Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
It was pointed out to me that earlier this week, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) board confirmed a decision it took in August whereby 50 parish churches throughout Malta and Gozo were scheduled as grade one buildings. In terms of the scheduling, only restorative works will be allowed to take place on both the internal and external of the building and that even such works can only be carried out with MEPA’s approval and monitoring. In my opinion, this is a step forward although admittedly I do not know the fine details of such a scheduling.
The Maltese Curia has however sought a reconsideration and further discussion, arguing that scheduling should be based on the individual characteristics of each church. Here, I also tend to agree with the Curia. It is what the architect representing the Curia said that I totally disagree with.
b) are we to witness again the replacement of stained glass windows with ordinary coloured glass as has happened in a particular parish? The reason given by its parish priest being that the church did not have enough sunlight during the day?
Saturday, December 17, 2011
"receive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling. ... It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving ..."
(Communion in this way) “is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling. In fact, if one receives while standing, a genuflection or profound bow should be made, and this is not happening.”
“If we trivialize Communion, we trivialize everything, and we cannot lose a moment as important as that of receiving Communion, of recognizing the real presence of Christ there, of the God who is the love above all loves, as we sing in a hymn in Spanish.”
“Bishops have a unique responsibility ... and we must not fail to fulfill it, because everything we do to ensure that the Eucharist is celebrated properly will ensure proper participation in the Eucharist.”
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This morning I was thinking of drafting a letter to Mgr. Annetto Depasquale regarding some important matters. It was not to be. In the afternoon, I heard of the sudden dead of Bishop Depasquale.
Bishop Annetto Depasquale passed away this afternoon, aged 73. It is indeed a sad loss for us all Maltese Catholics. Many of us have benefitted in one way or another from his advice, guidance or his welcome smile. Personally, I will miss that handshake and beaming smile although I last met him in 2007.
Bishop Depasquale was the epitome of humility and prudence. He was soft spoken and avoided the front rows, but his views and advice manifested the depth of his wisdom and his ability to grasp the core of situations. The Archdiocese of Malta has lost a highly intelligent and erudite priest.
Over the years he served the Church in pastoral duties with the Church Commission for Children’s Homes, the Pastoral Research Services, besides assisting in the parish of St George in Qormi and the English speaking community in Malta. He taught Canon Law in the Faculties of Theology and Laws of the University of Malta. He became Chancellor on 6 August 1977 and Pastoral Secretary on 14 April 1986. On 9 January 1989 he was appointed Vicar General and on 16 November 1998 His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul II nominated him Titular Bishop of Aradi and Auxiliary Bishop of Malta.
Mgr. Annetto Depasquale, R.I.P.
Monday, November 28, 2011
- Pro Tridentina (Malta) dejjem uriet - u se tibqa' turi - ubbidjenza lejn il-Papa u lejn l-Arċisqof.
- għadd ta' saċerdoti użaw il-media sabiex jattakkaw lil min għandu għal qalbu dan ir-Rit, inkluż attakki fuq saċerdoti ħuthom. U li f'ċerti każi dawn ta' l-aħħar qed jiġu mwarrba u redikolati.
- Pro Tridentina (Malta) tat stampa veritiera lis-Santa Sede dwar is-sitwazzjoni f'Malta, minkejja li kien hemm min kien se jikteb lill-Papa Benedittu XVI li f'Malta m'hawn ħadd li jrid il-Quddiesa bil-Latin.
- Pro Tridentina (Malta) kienet - u għadha - disponibbli li tassisti lill-Knisja sabiex dan ir-Rit jingħata l-post li jixraqlu, dejjem f'konformita' max-xewqa ta' Papa Benedittu XVI kif imniżżla f'Summorum Pontificum u Universae Ecclesiae.
