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8 novembre 2009 7 08 /11 /novembre /2009 20:17
Benoît XVI ayant demandé, lors de l'Angélus du dimanche des Missions 18 octobre 2009, de prier pour les jeunes Eglises, voici une église située à Magadan dans l'Extrême-Orient Russe. Elle a été construite à partir de 2001 et consacrée en 2004, pour la petite communauté catholique de cette ancienne ville de relégation du Goulag stalinien. Vouée à la Nativité de NSJC, elle s'occupe de plusieurs missions auprès des déshérités de cette région au climat extrêmement rude. Les Filles de la Charité y sont présentes.


Lien : http://www.magadancatholic.org/
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16 juillet 2009 4 16 /07 /juillet /2009 19:13
En l'honneur de Notre Dame du Mont Carmel dont c'est la fête aujourd'hui, voici quelques photos d'une belle église de Vilnius (capitale de la Lituanie), construite par les Carmes déchaux dans le style baroque au XVIIe siècle. Qu'elles nous permettent aussi de  prier pour nos frères catholiques d'Europe de l'Est, dont la Foi est souvent plus vive que la nôtre !









Et pour finir, un tableau conservé à Palerme de Notre Dame du Mont Carmel !



Bonnes vacances pour ceux qui sont partis, dans la joie des enfants de Dieu !
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7 décembre 2008 7 07 /12 /décembre /2008 13:41
                                                             Statue de Saint Jacques


                                                            La Samaritaine

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20 avril 2008 7 20 /04 /avril /2008 20:59
Une messe traditionnelle, selon le Missel pré-conciliaire, sera célébrée en la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, le 17 juin 2008.
Lien : http://www.schola-sainte-cecile.com


A Latin Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris the 17th of June, 2008.
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20 janvier 2008 7 20 /01 /janvier /2008 07:18
At the beginning of the 12th century, returning safe from the Holy Land, Crusader Géraud de Graves built an oratory dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady in the deep forest close to Saint-Macaire ( near Bordeaux ). He lived there as a hermit with a few companions.
In 1160, after the death of Géraud, the lands around were bought by the monks of Grandmont who built a sanctuary to shelter a statue of the Blessed Virgin and a monastery. The monks helped the peasants and worked hard to develop local agriculture.
In 1185 a first miracle occured ( a peasant recovered from blindness ) and pilgrimages began. One of the pilgrims was famous :  King Richard the Lionheart, Duke of Aquitaine, in 1190.
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During the 14th Century, misery, famine and plague devastated the Duchy, and moreover the war between the king of France and the king of England was endless. So the sanctuary was ruined...

Around 1390 the young and devout Countess Isabelle de Foix, riding in the forest, found under the hoof of her mule the statue of Our Lady ( a copy made in 1300 ) who had been buried by the peasants during the assaults of French troops. Enthusiastic, she decided to reconstruct the chapel and to help the monks. At the entrance of the chapel an inscription was written : " Sic datur electis ad caeli gaudia vinctis gloria pax requies perpetuusque dies ".
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In 1462, King of France Louis XI came to pray " the glorious Virgin Mary ". It was a period of peace. But soon the civil war between Catholics and Protestants would began. The church was destroyed in 1562 by Huguenots, and the monks were expelled...
In 1583 the war ended. Cardinal François de Sourdis in 1609 founded a confraternity to restore the church, and in 1627 welcomed the austere Order of the Celestines ( founded in 1254 by Pope Celestine V ) to keep the sanctuary. The new church was only achieved in 1666.
 
Louis XIV came there with his mother in 1650 to pray for the kingdom, at the end of the Fronde.

Notre Dame de Verdelais was then the most important pilgrimage sanctuary to Our Lady in Aquitaine. Miracles occured and masses of people came to be protected against desease and frost. Sailors also came to thank Mary. But after the middle of the 18th Century, the ideas of the so-called Enlightments challenged the devotion to the Virgin, the monks had difficulties to recruit. The Celestine Order was suppressed by Pope Pius VI and the monastery  closed in 1779.

When the Revolution blustered, only one priest was in charge of Verdelais...

In July 1790, because of the civil constitution of the clergy, the priest fled away, and a schismatic priest was appointed. The monastery was sold in January 1792. Fortunately the statue was kept by Jean Michel, the ex-sacrist !
Terror began in 1793 : even the schismatic priest had to run away...

The church would open again in 1795, but the buildings of the monastery would be bought by Archbishop d' Aviau, only in 1821.  

The pilgrimage got moving again. In 1838, the new archbishop, Mgr Donnet, called  at Verdelais the Fathers of the Society of Mary ( the Marists, founded in 1816 by Father Colin ). It will be a blossoming time for Verdelais. Dozen of miraculous recoveries occured, as it happened to blessed Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade ( 1761-1850 ) during his youth. Famous Father Lacordaire, op, came to preach ; confraternities were founded to restore the church and relaunch the pilgrimage. A new bell-tower was erected in 1854 with a huge ( 3,75m ) statue of the Virgin at its top in 1856 and Cardinal Donnet crowned Our Lady of Verdelais. 
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But with the laicist regime of the third Republic, the situation of catholicism worsened in France...Between 1901 and 1905 the teaching nuns were expelled from Verdelais, and between 1906 and 1910 the region was troubled by the secularization of Church's buildings and the exile of hundreds of nuns and monks.   The buildings of the Marists were bought in 1910 by Father Giraudin, rector of the Bordeaux Seminary. 

Nevertheless pilgimages never ceased, among pilgrims was author François Mauriac ( 1885-1970, Nobel prize in Literature in 1952 ).

