Saturday, April 30, 2011

Circus Maximus Vigil

Earlier tonight a prayer vigil in preparation for the beatification of Pope John Paul II was held in Rome's Circus Maximus. Among those attending was the late Pontiff's secretary, now Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, and Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, whose inexplicable cure from Parkinson's Disease was the miracle needed to beatify Pope John Paul. At the close of the vigil, those attending were addressed - via videolink - by Pope Benedict XVI.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

The body of Blessed Innocent XI on the move (from its previous location, above) within St Peter's Basilica earlier today.

Pope John Paul II Disinterred

Just over six years after his burial, the body of the soon-to-be-Blessed John Paul II was removed from its current location in the Grottos beneath St Peter's Basilica earlier today. Following Sunday's beatification, the coffin will be positioned in a new tomb in the Chapel of St Sebastian. The current incumbent of that location, Blessed Innocent XI (1676-1689), is being moved to a new location, apparently at the Altar of Transfiguration.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Archbishop William Crolly

William Crolly was Archbishop of Armagh from 1835 to 1849. He was born at Ballykilbeg, near Downpatrick on 8 June 1780. He studied at Maynooth and was ordained priest in 1806. Fr Crolly was appointed Bishop of Down and Connor in 1825 in succession to Dr Patrick MacMullan. In 1835 Dr Crolly was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in succession to Dr Thomas Kelly. During his episcopate he began the construction of St Patrick's Cathedral (which was not completed until 24 years after his death). Archbishop Crolly died of cholera on 6 April 1849 and was buried in the centre of the choir of the still-unfinished cathedral.

Image of the statue of Archbishop Crolly, St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Suitable Monument?

The images above illustrate the recently-erected monument for Cahal Cardinal Daly (Archbishop of Armagh, 1990-1996) in the grounds of St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh. The new tomb sits to the right of the monuments for Cardinals Conway, (1963-77), D'Alton (1946-63) and O Fiaich (1977-90).

It is...insufficient.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebration of the Lord's Passion 2011

Mass of the Lord's Supper 2011

Appparently His Holiness spent an unusually long time praying before the Altar of Repose this evening.

I wonder...

Chrism Mass 2011