Monthly Archives: September 2012


Martyrology-October 2nd
Roman Martyrology-October 2nd- on this date in various years-

The Feast of the holy Guardian Angels.

At Rome, the martyrdom of St. Modestus, a Sardinian, deacon and martyr, who was racked and burned with fire by Emperor Diocletian. His holy body was afterwards translated to Benevento and buried there in a church named after him.

In the vicinity of Arras, the martyrdom of blessed Leodegarius, bishop of Autun. After being subjected to various insults and torments for the truth, he was put to death by Ebroin, chief minister of Theodoric. read more

Reuters: Pope’s bid to win over Catholic rebels seems at dead end


By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
PARIS | Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:57am EDT
PARIS (Reuters)- Pope Benedict’s bid to draw rebel Catholic traditionalists back to the Roman fold, a major effort that has divided Catholics and sometimes embarrassed him, seems to have hit a dead end with little apparent hope of a solution.

Two leaders of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), which broke away over reforms of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, have recently rejected his conditions for their rehabilitation after a series of contacts following his 2005 election as pope. read more


Martyrology-October 1st
Roman Martyrology-October 1st- on this date in various years-

St. Remigius, bishop of Rheims and confessor, who fell asleep in the Lord on the 13th of January, but is commemorated on this day because of the translation of his body.

At Rome, blessed Aretas and five hundred and four other martyrs.

At Tournai in France, St. Piaton, priest and martyr, who went from Rome to France to preach, together with blessed Quinctinus and his companions. Afterwards, his martyrdom was completed in the persecution of Maximian and he passed from earth to heaven. read more


Martyrology-September 30th
Roman Martyrology-September 30th- on this date in various years-

In Bethlehem of Juda, the death of St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church. Excelling in all kinds of learning, he imitated the life of the most approved monks, and disposed of many monstrous heresies with the sword of his doctrine. Having at length reached a very advanced age, he rested in peace and was buried near the manger of our Lord. His body was afterwards transferred to Rome, and placed in the basilica of St. Mary Major. read more


Martyrology-September 29th
Roman Martyrology-September 29th- on this date in various years-

On Mount Gargano, the commemoration of the blessed archangel Michael. This festival is kept in memory of the day when, under his invocation, there was consecrated a church, unpretending in its exterior, but endowed with celestial virtue.

At Auxerre, St. Fraternus, bishop and martyr.

In Thrace, the birthday of the holy martyrs Eutychius, Plautus, and Heracleas.

In Persia, the holy martyrs Dadas, a blood relative of King Sapor, Casdoa, his wife, and Gabdelas, his son. After being deprived of their dignities, and subjected to various torments, they were imprisoned for a long time and finally put to the sword. read more


Martyrology-September 28th
Roman Martyrology-September 28th- on this date in various years-

In Bohemia, St. Wenceslas, duke of Bohemia and martyr, renowned for holiness and miracles. Being murdered by the deceit of his brother, he went triumphantly to heaven.

At Rome, St. Privatus, martyr, who was cured of ulcers by blessed Pope Callistus. In the time of Emperor Alexander he was scourged to death with leaded whips for the faith of Christ.

In the same place, St. Stacteus, martyr.

In Africa, the Saints Martial, Lawrence, and twenty other martyrs. read more

Prayers for an election

“The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.” ~ James 5:16

Christians comprise about six percent of India’s population. In 2004, heavily favored candidates in the national elections planned to turn the nation in a direction that would have severely restricted religious liberty and made it virtually illegal to be a practicing Christian.

Every poll and every pundit predicted a landslide victory for those opposed to religious liberty. In that season of desperation, people of faith began to pray in a united and fervent way, that the individuals of God’s choosing would be elected to every office. read more


Martyrology-September 27th
Roman Martyrology-September 27th- on this date in various years-

At Aegea, during the persecution of Diocletian, the birthday of the holy martyrs Cosmas and Damian, brothers. After miraculously overcoming many torments from bonds, imprisonment, fire, crucifixion, stoning, arrows, and from being cast into the sea, they were beheaded. With them are said to have suffered three brothers: Anthimus, Leontius, and Euprepius.

At Paris, the birthday of St. Vincent de Paul, priest and confessor, founder of the Congregation of the Mission and of the Sisters of Charity, an apostolic man and father to the poor. Pope Leo XIII appointed this saint as the heavenly patron before God of all charitable societies in the world which in any way whatever draw their origin from him. His feast is celebrated on the 19th of July. read more

Pastor drops dead in front of wedding couple

Source: The

Pastor drops dead in front of wedding couple

Published: 25 Sep 12 15:06 CET

A fairytale wedding in southern Bavaria at the weekend turned into a nightmare when the pastor dropped dead in front of the happy couple before they could say “I do.”

