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Each one of you, dear and venerable brothers new-Cardinals, represents, thus, a portion of the articulate Mystical Body of Christ which is the Church spread everywhere. I know well how much weariness and sacrifice the care of souls demands today, but I know the generosity that sustains your apostolic activity. Due to this, in the circumstances which we are living, it is dear to me to confirm before you my sincere appreciation for the service faithfully rendered in so many years of labor in the diverse areas of ecclesial ministry, a service which now, with the elevation to the porpora, you are called to accomplish with even greater responsibility, in extremely close communion with the Bishop of Rome.
Benedict XVI


  1. Pope wears Mitre of Pius IX

    [Sorry for the poor translation (literal translation from Google). Article from:]

    VATICAN CITY - day, which closes the liturgical year, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, by which the Church honors Jesus Christ as universal Sovereign of souls, families, nations, asking God that all people can be united in Gregge of the Lord. In Vatican fervono preparations for the consistory at which Benedict XVI honor of Purple twenty three new cardinals, requiring them red biretta. At Mass that accompanies this ceremony, the Holy Father wear a Mitria of Blessed Pius IX, the valve of which are embroidered images of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception and Savior: it was donated to the last Pope King on the occasion of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The chasuble of the Pope, already worn by John Paul II but packed during the pontificate of Paul VI using the stolone of an ancient cope, has portrayed Christ the King in accordance with traditional iconography: the triple crown in Chief, the scepter in his right hand and sphera mundi in his left hand. It is significant that after decades of daring innovations-the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff chose to repeat a Mitria and paramento of particular beauty, both a sign of continuity doctrinal and liturgical tradition with the Catholic seemed long forgotten. And if we are now accustomed to hearing recall with authority from the Holy Father the same doctrine of the Church, can only destar satisfaction finally seeing that doctrine also reflected in the beauty of vestments. The new Master of Ceremonies liturgical Monsignor Guido Marine shows he knows how to translate into clear and visible signs the mens Benedict XVI, who has never pretended its attention to the beauty and solemnity of the celebrations.

  2. About today's *throne* :


  3. Do you think the use of the throne used by Saint Pius X is meant to send out a message to the SSPX?

  4. Anonymous2:45 PM

    Maybe, but not necessarily. It might just have more to do with the fact that there is a new Marini (Guido instead of Piero) serving the Holy Father.

    Over at Fr. Zuhlsdorf's weblog, "Berolinensis" posted this interesting comment about the throne:

    "I think the Holy Father already used this throne for his last Christmas address to the Curia, but as far as I know, this is the first time this throne was used for a liturgy inside St. Peter’s for quite a long time. Now, if only it could be moved back to the apse, in front of the Cathedra, where it belongs."

  5. A very Christ-like comment to the Cardinals.

  6. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Plurimos annos, Benedictus XVI!

  7. Anonymous2:27 AM

    On another note, if the translation is accurate, the Pope did say, the Mystical Body of Christ, which IS the Church spread everywhere. This emphasis on "is" has also been lacking recently, though the new "subsistit" is supposed to be fully in line with the old usage

  8. Anonymous2:43 AM

    Pope Benedict the Great

  9. "Signori Cardinali,
    venerati Fratelli nell’Episcopato e nel Sacerdozio,
    cari fratelli e sorelle!

    In questa Basilica Vaticana, cuore del mondo cristiano, ...."

    'Heart of the Christian world'...

  10. Anonymous10:39 AM

    I noticed it too. Long life the Pope!


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