Daily Archives: December 15, 2017

DEVOTION TO ST FRANCIS XAVIER (1) – The phalanx relic

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

At least in one aspect, Luis Eduardo Mendia de Castro, Count of Nova Goa, and St Francis Xavier have one thing in common. It is the word “Nova”, nickname in the count and part of the Basque term “Echaberri” (of “echa”, house, and “berri”, new (nova)) that is in the origin of the name Xavier, common in the kingdom of Navarre.

But that is not where the bond is established. Nor is it by hereditary means, as that is a matter for other researches that would lead us to personalities linked to universes as diverse as the arts, literature, archeology, politics or military life.

Let us say that the connection of the Nova Goa family to the illustrious son of Navarre is a matter of devotion. One may even say, a case of extreme devotion.



Aurelio Porfiri


One of the most prominent Cardinals in today’s Church is Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. He was bishop of Lacrosse and Saint Louis, in the United States. It was Pope Benedict who called him to Rome to serve in the curia. Today he still resides in the Eternal City, serving the Church in different ways.

He has published a book called Hope for the World. To Unite All Things in Christ, a long interview (published originally in French) with Guillaume D’Alançon (2016 Ignatius Press). It is a very interesting read, where the Cardinal tells the story of his life, but also address some very important and cogent issues for the life of the Church: “We must return to our roots, to the foundations of our being, and therefore to metaphysics. It is good to go back and reflect again on the meaning of existence, of family life, of life in society and in the world. The human mind needs a realist philosophy to serve as a basis for its understanding of the mysteries of the faith. God alone is the goal of our quest, and everything must lead to Him. Contemporary man will recover from the current situation only with this theocentric perspective. And to arrive at this perspective, we must get rid of all the forms of narcissistic individualism that come from the secularized world. A life that is fruitful, renewed, and converted can be sustained only by the Sacred Liturgy, celebrated with dignity, for it offers us the riches of centuries of Church life.”



As Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, pope appeals to keep status quo


(Crux) Pope Francis made foreign politics the focus of his weekly general audience, pinpointing the highlights of his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh and calling on the international community not to destabilize the current situation in Jerusalem.

“I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days and, at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant Resolutions of the United Nations,” the pope said Dec. 6 in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy there from its current position in Tel Aviv. The decision could potentially dismantle 22 years of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and would likely enrage Muslims who view Jerusalem as the potential capital of the Palestinian state.

“Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where the Holy Places for the respective religions are venerated, and it has a special vocation to peace,” Francis said. “I pray to the Lord that such identity be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the entire world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail, to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts.”

The pope experienced firsthand the consequences of war and conflict during his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. His was the first papal trip to Myanmar, a country that has recently been making headlines all over the world due to what the United Nations has called “textbook ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority there.