MILL-ITTRA PASTORALI GĦALL-AVVENT – IL-KURAĠĠ LI NIĠĠEDDUXi drabi anke l-istess komunitajiet tal-Knisja bħal donnhom iħossuhom komdi jserrħu fuq dak li s-soltu jsir u jippreferu jkunu ripetittivi fil-messaġġ u fir-ritwal. Hemm min qed jagħlaq għajnejh għall-preżent, medhi bin-nostalġija tal-imgħoddi. F’ħafna każi għadna nitkellmu b’lingwaġġ u nużaw metodi tal-bieraħ, u dan minkejja li nafu li qed nirriskjaw bil-kbir, għax huma lingwaġġi u metodi li llum ma jinftehmux. Dan qed jissagrifika l-messaġġ tal-Vanġelu! Għaldaqstant, jekk ma noqogħdux attenti, anke fil-knisja nistgħu “nitqaddu”, il-liturġija ssir teatrin, il-knisja nirrenduha mużew tal-istorja!
Il-Konċilju Vatikan II, li l-Knisja bdiet tiċċelebra ħamsin sena ilu, kien esperjenza qawwija tal-Ispirtu li fetħet orizzonti ġodda u kbar. Dakinhar l-Ispirtu s-Santu bejjet żerriegħa ġdida li, jekk inħalluha tnibbet u tikber, kapaċi tagħti wiċċ isbaħ lill-Knisja u lis-Soċjetà! Imma ġara li “xi żerrigħat waqgħu mal-mogħdija u ntrifsu, u l-għasafar tal-ajru naqqruhom kollha. Oħrajn waqgħu fuq il-blat, u nibtu u nixfu, għax tira ma kellhomx. Oħrajn waqgħu qalb ix-xewk, u x-xewk kiber magħhom u ħanaqhom. Oħrajn waqgħu f’art tajba, u nibtu u għamlu l-frott kull waħda mija” (Lq 8:5-8). Il-Konċilju kellu jkun qawwa kbira ta’ “aġġornament” tal-Knisja. Kif darba stqarr il-Papa tal-Konċilju, Pawlu VI, “il-Knisja kollha għandha tadatta ruħha għall-ħtiġijiet ġodda tad-dinja; fid-dawl tat-tagħlim tal-Konċilju, il-Knisja kollha hija impenjata għal dan it-tiġdid spiritwali u organizzattiv”.
Napprezzaw li frott ta’ dan il-Konċilju, fil-Knisja lokali saru diversi riformi, bħal, per eżempju, l-aġġornament fil-Liturġija u l-mod kif tiġi ċċelebrata bis-sehem aktar attiv tal-poplu, is-sehem tal-lajċi fil-qasam aktar wiesa’ tal-Katekeżi u tad-Djakonija, l-attenzjoni tal-Knisja lokali għall-ħtiġijiet tas-soċjetà, kif ukoll l-attenzjoni tagħha għal dawk l-aktar imbegħdin, l-insara mifrudin u saħansitra dawk li jħaddnu reliġjonijiet oħra jew li ma jħaddnu ebda twemmin. Imma billi xi żerriegħa waqgħet fuq il-blat u qalb ix-xewk, forsi din għadha ma tatx il-frott kollu mixtieq.
MILL-ITTRA PASTORALI TAL-AVVENT GĦAT-TFALĦamsin sena ilu fil-Knisja kien hemm mument sabiħ meta il-Papa ta’ dak iż-żmien sejjaħ lill-Isqfijiet kollha tad-dinja biex jiltaqgħu flimkien fil-Vatikan ħalli bħala rgħajja jaraw kif l-insara tad-dinja kollha jistgħu jgħixu aħjar fuq it-tagħlim ta’ Ġesù. Dan kien mument qawwi tal-Ispirtu s-Santu tant li t-tagħlim li ħareġ dak iż-żmien għadu jgħodd sal-lum. Pereżempju fejn qabel il-quddiesa ma kien jifhimha ħadd għax kienet bil-Latin, illum issir bil-lingwa tal-post biex hekk kulħadd ikun jista’ jieħu sehem fil-quddiesa u jifhem dak li jkun qed isir u jingħad. Dak iż-żmien kienu biss is-saċerdoti li jgħallmu u jmexxu fil-knisja. Minn dak iż-żmien il-lajċi wkoll bdew jagħtu s-sehem tagħhom fil-ħidma tal-Knisja; pereżempju illum għandna rġiel u nisa jew żgħażagħ li jgħallmuna l-katekiżmu, li jqarbnu fil-Knisja u anke jmorru jqarbnu lill-morda fid-djar.
