BEA: le vol AF447 s'est abîmé "en entier" dans l'Atlantique

L'Airbus A330-200 d'Air France reliant Rio et Paris le 1er juin "n'a pas été détruit en vol", a annoncé jeudi le Bureau d'enquêtes de d'analyses (BEA) de l'Aviation civile qui se dit "bien loin d'établir les causes de l'accident" à ce jour. Aussi, les recherches acoustiques pour retrouver les boîtes noires de l'appareil se poursuivront jusqu'au 10 juillet.

"Aujourd'hui, nous sommes bien loin d'établir les causes de l'accident", a avoué Alain Bouillard, chef d'enquête du BEA, lors d'une conférence de presse de présentation du premier rapport d'enquête du BEA sur l'accident du 1er juin. "Entre la surface de l'eau et 35.000 pieds, nous ne savons pas ce qui s'est passé".

Selon ce rapport, l'Airbus qui s'est abîmé dans l'océan Atlantique avec 228 personnes à bord "n'a pas été détruit en vol" et "paraît avoir heurté la surface de l'eau en ligne de vol, avec une forte accélération verticale", a expliqué M. Bouillard, ajoutant plus explicitement: l'appareil "est arrivé en entier au moment de l'impact".

"Les examens visuels que l'on a pu faire à Recife (Brésil) montrent que l'avion a touché (l'océan) avec le dessous du fuselage", a-t-il poursuivi, relevant notamment que les planchers de la cabine du module de repos des hôtesses et stewards "étaient déformés du bas vers le haut".

Par ailleurs, on n'a retrouvé "ni traces d'incendie ni traces d'explosif", a dit le chef d'enquête du BEA, ajoutant par ailleurs que les sondes Pitot "ne sont pas écartées de la chaîne qui a conduit à l'accident".

Un mois après le drame, les enquêteurs n'ont "ni épave, ni enregistreurs de vol", a indiqué M. Bouillard, annonçant que les opérations de recherche des boîtes noires se poursuivront "jusqu'au 10 juillet".

"Vous savez que les balises (des boîtes) ont une durée réglementaire d'émission de 30 jours. On prolonge de dix jours supplémentaires pour essayer de les retrouver". Ensuite, une deuxième phase de recherches "démarrera après le 14 juillet avec d'autres moyens et suivant une autre méthode", a ajouté M. Bouillard, sans donner de détails sur cette nouvelle méthode.

Jusqu'ici, quelque 640 éléments de l'Airbus A330-200 Rio-Paris, ainsi que 51 corps, ont été retrouvés dans l'Atlantique. Tous les corps ont été transférés au Brésil, et tous les éléments repêchés "proviennent de l'ensemble des zones de l'avion, de la pointe, du radôme, jusqu'à la partie arrière".

Parmi ces débris figurent "des éléments de structure", tels que "la dérive, un morceau du plan horizontal arrière, un morceau de radôme, un capotage moteur", ainsi que "de nombreux aménagements cabine", tels que des "morceaux de siège". M. Bouillard a par ailleurs indiqué qu'on avait retrouvé des gilets de sauvetage non gonflés, un indice qui "montre visiblement que les passagers n'étaient pas préparés à un amerrissage". AP

Air France employees attend the funeral of Lucas Gagliano, a victim of the Air France Flight 447 that plunged into the ocean May 31, in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, June 25, 2009. French military ships searching for the black boxes of Flight 447 have detected sounds in the Atlantic depths but they are not from the Air France plane's flight recorders, French officials said Tuesday.

Air France plane hit the sea belly first

AP – Navy officers hold wreaths that will throw into the sea in memory of the victims of the Air France Flight … By GREG KELLER and EMMA VANDORE, Associated Press Writers Greg Keller And Emma Vandore, Associated Press Writers – 1 hr 16 mins ago
LE BOURGET, France – An intact Air France Flight 447 slammed belly first into the Atlantic Ocean at a very high speed, a top French investigator said Thursday, adding that problems with the plane's speed sensors were not the direct cause of the crash.

