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There are rumors in Rome that Archbishop Piero Marini, Papal Master of Ceremonies, was admitted to Gemelli Hospital on Monday. The details of his condition are not available and no official statement has been made. It seems to be the common belief that his illness is cardiac related.

I did notice during the numerous consistory events that Archbishop Marini seemed tired, distracted and off his game.

I spoke with him briefly on Friday afternoon and he seemed to be stressed. Perhaps the hectic events of the week were simply too much for him.
On a related note, the Holy Father also seemed very tired as the week went on. At the least, I know they exhausted me.

Let us pray that the Archbishop recovers his health quickly and returns to the Holy Father’s side.

Photo by Domini Sumus


I am back. Being at the consistory and all the surrounding events was an amazing experience.

I will be posting the details soon and will backtrack. I wrote all my posts while I was there, but unfortunately I was unable to post them.

Photo by Domini Sumus

VATICAN CITY, MAR 21, 2006 (VIS) – On Friday, March 24, Benedict XVI will celebrate his first Ordinary Public Consistory, during which he will create 15 new cardinals. Including the newcomers the College of Cardinals will, on that day, have 193 members of whom 120, those under the age of 80, enjoy the right to participate in a conclave for the election of a new Pope.

Following Friday’s consistory Europe will have 100 cardinals of whom 60 have the right to vote, while the Americas will have 52 cardinals (20 from North America and 32 from South America) with 36 electors. There will be 17 African cardinals with 9 electors, 20 Asian cardinals with 13 electors, and four cardinals from Oceania with 2 electors.

Italy remains the country with the largest number of cardinals, 40 in all including three who will be created on March 24. It is followed by the United States with 15 cardinals , and by France and Spain with nine each.

Tomorrow’s consistory will take place according to the new rite introduced at the consistory of June 28, 1991. After a liturgical greeting, the Holy Father will read the formula of creation and solemnly proclaim the names of the new cardinals. The first of the new cardinals, in the name of all the others, will address the Pope.

Following the Liturgy of the Word, the Holy Father will deliver a homily. There will then be the profession of faith and taking of the oath by the new cardinals, the imposition of the red “biretta” or hat and assignment of the titular or diaconate church in Rome as a sign of participation in the Pope’s pastoral concern for the city.

The Holy Father will hand over the Bull of Creation as cardinal and that of assignment of titular or diaconate church, and exchange an embrace of peace with the new cardinals. The cardinals will then do the same with each other. The rite will conclude with the prayer of the Faithful, the recitation of the Our Father and the final blessing.

I will be leaving for Rome in a few short hours. I have never been to Europe before so this will be a new experience for me. Actually, I have never been anywhere English is not the native language. Does Quebec count? Eh, everyone there speaks English. They just don’t want to.

Expect lots and lots of pictures from the Consistory and the surrounding events. I have tickets to 6 events, so keep checking back. I will update as often as possible.

Please remember to pray for these 15 holy men who will beome Cardinals. Please pray for the Church and for all those who serve her and will serve her in the future.

The Boston Globe has published the complete transcript from their interview with Cardinal-Designate O’Malley. It is long, 13 pages, but definately worth reading.

Ok…breaking news:
I am going to the consistory. To me, this is a once in a lifetime experience. I am so excited to go to Rome and Vatican City, to see the Pope, but most of all, to see Archbishop Sean become a Cardinal.

Between the consistory, the receptions, the Mass of the Rings, the first Mass as cardinal and all the other events, I doubt I will be able to see much of the city, but I really don’t care.

The Boston Globe write a nice article.

VATICAN CITY, MAR 17, 2006 (VIS) – The following prelates died in recent weeks:

– Cardinal Pio Taofinu’u S.M., archbishop emeritus of Samoa-Apia, on January 20, at the age of 82.

– Bishop Joao Jose Burke O.F.M., of Miracema do Tocantins, Brazil, on March 14 at the age of 70.

– Archbishop Giovanni Ceirano, apostolic nuncio, on January 30, at the age of 78.

– Bishop Jean Hermil, emeritus of Viviers, France, on March 10 at the age of 88.

– Bishop Antonio de Hornedo Correa S.J., emeritus of Chachapoyas, Peru, on January 10 at the age of 90.

– Archbishop Mario Epifanio Abdallah Mgulunde of Tabora, Tanzania, on March 14 at the age of 74.

– Bishop John Joseph Paul, emeritus of La Crosse, U.S.A., on March 5 at the age of 87.

– Archbishop Donato Squicciarini, apostolic nuncio, on March 5 at the age of 78.

– Bishop Ramon Artemio Staffolani, emeritus of Villa de la Concepcion del Rio Cuarto, Argentina, on March 8 at the age of 75.

– Archbishop Antonio Maria Travia, former almsgiver of His Holiness, on February 5 at the age of 92.
…/DEATHS/… VIS 060317 (200)

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others. If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for Christ’s name. I want to spend myself for that country, even in death, if the Lord should grant me this favor. It is among that people that I want to wait for the promise made by him, who assuredly never tells a lie. He makes this promise in the Gospel: “They shall come from the east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This is our faith: believers are to come from the whole world.
From the Confessions of Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart.
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife.
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my heart.
Christ be in all hearts thinking about me,
Christ be on all tongues telling of me.
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,
In ears that hear me Christ ever be.
Críost ar gach taobh díom; Críost amach romham;
Críost taobh thiar díom; Mo dhídean sa ghá
Críost I mo chroí istigh, Críost fúm is tharam;
Críost do mo thacu, mo neart os cionn cách.
Críost ar mo dheasláimh, Críost ar mo chlé dom;
Críost I mo thimpeall, mo sciath is mo scáth.
Críost I mo luí dom, Críost I mo shuí dom,
Críost liom ar m’éirí, á adhradh gach lá.
Críost I ngach éinne a mbímse ‘na intinn;
Críost I ngach béal bhíonn ag labhairt liom nó fúm.
Críost isna súile dhearcann im’ éadan;
Críost isna cluasa a éisteann lem’rún.
Gaelic Verses from

The USCCB has authorized a powerful new film on vocations called “Fishers of Men”. It is meant to strengthen and inspire priests as well as to encourage new vocations.

If the movie is 1/2 as inspiring as the trailer I think it will be a success.
watch the trailer at

I am not a priest, nor do I want to be one. I am happy being a woman and very happy with my ministry, but watching that trailer made me happy to be a collaborator with the clergy and a worker in the church

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