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All Is Not Lost: A Latin Mass on Top of Africa Featured

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All Is Not Lost: A Latin Mass on Top of Africa
Editor's Note: This just in from our old friend, Father Antony Sumich, FSSP, from the other side of the world. Just when it seems that all is lost and the darkness gathering around us is about to make this sad world of ours utterly inhabitable, something comes along to remind us that all over the world the old Faith survives. There are many priests--young priests--who are keeping it alive.

Father Sumich is one such priest. I know him personally very well, and I respect him as a true soldier of Christ and defender of sacred Tradition. God is with those who are with Him, and those priests who are still with Him are still with us.  Our good God has not abandoned us. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.MJM

Pax Christi,

This is where I said Mass on Wednesday 30th September 2015. Top of Kilimanjaro at nearly 6,000 metres ((19,341 feet) above sea level.

Needless to say, it was a little hard to breathe after the 7 ½ hours it took to walk up there! But mainly the difficulty breathing was from the altitude.

The table I used, and the altar and Mass vestments etc were carried up by our porters. One of them (who we gave the name table-guy) literally carried a table strapped on his back the whole way up. After my Mass, Fr Greg Bartholomew said his Mass also.

We prayed a lot (and our porters & guides joined us in daily Mass & prayers) for good weather. Our prayers were answered and the temperature stayed at about +5 C deg (low 40sF), there was no wind whatsoever (very rare) during the two hours we spent at the top. 

The Mass was attended by a number of Tanzanian guides who were so happy to see Our Blessed Lord physically on top of Africa.

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.