Showing posts with label Pilgrimage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pilgrimage. Show all posts

Sunday, August 20, 2017

10,000 Pilgrims of the Society of St. Pius X this Weekend at Fatima -- "Largest Pilgrimage in 100 Years at Fatima"

10,000 Faithful are expected at the Fatima Pilgrimage of the Society of St. Pius X this weekend, which has already generated media attention in the run-up. It is the fourth Fatima Pilgrimage of the FSSPX. The first took place in 1987 with Archbishop Lefebvre  
(Lisbon) This is not the first pilgrimage of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X to Fatima. What is new, however, is that this year's pilgrimage, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Mary, is given special attention by the Portuguese media. The international Fatima pilgrimage of the Society of Pius X will take place next weekend. Since the 11th of August a novena has been held.

Eucharistic Worship at Night - Militia Immaculatae

On Saturday, 19 August, Father Franz Schmidberger, Rector of the Priestly Seminary of Zaitzkofen, celebrates Holy Mass at 3 pm in the Shrine. Afterwards a procession with rosary to the place of the apparition Os Valinhos takes place. At 20:30 the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a Benediction follows.

Light procession in Fatima
Light procession in Fatima

On Sunday, August 20, at noon, worshiping the Eucharistic blessing will end at 6:30. At 9:30 am a pontifical High Mass, will be celebrated by the General Superior of the Society of Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay. At 3 pm, a common rosary closes the pilgrimage.
After the rosary, the consecration of the Militia Immaculatae and its members to the Immaculate Heart of Mary takes place in the same locale. The Militia was founded in Rome on 17 October, 1917 by St. Maximilian Kolbe. That was four days after the last Marian apparition in Fatima, which Kolbe at that time still knew nothing. And it was three weeks before the Bolshevik October Revolution broke out in Russia. As if he had known it, Kolbe had with the Militia already created as an antidote to the rearing of totalitarianism and enemies of the Church. In 2000, P. Karl Stehlin (FSSPX), along with the Novus Ordo Militia, also revived Militia Immaculatae in the spirit of tradition.

"Largest pilgrimage to the 100-year celebration comes from conservative community"

The Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias reports in its edition today that 10,000 pilgrims will come to the pilgrimage of the Society of Pius X to Fatima next weekend. The title of the article, however, is obviously formulated with bad intentions:
"10,000 pilgrims protest in Fatima against the present Church"
No Catholic undertook a pilgrimage to "protest" against something. The article itself contains more applicable information.
Even more generous space was given to the FSSPX pilgrimage by the daily newspaper Diario de Noticias. It's headed:
"Greatest pilgrimage on the 100th anniversary comes from conservative community".
The article describes the reasons for the pilgrimage and briefly describes the current situation of the relations between the Society of St. Pius X and the Holy See. A big picture in the article shows Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the Society. The Society has already carried out three pilgrimages to Fatima in the past. The first took place in 1987. 30 years ago, Monsignor Lefebvre also participated. The other two pilgrimages followed in 1997 and 2005.

Are discussions with Rome again at the "starting point"?

The media interest could be related to expectations that Bishop Fellay made statements on the current situation that resulted from Cardinal Müller's letter to the FSSPX's Superior General. Four days later, on 30th June, the Cardinal was dismissed by Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine of and the Faith.
Cardinal Müller, on 26 June, informed Fellay that the Congregation for the Congregation at its General Assembly of May had decided that the Society of Pius X and every Society member would have to sign the Doctrinal Preamble as a condition for canonical recognition. Such was offered to Monsignor Fellay in September 2011 by Cardinal Levada, the Prefect of the Congregation of Doctrine and the Faith at that time. The exact wording thereof was never published. Little changes could be made, as Cardinal Levada explained to the Society (see the chronology of the conversations between the Holy See and the Pius Brotherhood ).
At the end of June, Cardinal Müller also announced that this conditio sine qua non was endorsed by Pope Francis. The sitution in August 2017 is again or still, what Monsignor Fellay already said in June 2012: one was again at the "point of departure"?
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Photo: Diario de Noticias (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lourdes: A Girl Born Deaf Can Now Hear

