Sunday, December 26, 2010

Glorious Return of the Cappa Magna to Rome

Tu scendi dalle stelle!

Today, our personal favorite in the Vatican (and great friend of Rome students), Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke sang Pontifical Mass at the Church of St. Mary of Nazareth on Rome's Via di Boccea, just west of the Vatican, at Casalotti (

This parish, staffed by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, is located in the historical Suburbicarian Diocese of Porto - Santa Rufina.

Many thanks to His Eminence for his leadership and constant generosity, to the Franciscans of the Immaculate for hosting the Mass and for doing such fine work at this parish as well as to His Excellency Gino Reali, Bishop of Porto - Santa Rufina, who came from La Storta to be present.

Christmas at the Vatican A.D. MMX

Christmas in Rome

An old Roman custom - to reverence the Christ child after Midnight Mass.
Pastors, celebrate this tradition at your parish.

Midnight Mass in Rome

Favorite Christmas Carol of Italians: "Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle"

Written in 1754 by St. Alfonso Maria de Liguori.

FSSP in URBE: 2010 Manger Scene

Rome's Manger Scene

Christmas Eve.

Thank God we still have freedom to do this in some places like Italy.

Christmas Eve in Rome

The most silent night in Rome each year is Christmas Eve.

Catholic Culture: Baby Jesus Statue

In some places such as Naples and Florence the baby is often depicted nude, as seen here in Naples.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where St. Ignatius Died in Rome

Hic Obiit Pater Ignatius

July 31, 1556.

Chasuble of St. Ignatius

He celebrated Holy Mass in this chasuble and was later, they say, even buried in it.

Jesuit Collegio in Rome


Make this your motto, too.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Where Cardinals Eat: Papa Re

Papa Re (Pope King - Blessed Pius IX).
In Trastevere.
Via della Lungaretta, 149.

Christmas in Rome

Piazza Navona.

Vatican City Phone

To be Christ's Page at the Altar!

Rome altar boys.

Franciscans in Rome

These Franciscan friars arrived in town and have been doing the Lord's work and camping out in the Piramide Metro tunnel at Roma Ostiense.

New Tiber Bike Path

Bike or Rollerblade now easily along the Tiber River.

Rome Flat of Alcide de Gasperi

Just a minute walk from the Vatican on the old Via Bonifacio VIII (now the Via Alcide de Gasperi).

Home of the Usus Antiquior Closest to the Vatican

On Lungotevere Vaticano at Via S. Pio X.
Oratory of the Beata Vergine Maria Annunziata along the Tiber River.

Our Lady of Humility

Just perfect for the P.N.A.C.

Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church