Forgive me for indulging in an act of ‘shameless self promotion’ — but the Benedict XVI Fan Club (of which I am the administrator) will be providing regular roundups of news, coverage and commentary on the Pope’s visit to Africa from religious and secular media, and will be linking to the Pope’s addresses as they become available.
Today is the feast day of one of the greatest saints to ever trod the green earth, Saint Patrick. Born at the time of the crumbling of the Roman Empire, with pagan hordes overrunning Britain, he planted forever the cross of Christ in Ireland. Here we have, in his own words, his report on his great mission:
Fr. James Ramsey, pastor of Our Lady of Walsingham (OLW) in Houston, Texas, is shown in his priestly attire prior to celebrating his first Mass. Fr. Ramsey is shown wearing his cassock, or soutane, and a black cappello romano hat, or saturno (since it kind of looks like Saturn with her rings), with black lining. The cappello is not worn during Mass, only for a practical matter in very sunny Houston. Keep in mind this is picture was taken on the first Sunday of A.D. 2009, where it was 50 degrees outside!