(Paris) She was born deaf. This past May 11 shortly before 20:30 she took off her prosthesis and said to her mother: "I no longer need this. I hear now." We're talking about a little girl who was staying with her mother, her grandmother and her brother on pilgrimage in Lourdes.
"The girl was born prematurely on December 25 of 2009. To save her, her doctors administered the drugs that damaged her hearing organs. In Gaslini Hospital of Genoa their own prostheses were used as hearing devices had no effect on her. With the help of speech therapy she learned in the course of time to read lips and speak with difficulty. Her story was told Giuseppe Secondi, the Unitalsi conductor of Milan West, who led the pilgrimage with the girl. Unitalsi is an ecclesial service, the Ambulance service operates at  Lourdes and other international as well as Italian sanctuaries.
As a gift to her family, the mother decided to make a thanksgiving pilgrimage to Our Lady at Lourdes with the children, which included her own mother.
Our Lady of Loudes
The pilgrimage took place in the usual way. Prayer, Holy Mass, dipping into the wells. On the evening of May 11, "we returned after the conclusion of the Eucharistic procession to the hotel," said the mother. "I was playing a bit with the kids, then I wanted to go to the meeting of the pilgrims who are first time attendees on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. When I told my daughter that I would go away but be inevitably long, she suddenly said in a clear voice, as she had never spoken before, that I should stay."
During the meeting pilgrim pilgrimage conductor Secondi was called. He was told that the girl had taken her hearing prosthesis out and told the mother that she no longer need it, because she could now hear.
"We stood in disbelief in front of her. From an adjoining room we called her several times with a soft voice and have found that she could really hear us.  Above all, she now speaks very clearly, very different than before."

"I thank you, dear Mother, for what you have done to me"

The next morning Secondi wanted to apply to the Bureau des Constatations Medicales to report the case. Previously, he had accompanied the girl to the grotto. While they were there, he said to the child: "Let's go to my Madonna, mine has a crown on her head."  So we went to the great Lady of Lourdes, crowned statue of Our Lady. As we stood in front of her, the girl said to my astonishment: "I thank you, dear Mother, for what you have done to me."
Then we went to the Bureau des Constatations Medicales. In the waiting room there was a stylized representation of Marie. The girl said: "this is ugly."  When we came into the doctor's room, a picture of the Blessed Mother crowned was hung: "This is the Madonna," she said with satisfaction.
The doctors examined her in detail, then the mother. They performed listening tests. Investigations have since continued in Italy and are still underway. Doctors in Genoa have presented to their astonishment, a cure of the hearing organs. There was also a change in character that took place. The previously very closed, introverted, girl has now become wholly different.
In Lourdes one proceeds with caution and accurate investigations are necessary before a miracle is recognized. The surveys will therefore take some time to complete. The girl and the family are certainly happy and grateful.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hungarian Pilgrimage to the Church of Our Lady of Csikshomlyo -- 250,000 Participants

Hungarian Pilgrimage to Szekerland
(Budapest) 250,000 people took part in 2015 in the great pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo in Szeklerland in Romania from Hungary. The pilgrimage to the Marian church dates back to an ancient vow that, following years of prohibition, has experienced a new and unimagined rejuvenation after the collapse of communism. Although Poles, Slovaks and Czechs and as well as leaders of eastern Central Europe, take part in the pilgrimage alongside Hungarians, to Szeklerland, the major event is virtually unknown in the West.

The Szekler, a Hungarian minority in Romania

Who in the German (Or anywhere else for that matter) speaking world knows the place Székelyudvarhely (German Oderhellen, Romanian Odorheiu Secuiesc)? To the Hungarians, however,  the location is not unknown, it is the historical center of Székely Land. Thus it is inhabited by a Hungarian minority in part of Transylvania which is now part of Romania.There are different theories about the exact origin of the Szeklers, which has historical and political origins. The most likely and the thesis most often represented by the Hungarians themselves  is that they were settled by the Hungarian kings for border security since the end of the late Middle Ages, as the Saxons were settled in the 12th century  near the Szeklers. Traces of  Szekler self-government can be traced back, in any case, to the 12th century.

Annual pilgrimage goes back to a vow of 1567

The Church of Csikshomlyo (Sumuleu)

The Hungarians also  know still much better, however, that Csikshomlyo (German Schlomenberg), which is the destination of a the great Hungarian pilgrimage  every year at Pentecost. In addition to the historical significance of the pilgrimage, it is marked by a national commitment that emphasizes a unity between the Christian faith and the Hungarian nation. Originally, therefore, it emerged as a pilgrimage of Szekler, but it is now regarded as a pilgrimage of all Hungary.
The pilgrimage goes back to a vow of a Catholic Szekler that promised the Virgin Mary in 1567 the Virgin Mary promised an annual pilgrimage to her for a happy outcome of a battle at Csiksomlyo against the army of the Protestant princes. Catholics were led into battle by a priest.
The Church of Csiksomlyo goes at least back to the year 1444, when Pope Eugene IV. Issued a circular calling Christendom to support the Franciscans in the construction of the church. He granted a special blessing for pilgrimages to the Marian site. However, there is an older predecessor, perhaps a chapel, for  the special devotion of the Szekler to Our Lady of Csiksomlyo. Already in 1345 it was said by the Szekler of the Tartars, that they were defeated by the Blessed Mother.  The Franciscan monastery associated with the sanctuary became a spiritual center of the Hungarian nation.

