Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lost in the wake

of Benedict XVI's abdication*, is that the meeting he presided over was called to announce the naming of new saints.

The tailor Antonio Primaldo and his companions will now be martyr-saints. They were 800 Catholic men beheaded by the invading Muslims, the Turkish purveyors of The Religion of Peace (c), in 1480 at Otranto in southern Italy, for refusing to accept Islam. Their skulls, behind the altar of the cathedral there, below:

(If you have any interest in hearing what spoken Latin sounds like, albeit by a very tired old infallible guy, here's Il Papa's announcement in vivo.

*No one is using this term for his retirement but the English Dominicans, on whose website I first encountered it.

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