- Aug 8, 2020
For the whole Catholic world, August 15 means the Feast of the Assumption. In Italy, it also means ferragosto, the traditional summer holiday that sees the whole country head to either the beach or the mountains, or both, roughly from the second week of August until early September.
People who today seem enemies may later become friends; disputes that now seem intractable may dissolve; and ideas that seem anathema may come to be not only acceptable but eminently “orthodox.”
Pope Francis has a classically Latin American passion for the Madonna and for popular devotions to her that express the souls of so many cultures on his home continent.
If St. John Newman were around today, he might be warning Pope Francis and his Vatican team about the dangers of the well-poisoning fallacy vis-à-vis China.
Don Alessandro Maria Minutella is a strong traditionalist who now aspires to lead what he calls the “Catholic resistance,” forming a “small remnant” who spurn the “false Bergoglian church” (a reference to Pope Francis’s given name) and declare their allegiance to Pope Benedict XVI
Next month will mark the 76th anniversary of the massacre of 159 civilians by the German SS in two small Italian hamlets, San Terenzo Monti and Bardine, including the local pastor, Father Michele Rabino, who died saving a seven-year-old girl.