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Brazil Report 002
Father Anderson Batista da Silva


Editor’s Note
: We have received the following report from our Catholic brothers in the Archdiocese of Niterói (a municipality close to the City of Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, about a very serious incident that occurred last Ash Wednesday at São Domingos de Gusmão (Saint Dominic de Guzmán) parish church. We kindly ask you to read it and then meet our requests for Catholic action at the article’s conclusion. MJM

Last Ash Wednesday everything was ready for the celebration of the Holy Mass at São Domingos de Gusmão parish church. The faithful entered the church and prepared themselves to ask God’s Grace, receive the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads, listen to the exhortation to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”, and so enter into the Lenten Season. The service was a Traditional Latin Mass; the minister was a diocesan priest, Father Anderson Batista da Silva, who has celebrated the Vetus Ordo for a long time, even before the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

Padre Pio once prophesied about Hungary, then suffering under the yoke of Communism: “Hungary is like a cage, out of which someday a beautiful bird will take flight.   Much suffering still lies ahead for them, but in all of Europe their part will be of unparalleled glory.  I envy the Hungarians, because through them a great joy will someday flood over the human race. ...”

Could we be seeing today the beginning of this resurgence?  The recent steps taken by Hungary to proclaim its Christian identity and to honor God's plan for life, marriage, and the family were the focus of a conference following the Mass celebrated on April first at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

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Saint Mary Magdalen is one of those favored souls who actually walked with Our Lord, witnessed His passion and death, and yet kept the faith even after seeing firsthand the horrors of His Crucifixion. “God is dead,” the Romans told her, but she paid them little mind then even as we should when they claim the same thing today.

In a time of discouragement and loss of faith, Magdalene emerges as the powerful patroness of hope and perseverance. She is not a doctor of the Church, but she shows what love of Christ can attain, even for poor, ignorant sinners, and how God crowns such love with His predilection.  Her books were the Soul and the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and her wisdom was Eternal Wisdom Itself. She is also the one who wept for Christ because she could not find Him. “The Angels said to her ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them ‘Because they have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him’.’” 

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