Thanks for a miraculous victory

Csikshomlyo (Stich 1856), left the church with the Franciscan monastery, above the Chapel of St. Anthony 

In 1567 the elected Hungarian King Johann II. (John Sigismund Zápolya)., originally himself a Catholic, was initially Lutheran,  then became Calvinist and then become shortly before his death Unitarian, wanted to force the Szekler to Protestantism. Zápoľský, like his father John I, was a vassal of the Ottoman Sultan. Hungary was already a Turkish pashalik. The true Lords in Budapest were the Turks. Transylvania, however, was still a free and independent, Hungarian principality.
On the Saturday before Pentecost in 1567, Johann II. marched with an army into action against the territory of the Catholic Szekler. The Catholic priest Stefan assembled the Catholics in Csikshomlyo. While the men fought in the battle, women, children and the old prayed before the image of the Virgin and Child in the old church from the early 16th century.
As a result of the defeat,  Johann II. granted in 1568 at the meeting of Torda, the decree which allowed different Christian denominations in Transylvania. That same year, the first thanksgiving pilgrimage took place for the miraculous victory in the previous year.

The Marian Statue survived pillaging Turks unscathed

The statue of Mary with baby Jesus, beneath God  the Father

In the 17th century the Turks and Tatars invaded Transylvania, massacred who resisted and abducted thousands into slavery. The churches and monasteries were burned   down. Even to Csikshomlyo they advanced and set the sanctuary on fire, but the statue of Mary with baby Jesus and the altar in the chapel dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua above the Sanctuary, survived the fire unscathed.
Pilgrimages to the Marian church between Kis-Shomlyo and Nagy-Shomlyo (Kleinschomlen and Großschomlen) received a big boost.
After the First World War and the Treaty of Trianon, in which areas inhabited by a majority of Magyars  of the ancient kingdom of Hungary were swallowed up by the newly established successor states of Austria-Hungary , the pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo took on a new meaning for Szekler as a spiritual refuge, as a source of identity. Transylvania with Székelyföld has belonged to Romania  since 1920.

Pilgrimage banned under communist rule 40 years

Back of the covered altar

After the Second World War, Soviet-occupied Romania, was taken over by Communist Party rule. During the Soviet dictatorship, the annual pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo with the traditional procession was forbidden. On a small scale, the tradition was continued by the Szekler Catholics, however.
With the fall of the Ceauşescu regime and the end of communist rule, the pilgrimage was resumed in 1990.  Since then, it has developed into a pilgrimage of all Magyars. Thus, it was not only the Szekler  pilgrimaging to the mountain saddle, but Magyars from across  the border from all Hungarian regions. In the form of a star pilgrimage they come from all over the Hungarian-speaking area, as well as many Hungarians abroad.
Because of the large number of pilgrims, the church became too small.  In1993 a covered altar was built several hundred meters away from the church under the open sky.

The three crosses on Tolvajos - 250,000 pilgrims

The three crosses on the Tolvajos

Under the summit of Tolvajos, there are three large crosses with three years. 896 recalls the year of arrival of the Hungarians, 1442 the original date for the start of the pilgrimage to Csikshomlyo and 1896 to the year of birth of Aron Marton, who during the communist dictatorship was Hungarian Roman Catholic bishop of Alba Iulia , (Gyulafehérvár, in German originally Weissenburg, since 18th century Karlsburg). Bishop Marton is honored for his commitment to the Jews in World War II as Yad Vashem or "Righteous", was immediately arrested after the Communist takeover as an "enemy of the people."  After seven years of jail, he immediately took up service as a bishop again, earning him another eleven years of exile. By Western mediation,  the regime agreed that he could take part in the Second Vatican Council in Rome. Marton declined, however, because he feared that the Romanian government would refuse him right of   return. In 1967 his release was secured by  the mediation of the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz König and the Austrian Embassy. The bishop at first remained under police surveillance. Because believers did not trust the communist authorities,  a "small bodyguard" was formed among the Szekler, which accompanied the bishop until his death in 1980
In 2015, 250,000 Hungarians took part in the pilgrimage, which is also a protest against the demarcation of Trianon. The usual procession to the church which until 1993 could not be concluded, happily, because of the increasingly large crowd. Many pilgrims carry along birch branches decorated with church banners and flags of the Hungarian and Székely Land. At  the head of the procession, the pilgrims from the Szekler city of Gyergyószentmiklós (Romanian Gheorgheni, German Niklasmarkt). The special symbol of the pilgrimage is the Labarum , the ensign of the Roman army, the Emperor Constantine the Great before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312, a cross and the monogram of Jesus. Under this sign, He achieved victory. The following year, the Edict of Milan was issued, with the lifting of the ban of Christianity and the persecution was discontinued.

