Sunday, November 30, 2008

More consistory splendor

Here are some more photos all dealing with the creation of new cardinals:

Quiroga Palacios

Quiroga Palacios

Browne, OP

Reig Casanova







Santos, Alfrink

Bacci, Rugambwa, Santos, Alfrink and then it gets kind of hard to tell...




Cerejeira, Pacelli, Lavitrano, Minoretti, Mac Rory, Verdier. You figure out the order...


Friday, November 28, 2008

Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1832-1903)

He was the third archbishop of Westminster from 1892 to 1903. During his reign

It has been said that Vaughan lacked his predecessor's (Cardinal Manning) intellect and drive for social reform, but was on the other hand a man of remarkably fine presence and aristocratic leanings. The photos somehow underline the second statement (I've only seen one photo of Manning in a cappa so far and he really didn't look like he felt at home).

Vaughan always wanted to see an adequate Westminster Cathedral and indeed, after initiation of the capital campaign, the foundation stone for the cathedral was laid in 1895.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

"Hey! Wait up!"

I love this photo. It is from a newspaper, which is why it is a bit grainy. It looks as if Infante Don Fernando is a bit too fast and the tiny and rotund archbishop of Santiago actually has to run after him. It's only the wind in the cassock, of course, but it still looks hilarious (at least I think so).

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two Benedictine Archabbots

On the Sunday of Pentecost in 1863 the secularized Augustinian canonry of Beuron/Germany was brought back life as a Benedictine abbey. Founders were the brothers Maurus and Placidus Wolter, who also became the first two archabbots, Maurus from 1863 to 1890 and Placidus from 1890-1908. Here are two fine photos which - I am sorry to say - are a bit small.

Maurus Wolter

Placidus Wolter

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Dominican cappa

Mario Ismaele Castellano, archbishop of Siena from 1961 to 1989

A nice painting

Manuel Torres y Torres, bishop of Plasencia/Spain from 1913 to 1914. Does anybody know what the green pompom is about? Could it be something academical? Or is it part of the cathedral-canon's dress of Plasencia? Or is it - again - one of those Spanish specials?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Photo Archive

Since the news is out and beginning to make the rounds, there's no need for me to hold back anymore. I thought I'd surprise you next week with a couple of great color-photos from Vatican ceremonies, but now that pretty much everybody knows that Google is putting the LIFE photo archive online, I might as well show you a bit now.

I just couldn't decide which of these three birds-view cappa and galero-photos I prefer, so I just post them all.

Cardinals lying prostrate in the Sixtine Chapel... (if you look closely, you can see the red heels on the black shoes in the first photo)

... and caudatarii courageously entering the silk-pit...

... to help the eminences they have been entrusted with back on their feet.

Friday, November 21, 2008

James Cardinal McGuigan (1894-1974)

He was archbishop of Regine from 1930 to 1934. He was only 35 years old when he was appointed to Regina, which made him the youngest archbishop in the church. He later was archbishop of Toronto from 1934 to 1971 and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1946. These photos show Cardinal McGuigan as papal legate to the Marian congress in Ottawa, 1947.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blowing in the wind...

Paul-Emile Cardinal Leger addressing a crowd of Acadians during an anniversary celebration.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another nice shot from Spain

This photo shows Ángel Herrera-Oria (1886 - 1968) long before his elevation to the cardinalate (1965) as bishop of Málaga (1947 - 1966). With him are two canons of the cathedral of Málaga.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


P.S. to Landazuri Ricketts

Nainfa states that
    "Cardinals and Bishops belonging to Religious Orders are not allowed the use of a red or purple cappa magna. Their Cappae, made of woolen material, are of the same color as the outer part of the order habit.
Still, there seem to have been exceptions or privileges. I just found this photo of Cardinal Landazuri Ricketts: