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Michael Matt sits down to interview Father Michael Rodriguez in Mexico in February of 2013.

In this second installment of "The Remnant Underground" Michael Matt discusses comments from the Vatican on the issue of gun control in America.

(ROME) On a cold and rainy night here in Rome a fairly sizable gathering of Catholics gathered in the Piazza San Pietro to pray the rosary (in Latin). Led by five or six young priests in cassocks, they knelt on the wet stones of the Piazza and begged Mary's intercession, with a final prayer to St Joseph (this time in Italian). As I was walking back to my hotel when I discovered them kneeling there in the light rain, I filmed them for a moment and then joined them. After all, I suppose that’s exactly where we all need to be during this dark night for the Church...on our knees, praying for the beloved Bride of Christ.

 

The Sistine Awaits

(ROME) Like the song says—no, there’s really not much news to tell you. The conclave is all set. Tomorrow is the big day. Solemn Mass will be offered at 10 am in St Peter’s by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Cardinal Sodano.

Trusting Cardinals and Predicting Popes

 

By Michael J. Matt

 

(ROME) This morning I went to Mass in St. Peter’s. We’ve been hearing rumors for years that indeed the Traditional Latin Mass is no longer difficult to find on any one of its numerous altars, and even every day; but, naturally, I was eager to confirm this for myself.

 

I wasn’t inside for more than a moment when I discovered a traditional Mass that had just begun at the prominent Altar of the Transfiguration, wherein rest the mortal remains of Pope Innocent XI. 

 

I knelt down and heard Mass, which the celebrant offered to perfection. After Mass I chatted with him for a moment.  He was filling in for the regular celebrant, but is a diocesan priest from Peoria, Msgr. Soseman, who (I later learned) enjoys a reputation as a learned and holy priest here in Rome.  He couldn’t have been more congenial. Yes, he confirmed, the Traditional Latin Mass is indeed being celebrated every day in the Basilica of St Peter. Who would ever have imagined such a thing! Thank you, Pope Benedict.

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