Alain Bouillard, who is leading the investigation into the June 1 crash for the French accident agency BEA, says the speed sensors, called Pitot tubes, were "a factor but not the only one."

"It is an element but not the cause," Bouillard told a news conference in Le Bourget outside Paris. "Today we are very far from establishing the causes of the accident."

The Airbus A330-200 plane was carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it went down just after midnight in a remote area of the Atlantic, 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) off Brazil's mainland and far from radar coverage.

The BEA released its first preliminary findings on the crash Thursday, calling it one of history's most challenging plane crash investigations. Yet the probe, which has operated without access to the plane's flight data and voice recorders, appears to have unveiled little about what really caused the accident.

"Between the surface of the water and 35,000 feet, we don't know what happened," Bouillard admitted. "In the absence of the flight recorders, it is extremely difficult to draw conclusions."

Bouillard said the plane "was not destroyed in flight" and appeared to have hit "belly first," gathering speed as it dropped thousands of feet through the air.

He said investigators have found "neither traces of fire nor traces of explosives."

One of the automatic messages emitted by the Air France plane indicates it was receiving incorrect speed information from the external monitoring instruments, which could destabilize the plane's control systems. Experts have suggested those external instruments might have iced over.

The Pitots have not been "excluded form the chain that led to the accident," he said.

Kieran Daly, editor of Air Transport Intelligence, said although investigators seem to know very little about what happened due to "a horrendous lack of evidence" it was significant that the plane landed the right way up.

"It suggests they were in some kind of flight attitude," he said.

But he warned that "without finding the black boxes it's going to be phenomenally difficult, maybe impossible, to determine what happened."

Bouillard said life vests found among the wreckage were not inflated, suggesting that passengers were not prepared for a crash landing in the water. The pilots apparently also did not send any mayday calls.

He said there was "no information" suggesting a need to ground the world's fleet of more than 600 A330 planes as a result of the crash.

"As far as I'm concerned there's no problem flying these aircraft," he said.

A burst of automated messages emitted by the plane before it fell gave rescuers only a vague location to begin their search, which has failed to locate the plane's black boxes in the vast ocean expanse. The chances of finding the flight recorders are falling daily as the signals they emit fade. Without them, the full causes of the tragic accident may never be known.

The black boxes — which are in reality bright orange — are resting somewhere on an underwater mountain range filled with crevasses and rough, uneven terrain. Bouillard said the search for the plane's black boxes has been extended by 10 days through July 10.

The remote location, combined with the mystery of what happened to the plane — the pilots had either no time or no radio frequency to make a mayday call — makes the inquiry exceptionally challenging.

Bouillard said French investigators have yet to receive any information from Brazilian authorities about the results of the autopsies on the 51 bodies recovered from the site.

Families of the victims met with officials from BEA, Air France and the French transport ministry before the report was released Thursday. An association of families addressed a letter to the CEO of Air France, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, demanding answers to several questions about the plane.

Investigators should have an easier time recovering debris and black boxes in the crash of a Yemeni Airbus 310 with 153 people on board that went down Tuesday just nine miles (14.5 kilometers) north of the Indian Ocean island-nation of Comoros.


The visual definition of scandalous behaviour

At the BET awards Beyonce'Knowles performed the "Ave Maria" in the costume pictured below. This is an insult to the Mother of God and I condemn it.

Delicacy and Faith prevent me what I really want to say.


Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Being born in Chicago in 1955, there were many Catholic parishes, and most of these parishes had schools. These schools were by and large staffed by sisters of various orders, St Alphonsus was no exception, having the Sisters of Notre Dame de Nemours as teachers. I began kindergarten in Sr. Mary Rategunde's class in 1960. God Bless Her. To me in 1960 she seemed to be 100 years old. At my late fathers funeral my cousin Jennifer who also had Sr. Mary Rategunde told me she had just passed away in 2008! On of the most common features of each class was the Icon which graced every classroom, office and in the rectory. The Icon was Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This is the story, thanks to Credidimus Caritati.

