St Francis of Assisi Feast Day. Italy’s Great Patron Saint

The 4th October is St Francis of Assisi Feast Day. St Francis hailed from the beautiful little town of Assisi, in Umbria, the region called “the green heart of Italy” for its abundant vegetation and its central position in the country. It is the only region of peninsular Italy which is landlocked. In Assisi and […]

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Coronavirus, New World Order, Archbishop Vigano SOS

I tend to accept restrictions if they are justifiably motivated by serious health dangers. I must admit, though, that an episode raised my alarm about the motivations of our political leaders when in Lombardy, in Italy, police tried to interrupt a Mass which was attended by 15 people in a large church where they could […]

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Religious Freedom, Constitution Cannot Be Suspended

There are constitutional rights that cannot be suspended, and freedom of worship is among them. The video has become viral. Mass was interrupted by police last Sunday in Soncino, a small town in the Cremona province of Lombardy, in Italy. A carabiniere went up to the altar to notify parish priest Don Lino Viola of […]

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Coronavirus: Live Streaming Accents Latin Mass Glory

Many Non-Catholics may not know that on 3 April 1969, under Pope Pio VI, a liturgical revolution occurred with the promulgation of a new form of Mass, known in Latin as Novus Ordo Missae (New Order of Mass), replacing the Vetus Ordo Missae, the Ancient Order. The latter was the Tridentine Mass (named after the […]

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Coronavirus Italy. Prayer to Mary from Rome Rooftops

We’ve previously posted about how Coronavirus Italy consecrates many of its cities to the Virgin Mary. And now, if Italians in Coronavirus times are not allowed to go to church to attend religious services because of the self-isolation lockdown imposed on them, the church is going to them. This is what the Parish of Santa […]

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Coronavirus Italy Consecrates Itself to the Virgin Mary

While you may have read about or seen videos of Italians in Coronavirus lockdown singing from their balconies to each other and to the rest of the world, different responses to the crisis have emerged in Italy. From the North to the South of the country, many mayors have consecrated their towns and cities, starting [...]
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If You Can Keep Your Appointments, Thank the Church

So, 2020 is a leap year, hence it has the extra day just elapsed, 29 February. The Catholic Church has created the calendar that mostly approaches perfection, and we owe this to faith. The date of Easter gave birth to the calendar destined to remain a perfect work over the centuries. No civilisation has ever […]

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Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Wonder Shown for First Time

The first thing to say is that, if you search Google for “Raffaello” (known as Raphael in English), the first results you get are about the Ferrero Raffaello chocolate confections, “spherical coconut–almond” Wikipedia specifies. This says a lot about what our society considers priorities (a hint: what makes money). Only if you search for “Raffaello […]

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Venice Carnival Is about To Start. Carnival History

The floods of a few months ago and consequent damages have not had any effects on the most romantic and one of the most artistic carnivals in the world, Venice Carnival. Venice Carnival events will start on 8 February 2020 and end on 25 February, as scheduled. You can see the details, all dates, photos […]

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“Young People, Don’t Emigrate” Say African Bishops

“Young people, stay at home” is what the Archbishop of Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, in Eastern Africa, has told his country’s youth, exhorting them not to emigrate to Europe. Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel is only the last of a long list of African Catholic Bishops and Cardinals to have warned […]

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