New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXI, Issue 29, 17 November 1893, Page 15
(From the Liverpool Catholic Times.)
At Ouimaris, in France, a statue has been erected to Pius IX. on the highest point of a mountain. A large crowd was present at the inaugural ceremony.
Amongst the Causes of Beatification recently examined by the Congregation of Rites is that of the Venerable Francis Olet, Lazarist and Chinese martyr. The decree of Beatification will, it is hoped, be published before long.
The Holy Father is about shortly to celebrate the 40. h anniversary of his selection as a Cardinal. In respect to the number of years he has formed part of the Sacred College, the Father of that body is by no means the oldest of the porporati. Cardinal Mertel, who, though he has been one of the elect some five years less that Pope Leo, is 87 the Archbishop of Toulouse, Cardinal Desprez, is 86 and Cardinal Sera fi no, 85.
The Rev Dr B. F. Clarke has just compiled a list of American Catholic converts. Beven hundred thousand people, it is computed have entered the Church tinea the Declaration of Independence. The American roll, in common with the English catalogue, of the same kind, establishes beyond dispute that the converts are largely drawn from the more intelligent classes.
Tbe Bishop of GrenobU pronounced a warm euloginm on General de Miribel in the Cathedral on the day of his funeral and compared him to Judat Maccabeus. At tbe grave General Loizillon, Minister of War, spoke of Franca as having counted on General de Miribel for the future conflicts in which her fortune and existence are to be s'aked." General Sauesier, Governor of Paris, remarked that General de Miribel'B work of preparation for war now eoabled France to face the future.
As a rule in France the men whose death calls forth the nation's praise are distinguished by their irreligious tendencies. General de Miribel was an exception. Bishops, ministers, and statesmen met over his coffin in the Cathedral of Grenoble. They listened to Mgr. Fava's words in the funeral oration describing the Catholic faith and practice of this nineteenth century Bayard. General de Miribal was roid of that human respect which is the weak point of so many French Catholics. He gave to the French army the sample of a practical Catholic. It was his habit to approach the altar rails on Easter Sunday clad in fall military uniform.
His eminence Cardinal Moran arrived in Drogbeda on Tuesday September 27 n and visited the Bound Tower of Monaaterboice and other historic sights ia the vicinity. Ho is the guest of the Bight Btv Monsigoor Murphy and the priests of St Peter's.
The Pope his addressed a letter to the Abbe Brugidoa expressing his hearty appreciation of the zeal shown by the rev gentleman and those who have aided him ia erecting at Borne a church in honour of his Holineßs's patron, St Joachim.
The Bishop of Livorno, Mgr. Franchi, has been gaining enthusiastic praise from people of all classes by visiting cholera patients in his diocese and distributing food with his own hands.
It is stated that on the 20th September, the anniversary of the breach of Porta Pis, certain telegrams conveying homage to the Holy Father would not be received at the telegraph offices in Rome. The Voce dclla Veritd, the Monitcur de Rome, and the Fxo <V ltalia were sequestrated on the same day.
According to a Shanghai telegram to the Standard, Changh Chih Tung,- a governor of many important districts in China where Catholic and Protestant missionaries are at work, is to be degraded from his rank and office if any more disturbances occurs in the district! under his control. Chih Tnng connived at, if he did not actually instigate, the previous attacks on European missions and convents.
The marvellous escape of General Martinez Campos and the officers of his staff at Barcelona from death by an anarchist's bomb will enable the Government to take prompt and decisive measures •gainst the miscreants who organise and perpetrate Buch diabolical outrages. For some lime past anarchists have beea playing fast and loose in several towns in Spain. In Madrid, Corunna, Barcelona and other cities, bombs have been found placed in positions where, if they bad time to explode, they would have caused appalling lobj of life anu the destruction of a vast amount of valuable property. Churches have been wracked, and bombs have been thrown among worshipping congregations. Society cannot exist with any sense of security under the reign of terror which the anarchists have organised in the peninsula. If Spaniards, of all shades of opinion, do not for the moment sink their differences and combine for the repression of such outbursts of anarchial fury, their patriotio feeling must be at zero.
The German pipers state that the Theodoeian Ststere, or Sisters of the Cross, who were expelled from Warden in 1876, have now been authorised to return.
Leo XIII, it is said, is preparing another Encyclical. The object will be to thank the Catholic world for the filial homage shown during the Jubilee year.