Grzegorz Wieczorek was reciting a prayer when he stopped mid-sentence and collapsed at the altar, the Münchner Merkur newspaper reported on Tuesday. The 47-year-old hit his head on the stone floor of the St. Lambert church at the Seeon Monastery.

Panicked guests ran to try to help him at the front of the church, while organist Andrea Wittmann called an ambulance and found the first-aid kit. read more


Martyrology-September 26th
Roman Martyrology-September 26th- on this date in various years-

At Nicomedia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Cyprian and the virgin Justina. Under Emperor Diocletian and the governor Eutholmius, Justina suffered greatly for the faith of Christ, and thus converted Cyprian, who, while a magician, had endeavoured to bring her under the influence of his magical practices. She afterwards suffered martyrdom with him. Their bodies were exposed to the beasts, but were taken away in the night by some Christian sailors, and carried to Rome. They were subsequently taken into the Constantinian basilica, and buried near the baptistry. read more


Martyrology-September 25th
Roman Martyrology-September 25th- on this date in various years-

At Emmaus, the birthday of blessed Cleophas, disciple of Christ. It is related that he was killed by the Jews for the confession of our Lord, and honourably buried in the same house in which he had entertained him.

At Amiens in France, in the persecution of Diocletian, blessed Firminus, bishop. Under the governor Rictiovarus, after many torments he suffered martyrdom by being beheaded.

At Rome, on the Claudian Way, under Emperor Antoninus, St. Herculanus, soldier and martyr, who was converted to Christ by the miracle wrought during the martyrdom of the blessed bishop Alexander. After enduring many torments he was put to the sword. read more


Martyrology-September 24th
Roman Martyrology-September 24th- on this date in various years-

The feast of our Lady of Ransom, Foundress of the Order for the Redemption of Captives. The apparition of the same Blessed Virgin occurred on the 10th of August.

At Brescia, the death of St. Anathalo, bishop. He was a disciple of the blessed apostle Barnabas, and succeeded him as bishop of the Milanese church.

In Hungary, St. Gerard, bishop of Chzonad and martyr, patrician of Venice, called the apostle of the Hungarians. During a journey from the town of Chzonad to Alba Regalis he was attacked by the pagans near the river Danube, stoned by them, and then pierced with a lance. He was thus the first to adorn his native land with a noble martyrdom. read more


Martyrology-September 23rd
Roman Martyrology-September 23rd- on this date in various years-

At Rome, St. Linus, pope and martyr, who governed the Roman Church next after the blessed apostle Peter. He was crowned with martyrdom and was buried on the Vatican Hill beside the same apostle.

At Iconium in Lycaonia, St. Thecla, virgin and martyr, who was brought to the faith by the apostle St. Paul. Under Emperor Nero, she was victorious over the flames and the beasts to which she was exposed for the faith of Christ. After many combats endured for the instruction of others, she went to Seleucia, where she ended her days in peace. Her memory has been eulogized by the holy Fathers. read more


Martyrology-September 22nd
Roman Martyrology-September 22nd- on this date in various years-

St. Thomas of Villanova, of the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine, archbishop of Valencia and confessor, whose birthday is the 8th of September.

At St. Maurice, near Sion in Switzerland, the birthday of the holy Theban martyrs Maurice, Exuperius, Candidus, Victor, Innocent, and Vitalis, with their companions of the same legion, whose martyrdom for the faith during the time of Maximian filled the world with the glory of their sufferings. read more


20 September 2012 13:53

AUSTRIA: CARD. SCHÖNBORN PRESENTS VIENNA’S PARISH REFORM The archdiocese of Vienna will undergo a thorough structural and pastoral reform. It was announced yesterday by card. Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of the capital and president of the Austrian Bishops Conference. Over the next decade, the 660 existing parishes will be reduced and conflated into broader organisations but consisting of individual “branches”, so they will be in a better position to conduct their pastoral and missionary work. “Lots of local communities run by lay people compose, all together, a new parish, which will be jointly run by priests and lay people, reporting to a parish priest”, the cardinal explained. Card. Schönborn clearly insisted that the reform will not repeal parishes: “The new parishes will be able to develop larger, livelier communities”, because “the Church must become missionary again and be close to people in the places where they live”. The cardinal admitted that the reform will involve a “dramatic change of perspective”, since “we will have to take our distance from the idea that the Church exists only where there is a priest”: but “in doing so we will give back prominence to the joint priesthood” of “all baptised and confirmed people”, as “a cohabitation of priests and lay people based on their shared Christian call”.