Leprosy makes a reappearance in Europe

Alerte sanitaire !

La lèpre réapparaît en Espagne inoculée par l'immigration. La lèpre, une maladie que nous avions oubliée depuis bien longtemps, a fait sa réapparition. La maladie est réapparue d'une manière différente, sans les léproseries ou stigmatisations inhumaines, mais avec des cas sporadiques, ce qui est le facteur le plus important du point de vue épidémiologique.

En dépit du fait que cette maladie est encore assez rare, les médecins espagnols recommandent la plus grande vigilance. La grande majorité de la population n'a jamais vu de lépreux de toute sa vie.

Mais une étude récente d’un hôpital londonien sur les maladies tropicales avertit qu'il y a retard dans la découverte d’un cas de lèpre dans 80% des cas ceci augmentant le risque pour le lésé de souffrir de graves handicaps physiques. Entre 15et 25 cas de lèpre sont diagnostiqués chaque année en Espagne. La lèpre est une maladie très contagieuse.

En 2012, 25 personnes ont contracté la maladie, et il y a plus de 450 patients dans un centre médical à Alicante. La majorité des cas en Espagne sont ceux des immigrants arrivés presque certainement avec la maladie déjà présente dans leur corps.

Health alarm! Leprosy has reappeared in Spain uninoculated by the immigration. The leprosy, a disease forgotten fora long time, has made a reappearance. The disease has appeared in a different way, without the lepers or other than human transmission, but through sporadic cases, which is a factor more important from the epidemiological standpoint.

Although this disease is still rather rare, Spanish doctors recommend the most intense vigilance. The largest majority of the population have never seen a leper.

During a recent study of a London hospital on tropical diseases, warns that there is a delay in the discovery of leprosy in 80% of the cases this increasing the risk for the infected to suffer of grave physical handicaps. Between 15 and 25 cases of lèpre are diagnosed each year in Spain. Leprosy is a very contagious disease.

In 2012, 25 people contracted the disease, and there are more than 450 patients currently in the medical center of Alicante. The majority of the cases in Spain are those of the newly arrived immigrants (read North African)in which almost certainly with the disease is already present in their bodies.

(My translation)

Leprosy (english)


Dyed in the wool.

Having been a living historian for many years I have studied clothes and different cloths from the 18th and 19th centuries. In order to "be right" it takes a bit of patience and lots of money. I have from time to time had to divest myself of articles which were incorrect. A fellow living historian can spot something incorrect at a hundred yards. It is almost a level of Dantes hell watching films in which the actors are not properly attired.

All my family has participated in living history. A funny story is: My youngest daughter was on a field trip to a nearby historic location. She was concerned that the tour guide was dressed improperly (the guide was not wearing panniers) and the guide did not know why clay pipes had a long stem. I recieved a call from her teacher that night. Genevieve was right.

When examining period clothes it is always good to remember that people in the 18th and 19th centuries were always surrounded by germs and bacteria which we no longer are, especially TB. TB spores can go dormant for years, so it is wise to wear a mask and gloves, and never eat any thing until you wash your hands thoroughly.

Now for Woad.

Woad (Isatis tinctoria) is a native of southeastern Europe, the Balkans and Italian penninsulas and what is now southwestern Russia, and the Crimea. It has been know since before history. Since prehistoric times it has been the predominant dye and it produces a beautiful colour.

The woad plant is a relative of the broccoli family. The woad leaves are picked, crushed and rolled into balls. Later the balls would be pressed into powder, and soaked to ferment. This fermentation process produced a noxious stink, a cross between rotting cabbage and sewage. (Stop! This is one of those things which causes me to wonder how prehistoric man figured this out.) Queen Elizabeth I decreed that no woad making would be allowed within five miles (!) of anywhere she would pass.

After 2 weeks of this fermentation the woad is dried into a powder once more.

Soaking cloth in water containing woad does not change color until it is removed fom the soak, whereupon a chemical reaction occurs as air hits the cloth, the color changed from yellow to green, and turns the cloth blue.

Ready for this? Go here to read about 18th century makeup...


It all depends on the whose definition of atrocity...

Elena Maria Vidal presents this article today about a little know fact and unintended consequence or World War II and the defeat of Germany. The deportation of whole populations in retaliation by the victors. I remember growing up in Chicago in the early 1960s, the most derogatory comments about a person was "Oh they are DPs" or "Damn DP". I rated right up there with the N word in depicting some one as a thief, a liar of just dirty.

"...Between 1945 and 1950, Europe witnessed the largest episode of forced migration, and perhaps the single greatest movement of population, in human history. Between 12 million and 14 million German-speaking civilians—the overwhelming majority of whom were women, old people, and children under 16—were forcibly ejected from their places of birth in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, and what are today the western districts of Poland. As The New York Times noted in December 1945, the number of people the Allies proposed to transfer in just a few months was about the same as the total number of all the immigrants admitted to the United States since the beginning of the 20th century. They were deposited among the ruins of Allied-occupied Germany to fend for themselves as best they could. The number who died as a result of starvation, disease, beatings, or outright execution is unknown, but conservative estimates suggest that at least 500,000 people lost their lives in the course of the operation..." More

Another little known item is that when Germany surrendered those German troops who laid down their arms were called "disarmed enemy forces" and did not benefit by the Geneva convention. They became essentially slave labour. The Allied powers had decided at the highest level (Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin) to repudiate the Geneva Conventions, especially after the extinction of a German government able to negotiate with the Red Cross. the conditions in many of the detention camps resembled the worst of the US Civil War Prison Camps, ie, Camp Douglas, Fort Delaware, Belle Isle and Andersonville. More...

