"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pope arrives in Sicily on one-day visit

AP – Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing at the end of a concert in his honor held by the Santa Cecilia

PALERMO, Sicily, Yahoo!News – Pope Benedict XVI is starting a one-day visit to Palermo, where Sicilians hope he will use his words and presence to give a boost to efforts to try to rid the island of the Mafia.

Benedict sat under a canopy shielding him from the sun on an esplanade at the edge of the sea in this port city as tens of thousands of people waited for his celebration of Mass.

In the days before his arrival, some Catholics have appealed for the pontiff to declare as a martyr a Palermo priest who was slain by the Mafia in 1993 for trying to galvanize people to oppose organized crime.

Palermo Mayor Diego Cammarata drew cheers from the crowd when he recalled the slain Rev. Pino Puglisi as an inspiration for continued anti-Mafia efforts.

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