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March 2023
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Beware the ides of March? – extraordinary announcement of the Holy See: Pope Francis to consecrate Russia and Ukraine

The Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni has today announced that, "On Friday 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance at which he will preside at 17.00 in Saint Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The same act, on the same day, will be carried out in Fatima by His Eminence Cardinal Krajewski, Apostolic Almoner, as envoy of the Holy Father.".

The declaration of the Holy See is of great importance. We appeal to all the bishops of the world to join Pope Francis that same day, fulfilling the request of Our Lady of Fatima who on 13 July 1917 asked for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart and on 13 June 1929 communicated to Sister Lucia, in the monastery at Tuy, the request that this consecration be made "in union with all the bishops of the world".

We do not know if this consecration will remove the threat of war, famine, and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father that Our Lady foresaw at Fatima if the world had not converted, but certainly the act announced by the Holy See is destined to bring great graces to Russia, Ukraine and the whole world. From this moment we gather in prayer, spreading the extraordinary news. (Roberto de Mattei - Lepanto Foundation, Rome) - trans. G. P. Lloyd, 15 Mar 2022 A.D.


Holiness: The Only Solution to the Crisis of Our Time — by Prof. Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation

(by Roberto de Mattei) The crisis of our time has moved as of now from the cultural and moral field to the psychological, meaning psychology in its etymological sense, which is that of “science of the soul.” If morality establishes the laws of human behavior, psychology investigates the cognitive and affective life of man. Man is a composite of soul and body, and the soul, which is the vital principle of the body, has two main faculties, intellect and will. As a corporeal being, man is also endowed with internal and external senses that participate in his cognitive process.  When man’s primary and secondary faculties are well ordered, his personality develops harmoniously. But when, in the obscure meeting place between sense impressions and the spiritual faculties disordered passions develop, the soul experiences a situation of imbalance that can lead to moral and psychological ruin. Man risks psychological breakdown when he becomes unaware of the one true end of his life, which is our sanctification and the glory of God.


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Motus in fine velocior (part 2) – “With a Divisive, Useless, and Unjust Persecution, the Francis Crisis is Gathering Even More Speed” – by Roberto de Mattei on Rorate Caeli

Taken from posted on 22 December 2021.

On February 11, 2014, one year after the day on which Benedict XVI made known his decision to resign from the pontificate, I published an article entitled Motus in fine velocior to signal the beginning of a dizzying acceleration of time’s pace, starting with the resignation of Benedict and the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. 

Benedict XVI reigned from April 19, 2005, to February 28, 2013, seven years and ten months. From the election of Pope Francis to the approach of Christmas 2021 eight years and nine months of pontificate have passed. Benedict XVI’s post-pontificate is therefore longer than his pontificate: a paradoxical fact, which makes his resignation even more inexplicable, if the only or primary reason for it was the burden of advancing age. Had he not abdicated, Benedict XVI might have died earlier, due to the natural physical and moral strain that the government of the Church entails, but he would have been forced to face what, in his view, was the most serious problem of the contemporary Church: the loss of faith.

On October 11, 2011, Benedict XVI announced …  [ Click here to read the rest of the essay at . ]


Macron, Metsola and the abyss that awaits us — by Prof. Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation

(by Roberto de Mattei) When France took over the presidency of the European Union on 19 January, French President Emmanuel Macron called for the inclusion of abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Charter, approved in Nice in 2000 and ratified by the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, is intended as a sort of European constitutional charter. Alongside Macron, the Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was elected President of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg the day before, replacing David Sassoli.

Upon her election, Metsola wanted to reassure those who had concerns about her previous statements against abortion that, “My position is that of the European parliament”. Such compliance with the decisions of the majority of parliamentarians, would presumably apply, not only to abortion, but to any abomination that the assembly might approve. The next day, President Metsola listened to Macron’s words without batting an eyelid.


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Do we have to take the ‘covid-jab’ or wear masks to enter Italy on pilgrimage to Rome?

No. And, no.

Italy is currently not requiring (more…)

printable brochure – Pilgrimage to Rome

The brochure shown below can be downloaded & printed, to distribute to those who may wish to make pilgrimage with the MIC to Rome in October, 2021.

This tri-fold brochure does not itself contain a registration form, though it does have (more…)

Just do it. Today.

“Have confidence. I have overcome the world.” Our Lord Christ, Jn. ch. xvi, v. 33

Ten unforgettable days of pilgrimage in The Eternal City, Rome — Monday, October 4 to Wednesday, October 13.

Eight reasons sure to convince even the (more…)

Rome eternal is NOW!

Directors of NCCL and the Mary Immaculate Choir & Schola (MIC) of St. Stephen of Hungary Parish, Allentown Pennsylvania, and Chaplains invite you and your family and friends on all-traditional pilgrimage to (more…)

When a bishop, not only his subjects, is subject to law.

Like it or not, he has a point.

Some years ago Pope Francis said to dissenters agitating to ordain women, that he is “a son of the Church”, and that he cannot change her doctrines to suit himself or others.

It seems the Cardinal agrees.

After preparing the posts published on this blog earlier today (May 9) and on April 15 we discovered the interview of Gerhard Cardinal Müller which is linked here. “No Bishop has the right to prohibit public [sic*] Masses” interview of Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith

* All Masses or other parts of the sacred Liturgy of holy Church are public by their nature and definition.

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