Bħala President ta' Pro Tridentina (Malta) ma nistax ma nittamax li din il-Pastorali kienet sforz żelu żejjed għax il-Knisja se tiċċelebra għeluq il-50 sena tal-Konċilju Vatikan II. U nittama li bħalma l-Kurja diġa' fasslet serje ta' attivitajiet biex tfakkar dan l-avveniment, ma tħallix barra żewġ avvenimenti kbar oħra li l-2012 taħbat egħluq il-50 sena tagħhom:
- Il-Missal Ruman tal-Beatu Ġwanni XXIII (jiġifieri il-Missal tar-Rit Tridentin) u
- l-Kostituzzjoni Appostolika Veterum Sapientia dwar l-istudju tal-Latin, promulgata mill-istess Papa tal-Konċilju.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Saturday 5 November 2011
On Saturday morning, delegates and a number of distinguished guests (including Suor Margherita Marchione, MPF and Princess von Thurn und Taxis) attended the Tridentine Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. This was celebrated by Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos (President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei) in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The text of his sermon can be found in the previous post (in Italian). Mons. Pablo Collino, Maestro Emeritus of the Julian Chapel Choir was in choir.
Just after Mass, I held private talks in the Apostolic Palace.
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke (Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature) joined the FIUV delegates for lunch. After lunch, His Eminence gave his benediction to those present.
In the afternoon, the XX General Assembly of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce started with the Address by its President, Leo Darroch. The 7 new member organisations were presented, they are:
- Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph (Philippines),
- Una Voce Japan,
- Una Voce Portugal,
- Una Voce Natal (Brazil),
- Una Voce Cuba,
- Una Voce Albaruthenia (Belarus), and
- Una Voce Ucraina (Ukraine).
Leo Darroch was reconfirmed for a further term as President by acclamation.
The newly elected Council (including Pro Tridentina (Malta)'s representative) then proceeded to select the following officials:
- Vice-Presidents: Jack Oostveen (the Netherlands), Jason King (USA) and Patrick Banken (France).
- Treasurer: Monika Rheinschmitt (Germany).
- Secretary: Thomas Murphy (Ireland).
Rodolfo Vargas Rubio (Spain) had earlier renounced his post as Secretary due to health reasons. He however remains as a Councillor. I would like to take this occasion to thank Rodolfo for the hard work he devoted to our cause and the assistance he gave Pro Tridentina (Malta) in the past years.
Sunday 6 November 2011
In the morning, delegates assisted at a solemn Tridentine Mass celebrated by Fr. Joseph Kramer, FSSP at the Personal Parish of Santissima Trinita' dei Pellegrini.
In the afternoon, the FIUV General Assembly held an open forum at which a number of speakers delivered papers. They were:
- Fr. Joseph Valluari, FDP, who read a paper on the “private prayers” that the Priest says during Mass.
- Don Stefano Carusi, IBP, about the spirit and progress of the Institute of the Good Shepherd.
- Dr. Helmut Ruckriegel, a founder member of FIUV, gave a brief history of our organisation.
- Rev. Dr. José-Apeles Santolaria de Puey y Cruells, JCD (ABD), HistL, SMOM, on the value of Romanitas in the Traditional movement and the Roman Rite as a factor of Civilisation in the Western World.
- Mons. Valentín Miserachs, President of the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, on Sacred Music and the Centenary of the Pontifical Institute.
- Fr. Joseph Kramer, FSSP, gave statistics regarding the Priestly Fraternity.
- Canon Joseph Luzuy of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, about the progress of the Institute.
The XX General Assembly ended with the chant of the Salve Regina and the benediction by the priests present.
President, Pro Tridentina (Malta)
Councillor, Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce
Sia Lodato Gesù Cristo!