In 1498, the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was in a church on the island of Crete, in Greece. The picture had been there for some time and was known to be miraculous. One day a merchant from Crete stole the picture of Our Lady. He hid the picture among his things, boarded a ship and set out to sea. When a great storm arose the terrified sailors begged God and Our Lady to save them. Their prayers were heard and they were saved from shipwreck.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help A year later, the merchant went to Rome with the picture. There he got a disease and became terribly sick. He asked his Roman friend to take care of him. The merchant grew worse and realized that he would soon die. He called on his friend and with tears in his eyes, begged his friend to do him one last favour. When the Roman promised to do so, the weeping merchant continued, “Some time ago I stole a beautiful, miraculous picture of Our Lady from a church in Crete! You will find it with my belongings. I beg you, please place it in some church where the people will give it much honour.” In time the merchant died. The Roman found the picture and showed it to his wife. She wanted to keep the picture, so she put it in her bedroom.

One day, the Blessed Virgin appeared to the Roman saying, “Do not keep this picture, but put it in some more honourable place.” But the Roman did not do as Our Lady asked him and kept the picture. Some time later Our Lady begged him a second time not to keep the picture, but to place it in a more honourable place. Again, he did not do as Our Lady asked him to do.

Then the Blessed Virgin appeared to the Roman’s six year old daughter, and told her to warn her mother and her grandfather saying, “Our Lady of Perpetual Help commands you to take her out of the house!”

Finally, after many delays, the Virgin Mary appeared to the little girl a second time, “Our Lady of Perpetual Help commands you to tell your mother, to place my picture between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran, in the church dedicated to St. Matthew the Apostle!” The mother did as she was told and sent for the Augustinian Fathers who were in charge of that church. Then on that very day, March 27, 1499, the picture was taken to the church of St. Matthew the Apostle on the Esquiline Hill, one of the seven hills in Rome. It was placed between two beautifully carved columns of black Carra marble above a splendid white-marble altar.

For three centuries from 1499 until 1798, the church of St. Matthew in Rome was one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Rome, because of the miraculous picture. Many pilgrims who came to the shrine: saints and sinners, Cardinals, Bishops and priests, kings and princes, rich and poor. They came to see the miraculous picture of Our Lady and pray before it.

But this was not to last. The French armies led by Napoleon Bonaparte, invaded the Papal States in 1796. Rome was in danger of being attacked and taken over by the enemies. By February 17, 1797, the Pope was forced to sign the Peace Treaty of Tolintino. The Holy Father did not want to do this but he had to, in order to protect the Papal States from the enemy.

A year after signing the Treaty, the French General Berthier marched into Rome and proclaimed the “Free Roman Republic.” He lied, there was no freedom. Then shortly after, Berthier was replaced by the French General Massena. On June 3, 1798, General Massena commanded that thirty churches be destroyed! One of them was St. Matthew’s! He cried out, “There are too many churches in Rome. The church land can be used for better things!” He wanted to make the people realize that worse things would happen if they did not obey his every command. The terrified Romans prayed to Our Lady and she helped them in all their troubles.

Because the Augustinian Monastery was destroyed, the monks were allowed to return to Ireland, their homeland. A few returned but most of them stayed in Rome. Some went to St. Augustine’s, the main church and monastery of the Augustinian Fathers. The rest of the monks took the miraculous picture of Mary and moved to St. Eusebio’s, a poor old church with a huge monastery. St. Eusebio’s was in terrible condition and needed much cleaning and repairing.

The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help stayed at St. Eusebio’s for twenty years. Since the place was too large for the few monks who lived there, in 1819, the Pope asked the Jesuits to take over St. Eusebio’s. The Holy Father gave the Augustinian’s the small church and monastery of Santa Maria, in Posterula, on the other side of the city. The monks took the miraculous picture of Mary with them, and gave it a place of honour in the monastery chapel.

In 1788, Augustine Orsetti joined the Augustinian Order at St. Matthew’s and became Br. Augustine. As a young religious, he used to spend much of his free time praying before the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. He studied and memorized the history of the picture.

