Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cardinal Spidik's Mass & St. Anselm-UPDATED

Pope Benedict XVI diffuses incense on the coffin of late Cardinal Tomas Spidlik, of the Czech Republic, during his funeral service, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Cardinal Spidlik died in Rome on April 16 at the age of 90. (Daylife Photos)

Saint of the Day:

St. Anselm (1033-1109) was born in Aosta, Italy, and died in Canterbuy, England. St. Anselm's services to the Church are principally the following: First, as Archbishop of Canterbury he defended the rights and liberties of the Church against the encroachments of the English kings, who plundered the Church's lands, impeded the Archbishop's communications with the Holy See, and claimed the right to invest prelates with ring and crosier, symbols of the Church's spiritual jurisdiction.

Second, as a philosopher and theologian he developed a method of reasoning which prepared the way for the great thinkers of the Middle Ages.

Third, he had a great devotion to Our Lady and was the first to establish the feast of the Immaculate Conception in the West.

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