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Sunday, June 19, 2005

The True Story

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of a Passionist Hero, Fr Victor Koch CP. May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts.
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Salve Regina. Posted by Hello

Another photo from the Pope's home town

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See second post.

And now for some good news!

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According to a UPI Report, at least some measure of liturgical restoration will be taking place in St Peter's Basilica.

VATICAN CITY, June 18 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI wants to restore the traditional ceremonial Mass in St. Peter`s Basilica, with Latin instead of the vernacular and Gregorian chants.

Vatican expert Sandro Magister reported in his weekly newsletter Saturday that the pope is expected to replace Archbishop Pietro Marini, his predecessor Pope John Paul II`s master of liturgical ceremonies.

Whoever follows Marini will have orders to restore the traditional style and choreography of papal ceremonies in St. Peter`s.

Out will go the "international" Masses so dear to Pope John Paul II`s heart, with such innovations as Latin American and African rhythms and even dancing, multi-lingual readings and children in national costumes bringing gifts to the altar.

Pope Benedict wants to return to the Sistine Chapel choirs singing Gregorian chant and the church music of such composers as Claudio Monteverdi from the 17th century. He also wants to revive the Latin Mass.

Archbishop Marini always planned the ceremonies with television in mind, Magister said, and that emphasis will remain. A decade ago the Vatican set up a system for transmitting papal ceremonies world wide via multiple satellites.

Parishioners

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"St Anselm's Church is our property" and appeal to the Vatican.

3 Terre Haute Catholic parishes face closing

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in Archdiocese of Indianapolis and more likely to follow.

Archdiocese of Boston

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being less than straightforward.