Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oh Valiant Hearts- Armed Forces Day in the UK


O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
As who had heard Gods message from afar;
All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
Into the light that nevermore shall fade;
Deep your contentment in that blest abode,
Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,
Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,
While in the frailty of our human clay,
Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.

Still stands His Cross from that dread hour to this,
Like some bright star above the dark abyss;
Still, through the veil, the Victors pitying eyes
Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

These were His servants, in His steps they trod,
Following through death the martyred Son of God:
Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise
They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.

O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
Whose cross has bought them and Whose staff has led,
In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Muslim prayers every Friday in Belgian Church

While their mosque is being restored, Muslims are being the use of St Lambert in Jumme. Every Friday, the Cross is removed, prayer mats laid and images hidden.

Henri Remy, the 89 year old parish priest rejoices in the dialogue in the spirit of the Council, "We pray to the same God, each in their own way", he says with emphasis.

Muslims believe once a building has been used for their prayers that they retain the right of use for ever.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Archbishop of Naples under suspicion of corruption -

from OVB online

As the many abuse scandals put the church under fresh strain, a cardinal is caught in the wake of an investigation against a Roman building contractor.

The public prosecutor of Perugia has been investigating the present Archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, because of serious corruption, Italian media reported on Sunday. It relates to non-transparent property transactions with which the now 67 -year-old is said to have earned at least € 2.5 million, between 2001-2006, when Sepe was Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

In addition to the Cardinal, among others, the former transport and construction minister, Pietro Lunardi, and Roman building contractor, Diego Anemone are implicated in the corruption case. The latter has been investigated for months by the authorities in Perugia. The relates to million dollar construction tenders awarded in the course of the G8 Summit in Italy in 2009. It was not until early May that the industry minister of the government of Silvio Berlusconi, Claudio Scajola resigned under allegations of having been paid bribes by a luxury by Anemone so he could build luxury apartments near the Coliseum.

The Vatican reacted calmly. It had "full confidence" that the situation could resolve itself within a short time, and "every shadow on both the person and the Vatican institutions will be removed," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on Sunday. He also gave assurances that the cardinal will cooperate with the authorities - "under the provisions of the Concordat between the Holy See and the Italian state."

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Priest Changes Mind In Sale Of Convent To Muslims


"The sale of a Catholic convent to a Muslim group has hit a major snag.

After the surrounding Staten Island community screamed and shouted against the deal it seems the priest in charge has had a change of heart.

Muslim American Society board member Ayman Hammous didn't mince words when explaining why the deal to turn the deserted Staten Island Catholic convent into a Muslim mosque may fall through.

'It is a sort of racism,' Hammous said. 'The community in Midland Beach has been hijacked by Islamaphobes.'

He pointed to the raucous meeting last week, where hundreds packed the hall and denounced the deal, linking the Muslim American Society to terrorists."

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Infanticide in Belgium

The killing fields of Belgium.

Despite being one of the last users of thalidomide, it appears there are many fewer sufferers today in Belgium than would be expected from other countries.