The Symbol of Constantine the Great's Army and the Csángós

2015 pilgrimage 250,000 Hungary to Csikshomlyo

The standard at 36kg is respectively supported by the two best students of the local Catholic school. If the Szekler are hardly known to  non-Hungarians,   the Csángós  are completely unknown. They form the end  of the reduced procession. The Csángós or Tschangonen are a Hungarian minority closely related to the Szeklers, whose historic settlement area is located on the eastern slope of the Carpathians. Their territory never belonged to a Hungarian state, but was ruled by a Moldovan, Romanian prince. Finally they sing their hymn, "Thou art all fair, Maria," in reference to one of the oldest Marian prayers, the Tota pulchra es Maria, which is from the 4th century and consists of the Old Testament verses that refer to the Virgin Mary,
The pilgrimages of recent years have each had a motto, for example, in 2003 "Do whatever he says"; 2004 "Woman, behold thy son, and you, behold your mother!"; 2005 "Stay with us Lord"; 2013 "Blessed, because you have believed"; 2014 "Blessed is the womb that bore you"; 2015 "Under your protection we flee".
In 2008 a group of pilgrims broke off from the  pilgrimage to the Austrian Marian shrine of Mariazell and walked 1400 kilometers on foot to Csikshomlyo in order to participate at Pentecost in the pilgrimage.
For the first time in 2008 a special train was launched from Budapest to bring the pilgrims to Szeklerland. In 2010, there were already two pilgrimage trains. Since 2012, three pilgrimage trains leave from Budapest, the "Szekely Gyors,"  "Csiksomlyo Express," and the "Marian Train." 

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

SSPX Teaching Sisters Reported on EWTN

Edit: on February 13th, we picked up a report on the SSPX Dominican Sisters of Fanjeau on a pilgrimage in Rome.  EWTN has picked it up now.
A group of girls and accompanying nuns made a unique pilgrimage to St. Peter’s in February.  
The nuns are the “teaching sisters” - Dominicans - and they were celebrating a special occasion with children from their schools in the US, France and Germany.  
There’s a unique twist to this story. The Society of St. Pius the Tenth priests and the “teaching sisters” accompanying the pilgrimage are not in full communion with the Church in Rome. 
They have maintained opposition to some teachings and implementations of reforms from the Second Vatican Council.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pilgrimage Church Mentlberg: High Mass with Ashes in Traditional Mass

Pilgrimage Church Mentlberg near Innsbruck
(Innsbruck) On Sunday, February 22   High Mass will be celebrated in the traditional Roman rite with the conferring of  Ashes in the pilgrimage church Mentlberg near Innsbruck.  Mentlberg is on the heights over the Inn valley southwest of Innsbruck. The church has a miraculous image of Our Sorrowful Mother on the Gallwiese.
The statue dates from around 1500 and was originally worshiped in the church of Holzheim near  Ulm. When Protestant doctrine gained ascendancy there during the Thirty Years War, it was brought to Innsbruck in 1638.  On Mentlberg soon arose a new pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sorrows with the Saviour taken down from the cross on her lap. The magnificent baroque church was consecrated in 1770.
For several years the faithful who attend the Immemorial Roman Rite have found a home in the Diocese of Innsbruck at Mentelberg. They are supported by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.  The celebrant next Sunday will be Daniel Kaplan Kretschmar, priest of the Archdiocese of Vaduz. Kretschmar who was consecrated in 2011 by Archbishop Haas in Rome, is a trained church musician. Since then, he has been involved in the establishment of the Fraternity of St. Peter in Salzburg.

Celebrant: Kaplan Kretschmar - vocal ensemble Sonoritas sings works for two choirs

At High Mass on Sunday at the beginning of Lent, the vocal ensemble is Sonoritas for the glory of God, will sing works for two choirs: the Missa Salve by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) and the cantata I will not leave you, for you bless me (BWV 157 ) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The ensemble Sonoritas , is dedicated in a special way to the care of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony , and came into being parallel for the sacred liturgy in the old rite in Innsbruck.
Whoever did not have the opportunity to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday,  can catch it up on Sunday. The Sanctuary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary on Mentelberg is completely dedicated to the passion and cross of Christ.  This is concentrated in Lent on  penance in preparation for the Easter Vigil.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Wikicommons

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Consecration of Corsica to Mary with Traditional Mass

