This year we had the opportunity to take part in the beautiful and very traditional festivities dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Feast of Noantri ("of us others") is celebrated in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel, from July 15 to 30 in Trastevere, Rome. It is without doubt one of the most celebrated feasts of the Roman people. The origins of the festival seem to date back to 1535: it is conveyed that after a storm, a statue of the Virgin Mary, carved in cedar wood, was found at the mouth of the Tiber by some Corsican fishermen. The Madonna, for this reason called "Madonna Fiumarola" (arriving on the river) was then donated to the Carmelites (entitled "Madonna del Carmine) to the Basilica of St. Crisogono in Trastevere. Thus she became the Holy Protector of Trastevere.
O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence… Ps 71
With deep sadness and shock we have learned of the today's sudden passing of our Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Köln, who died in age of 83.
Since 1980 he was a faithful guest and pilgrim in our house of the Procura General. We all remember him as a true man of God, zealous Pastor, who loved the Church, and worked with devotion for the good of the people. He was prayerful, joyful, and open hearted. Those who met him in this guest house, remember him as a person with the tender heart of the Father and witness to the Gospel.