When St. Matthew’s was destroyed, Br. Augustine was transferred to St. Augustine’s. Then in 1840, he was transferred to the Monastery of Santa Maria in Posterula. When he arrived at Santa Maria he went to the community chapel. There he saw the beautiful miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It was just as he remembered it, when he had been at St. Matthew’s.

Br. Augustine looked after the sacristy at Santa Maria. He cleaned the chapel and its holy images. He also trained altar boys and taught them how to serve Mass. Michael Marchi, one of the Altar boys, became a good friend of Br. Augustine. The Brother often spoke to him about the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help saying, “Do you see that picture Michael? It is a very old picture. Know Michael, the Madonna from St. Matthew’s is the one that hangs here in the chapel. I am not trying to deceive you. It certainly is. Have you understood, Michael? It was miraculously saved from destruction. Many people used to come and pray before this miraculous picture. Always remember what I am telling you.” More of this remarkable story...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Credidimus Caritati.

Dieu le Roy!

Dévotion au Sacré-Coeur

" La dévotion au Sacré-Coeur est la synthèse de toute la religion catholique"

"Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the synthesis (1) of all Catholic Religion."
Pius XII


(1).The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole.

Jesuit On Calumnies Against Convents

I have written this before and I will write this again, "there are several Sisters under whose tutelage I was, who are now in Heaven because they served their Purgatory by teaching me. In a comment I made to the original article here posted, I wrote,

... Before I chose to reside in NC, I had the pleasure of renting from a woman who was not overly Catholic friendly. It was a matter of her faith sect, I say sect because a great majority of "self described Christians" hate the Catholic Church and know absolutely nothing of the faith, priests, nuns.

Their minister makes it up, pulls it out of their butt as it were, as though he or she were leading a reformation of the Catholic Church. Too often simple minded Catholics are lured away by these stories, Jack Chick is a spreader of (these types of) calumny and lies.

In one lurid tale, Inez, told me that her friend is a plumber who had to go to the convent and unclog a drain, when doing so he found that it was full of condoms,(!)because the priests were sneaking over to the convent to "mess" with the nuns.

I laughed at her and told her he was lying. No nun in the convent was under 60, therefore the need for a condom to prevent pregnancy was really redundant. In any event, the priests didn't have to sneak over, just walk across the street.

It was just a tale to scare young children.

Addendum: She evidently didn't like me calling her plumber friend a liar. We parted company soon after and she attempted to steal my deposit. I was forced to take her to court. I was accused of "killing chickens" in the kitchen, she could tell by the blood splatter on the ceiling.(!)(1)

Joseph Fromm has posted this a few days ago this article on Calumny and outright lies about Catholic Sisters...

By The Rev. Sydney FENN Smith, S.J.

From time to time, though less often now than formerly, readers of the daily papers are regaled with a thrilling story of cruelty in a Catholic convent, happily brought to light through the successful or attempted escape of the victim.

Generally the scene of these stories is laid in a distant country—in Spain, or Brazil : most commonly the names and the dates are so far suppressed as to render inquiry hopeless : and if, with a view to inquiry, further information is demanded, the answer is invariably the same. Names and dates cannot be given without exposing the victim to the wrath of her pursuers : but the informant can vouch for the complete accuracy of the facts, which, after all, are in keeping with what has been brought home to hundreds of similar Romish institutions.

Occasionally, however, the story ventures within reach of investigation, and then is wont to be followed in the same journal, either by a flat contradiction, or by an explanation, supported by evidence of a convincing character, and putting the facts in a very different and more reasonable light. In that case the assailant's purpose is thwarted for the moment, but he has an ulterior purpose in view which he can still hope to accomplish.

He puts carefully away the copy of the paper in which the charge is made, and waits till a new generation has sprung up. Then he reproduces it as a fact, publicly told and recognized at the time as authentic, taking care not to whisper a syllable of the opposing evidence with which its first appearance was met, and which then divested it of public credence.