Notre Dame de la Serra  Mary Queen of
(Ajaccio) Bishop Olivier de Germay Ajaccio celebrated High Mass on Sunday, the 7th September, at the pilgrimage  Notre Dame de la Serra to Upper Calvi. The Marian shrine located high above the city on a cliff with a magnificent view. There has been a miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary there for more than 500 years, showing her Assumption. This year there is a renewal of a consecration   of the island to the "Queen of Corsica". A Holy Mass was celebrated in the Immemorial Rite.
Every year on the first Sunday in September, a pilgrimage to Notre Dame de la Serra takes place. The walls around the church bear witness to the turbulent events, to which the Mediterranean island was exposed.  Through a donation from the Frankish king Pippin III., the father of Charlemagne, Corsica has belonged since 750 to the Papal States until the island was annexed in 1347 by the Republic of Genoa. The island was often the victims of Muslim pirates from North Africa. In 1553 Corsica  was  even occupied by the unholy Franco-Ottoman alliance. As the Corsicans in the 18th century wanted to shake off the Genoese rule, there were  several uprisings, and Genoa  sold the island to France, which annexed Corsica in 1770.

Mary "Queen of Corsica"

On the hill above Calvi  until the late 18th century there was a hermitage, where the hermit lived intermittently by the miraculous image of grace. In 1735, Corsica still belonged at that time  to Genoa, but aspired to independence, under the protection of Our Lady, when she was made the "Queen of Corsica".  In 1794, during a brief English occupation in the turmoil of the French Revolution, the church was badly damaged, but rebuilt again after the end of the Napoleonic era. On 18 May 1935, the then Bishop of Ajaccio, Rodié undertook the renewal of the consecration to Mary.
Bishop de Germay decided to renew the consecration of Corsica one more time in 2014  to the Virgin Mary in all parishes of the island. The novena began last August 30.   From the 6th-8th September  it took place on the pilgrimage to the Marian mountain of Calvi. 
Fearing a theft, the miraculous image is now in the parish church of Saint Marie Majeure of Calvi. From there, it is annually brought up on the mountain to the traditional pilgrimage.

Traditional Rite in Notre Dame de la Serra

On Saturday, in the church built in 1479,  Notre Dame de la Serra is open all day for the pilgrims. A  procession was lead up the mountain, where Holy Mass was celebrated, which was lit by torchlight.
On Sunday, a Holy Mass was said at 8 o'clock on the mountain  in the traditional Rite, then, a Pontifical Mass was said at 10:30    in the New Rite by Bishop Olivier de Germay. By 4 o'clock there was a Eucharistic blessing with a procession around the sanctuary and the opportunity to gain an indulgence.
On Monday, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, ,  the consecration renewal of Corsica to the Virgin Mary took place during Holy Mass at 10:30.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Riposte Catholique
Trans: Tancred

Monday, September 8, 2014

Cardinal Duka: "The Dissolution of the Family is a Civil Hiroshima"

Chairman of the Czech Bishops' Conference: The "planned destruction of the family" by "certain ideological currents" is "a civil nuclear war,"  that is "a larger and more painful reality than any economic crisis".

Prague ( On the occasion of the Church's "Year of the Family" a National Family Pilgrimage was held in the Czech Republic. These gathered in Zdar nad Sazavou (Saar at the Sázava) more than 5,000 children, parents and grandparents, to jointly lay a commitment to family. Just before the event the complex on the Zelena Hora (the Green Mountain)in the Diocese of Brno had been handed back into the care of the Catholic Church. The President of the Czech Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka (photo) gave the sermon last Sunday on both occasions.

The "planned destruction of the family" by "certain ideological currents" is "a civil nuclear war," said Duka. Because it will put society in the same "state as Hiroshima after the atomic explosion". This decline has been "a larger and more painful reality than any economic crisis."

Attacks on the family set the stage where man is isolated and enslaved, said the Bohemian Primate. The first step in the subjugation of African slaves was not by chance the destruction of their families, reminded Duka.

Motioning to the event location the cardinal said, the restitutions presented "a gradual termination of the financing of Church operation by the state". What Church and society would most need is a "return of marriage and family in their original condition".

Designed by the Prague architect Giovanni Santin Aichel, the pilgrimage complex on the Green Mountain at Saar is a major work of the so-called Bohemian Baroque Gothic. Its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was 20 years ago this weekend, was a commemoration for the festivities from the 5th to 7th of September.

The transition of pilgrimage area, the cemetery and the property to the Church is a sensitive issue, says local pastor Vladimir Zalesky. Above all, we strive to return to regular pilgrimages, church services and an expansion of the spiritual and cultural offerings outside the tourist season.

Particular attention will be given to the selection and training of church leaders. They should learn to master its renunciation, the numerology and ascenticism of John of Nepomuk Church and communicate to the Faithful as well as those not close to the Church through its strange enclosure wall.