Ihe converson of Mr 8. Bawson, who has for many years beea well-known in connection with St Michael's Anglican Church, Ohis« wick, is announce d.
We learn from the Bulletin dv Sucre Cmur of Moatmari,r« that the cub: jriptions to the famous basilica received up to the present amount to 26,634,014 francs, and that the sum of 26,084,265 francs has been spent. It is s iid that over four million francs more are needed to complete the Churcb. The total cojt will, therefore, be about thirty million francs, or £1,200,000.
Preparations are being made in Portugal for the celebration next year of the eighth cententry of the birth of St Antony of Padua. Most people suppose that he was an Italian, but this is a mistake. His traditional eurnam of Padua comes not from the place of his birth, but from the monastery where he died. Si An ony waß a Portuguese, born at Lis^ nin 1194. He was christemd Ferdinand, and his family name was Da Bulnam. It was wh"n he received the grey habit of St Francis that youn^ Ferdinand De Bulham took with it the name of Antony, by whicb. ha is so renjwned iv the annals of the Church.
An immense crowd of faithful assisted at tbe Lcquiem Mass for the Bey Father Bornard.no of tbe Incarnation, Superior of the Trinitarians, who died lately in the Monastery of St Cnsogono, in Trastevere. Father Bernardino was bom at Terracina on May 1, 181 i) and joined the Trinitarians when only seventeen years of age. The holy religious had for many years been considered as a saint not only by the large Trasteverme population, but by all Rome, and the BCene at the monastery when his body was borne to the church almost baffles description. The crowd was so great that it was well nigh impossible for the torch-bparers to force a passage, and when the earnest prayers that the coffin should be uncovered were refused, tbe people then turned to tbe confessional wherein the goo! priest had passed so many long houraani absolved so many souls from tbe bond of sin, and carried off every available atom, even to the nails, in pious remembrance of their friend and councillor. When the body was about to be conveyed to tbe Campo Santo a number of gentlemen insisted upon relieving the Fathers of their burthen, and bora the coffin to the hearse. The same touching scene was repeated ou its arrival at tbe cemetery. This, in our sceptical fin de siecle eeams like an incident from some mediaeval story, but it took place in Borne on Wednecday, September 13, 1893.
Numerous were the pilgrims the other day from all parts who assembled ir> the pretty burgh of Pellevoisin, and took their places under the banners of the Mother All-Merciful." Mgr Bojer, Bishop of Boarges, unable to be present through illness, was represented by his Vicar-general, the Abbe Peguinot. The procession in the afternoon was a splendid sight. It wound through upland and lowland, a glorious Sajtember sun was gilding banners and vestment?, and giving a brighter gleam of colour to local costume. It wound along to tbe sound of litanies and anthem*, the strains of which were echoed by the neighbouring hills Tie village of Pellevoiain is one of the most picture qle spots of old Berry Oa cominj back the pilgrims sopped in front of the Chapel of the Apparitions, a Bpot which, until recently, people came from all parts to see. It ii now closed by order of the French Government. Tbe crowds knelt outside and listened to an eloquent serm >n by an Oblate of Mary, tbe Rev Pore Schauffei. Tbe Maymjicat was then j >ined in by all. Lon' after the conclusion of the ceumoaie groups remained ou side the chapel on their knees, and this continued until far into the t ignt. The Cure of Pellevoisin'd recent vieit to Rome gives additional interest to this pilgrimage. The Ab) 6 Salmon was thus chosen as tbe fittest person to present to the Holy Father in the name of the confraternity of which he is Director a statue of Our Lady of Pellevoisin. Tbe statue was similar to the one now to be seen in the busihea of Montmartre, and which has its place in the Chapel dedica'el to St Ridagonde and the Queens of France. Leo XIH received it wi>b evident marks of approval. He recognispd the colours of the R>e>ary in the garland of roees surrounding the figure of the Blessed Virgin, according to three oE the apparitions. And do itaey pray for me at l'ellevoisin he asked. Holy Father," replied the Cuic "we are commanded to pray for you by the statutes of our confraterni y." After having kissed the band, which is the visible hand of God on earth," says the Able Salmon, I left tb? prison of the Vatican which the Vicar of Jesus Christ knows how 10 transform into a Thabar. Years appear to have no longer any hold on this glorious old man who represents the immortality of the Church."