Few Catholics are aware of the extent to which in this way exploded charges against our convents are treasured up and perpetuated through the agency of the various periodicals and pamphlets which circulate under the auspices of the Protestant Alliance, emanating either directly from their press.

Link (here) to read the full article published 1884 by the Catholic Truth Society by Fr. Sidney F. Smith, S.J.
Blogger Note: Fr. Smith is talking about the precursors to the Jack Chick tracts.

Thanks Joseph as always, and a tip of the beret to you!


(1) I won the case.

Quotes of Dina Bélanger on the Eucharist

...If the angels could desire anything, it seems to me that they would envy us our privilege of suffering, as well as the priceless gift of the Eucharist ...

..."If souls but understood the Treasure they possess in the Divine Eucharist, it would be necessary to encircle the tabernacles with the strongest ramparts for, in the delirium of a devouring and holy hunger, they would press forward themselves to feed on the Bread of Angels. The Churches would overflow with adorers consumed with love for the Divine prisoner no less by night than by day..."

...One thing alone sustains me and that is Holy Communion. From it I draw all my strength; in it is all my comfort ... Jesus concealed in the Host is everything to me ... I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not have the Eucharist in my heart ...O living Host, my one and only strength, fountain of love and mercy, embrace the whole world, fortify faint souls. Oh blessed be the instant and the moment when Jesus left us His most merciful Heart!... - Blessed Dina Belanger
Blessed Dina Belanger, pray for us.



Bienheureuse Dina Bélanger

...Jésus et Marie ne se séparent pas dans 1'histoire des grâces divines que j'ai constamment reçues... Dina Bélanger

Dina Bélanger est née à Québec le 30 avril 1897. Enfant unique adorée de ses parents, elle a eu une enfance heureuse. Le succès l'accompagne tout au long de ses années d'études. À 19 ans, son talent musical la conduit au Conservatoire de New York pour y poursuivre, pendant deux ans, ses études en piano. À 24 ans, élégante pianiste de concert, jeune fille dévouée auprès des démunis, elle entre chez les Religieuses de Jésus-Marie, à Sillery. En communauté elle porte le nom de Marie Sainte Cécile de Rome et enseigne la musique. Elle meurt le 4 septembre 1929, à l'âge de 32 ans. La vie de Dina s'est déroulée heureuse, mais sans éclat, éloignée de ce qu'applaudit spontanément notre monde.

Au coeur de l'Amour

Très jeune encore, Dina disait: je serai sainte. Éprise de Jésus dès son plus jeune âge, initiée très tôt à ]a prière par ses parents, la vie de Dina est un cantique d'action de grâce, un chant d'amour. Jésus et Marie ne se séparent pas dans 1'histoire des grâces divines que j'ai constamment reçues, dit-elle. Son seul Maître intérieur, c'est Jésus. Elle n'avait que onze ans lorsque, pour la première fois, elle entend sa voix douce et mélodieuse qui l'accompagna jusqu'à sa mort. Elle est alors remplie d'un bonheur si intense que sa vie fut transfigurée. Amoureusement et fidè lement, elle s'ouvre à l'amour de Jésus un peu plus chaque jour. Il y est tellement à l'aise qu'il commu- nique avec elle comme avec l'amie la plus intime, n'hésitant pas à l'appeler ma petite moi-même. Oui, je t'ai choisie pour me reproduire en toi (... ), lui avait-il dit, nul ne te ravira mon Coeur. Ces paroles laissent percevoir la vocation privilégiée de Dina Bélanger.

Née de l'amour des Coeurs de Jésus et de Marie, la Congrégation qui l'accueille vit d'une spiritualité centrée sur l'Eucharistie. Dans sa famille religieuse, Dina trouve réponse à ses aspirations profondes.

