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Blessed Memorial of the Martyrs of Compiègne!
Persecution against Catholics was common during the French Revolution and following Reign of Terror led by Maximilien Robespierre. Fourteen Carmelite nuns and two postulants were accused of treason, brought to trial without lawyers or witnesses and condemned to death. On July 17, 1794, they were brought to a Parisian public square for execution. A cheering crowd came to watch the spectacle but they were silenced when they witnessed the Carmelites joyfully singing as they awaited their martyrdom. One by one, each woman approached her superior and asked for her prayers before they were guillotined. The customary drum roll did not take place and no one in the crowd cheered, laughed, or mocked the victims. After the last Carmelite was killed, the crowd dispersed in silence and a great sense of unease overtook the city. The martyrs' remains were taken to a rural cemetery and buried in a mass grave along with 1,300 other victims. Robespierre soon fell from power and was guillotined eleven days after the Carmelites met the same fate. The Reign of Terror was brought to a sudden and unexpected end. (Source: Catholic Answers)
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I will be the principal celebrant for the Solemn Mass with the Investiture with the Pallium at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul on Sunday, July 19th. All are invited and encouraged to take part virtually in the liturgy and investiture. It will be broadcast live here on my Facebook page as well as Vimeo beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The Pallium is a vestment worn over a metropolitan archbishop’s chasuble at Mass within the geographic boundaries of his metropolitan area. It is a symbol of communion with the Holy Father and serves as a reminder of the role of the archbishop as shepherd.
Traditionally, archbishops appointed throughout the world over the course of the previous year are invited to concelebrate Mass for the Solemnity Saints Peter and Paul (June 29th) with the Holy Father in Rome. During the Mass, the Holy Father blesses the pallia (plural of the word Pallium) which are made of wool from lambs that are presented on the feast of Saint Agnes of Rome (January 21) and left overnight at the tomb of Saint Peter beneath the altar of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was not possible for the traditional gathering to take place in Rome this summer. However, I’m blessed to be celebrating this joyful moment, here in the mother Church of Philadelphia and I invite you to join me virtually.
The Minneapolis Archdiocese restricted events by Catholic hymn composer David Haas over allegations of inappropriate conduct with young women in the 1980s.