Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Alright everybody!

This dreadful day has come again when I have to say "goodbye" for the summer. I'll try to do it like last year and post some nice stuff every once in a while so you don't have to live solely on polyester-chasubles and hemp-mitres and also wont have to suffer from cappa-scurvy.

I wish you all a great summer! Please pop in every fortnight or so to see if there's something new. The Far Sight will be running at full throttle again early October!

God Bless,

P.S.: Cant leave you without a little goodbye-present. A kind reader sent in this photo from "The Colored Harvest, the publication of the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart (SSJ).

Laurian Cardinal Rugambwa, the first black cardinal.

[Thanks Fr. John!]

Your wish is my command...

Also always high up on the wish-lists of readers are photos of canons. There's a couple more I found on the web the past weeks:







Rings and pectoral crosses

There have been some reader's requests to post more pectoral crosses and bishops' rings. I found a few, so here you go:

First two re-posts from the short-lived but intense "Bling-Wars" between Carolina and me:

Two pectoral crosses from the treasure of San Gennaro in Napoli

Then two gems that belonged to bishop Irigoyen of Pamplona (1768 to 1778):

His pectoral cross...

... and his ring.

Then some episcopal rings from the middle ages, which are kept in the Cluny Museum:

Finally three rings that I couldn't dentify:

This one with the amethyst has got to be my favorite one!

You also might want to go to this page, which has a whole lot of pics of pectoral crosses and episcopal rings, albeit very small ones...

Friday, June 12, 2009


Blog-roll has been significantly updated and put into alphabetical order.

To all you Catholic co-bloggers out there: Sorry for not linking to you sooner. If you read this and don't find your blog in the blog-roll but think it should be in there, drop me a note!

That's what I'm talking about!

Reader Fintan from Ireland sent in some beautiful photos, which I'll present here:

Cardinal Marella and Bishop Browne of Galway during a visit of Marella to that city

Cardinal Marella again, same occasion

Bishop Brown again, in color with a neat ferraiolo

John Francis Cardinal D'Alton, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (1946-1963). Also notice the canon with the fluffy ermine on the right!

Cardinal D'Alton's successor William John Cardinal Conway, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (1963-1977)

Thanks Fintan! That's the spirit! The more gems you guys send in, the longer I'll be able to maintain this blog!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Reader's Photos from Belgium (Part II)

Here is the second part of the photos that reader Carl sent from Belgium. This time they are all about Cardinal van Roey, Archbishop of Mechelen from 1926 until his death in 1961. I am not altogether sure about the different occasions of the photos. I think that most of them are from van Roey's installation as archbishop in April 1926, definitely the ones that show him together with Cardinal Micara (the prelate with the ermine cappa), nuncio to Belgium from 1923 to 1950.