Pour Dina, l'expression de l'amour de Jésus atteint son sommet dans l'Eucharistie, effusion de tendresse, déversement de l'Infini dans le fini. L'Eucharistie est le foyer qui consume tout. C'est le soleil de chacun de ses jours. Sa prière est apostolique, confiante parce qu'avant tout eucharistique. Dina n'a de désir que celui de rassasier l'Infini avec les richesses mêmes de l'Infini: offrir Jésus au Père. Peut-elle utiliser offrande plus parfaite? Dans ce courant eucharistique, Dina nous a laissé une sublime prière:Voici Jésus l'Infini! Par le Coeur de l'Immaculée
Marie, par le souffle enflammé de votre Esprit créateur, je vous l'offre. Riche de Jésus, l'Infini, elle a toutes les audaces:Par cette offrande, (celle de Jésus à son Père), je me sens comme toute-puis sante auprès du Père éternel. Pour Dina, Jésus est d'une extraordinaire générosité. Un jour, elle com prend qu'Il lui a donné son Coeur! Je puis faire ce que je veux de tous ses trésors inépuisables. Je suis en possession de tous ses biens éternels. Dina voudrait pouvoir parcourir l'univers et le consumer dans les flammes infinies du Coeur sacré. Encore? Cliquez ici...
Bienheureuse Dina Bélanger, Priez pour nous.


Par RJM, Religieuses de Jésus-Marie au Canada

Viareggio, esplode il treno, 17 vittime. "Disastro annunciato"

VIAREGGIO - Sedici morti, decine di feriti di cui 15 in pericolo di vita, alcune persone disperse, decine contuse, sotto schock, un migliaio di abitanti evacuati. E poi due palazzine distrutte e altre tre evacuate, alcune centinaia di sfollati. Lutti e devastazione in un paradiso delle vacanze al mare, Viareggio, a causa di un treno merci carico di Gpl (Gas di petrolio liquefatto) che a mezzanotte deraglia in stazione e innesca l'apocalisse nel centro della città: una serie di esplosioni e l'incendio.

Le vittime. Il bilancio delle vittime è provvisorio. Il capo della Protezione Civile, Guido Bertolaso, verso le 11. definisce le cifre che, prima sembravano più alte. Dice: "I morti accertati sono dodici". Ma, purtroppo, si capisce che questo bilancio durerà poco. Quasi subito, arrivano nuove segnalazioni. Prima si passa a 14 decessi, poi vengono individuati due cadaveri in un punto ancora non sicuro che, quindi, verranno recuperati più tardi, quando sarà possibile. E' in condizioni molto critiche la bambina straniera di 4 anni che è stata trasportata in elicottero all'ospedale Bambin Gesù di Roma con ustioni su tutto il corpo.

L'esplosione. "Come un terremoto, come un tornado, ho avvertito uno spostamento d'aria e il pavimento muoversi" racconta un giovane. "Dormivo, mi è piombato il lampadario addosso, sono vivo per caso" dice un altro. "Mio marito, un eroe. Mi ha preso di peso e trascinato fuori da una porta sul retro prima che crollasse tutto. Da sola, con queste gambe malridotte, operate da poco, non ce l'avrei mai fatta" aggiunge un'anziana sorretta a braccia da due volontari della protezione civile che l'accompagnano nella tendopoli allestita in piazza del municipio. più... Dunque molti duole, prego per loro.

ROME — At least 16 people died, 3 of them children, and more than 34 were reported injured after a freight train carrying liquid petroleum derailed and exploded late Monday in a quiet seaside town on the Tuscan coast.

The accident, which took place as the train passed through a residential neighborhood in the town of Viareggio, caused five homes and buildings to collapse, killing some residents as they slept. Flames engulfed entire streets, including parked cars, until the authorities were able to contain the blaze.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is expected to travel to the town, about 220 miles north of Rome, on Tuesday afternoon to assess the damage.

The accident, the deadliest train-related disaster in the country since 2005, delayed train service nationwide. It comes a week before Italy is expected to host world leaders for the Group of Eight summit meeting, to be held in L’Aquila, where nearly 300 people were killed and 65,000 people left homeless by an earthquake on April 6. Already on Tuesday, critics were saying aging infrastructure had contributed to the derailment.

