The Suffering Pope?

The following article is from Antonio Socci by way of  Christopher Ferrara.


On February 11th the anniversary of the “renunciation” of the papacy by Benedict XVI was remembered. On February 28 it will be a year since the end of his pontificate. But in recent days what happened in the Vatican a year ago is ever more mysterious. And what is the true nature of the “retirement” of Benedict XVI?


In previous cases, in fact, popes who resign have always returned to their status as cardinal or religious: five months after he abdicated, the famous Celestine V, elected in 1294, returned to being the hermit Peter of Morrone. Continue reading “The Suffering Pope?”

History, Fatima and the Bishop of Rome

Professor Roberto de Mattei has been fired from Radio Maria for the following article. The action taken by Father Livio Fanzaga is exquisite proof of the the truth of Professor de Mattei’s observations. This article is from the Lepanto Foundation by way of Rorate Caeli. The emphasis is mine; please check out Rorate for full information on this momentous event.

Motus in fine velocior

by Roberto de Mattei [Feb. 12. 2014]

February 11, 2013, is a date which has entered history. It was on that day that Benedict XVI communicated to an assembly of astonished cardinals his decision to renounce the pontificate. The announcement was received “like lightning in a serene sky,” according to the words addressed to the Pope by the cardinal deacon Angelo Sodano, and the image of lightning which, that very day, had struck the Basilica of St. Peter, spread throughout the world.  Continue reading “History, Fatima and the Bishop of Rome”

The Forgotten Prayer of Fatima – Updated

At Fatima, in 1917, Our Savior Jesus Christ sent us His own Holy Mother as His emissary to urge us to turn from sin, repent and renew our spiritual battle in prayer and reparation. But did you know that the year before Our Lady appeared at Fatima, St. Michael the Archangel, God’s own great warrior, who vanquished Satan and his minions into the eternal fires of hell, appeared to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta? Fatima scholars believe that St. Michael was preparing the little shepherds to receive Our Lady’s revelations. In hindsight, perhaps he was also teaching them to make reparation for the abuses that were to follow the Church’s disobedience.

The Angel of Fatima
St. Michael the Archangel, the Angel of Fatima

What did the Angel say? After identifying himself as the Angel of Peace, he taught the children to pray. Now, you may well ask, if the Angel was the great warrior Angel of God, St. Michael the Archangel, why did he identify himself as the Angel of Peace? Because as St. Michael knows, peace will only result when Satan is vanquished. In this, our final battle, our greatest spiritual armaments are prayer and sacrifice. In fact, the very essence of the Catholic Faith, the epitome of Catholicity is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which unites the most perfect and acceptable prayer with the most perfect and unblemished sacrifice. At the time of the Angel’s appearance there was no inkling of the blasphemies and abuses of the Blessed Sacrament that occur so often today. 

After assuring the children at that first visit that “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications”, the Angel left them, only to return in a few months. At the time, the children were relaxing in the shade of a fig tree beside a well. The Angel reappeared chiding them, “What are you doing? Pray, pray a great deal! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you! Offer unceasingly to the Most High prayers and sacrifices!”

Lucia then asked the Angel how they were to sacrifice themselves. “Offer up everything within your power as a sacrifice to the Lord in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended; and of supplication for the conversion of sinners….Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings that the Lord may send you.”  Continue reading “The Forgotten Prayer of Fatima – Updated”

Candlemas, The Feast of the Purification

Today, February 2, is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also called Candlemas and is the last feast in the Christmastide cycle of the liturgy. According to the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, (Angelus Press, 2004) it is perhaps the oldest Marian feast. It commemorates  our Blessed Mother’s obedience to the Mosaic Law by going to the Temple in Jerusalem and making the prescribed purification offerings forty days after the birth of her Child. Thus, Christmastide officially ends with an intimation of the purification to come in Lent.

Additionally, this feast celebrates the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, which is the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Traditionally, today’s Mass is preceded by the blessing and distribution of candles and a procession with the lighted candles. In the Prayers of Blessing, the Church prays, “O Lord Jesus Christ, the true Light that enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world, pour forth Thy blessing upon these candles and sanctify them with the light of Thy grace, and mercifully grant that as these lights enkindled with visible fire dispel the darkness of night, so our hearts illumined by invisible fire, that is, by the splendor of the Holy Ghost, may be free from every blindness due to vice, so that with clear sight our minds may discern what is pleasing to Thee and profitable to our salvation, so that after the darksome perils of this life we may deserve to attain to never-fading light.”  Continue reading “Candlemas, The Feast of the Purification”