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Trans: Tancred

Monday, August 25, 2014

National Pilgrimage of the German District of the Society of St. Pius X to Fulda to Renew the Consecration of Germany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

For the 11th  year, the German District of the  Society of St. Pius X. has organized its a pilgrimage to Fulda for the 6 and 7 September. It was introduced in 2004 for the annual renewal and the consecration of Germany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was completed in 1954 for the first time in Fulda by the bishops of Germany.
This year's pilgrimage takes as  its subject the life of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, against the background of the  100. anniversary of the death of the great Eucharistic Pope Pius X.
The pilgrimage begins on September 6 at noon at 12.30 in the center of Fulda in front  of the castle with a Marian procession through the city and surrounding area.
The venue of the two-day prayer meeting is the ballroom of the old Orangerie, in the castle garden (Maritim Hotel). There, a first solemn High Mass in the traditional Latin Rite will be celebrated on Sat evening at  6:30. At night the members of the Catholic youth movement  will hold a prayer vigil before the altar, which is built in the Orangerie.
On Sunday morning at 8:00  the day's program begins with a talk on the pilgrimage theme, which is followed by a solemn Pontifical High Mass at 9:30, which will be said by the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay. 
The grand finale is the prayer of Consecration to Mary, as the   pilgrims who come from all parts of Germany will again commend their fatherland to  Maria.
It is an open event for all Christians who want to endorse the concerns of pilgrimage. There are about 800 people expected for the Mary procession, for the High Mass on Sunday morning, there will be up to 1000 participants from all over Germany.
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Text: PM / LS
Image: Pilgrimage Office
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Archaeologists Discover 1,000 Year Old Pilgrimage Route in Ireland

On the small island of Ireland Caher, a traditional pilgrimage is held every 15 August,  but there are more finds.

 Dublin ( / CBA) on the Irish Atlantic island of Caher archeologists have discovered a 1000-year-old pilgrimage route. According to a report in the "Irish Times" (Tuesday), the curved line is marked on the southern and western edge of the island by a series of stone altars. This was identified by archival material, aerial photography and excavations, says archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

The small island (about 600 x 1200 meters) is located eight kilometers off the west coast of Ireland, is uninhabited and is called in Irish "City of Saints" (Cathair na Naomh). Each year numerous people traditionally flock on 15 August for the Feast of the Assumption on the sea route to Caher. The newly discovered route includes an additional tour on the island.

Caher has an early monastery with the ruins of a chapel and a hermitage from the seventh century and a sacred fountain in the north of the island. The island belongs, according to Gibbons, to the "most valuable" places of Ireland. It has remained largely "unaffected" by conservators.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Demonstration Against Aberromarriage in Munich

French Mass Movement Comes to Germany

Erstellt von Andreas Gehrmann am 15. August 2013 um 18:40 Uhr Munich

(Catholic news / JF). The French mass movement “Manif Pour Tous” [Demonstration for All] is coming to Germany. On Saturday, the Alliance, which advocates for the marriage of a man and woman in France and brought millions of people onto the streets, is calling for a rally in Munich. The demonstration, which is at 12 clock on the Karlsplatz (routes to) will start near the train station, and is going to stand up for the rights of children and families. The French movement "La Manif pour tous” had staged several enormous demonstrations where it emphasized the right of children to a mother and father and taken a stand against homosexual adoption and surrogacy at several mass rallies. The cause of the protests was at the socialist government’s introduction of gay marriage in France. The Munich demonstration organized by young French Catholics of the group Saint Gatien. Nearly a hundred faithful, priests and religious have been on pilgrimage since the 5th of August on the trail of Benedict XVI. in Bavaria. The event in Munich is the end of the pilgrimage. Back in March there was a protest of the "Manifesto for All" before the French Consulate in Munich. (Cr) Source: Junge Freiheit

Photo: Wedding Bank - Source: Alexander Hauk /

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pilgrimage: On Foot From Liechtenstein to the Far East

Chaplain Johannes Maria Schwarz will take a pilgrimage to Haran (Abraham) starting in May.

Linz ( He has already had experiences with long pilgrimages for a long time.  As a seminarian Johannes Maria Schwarz, co-founder of, went from Linz to Santiago de Composetela.  Now he is planning to take a sabbatical year as chaplain in May and would like to do, what apparently still no one has done before.

From May Johannes Maria will make a mega-pilgrimage all the way to Haran, the city of Abraham in southeast Turkey. The road there will also go through Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania, from there over Moldova, back to Ukraine and then to Russia. Georgia and Armenia are on the travel plan.

He understands the trip as a pilgrimage and is an investment “in every time of quiet and prayer”, explained Schwarz.

Chaplain Dr. Johannes Maria Schwarz is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vaduz. He is active as a guest professor at the International Theological Institute in Trumau (Grand Chancellor Christoph Cardinal Schönborn).

