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.


  1. Extraordinary form of the Roman rite? Wonderful. I know the former parish parish of that parish very well. He is not back in the Philippines.

    What eactly is glorious about the Cappa Manga?

  2. And as usual, the Mass was poorly promoted. Better P.R. is needed for these high profile pontifical Masses, too many of us miss out.

  3. And maybe the pontifical sandals are coming back as well?
    See picture no. 2.
    I like these pontifcal shoes very much. They are made of silk and availabe in different colors.

  4. More bishops would be more than happy to wear this but fear what the pope calls in his recent book, Light of the World, "over-interpretation."

  5. It is only fitting; cardinals are princes of the Church.

  6. I knew if anybody would pull this off (bringing the cappa back to Rome) it would be Cardinal Burke! Awesome!

  7. this is true humility in practice.

  8. Were there gloves to go with those booties too?

  9. Wow-I love this!
    John, you are soooo lucky to be living in Rome!
    Long live Cardinal Burke! [isn't it cool to finally call him that?]

    Barb in NY