German prisoners were forced to dig holes in the ground for shelter, as the picture left shows. Even though the American army had plenty of tents, the prisoners lived for months in their holes. When it rained, the holes collapsed and the prisoners died.

As an American service member I had the right to expect that if captured I could expect certain treatment i accordance with Geneva. It was the same in World War II for the Germans who laid down their arms. Niether the soldiers or the population got the treatment humanity deserves.


The Road To Schism - The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

...This week, about 240 priests from around the country are meeting at Saint Leo University in St. Leo for the inaugural assembly of the newly formed Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. Among its goals: To be a "voice of hope" and to "celebrate and implement the visionary concepts of Vatican Council II."

The Rev. David Cooper, a Milwaukee pastor and board chairman, says keeping the spirit of what was intended by the council — which opened in October 1962 and concluded in December 1965 — is urgent, given the direction the church seems to be taking.

"We're not positioning ourselves to be a controversial voice, but a collaborative one," .

Taken in the light of yesterdays post of the Prophecies of Bl. Anna Maria Taigi this is just the start.



Some Phophecies of Bl.Anna Maria Taigi

Prophecies of Bl. Anna Maria Taigi

"She knew with certainty the fate of the dead. Her gaze travelled to the ends of the earth and discovered there people on whom she had never set eyes, reading them to the depth of their souls. ...The poor, the great of the world, the princesses of the Church came to her for advice or help. They found her in the midst of her household cares and often suffering from illness.

She touched the sick, and they were cured; she warned others of their approaching end, and they died holy deaths. She endured great austerities for the souls of purgatory, and the souls, once set free, came to thank her....She suffered in body and soul... She realized that her role was to expiate the sins of others, that Jesus was associating her with His Sacrifice, and that she was a victim of His company.

To tell the truth, her state of ecstasy was continual because her sense of the presence of God was continual..All pain was sweet to her....She went her way, her feet all bloody; with shining eyes she followed the Royal way."

a) "God will send two punishments; one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing can be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of religion.

It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles. He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot. During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy."

b) "All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms."

c) "Religion shall be persecuted, and priests massacred. Churches shall be closed, but only for a short time. The Holy Father shall be obliged to leave Rome."

d) "France shall fall into a frightful anarchy. The French shall have a desperate civil war in the course of which even old men will take up arms. The political parties, having exhausted their blood and their rage without being able to arrive at any satisfactory settlement, shall agree at the last extremity to have recourse to the Holy See. Then the Pope shall send to France a special legate....In consequence of the information received, His Holiness himself shall nominate a most Christian King for the government of France."

e) "After the three days of darkness, St. Peter and St. Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach in the whole world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the cardinal who is to become Pope. Christianity, then, will spread throughout the world. He is the Holy Pontiff, chosen by God to withstand the storm. At the end, he will have the gift of miracles, and his name shall be praised over the whole earth."

f) "Whole nations will come back to the Church and the face of the earth will be renewed. Russia, England, and China will come into the Church."

From the various Prophecies which I have from time to time repeated on this blog, one can readily see an almost continuous and reoccurring theme... "The True Church falling into disrepair spiritually, wars (some of which I have participated in), the massacres of priests and religious, the Holy Father chased out of the Vatican, three days of darkness, and the preeminence of France as a source for conversion. What can we take from this? God is not kidding.


From Catholic Prophecies II(the blog has been inactive since 2005)


Rare find at Waterloo of intact 200-year remains

Almost 200 years after Prussian and English troops defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, Belgian archeologists have unearthed the complete remains of a young soldier in what they dubbed a rare find.

"You can almost see him dying," Belgian archeologist Dominique Bosquet said of the skeleton, lying on its back with the spherical musket bullet that felled the soldier still between his ribs.

"The skeleton is intact," Bosquet told RTL television on Tuesday.

Believed to have died June 18, 1815, the remains were found under 40 centimetres (15 inches) of soil as if the young soldier's comrades had hurriedly buried him when he fell on the battleground.

His uniform had been eaten away but archaeologists were studying a spoon, a coin, a leather strap and a piece of wood carved with the initials C.B. to see whether they might help to identify the skeleton.

It was found last week on land held at the time by English troops by a team of archaeologists investigating the site ahead of major renovation.

Bulldozers rolled into action a month ago to spruce up the site in a project that will see the demolition of restaurants, stores and parking lots.

May God have mercy on his soul...


The Emperors of Austria gave public example of their Catholic faith

Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria taking part in the Corpus Christi procession at Stephansplatz.

...The Corpus Christi procession outshone all others. The restraint of Lent and the grave pomp of Easter had been left behind: this was a dazzling occasion. The soldiers and gendarmes lining the streets had ivy leaves in their helmets; the archdukes arrived separately, in crystal calèches drawn by six grays; then the Emperor, accompanied by Archduke Franz Ferdinand, came in a carriage of gold and crystal, drawn by eight horses…...entire posting

Court staff at a procession at Heldenplatz outside the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna

The House of Hapsburg has always had a sense of the Faith.


"But for Wales, Richard, Wales!"

Stephanie Mann relates Sir Richard Rich Dies

Richard Rich, lst Baron of Leez (does it rhyme with sleeze?) was given the title of Worst Briton of the Sixteenth Century by BBC History magazine in 2005. He seems to have been able to change allegiance on a dime; a chameleon on plaid.

More here.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Stephanie...


Invocation Prayer by Fr. Andrew 2012 Colorado Repubican Convention

Fr. Andrew was invited to lead the opening prayer at the 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention in the Magness Arena at the University of Denver. The moral challenges facing our country are not caused by political affiliation, but rather by attacks on religious freedom. He invites all people of conscience to uphold religious freedom.

"The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with 'communism' or 'socialism.'" - Catechism of the Catholic Church 2425