In 1924 ( after the reconciliation in 1921 between Rome and France ), Pope Pius XI elevated Verdelais - sanctuary of Our Lady Consolatrix Afflictorum -  to the honour of Minor Basilica.

In the 80's the Marists left Verdelais. They were replaced in1990 by the Passionists to renew the pilgrimage.
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French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ( 1864-1901 ) is buried in the Verdelais cemetery.

Lire : Philippe de Bercegol " Notre Dame de Verdelais, légendes et réalités ", Editions les Dossiers d' Aquitaine, 2006. 

Liens sur le Cardinal de Sourdis : http://ut-pupillam-oculi.over-blog.com/article-12828183.html 
et sur l' Ordre de Grandmont : http://ut-pupillam-oculi.over-blog.com/article-5570477.html ( article du 08/02/07 ). 

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30 décembre 2007 7 30 /12 /décembre /2007 21:00
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The St. Ignatius Cathedral of Xujiahui in Shanghai.
The Jesuits were very active in Xujiahui ( or Xujiawei ) in Shanghai. They built schools, churches, hospitals, and an observatory in 1873. The first Cathedral was built in 1847 and reconstructed in 1906. It was located in the French concession, the widest foreign settlement of the city, also known under the name of Zikawei. The Jesuits were expelled in 1949.

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Very funny picture of Chinese school boys as Crusaders in a Jesuit school of Shanghai.
( from the archives of the Jesuits in Vanves - France ).

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St. Ignatius is now surrounded by buildings...

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The Cathedral of Tientsin ( now Tienjin ), Notre Dame des Victoires, was built after the destruction of the first Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ( built by the French ) during the Boxer rebellion of 1900.

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The first Catholic Cathedral of Tientsin, ruined in 1900. This picture was shot before the revolt.

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The church of Tang Muqiao, place of a famous pilgrimage to Our Lady. ( from the Archives of the Jesuits in Vanves - France ).
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30 décembre 2007 7 30 /12 /décembre /2007 19:59
Here are examples of modest churches built by the French missionaries in a mixed style.

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Photography from the Archives of the Jesuits in Vanves ( France ).

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Photography from the Archives of the Société des Missions Etrangères de Paris.

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Photography from the Archives of the Jesuits in Vanves ( France ).

For more details, read the book of Corinne de Ménonville " Les aventuriers de Dieu et de la République ".
Editions les Indes Savantes, Paris, 2007.
http://www.lesindessavantes.com

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30 décembre 2007 7 30 /12 /décembre /2007 17:57
In 2008, the world will focus on China and the Olympic Games, so I thought it could be good to remember the extraordinary adventures of our missionaries in China, especially from the middle of the 19th Century untill 1949.
Here are a choice of churches built by them. Let' s pray for the divided Catholic Church in China today.

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The first stone of the Cathedral of Canton ( Guangzhou ) was blessed in 1863 by the French-born bishop Mgr Guillemin. The Cathedral was ended in 1873 on the model of St. Clotilde's Basilica in Paris. Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie made a gift of 500 000 Fr. The Sacred-Heart Cathedral is 30m large, 66m long.

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Ordination of Chinese priests in the Sacred-Heart Cathedral of Canton, 1910.
From the Archives of the Société des Missions Etrangères de Paris.

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The Cathedral is now owned by the Patriotic Church, created by the communist authorities.

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St. Joseph's Church in Peking ( Beijing ) was built by the French missionaries between 1880 and 1884 and was blessed by Mgr Delaplace. The main altar was given by the French chargé Mr de Sémallé. The Church was damaged by the Boxers in 1900 and renovated in 1905. It is also called the Eastern Church ( Dong Tang ) and is now owned by the Patriotic Church. It measures 70m long and 20m large.

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Credits :
Picture N° 3 ( St. Joseph ) from the book  " Péking ", Mgr Favier, published by the Lazarists of Tei-pang in 1897.
Picture N° 1 ( Sacred-Heart ) from the Archives of the Société des Missions Etrangères de Paris ( France ). 


The French-Canadian Missions were also very active in China. To learn more about them read :

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9 décembre 2007 7 09 /12 /décembre /2007 12:56
Here are some new pictures of Notre Dame Church in Bordeaux, built by the Dominicans :

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       Portrait of St. Pius V, a Dominican Pope, painted in 1733 by Brother André, op.

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The Dominican cloister.

http://ut-pupillam-oculi.over-blog.com/article-13033932.html

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2 décembre 2007 7 02 /12 /décembre /2007 18:50
Bazas is a charming little town, situated near Bordeaux. 
http://www.ville-bazas.fr

A church was built in the 5th Century which was destroyed during the Norman invasions in 853. In 1070 a Romanesque cathedral was built by bishop Raymond II and consecrated in 1095 by Pope Urban II, after the council of Clermont, on his way to Toulouse where he preached the First Crusade. The new cathedral was ruined in 1198 by the English troops and rebuilt in Gothic style in 1233.

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 Unfortunately the cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist was devastated by the Huguenots in 1561, 1577 and 1578. Most of the statues disappeared and the nave was partially destroyed.
In 1583, Arnaud de Pontac, bishop of Bazas, repaired the ruins and it was fully restored in 1635.

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66 bishops had been governing the diocese of Bazas since the 5th Century untill the revolution. The cathedral suffered again during the revolution. It was sacked and its statues where mutilated. The cathedral was closed. The last bishop Amédée-Grégoire de Saint-Sauveur died in 1792 confessing the true Catholic Faith against the Civil Constitution of the Clergy.

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The diocese was administrated by blessed Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade ( 1761-1850 ), future founder of the Marianists, and given to the diocese of Bordeaux in 1802. 

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                  Stained-glass window of St. Peter

The cathedral is 83m long and 20m high and has no transept.
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