Saturday, February 28, 2009

James Cardinal Gibbons (1834-1921)

Another American Cardinal: James Gibbons was consecrated a bishop in 1868 with the titular see of Adramyttium. He was bishop of Richmond from 1872 to 1877 and archbishop of Baltimore from 1877 to 1921. He was the second American Cardinal, the first of course being John Cardinal McCloskey. Here are some photographs from the festivities of the golden episcopal jubilee of Cardinal Gibbons, which was celebrated in 1919. The one-year delay is probably due to the first world war.

Cardinal Gibbons

Cardinal Gibbons again. What kind of a sick puppy takes a photo of a cardinal when he is partly covered by one singular tiny tree? "A bit more to the left, your Eminence, one can still see the hem of your cassock."
One more thing: Does the gentleman to the right have the biggest head in the world or is it just me?

Of course there were some illustrious guests: Cardinal O'Connell,...

... archbishop Cerretti, special papal envoy,...

... archbishop Bonzano, the papal nunzio (right)...

... and a cardinal I cant identify. He looks a bit like Joseph MacRory from Ireland, but he only was made a cardinal in 1929. Below are two more photos of what I think is the same cardinal. Maybe you can tell me who it is?

[Updates: Reader Edward id'd the prelate: It is Louis-Nazaire Cardinal Bégin, archbishop of Quebec from 1898 to 1925. Edward also knew that Gibbon's Golden Jubilee was delayed until Feb. 20, 1919 because of the Flu Pandemic of 1918. Thanks, Ed!

Fr. Selvester added that from 1868-1872 Gibbons was Vicar Apostolic of North Carolina. Thanks Father!]

Thursday, February 26, 2009

John Murphy Cardinal Farley

Since I already accidentally slipped in a photo of Cardinal Farley in the last post, I might as well show some more. John Murphy Farley was archbishop of New York from 1902 to 1918.

With Cardinal Gibbons

A nice sepia that already was possted on the old far sight.

Those cassocks with the little trains SO need to make a comeback

And color, too

Monday, February 23, 2009

Patrick Cardinal Hayes (1867 -1938)

A reader suggested that I post some photos of Cardinal Hayes. So I went and found some. Here they are:

In procession
[Erm... This, of course, is not Cardinal Hayes, but Cardinal Farley, Hayes' predecessor. This happened due to a wrong photo-caption and laziness of the eyes on my part. Thanks to Fr. Selvester for coming to the rescue!]

Portrait photo

Another portrait photo with ferraiolo

With a shiny black cassock

With palms

With the Apostolic Nuncio, Amleto Cicognani

Patrick Joseph Hayes became the fifth archbishop of New York in 1919 and was made a cardinal in 1924.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Munich, 1960

A procession during the International Eucharistic Congress.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Two nice postcards...

... of Mattia Vicario, bishop of Saluzzo (1895 - 1901) and bishop of Novara (1901 - 1906)

Monday, February 16, 2009


Anglican or not: This mitre-cope-stole-combo may only be worn while dancing to "Staying Alive" after having had three Harvey Wallbangers.

[Thanks to sender-inner Robbert]

Sunday, February 15, 2009

José Sebastião Cardinal de Almeida Neto (1841-1920)

He was the Patriarch of Lisbon from 1883 to 1907, when he retired. He was made a cardinal in 1884. During the religious persecution of 1910 he was expelled from Portugal and went to Spain, where he lived in the Franciscan convent of Loreto, Seville. He died near Seville in 1920.

Andreas Rohracher (part II)

I already posted some photos of Andreas Rohracher, archbishop of Salzburg from 1943 to 1969, a month ago. I have some more that I'd like to share with you.

There's still more, so watch out for the next installments of archbishop Rohracher.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


The pictures of Archbishop Paul Cremona of Malta in cappa magna currently appearing online reminded me that I still have a handful of photos from Malta that I wanted to share with you. I found those pictures online during the past years (can't even remember where) and I don't really know anything about them other than they were all taken in different Maltese cities. I've only been to Malta once so far but I will go there again. Because as far as Catholicism goes, this little island has got it all:

Our Lady

The Ombrellone

Street decorations



Illuminated churches

Red damask


And, of course: The cappa magna!

Paul Cremona on Feb 9th during first Vespers for the feast of the shipwreck of Saint Paul. Those are the most current ones and you've probably already seen them on NLM or elsewhere.

Two more photos of Archbishop Cremona...

... date and occasion unknown.

Two shots you might already have seen on the old "Far Sight": Archbishop Cremona again...

... and his predecessor, Giuseppe Mercieca.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Léon-Adolphe Cardinal Amette (1850-1920)

He was achbishop of Paris from 1908 to 1920 and was made a cardinal with the title of Santa Sabina in 1911.

Georgeous man-lace

During the funeral of his predecessor, Cardinal Richard. I really like this photo.

The Archbishop

The Cardinal