Monthly Archives: November 2013

I HAD THE POPE BLESS MY CRUCIFIX AND ASKED HIM FOR HIS APOSTOLIC BLESSING

Eugene continues the narrative of his first meeting with Pope Leo XII: When the Pope took trouble to explain at length to me the formalities which necessarily require much time, he said to me: “You will not leave so soon, … Continue reading

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HE GRANTED ME EVERYTHING I REQUESTED

Pope Leo had indicated how Eugene should proceed with his request for approbation. Lest I did not retain the name of the secretary whom he designated to me, he extended his kindness to the point of looking in his desk … Continue reading

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BEING DIRECT WITH THE POPE

When I had finished speaking, he took up the discourse and spoke for quite a long time himself on this same subject. One would have said that he wished to make excuses for not doing with a stroke of his … Continue reading

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A MOMENT OF DIVINE INSPIRATION

When any new religious congregation comes into existence in the Church, it is necessary for the Church to study it so as to evaluate whether it is the human invention of a charismatic person or whether it comes from God. … Continue reading

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YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN WITH WHAT INTEREST THE POPE LISTENED TO THE GOOD OPERATED BY OUR MISSIONARIES.

Eugene describes the contents of his interview with Pope Leo: I handed him with respect the letter from my uncle which he placed before him on his desk. Then began our interview, which ran on several subjects, and lasted nearly … Continue reading

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THE POPE SHOWERED ME WITH INDESCRIBABLE KINDNESS

In his private journal, Eugene continued to jot down his impressions of the morning, as he recalled them. He cannot resist noting his amusement at the Dominican priest in the audience room whose discomfort in waiting was clear as his … Continue reading

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WHOM MY FAITH SHOWED IMMEDIATELY AS THE VICAR OF JESUS CHRIST

Finally Eugene was received by Pope Leo XII, and he described the meeting to Henri Tempier – and through him to all the Oblates in France, who were anxiously awaiting news of this meeting that would affect each one. You … Continue reading

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IN THE POPE’S WAITING ROOM

As soon as the audience begins, those designated to work that day with the Pope enter in succession. Neither Cardinals or Ambassadors came. Those who entered one after the other were the ones whom the Holy Father summoned through the … Continue reading

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VATICAN BUREAUCRACY

So one fine morning I made my decision. It was the 20th, vigil of Saint Thomas, and having obtained the loan of the carriage of Mgr. the Dean, I arrived in full dress at the Vatican. The first person I … Continue reading

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I HAVE ARMED MYSELF WITH ALL NATURAL AND SUPERNATURAL AIDS

The time was approaching for Eugene to meet with the Pope and to ask for his formal approbation of the Oblates. He was worried because there was a “general policy in place in which the Pope was not giving approbation … Continue reading

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