Monthly Archives: July 2011

Adult supervision needed in Washington?

Come on, House of Representatives, Senate and President. Enough with the nonsense!

If you cause our economy to crash, you should be prepared to take the blame and consequences.

Whatever happens to us average people should also happen to you so that you might begin to understand whom you are supposedly representing!

The Concho Padre

Greetings from Frisco, Texas!

I am up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend for the joyous task of baptizing a little baby girl. I officiated at her parents’ marriage several years ago at Harper’s Ferry, VA., and then batpized their first little girl at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chuch in Plano, Texas, about 18 months ago. That’s where I will be tomorrow for the baptism of little girl #2. I grew up with their grandmother in Manhasset, New York, and we have remained friends over all these years. It is good to see them all here in Texas for this happy occasion.

Also had the blessing of having lunch with old friends from San Angelo today. They are living here now, and it was great to catch up on all that is going on in their families.

The Concho Padre

Nuncio’s Funeral Plans Changed

The Funeral Rites for Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Papal Nuncio, will not take place on August 6 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington as originally announced. His body has already been returned to his beloved Italy.

A Mass of Remembrance is now scheduled for September 14 at the Basilica.

Apparently, the original ceremonies were not logistically possible.

The Concho Padre

Archbishop Dolan on the passing of Archbishop Sambi

Statement of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan,
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

News of the July 27 death of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, brings deep sadness for the church in the United States. As the personal representative of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Sambi enjoyed the highest respect and deepest affection of the bishops of the United States and of our Catholic people.

Archbishop Sambi was a friend of the United States in so many ways. He played an indispensable role in the coordination of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to our country in 2008, and so enabled our entire nation to see the wonderfully warm solicitude of the Holy Father for America.

Archbishop Sambi understood and loved our nation. He travelled throughout the country, often to attend the ordination of bishops, always eager to meet the faithful, and to share with them the affection that the Holy Father has for them and their country. He was open to the media as a conveyor of truth and welcomed journalists as representatives of the American people. He enjoyed everything from a stroll in the park near his residence in Washington to the diplomatic functions he attended as part of his service as the representative of the Holy See to the United States.

Archbishop Sambi possessed both a keen sense of diplomacy cultivated through many years of service in the Vatican diplomatic corps, especially in Israel, and a pastoral sensitivity cultivated through his many years as a faithful and devoted priest. Those who met or listened to Archbishop Sambi understood that at the heart of all he did was this love of the priesthood and of Christ the Good Shepherd.

We thank our Holy Father for sending him to us as we now commend the soul of this good and faithful servant to the Lord whom he served with such steadfast devotion. May Archbishop Pietro Sambi, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

July 28, 2011

Still hot as can be here! Rain Prayers needed!

This will be the 62nd day of 100+ degrees here in San Angelo. There is a storm in the Gulf of Mexico that just may come ashore on the Texas coast, maybe tomorrow evening. Please let it come into the state and head our way with some rain!

Please, everyone who reads this post, pray for rain in our drought-stricken area.


The Concho Padre

Rest in Peace, Archbishop Sambi

Our beloved Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, passed from this life Wednesday evening at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 73.

The Funeral Liturgy for the Nuncio will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Let us pray for the repose of his soul, and for comfort for his family members.

The Concho Padre

Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland recalled to Rome for consultations

VATICAN CITY, 25 JUL 2011 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office issued the following declaration at midday today:

“Following the release on 13 July of the report by the Irish government commission of enquiry into allegations of abuse of minors by clergy in the diocese of Cloyne (the Cloyne Report), and in particular in the wake of the subsequent reactions, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, apostolic nuncio in Ireland, has been recalled to Rome for consultations with the Secretariat of State”.

Vatican Information Service


As we continue in this unprecedented string of 100+ degree days, let us not forget to pray unceasingly for the rain that is so badly needed. May God in his goodness send us rain for our fields and ranches, for our rivers, lakes and streams, for our reservoirs. If we pray unceasingly God will surely provide for our basic needs!

The Concho Padre

Nuncio to Norway calls terrorist attack “madness”

A Norwegian gunman disguised as a police officer shot his victims one by one, claiming at least 84 lives. The massacre at an island youth camp has horrified Norway.

The island tragedy Friday unfolded hours after a massive explosion ripped through a high-rise building housing the prime minister’s office in Oslo, killing seven people.

It is the biggest disaster to hit Norway since World War II. This is the assessment of Archbishop Paul Tscherrig, the Apostolic Nuncio to the country. He called the attack a “great catastrophe”, and emphasized Norway is a peaceful country, which is very democratic and free, and this violence is a gigantic blow to the entire population.

“It is madness,” Archbishop Tscherrig told Vatican Radio. “All these actions are irrational, and difficult to comprehend, whether they had personal or political reasons. In any case, it is always an unbelievable thing.”

He said Catholic Church is praying for the victims, and will remember the dead during their Sunday Mass.

Courtesy Vatican Information Service/Vatican Radio

Pope has advice for vacation time

Over the past three Sundays, when greeting French pilgrims, Pope Benedict XVI has made several brief but important suggestions about how to spend our summer vacation. First of all, he invited those of us who can, to use our vacation time in a way that helps renew our relationships with others and with God. Interrupting the hectic and frantic pace of daily life, we can take time to dedicate ourselves to others and to God. The Pope even suggested we include a copy of the Sacred Scriptures in our suitcase. He also invited us to contemplate the greatness, and admire the beauty, of creation around us, recognizing in it the wonderful presence of the Creator.

We need to observe this magnificent gift, he said, with the same attention Jesus did. He knew how to interpret the language and signs of Creation, which is a gift we must respect, protect and care for, in the name of God, humanity and future generations.

Finally, Pope Benedict suggested that pilgrims and travellers apply their intelligence and curiosity to discovering the monuments of the past – witnesses of culture and faith, as he called them, examples of our spiritual roots and heritage. Cathedral and abbeys, in particular, are places where beauty helps us feel the presence of God and inspires us to pray for the rest of humanity, on its pilgrimage through the Third Millennium. The enjoyment of friendship, reading, nature and culture helps to nourish and restore our spirit. It gives us the strength to continue our journey refreshed and renewed.

Editorial of Father Federico Lombardi, SJ
Director, Vatican Television Centre & Vatican Radio

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