The will have blog updates every few days. will accompany the trip via Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Populus Summorum Pontificum -- Traditional Mass Pilgrimage Returns to Rome

(Rome) The Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum (CISP) organized in 2013 an international pilgrimage of tradition Ad Petri Sedem to Rome. After the fruitful success of the first international pilgrimage, the "Populus Summorum Pontificum will again return to Rome in order to make the eternal youth and beauty of the traditional liturgy shine at the grave of the Apostles Peter". As in 2012 the first pilgrimage will reach its solemn climax again in a Pontifical High Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

The 2nd International pilgrimage will take place from the 24th to 27th of October 2013 for the conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI.’s Year of Faith. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's, confirmed on 14 March, on Saturday, that the tradition associated pilgrims can celebrate on the 26th of October at 11 clock in the Papal Basilica over the grave of the holy Apostle Peter, the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Coetus Internationalis of Summorum Pontificum, which have different associations to Ecclesia Dei about the organization of the International Una Voce performed the pilgrimage collaborated together in 2012, to participate "in the establishment of the universal Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit." The Coetus Internationalis accepted the invitation of Cardinal Antonio Canizares Lovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. At the end of the third he November 2012 celebrated the first International Pilgrimage Pontifikalamtes the Tridentine rite, he called on the organizers' seguir adelante ", to continue on this path.

The July 2012 resulting Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum is led by a committee. The President is Guido Capoccia, he succeeds Riccardo Turrini Vita in this role on the 31st December, was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal was of the Vatican State, Secretary General remains Guillaume Ferluc and the spiritual assistant Abbé Claude Barthe.

Contact opportunity for priests, communities, parishes and groups:

 Kontaktmöglichkeit für Gemeinschaften Pfarreien Priester Gruppen für die 2. Internationale Wallfahrt der Tradition Ad Petri Sedes nach Rom Oktober 2013


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Immemorial Latin Mass at the Pantheon in November

Edit: This Roman event is being reported at the Tradizione nella Ronnovamento  site courtesy of Orbis Catholicus.

The cultural movement Rinnovamento nella Tradizione and the association of Mafalda e Giovanna di Savoia invite all to their annual Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form celebrated in the presence of members of the Royal Family at the Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres - the Pantheon - on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12 o'clock noon.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Summorum Pontificum: A Source of Priests and Religious Vocations -- Interview With Abbé Claude Barthe

(Rome)  From the 1st to the 3rd of November the first great international pilgrimage of Tradition since the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum to Rome will take place.   The pastoral assistant of the pilgrimage is the French priest, Abbé Claude Barthe.  During the International Pilgrimage the Immemorial Mass of All Ages will be celebrated by three high dignitaries of the Roman Curia,  Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera, Walter Cardinal Brandmueller and Curial Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, the General Secretary of the Governorate of Vatican City.  The Pontifical High Mass at the conclusion of the Pilgrimage in the St. Peter's Basilica will be celebrated by Cardinal Canizares.

Abbé Barthe who is one of the driving forces for the execution of the Una cum Papa Nostro Pilgrimage and gave Alberto Carosa of Vatican Insider the following interview.

Abbé, there are requests of your person from several sides. Would give us a brief resume of your education and vocational path?

I was born in Fleurance in 1947 in south western France.  My priestly vocation went back to my Catholic childhood. I studied at the Catholic Institute of Toulouse as a Diocesan seminarian.  The post-Concliar Revolution forced me therefore to leave the seminary.  I then received a degree in History and Jurisprudence.  I felt so bound tot he traditional liturgy, that I entered into the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X in Econe.  In 1970 I was ordained a priest by Archbishop Lefebvre.  I belonged then to the "hard" wing of the Traditionalists, but I became increasingly Roman and finally a diocesan priest.   Today I am an instructor in the subject of Liturgy in a seminary of Tradition.  One could also say that I am a "published  priest" because of my numerous, perhaps too numerous books and articles.

How did this idea of a pilgrimage of Tradition take place and how were you selected as the pastoral assistant?

The idea of a pilgrimage and for a Traditional Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the "People of Summorum Pontificum", as well as the diocesean and also the communities, along with the SSPX, has been in existence for about a year in the so-called Roman circles of the "Reform of the Reform",  who really see in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite,  a supporting pillar for true Liturgical renewal.  Because of the very diverse roles of a Pastoral Assistant they probably thought of me, because I was seen as a party follower who sees "unity in all living powers", a kind manner of border runner between all directions of Tradition.

On the 10th of September you held a press conference, which announced the Pilgrimage.  Could you tie together some of the central aspects?

In the first line I wanted to establish that it would be a pilgrimage of thanksgiving.  The pilgrims will offer above all a thanksgiving Mass in the extraordinary form and and as support for the Holy Father on the 5th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which is generally known to have come into power on September 14th, 2007.  For many diocesan -- and religious priests who offer their daily sacrifice of the Mass in the extraordinary form, it acted like a spiritual victory, even for the faithful who -- still sadly too few -- parishes, who could feel joy at this Liturgy and its mysticism.   One can say that in this decision by Benedict XVI.  an entire Summorum Pontificum-people was created.  This people will thank him for this.

