From 'Mementoes of the Martyrs' : "...which provoked a Frenchman who was there to comment on the strange ways of the English, "those who are for the pope are hanged, those who are against him are burned:"                                               Saint John-Paul II wrote: "The fact that one can die for the faith shows that other demands of the faith can also be met."                                                 Cardinal Müller says, “For the real danger to today’s humanity is the greenhouse gases of sin and the global warming of unbelief and the decay of morality when no one knows and teaches the difference between good and evil.”                                                  St Catherine of Siena said, “We've had enough exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues - I see the world is rotten because of silence.”                                                  Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”                                                Brethren, Wake up!


Should you scroll down the sidebar, you would find the new "Vatican Widget", of which there is a picture above, a means of linking to the latest news from the Holy See.

This has been distributed to websites and blogs by the Servizio Internet Vaticano of the Directorate of Telecommunications, as a means of furthering the Holy Father's apostolate of spreading the Papal Magisterium by modern means of communication.

Through it you will find links to regular features on the website, such as the Angelus addresses, papal messages and encyclicals, as well as video links to the Papal ceremonies and other significants events.  It seems quite well thought through, and promises to be useful.

Its working is self-explanatory once you start clicking the links it contains. It also has rather cool YouTube and Twitter links at the bottom, giving real-time information. These people are serious.

For those who think this is all a bit eccentrically intense or esoteric, one would point out that the Holy See has invested considerable effort and many millions of euros into internet and television technology, and much care is put into the presentation of the various events, so it may safely be presumed that this is a legitimate wish of Pope Benedict. The Church cannot stand still, as he teaches us regularly.

W shall leave the 'combox' open and should be grateful for comments on this: as to its benefits; how it fits into this blog; or how it might be improved. Constructive suggestions will be forwarded to the Servizio Internet Vaticano.

Saint Isidore of Seville, Patron of the internet, pray for us.


O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother look down in mercy upon England, thy dowry, and upon us who greatly hope and trust in thee.
By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. 
Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O Sorrowful Mother, Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold, they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. 
Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home.  AMEN.