Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spellman Overload

Hello everybody. I wish you a good and peaceful Gaudete-Sunday!

I'll be taking my Christmas-break from next week on. I'll be back on January 7th or so. I might or might not post stuff in the meantime. It's likely that I wont, though, since I really need some time off.

However, I am looking forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Man, I cant believe Ken shut down "hallowed ground"! This was such a great blog. Now there's one provider of 'visual catholicism' less on the block. All the more work for me, Carolina, J.P. and the rest. I'll try and do my part to keep you happy, entertained and up to your earlobes in cappe magne.

Alright, since this is the last posting for three weeks or so, I'll open up the "Spellman"-drawer and post (or re-post - since some of the pics already appeared on the old blog) a vast number of my best Francis Cardinal Spellman photos.

Sitting in church

Somewhere in Rome

Under a canopy

Giving a speech

Ecce sacerdos magnus

In procession

During a funeral

In his archiepiscopal residence

Again, this time with autograph

With co-purpurados Guevara (Lima, center) and Vasconcelos-Motta (Sao Paolo, right). I love the guy between Spellman and Guevara. He looks like right out of a Don Martin cartoon.

With Clemente Cardinal Micara


With a bishop I cannot identify (readers?)

With Josef Cardinal Frings, archbishop of Cologne

Again with an unidentified bishop

And again...

... and again
[Update: A reader sent in this information: The bishop in this photo is Monseigneur Pierre-Marie Théas, bishop of Montauban 1940-1947, bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes 1947-1970.]

At a social gathering



Alright! That's it for 2008. Please come back next year (and bring family and friends)!

Have a blessed Christmas! (Wait... Am I still allowed to say 'Christmas' in public?)



Ttony said...

And a very Happy Christmas to you too! thanks for all the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures of Cardinal Spellman. Thank you.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Message en français:
sur la 17e photo à partir du haut
l'évêque de droite est
Monseigneur Pierre-Marie Théas
évêque de Montauban 1940-1947
évêque de Tarbes et Lourdes 1947-1970.
Voir ici :

Bien cordialement in Xto.

Anonymous said...


Buon Natale anche a te, Leo!


Father Anonymous said...

I like how he is always carrying around his breviary. As busy as he would have been, he would still make the time to sanctify the day. Requiescat in Pace. Amen.