The accident was caused by a mechanical problem: the axle on the first car gave way, the director of Italy’s state railway, Mauro Moretti, said at a news conference. “From what we’ve seen so far, the engineers didn’t make any mistakes,” Mr. Moretti said, according to the news agency ANSA.

On Tuesday, rescue workers sifted through the wreckage looking for around 30 missing people. Three children were pulled alive from the rubble, and 16 of the injured were in critical condition, Italian news media reported.

The 14-car train was traveling to Pisa from the northern city of La Spezia and was near the Viareggio train station just before midnight when the car derailed, The Associated Press reported.

“We saw a ball of fire rising up to the sky,” said one witness, Gianfranco Bini, who lives in a building overlooking the station, according to The A.P. “We heard three big rumbles, like bombs. It looked like war had broken out.”

More than 1,000 people were evacuated, the mayor of Viareggio, Luca Lunardini, told ANSA.

Raffaele Gargiulo, a police spokesman for the nearby city of Lucca, told The A.P. that the bodies were severely burned and would be difficult to identify.

The director of Italy’s Civil Protection, Guido Bertolaso, called the incident one of the “worst tragedies” to occur in the Italian train system.



Two new blogs added to my blog roll

The first comes from a self described Royalist, Legitimatist, and conter- revolutionary, his blog presents him as a Catholic. Therefore he is after my own heart. He lives in the Vendee,

The blog is named, Le trône et l'autel, the Throne and the Altar. It is in French, Je suis desolete, so practice your French. The article I have just started to engulf my self in.


The second is a Catholc Blog called Credidimus Caritati. I was atracted to this site while looking for a picture of our Lady of Perpetual Help. I will be placing an article on my blog with a redirect to a marvelous and miraclous true story. having gone to a Parish of Redemptorists at St. Alphonsus in Chicago, this Icon was in each classroom.



Polish Catholic Survivors Recall Day Auschwitz Began


Photo by Polish American Congress

Brooklyn, N.Y. … June 14th was observed as Flag Day in America. In Poland, the date was remembered as the day in 1940 that Hitler and his Nazis opened the gate of Auschwitz to receive the first inmates – 728 Polish prisoners they transported from Tarnów, Poland.

Rev. Janusz Lipski (far right) of St. Hedwig’s Church in Floral Park and Chaplain of the Long Island Chapter of the Polish American Congress joined three former
Auschwitz prisoners to mark the infamous anniversary.

Shown with him are (from left to right) Andrew Garczynski; Michael Preisler and Walter Kolodziejek who participated in a special commemoration held at the Polish American Congress.

Mr. Kolodziejek was one of the earliest prisoners condemned to Auschwitz arriving there in August, 1940, just two months after the first transport of Poles. Mr. Preisler came in October, 1941 and Mr. Garczynski in 1943.

Mr. Kolodziejek was also one of the first prisoners to be used by Auschwitz doctors for human experiments.

By the time Auschwitz was liberated in 1945, Jews represented the largest group murdered there. Polish Christians were the second largest.

It was ironic that, just a week earlier, a Holocaust Memorial Park in Brooklyn honoring only Jews added five more groups as the other victims of the Holocaust: homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the disabled, political prisoners and Gypsies. Polish Catholics were disregarded.

That came as no surprise to Michael Preisler who helped form the
Holocaust Documentation Committee of the Polish American Congress because of repeated refusals to acknowledge the Polish and Catholic victims.

“Unfortunately, there’s an ugly anti-Polish and anti-Catholic bias that keeps on showing up among a lot of Holocaust writers and people in the media. They twist the Holocaust as a way to express their prejudice," he said.

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Oremus et pro Iudaeis,
Ut Deus et Dominus noster illuminet corda eorum, ut agnoscant Iesum Christum salvatorem omnium hominum. Oremus.

Let us also pray for the Jews that God our Lord should illuminate their hearts, so that they will recognize Jesus Christ, the Savior of all men. Let us pray.