Sia Lodato Gesù Cristo!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Organised by the
Għaqda Dilettanti Mudelli ta' Knejjes A.D. 1986
Wednesday 9 November 2011 at 18:00.
Celebrant - Rev. Fr. Marc Andre' Camilleri.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Yes, Article 3 of Summorum Pontificum states,
"Communities of Institutes of consecrated life and of Societies of apostolic life, of either pontifical or diocesan right, wishing to celebrate Mass in accordance with the edition of the Roman Missal promulgated in 1962, for conventual or "community" celebration in their oratories, may do so. If an individual community or an entire Institute or Society wishes to undertake such celebrations often, habitually or permanently, the decision must be taken by the Superiors Major, in accordance with the law and following their own specific decrees and statues."
So a religious house could offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass on special occasions even without the permission of their superior major. They would only need this permission if they wished to celebrate it very often, probably, for example, if there was a desire for daily or weekly Masses. Clearly superiors are encouraged to offer generous access to the Tridentine Mass in the pastoral spirit of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. This is more or less what is already happening in St. Theresa's Church, Cospicua.
FAQ. 2 May a bishop prohibit people from attending the private Masses of priests offering the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?
Absolutely not. Article 4 of Summorum Pontificum is clear,
"Celebrations of Mass as mentioned above in art. 2 may - observing all the norms of law - also be attended by faithful who, of their own free will, ask to be admitted."
FAQ. 3 Can a parish or other place request more than just private Masses?
Yes, if there is a "stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical tradition," which would mean that there is a sufficient number in the parish - or "different parishes or dioceses," - who are committed to the ancient Mass and desire it on a regular basis, then the Holy Father states, "the pastor should willingly accept their requests to celebrate the Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962 . . ."
"Different parishes or dioceses" was inserted in Universae Ecclesiae following pressure from traditional Catholics particularly from Malta. I can say this with authority, so to speak, having been involved in informal discussions with the Roman Curia for the previous 18 months. Persuasion was the keyword here as the motu proprio did not cater so much for realities such as the local one. Now it needs to be concretely applied in Malta and Gozo to bear the desired fruit.
So the parish priest by all means should grant the request of the faithful unless there is some real reason that he absolutely cannot. If there is some temporary reason why this cannot be granted, Article 7 of the motu proprio provides that,
"If a group of lay faithful, as mentioned in art. 5, has not obtained satisfaction to their requests from the pastor, they should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is strongly requested to satisfy their wishes. If he cannot arrange for such celebration to take place, the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei.' "
So Rome has pledged assistance through the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei to making sure that assistance is offered to the faithful in this situation. It is here that, in my view, Maltese have encountered a stumbling block at a local level which hopefully should be solved without further delays.
FAQ. 4 In cases where there is to be a publicly scheduled Mass in the Extraordinary Form, is the bishop's permission required?
No. This is not at all implied in the letter. The letter specifically leaves this up to the pastor or rector of the Church, who is to be guided by the Bishop. The motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, under Article 5 states,
"In parishes, where there is a stable group of faithful who adhere to the earlier liturgical tradition, the pastor should willingly accept their requests to celebrate the Mass according to the rite of the Roman Missal published in 1962, and ensure that the welfare of these faithful harmonises with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the guidance of the bishop in accordance with canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church."
So the Bishop, as always, must guarantee the unity of the faithful. The pastor is the one who grants the permission, but he does so under the watchful eye of the bishop, who makes sure that all is done in charity and respect for the Faith of the Church. This guidance, however, does not imply that the pastor needs permission of the Bishop. As the Holy Father himself has stated, the Missal of Pope John XXIII was not abrogated, nor could it be abrogated. He has also stated that the excuse that the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is divisive is unfounded; in the motu proprio, he stated very clearly,
"In the second place, the fear was expressed in discussions about the awaited Motu Proprio, that the possibility of a wider use of the 1962 Missal would lead to disarray or even divisions within parish communities. This fear also strikes me as quite unfounded. "
Unfortunately, locally there have been many misinterpretations of Article 5 that have led to a considerable number of Tridentine Masses either being cancelled or granted permission in extremis.
