Underground lakes at John and Paul’s, Rome

30 January, 2018

Underground lakes at John and Paul’s

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Salus Populi Romani

29 January, 2018

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Pope Francis’ favorite icon of the Madonna in Rome has gotten a face-lift.

The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled photos of the restored Salus Populi Romani, the Byzantine-style painting on wood located inside the St. Mary Major Basilica. The icon, revered by Romans, will be displayed to the public Sunday when Francis celebrates a special Mass at the basilica.

Francis famously slipped out of the Vatican the morning after his election as pope to pray before the icon, which features an image of Mary, draped in a blue robe, holding the infant Jesus who in turn is holding a jeweled golden book. Before and after every foreign trip, Francis goes to the Basilica to pray before the icon and leaves a bouquet of white roses.

The restoration also will help scholars date the painting, whose origins are disputed. Tradition has it dating from Jerusalem in the 5th century and purportedly painted by St. Luke himself. In an article in Thursday’s Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Jatta said the true date is more likely between the 11th and the 13th century.
In addition to cleaning the image and repairing issues dating from previous restorations, restorers made a new showcase for the icon — lighter and with handles — to allow for easier and safer transport for the various religious celebrations where it’s displayed.

History’s first Latin American pope is particularly devoted to Marian iconography, and as a bishop and cardinal would come to St. Mary Major to pray before the Salus popoli Romani (“Salvation of the people of Rome”) every time he was in town on business. The other Marian icon for which he is known to have particular affection is the “Mary Untier of Knots” painting, which he saw for the first time in a Bavarian church when he was studying in Germany in the 1980s.

During the month of February

29 January, 2018

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4th February 1710 – birthday of Anthony Daneo, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo

7th February 1796 – death of Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P. After the death of St. Paul of the Cross’ brother, Ven. John Baptist, Fr. John Mary was confessor for St. Paul of the Cross until his death in 1775. He was the third Superior General of the Passionists (1784-1790).

14th February – Ash Wednesday

16th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive the tonsure from Bishop Caccari, Vicar of Rome

18th February 1821 – decree on the virtues of Fr. Paul of the Cross proclaimed

20th February – Feast of the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion, Titular Feast of the Passionist Congregation

23rd February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive first minor orders of porter and lector from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome

23rd February 1731 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo request Pope Clement XII to grant them the canonical title “of the missions”

24th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive second minor orders of acolyte and exorcist from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome

27th February – Passionist Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

2018 Passionist Liturgical Calendar

1 January, 2018

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2018 Passionist Ordo (.pdf)

Reflection – Fr. Timothy O’Toole, C.P.

28 December, 2017