And how about the other aspects?

I must say that it also will act as a recognition of loyalty to Peter.  The second reason is to announce our love for the Church and our loyalty to Peter, just as and especially in this current time of a bitter and difficult situation.  We are full conscious that the efforts, which the Pope has confronted has been difficult.  The Traditional Roman Mass, especially the High Mass, will always be a wonderful sign of faith of the Church as Mater et Magistra:  it is this Liturgical recognition which we bring to expression at the tomb of the Apostle, for the successor of Peter.  It will be a gift and a plea.  We will especially offer a gift to God, to ask him for graces for the reigning Pope, in order for him to continue his wonderful work, which he has completed since the beginning of his pontificate, especially today in the midst of cross and trial.

The pilgrimage is taking place along with the opening of the Year of Faith, is there a relationship between the two events?

Naturally.  Our pilgrimage will also express our participation in the mission of the Church.  Would would like to introduce the contribution of the always youthful traditional Liturgy for the New Evangelization, which the Holy Father is asking for during the Year of Faith.  It is clear that this is an initiative with the support of a large number of families, and that it is a source of increasingly larger numbers of religious and priestly vocations, something, which has shown itself as proven to extremely valuable in the Western world at present.

It appears that has not sufficiently considered this completely other vocations "crisis", which the institutes of Tradition are experiencing, in which they are forced to refuse those waiting for priestly office because of a shortage of places and facilities, a crisis which is the exact opposite of the Diocesan.

I would even say that one must especially stress this point.  By the grace of God, the Traditional Liturgy promoted without filling all the holes,  there has been a significant growth in vocations in certain countries like France and the USA -- still, the phenomenon could widen itself.  In France for example there are 710 diocesan seminarians against 140 seminarians (50 from the SSPX) in seminaries of Tradition,  this corresponds to 16%.  This relationship also effects those who are ordained to the priesthood.  This year there were 21 new priests of tradition against 97 diocesan priests.  Additionally there has been a complete transformation and realignment of the diocesan clergy.   The young dicoesan priests and the seminarians of the diocese are drawn to both forms of the Roman Rite and say this quite openly.   It is not to underestimate if the same goes for Ffrance, that a third of the diocesan priestly candidates could be described as candidates for Summorum Pontificum.  "Le petit people", as one says in the French, the simple faithful, stand by the Holy Father to follow the mission of the Church.

How do you explain the criticism and irritation about the pilgrimage, which has come from certain circles?

I can tell you that I have recommended that the organization committee is formed around Una Voce, because it works for unification, which is held int he world of Tradition as "neutral" and therefore liable to have the least criticism.  The conflicts and directions within the groups of Tradition considered, it seemed a good idea, to support them first by a hastily established committee,  in order to avoid jealousies and rivalries.  Some critics appeared from the worry in the success from it that a new organization could be created, which would encompass the entire world of Tradition.  If that had been our intention, we would surely have already succeeded to make the earth square.  I think that around the earth in the meantime have the understanding that we have solely organized a modest organizational committee for this event, which will direct the pilgrimage and dissolve on the evening of the 3rd of November.

What message do you want to finish this interview with?

I don't want to finish with theological words, but with those which the faithful can understand that the Holy Mass on the 3rd of November is a giant "parish Mass" of Catholics from the whole world, who come in order to be together with the"Universal Pastor", to pray with the Pope.  They want want to be together for him and to pray with him in the Gregorian Latin Liturgy, which out of their very own understanding is a community Liturgy.

Abbé Claude Barthe was born in 1947 in the Archdiocese of Toulouse, studied at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse from 1964, where he acquired a degree degree in history and in civil law. In the post-Conciliar upheaval he adopted traditionalist positions and entered the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X . in Econe Switzerland. In 1979, he was received by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the SSPX priest. Because of sedevacantist positions he was expelled from the SSPX in 1987. He was among the founders of the magazine Catholica, which he edited for several years and is one of the sharpest critics of the Church crisis, the brilliant theologian and liturgist the took a teaching position at the seminary of the Institute Bon Pasteur. After years of a canonically unclear status, Barthe approached together with the founders of the Institute Bon Pasteur increasingly to Rome and finally returned back to full unity with the Holy See. In 2005 the canonical status was finally resolved by a decision of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and he was issued a Celebret. He now teaches Liturgy at the seminary of the Institute of Christ the King and High Priest. Abbé Barthe has written many books that are not available in English.

Link to Katholisches original....

Interview: Alberto Carosa/Vatican Insider
Translation into German: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Wikicommon
Translation English: Tancred