Annuntio vobis gaudiam magnam. Habemus Cardinalem!
Only a visiting one, of course.
I attended Mass on Monday evening at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the College General Major Seminary. After Mass, Bro. Aloysius kindly informed us that His Eminence Jean-Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh (formerly known as Saigon), Viêt Nam, will be celebrating Mass the following day at 11.45AM.
His Eminence Cardinal Pham was on a pastoral trip to visit the Vietnamese Catholic diaspora.
About 8 million people in
If you remember, recently His Eminence Crecenzio Cardinal Sepe, at that time Prefect of Propagande Fide visited
So far, His Eminence has been to
After making a stop in
Their relics are reserved and venerated in the College Chapel.
When I arrived, His Eminence and his accompanying entourage were with the Fr. Rector viewing a film on the origins of the College General and its journey from Ayuthaya to its present location. Since the
The next picture depicts the manner with which some of the martyrs were executed in
His Eminence then entered the museum and we were kindly ushered out to give the entourage some privacy. In the Chapel, I took the opportunity to photograph the ornate antique north side altar dedicated to the Vietnamese Martyrs. Perhaps when the rumoured motu proprio is released, the Tridentine Mass can once again be celebrated on this altar.
Here’s a full view of the altar. Note the antique reliquaries. There’s hundred’s of authentic relics here from many famous and obscure saints whose closeness to God in life have hallowed their bodies. There’s more on the other south side altar.
The Mass soon started with the His Eminence Cardinal Pham as the main celebrant. His Lordship the Rt. Rev. Antony Selvanayagam, the Bishop of Penang, His Grace the Most Rev. Anthony Soter Fernandez, the Archbishop Emeritus of
Sorry for the blurry pictures as I did not want to use the flash during
His Eminence attributed this to the power of the same Holy Spirit that filled the Virgin Mary and inspired her to a life of fidelity to God which now inspired them and transformed them. They came as migrants and became valued members of the parish community and the local Church.
Here, Archbishop Soter and Bishop Anthony can be seen concelebrating with His Eminence.
Group pictures after the
I was taking the photos while the photographers were taking turns getting their picture taken. Father Rector can be seen here motioning to get my turn at it.
Bishops only please =)
Here, Bro Aloysius and His Eminence can be seen at the Altar of the Vietnamese Martyrs.
His Eminence with a part of the Vietnamese entourage accompanying him.
Bro. Peter Anthoney kindly requested His Eminence to graciously consent to have his picture taken with your humble scribe who can be seen at on the left of the picture. Mark and Angela, who came despite an ongoing STPM exam, are on the right.
Now, for those of you living in Rome, where the Princes of the Church are as common a sight as trees might not understand the rarity of this event. We have no Cardinals in
Now that I’ve seen a Prince of the Church, the Pope is next on my list. After that, who knows, perhaps the Lord and His Mother? In a vision I mean, not face-to-face just yet. =)
Here’s a picture of the memorial to the Vietnamese martyrs in the College grounds. The Chapel can be seen on the hill in the background. His Eminence laid some flowers here at the start of his visit.A close-up.
St. Phillip Minh and companions.
Ora pro nobis.