FAQ. 5 Does the motu proprio allow for daily Masses in the Extraordinary Form?
Yes it does. Article 5 of Summorum Pontificum is clear,
"Celebration in accordance with the Missal of Blessed John XXIII may take place on working days ..."
FAQ. 6 Is there any resource that Bishops can use to help satisfy requests for the Extraordinary Form in their dioceses?
Yes. They have the ability according to section 8 of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum to, "refer the problem to the Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' to obtain counsel and assistance."
If I am allowed to add my two Euro cents' worth, the best thing our Bishops could do for a wider dissemination of the Extraordinary Form is to ensure that more traditional teaching methods in seminaries, in particular in the areas of liturgy and the Latin language, take place. Especially because there is a demand both from laity, seminarians and priests. More than might be expected. Hopefully this will be done soon, according to feedback I have received from Rome.
FAQ. 7 What if particular parishes wish only the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?
Admittedly, this might be unrealistic in Malta, at least for the short to mid-term. However, this is allowed for under the motu proprio. As the Holy Father states in Article 10 of the Summorum Pontificum,
"The ordinary of a particular place, if he feels it appropriate, may erect a personal parish in accordance with can. 518 for celebrations following the ancient form of the Roman rite, or appoint a chaplain, while observing all the norms of law."
Pope Benedict XVI himself has set the example when, as Bishop of Rome, he erected a personal parish.
FAQ. 8 Can specifically Novus Ordo Missae practices, such as Communion in the hand or altar girls, be done at Extraordinary Form Masses?
No, they only apply to the Novus Ordo Missae.
Concluding, let us hope that our Bishops would accede to the wishes of many Catholic faithful and in this way enhance the unity of the Church under Pope Benedict XVI.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I loved the Latin liturgy back then (altar boys at the Vatican had to learn the Novus Ordo Missae in Latin and Italian, it is my understanding that nowadays they learn it in English and Italian) and did not like the continuous changes that I experienced in many masses in Malta. Not to speak about laxity in a number of churches.
What amazes me nowadays in Malta is the real hostility that any expression of a desire for the Tridentine Mass raises. The mere mention of Latin seems to mark the speaker as a subversive weirdo. The Bishops’ response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Moto Proprio Summorum Pontificum and the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae has been less than enthusiastic at best. It almost seems that the Church in Malta is afraid that the people will create a schism! Still you hear in various Masses music coming directly from so-called Christian groups that in some cases use subtle language against the Catholic Church. So much for lex orandi, lex credendi!
The propaganda that the Tridentine Mass was unintelligible to the people has been sold to such an extent that even people who should remember it will claim that they did not know what was being said. Well, I still remember and understand most of the Novus Ordo Missae in Latin and I haven't attended one since 1981. Please note, that means when I was 11 years old.
Hebrew, Sanskrit, Classic Arabic, Old Church Slavonic, etc., are all used as sacred languages by their respective religions. They have the advantage of adding solemnity, authority and consistency to the rites in which they are used. We used to have a sacred Language for Holy Mass too. I wish that it will be revived in Malta once again. If not out of conviction, at least out of respect for His Holiness.
(Note: the photo is not taken in Malta)
Friday, August 26, 2011
President, Pro Tridentina (Malta)
The picture above shows a holy card with the prayer that the Bishop of Belluno composed to obtain Albino Luciani's beatification. It has a small relic from the clothing of Pope John Paul I. Holy cards can be requested at Centro Papa Luciani: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, August 14, 2011
A delegation from SSPX has (allegedly) arrived in Malta yesterday and is holding discussions to establish a presence here.
After their (alleged) first visit earlier this year, I had contacted the General House of the SSPX in Menzingen, Switzerland. However, the news was neither denied nor confirmed.
In any case, none of the four bishops of this Fraternity has come to Malta.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Like all the founders of similar lay movements, we are innovatory rather than revolutionary. The distinction has to be made clear. The revolutionary tries to pull down the present order of things to set up a new one, having nothing to do with the past. The innovatory loves tradition and wants to ruminate its past in order to renew the present order.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The introduction of a new rite caused widespread confusion, discouragement, division, disillusionment and destruction – even the closure (or selling) of churches in many countries. This situation did not reach the Maltese shores except for one major common factor with the rest of the Catholic world: more than half of Catholics in Malta have stopped going to Mass altogether since the new rite of Mass was introduced, albeit the introduction of the vernacular was supposed to encourage more participation by the faithful. Not to mention the destruction, in a number of cases, of a number of church furnishings such as altar rails.
A false impression was created throughout almost all the Catholic world by very high Church officials that by virtue of holy obedience all priests after 1969 had to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Novus Ordo Missae. In Malta, the first people that approached the Archbishop of the time were asked not to pursue matters further because any concessions might lead to schisms.
Let us pray so that the spiritual as well as temporal benefits of the Tridentine Mass will be available to these islands again, sooner rather than later.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I trust that this event will be the first of a series of others.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The following quotes come from Karm Debattista (pictured above), a Maltese priest of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul (M.S.S.P.). I am taking the liberty to post them as they were in the public domain (replies on an event on Facebook). No editing was done and typos were left. Any further comments from my end are superfluous.
In the near future I will be commenting on how I personally view the Holy Mass (both forms of the Roman Rite) and the current situation in Malta.
4 July 2011, replying to a query why he said "count me out" when invited to attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form:
"it does not suit me at all. I believe the mass as it is now is already outdated let alone the tridentine. Sorry, but it will never do for me. Need to live in 2011"
6 July 2011, replying to a query on what a 'future' Mass means to him:
"A relation with God that, as Jesus said, requires only adoring God in spirit and in truth."
11 July 2011, replying to a further query on his position about the Holy Mass:
"... I am saying that I live in 2011. The Catholic Church has in history deviated from the original meaning of the Eucharist and so Vatican II has come to reform these deviations."
11 July 2011, reacting to comments about the spirituality of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form and abuses in the Ordinary Form:
"... And do you think that all these details matter at all? I always wonder if we have the same Gospel and how we understand Jesus words when I read such things. But do not worry. God is very patient with us."11 July 2011, reacting to comments on the unfairness with which traditional Catholics are labelled as schismatics when it is more a question of them being secluded by Church authorities:
"when we create one way of doing things we create schisms. I believe Jesus came to remove the right or wrong way of doing things. And not just the way to do it but even the place to do it. He calls us to adore in Spirit and in Truth, and not in the temple or on the mountain. We have ears, but we do not hear."
Friday, July 15, 2011
Pro Tridentina (Malta) normalment ma torganizzax Quddies bil-Forma Straordinarja. Li għamilt jien fil-passat kien li meta nkun infurmat b'Quddies li se jsir, noħloq event fuq Facebook u avviż fuq dan il-Blog sabiex nagħti pubbliċita'. Jidher li din l-inizjattiva mhux dejjem intlaqgħet tajjeb.
Għalhekk, minn issa 'l quddiem mhux se noħloq aktar events fuq Facebook jew il-Blog dment li ma jkunx quddies organizzat minn Pro Tridentina (Malta) nnifisha.
Ħassejt li kelli nieħu din id-deċiżjoni drastika sabiex nissalvagwarda lil Pro Tridentina (Malta) li fl-aħħar mill-aħħar kienet qed tipprovdi dan is-servizz sabiex jitqawwem aktar l-għarfien f'Malta dwar il-Quddiesa bil-Forma Straordinarja.
Sfortunatament, minflok il-grazzi naqalgħu kważi tgħajjir minn min suppost jaf aħjar.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A priest for sixty years, Joseph Ratzinger carries out daily, with humility and transparence, the work of making the one Lord of the world and of history present to women and men of our time. For this, the Osservatore Romano offers Benedict XVI its best wishes, sure that its sentiments are echoed not only by those in the Catholic Church but by many others throughout the world. And repeats for him the words of the ancient prayer for the Pope, invoking Christ’s protection and the only happiness that counts: Dominus conservet eum, vivificet eum, beatum faciat eum in terra et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.