The Vatican opens it's archives for unprecedented exhibit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — ...The Vatican will display 100 select documents from its Secret Archives at an unprecedented exhibit next year that includes previously unpublished papers from its World War II papacy.

"Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed" opens in February at Rome's Capitoline Museums and marks the first time such precious documents, manuscripts and parchments have been allowed out of the Vatican vaults for view by the general public.

The occasion is the archive's 400th anniversary...



Obituary: Otto von Hapsburg, Crown Prince of Austria (1912 - 2011)

Gareth Russell shares his feelings on the death of the Emperor...

...Like so many of the Hapsburgs, Crown Prince Otto was a man who actually made a life as a statesman and it is sad to think that politicians by conviction, rather than by career opportunism, are more and more a thing of the past. Unlike many monarchists, the would-be monarch managed to combine a belief in the values of the past with a pragmatic and positive interpretation of modernity. One of my favourite anecdotes about him comes from the 1930s, when friends of an exiled Austrian artist who was a stalwart monarchist contacted Otto to inform him that their friend was slowly dying as a result of his alcoholism. They had tried everything else and they felt that only the man's devotion to the Hapsburgs could possibly trump his devotion to liquor. Otto summoned the man and drawing himself to his full height, he barked at him that he was his emperor and, as such, commanded him to quit drinking. Through the haze of drunkenness, the writer bowed low before Otto and vowed to do just that...

It was hard to choose exactly which paragraph to excerpt of this article, I trust I found the correct one. The last real statesmen of Europe will be hard to replace.

With thanks to Gareth Russell.


Altar Rail Returning to Use

In Tiverton, R.I., when some parishioners suggested returning altar rails to the sanctuary of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Father Jay Finelli gladly accepted, little knowing shortly thereafter the Pope’s 2007 motu proprio letter Summorum Pontificum would follow and he would be interested in learning how to celebrate the extraordinary form of the Mass.Read more:

Due to a shortage of alterservers I had the opportunity to serve at Mass yesterday. Our parish has just returned to using Comunion pattens again. How Glorious! Thank you God for the opportunity to serve you.