homilist is Father Raymond J. de Souza.

A collection will be taken to support the ongoing restoration at St. Cecelia's and this will be specifically granted to the church hall. Cheques may be made out to St. Cecelia's Catholic Church Building Fund.

Battle of Lepanto

On October 7, 1571, a great victory over the mighty Turkish fleet was won by Catholic naval forces primarily from Spain, Venice, and Genoa under the command of Don Juan of Austria. It was the last battle at sea between "oared" ships, which featured the most powerful navy in the world, a Moslem force with between 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers. The patchwork team of Catholic ships was powered by the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. We know today that the victory was decisive, prevented the Islamic invasion of Europe, and evidenced the Hand of God working through Our Lady. At the hour of victory, St. Pope Pius V, who was hundreds of miles away at the Vatican, is said to have gotten up from a meeting, went over to a window, and exclaimed with supernatural radiance: "The Christian fleet is victorious!" and shed tears of thanksgiving to God.
What you may not know is that one of three admirals commanding the Catholic forces at Lepanto was Andrea Doria. He carried a small copy of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe into battle. This image is now enshrined in the Church of San Stefano in Aveto, Italy. Not many know that at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spain, one can view a huge warship lantern that was captured from the Moslems in the Battle of Lepanto. In Rome, look up to the ceiling of S. Maria in Aracoeli and behold decorations in gold taken from the Turkish galleys. In the Doges' Palace in Venice, Italy, one can witness a giant Islamic flag that is now a trophy from a vanquished Turkish ship from the Victory. At Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, close to the tomb of the great St. Pope Pius V, one was once able to view yet another Islamic flag from the Battle, until 1965, when it was returned to Istanbul in an intended friendly token of concord.

The Rosary

At Lepanto, the Victory over the Moslems was won by the faithful praying the Rosary. Even though they had superior numbers, the Turks really were overmatched. Blessed Padre Pio, the Spiritual Father of the Blue Army, said: "The Rosary is the weapon," and how right he was!
The Battle of Lepanto was at first celebrated liturgically as "Our Lady of Victory." Later, the feast of October 7th was renamed "Our Lady of the Rosary" and extended throughout the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI in 1716 (who canonized Pope Pius V in 1712).
And with that we are back to Fatima, Portugal where Our Lady, when asked her name, said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary." At Fatima, Our Lady taught us to pray the Rosary every day. Heaven presented its peace plan at Fatima and truly gave us hope for the world. Conversions were promised at Fatima: the conversion of sinners; the conversion of Russia; and what also appears to be the conversion of Islam. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Taken from:
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September - October 2001, page 6
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Wednesday 11 September 2013

We will never forget

"Pride of man and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust,
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple fall to dust;
but God's power, hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower." 

May those who died on this day eleven years ago in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania rest in the mercy of God; may those who lost loved ones be comforted by Him who suffered for us; may those survivors who suffered then and still do be healed and may those who perpetrated this despicable act face His Divine Judgement.

Saturday 7 September 2013

Abun D'Bashmayo

Let us pray and fast for our brothers and sisters in Syria. (turn down the music at the top right or stop at the left of the bar).

Friday 6 September 2013

The drumbeats of war; the people don't matter.

"We will not be collateral damage!"

This minion of the malefactor Obama could not even look her in the eye.