Thursday, July 11, 2024

BREAKING: Rouen Cathedral fire under control

UPDATE: “In Rouen in northern France, a fire broke out in the spire of the cathedral during construction work. According to the fire department, it was mainly plastic materials that were on fire. The fire is now under control."


Original story:

BREAKING: 1000-Year-Old Notre Dame Cathedral in Normandy Has ‘Caught Fire’ – Authorities Say Possible ‘Religious Attack’

A 1000-year-old cathedral in the French city of Rouen has caught fire in what authorities say could be a religiously motivated attack.

While details about the blaze are currently scarce, firefighters are currently working to extinguish the fire and reduce the level of damage.

Local television footage initially showed a dark plume of smoke rising from the spire, with onlookers in the streets below watching in horror.

Other images revealed smoke seeping through a gap in the white cover surrounding the scaffolding.


A masterpiece of French medieval Gothic architecture, the cathedral dates back to the 12th century and gained international fame after being repeatedly painted by the Impressionist artist Claude Monet in the 19th century. Between the years of 1876 and 1880 it was the tallest building in the world.

The scenes are reminisicient of the devastating damage caused to the world-famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 2019, repairs for which are only recently reached completion.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Cardinal Müller: Vatican official prefers empty churches to cathedrals full of people who reject New Mass

 In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Gerhard Müller relays a conversion he had with a Vatican official about the Traditional Latin Mass after the Chartres pilgrimage in France as well as the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Holy Land.

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(LifeSiteNews) — In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews reporter Maike Hickson, Cardinal Gerhard Müller discussed the attitude of some in the Vatican toward the Traditional Latin Mass following the Chartres pilgrimage in France, as well as the ongoing crises in Ukraine and the Holy Land.

Speaking to Hickson, Müller revealed that when he shared his joy at having participated in the recent Paris to Chartres pilgrimage, during which 20,000 young pilgrims packed Chartres Cathedral to attend the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), an official of the Roman Dicastery for Divine Worship responded that it was more important that young people “respect” the New Mass.

Müller further elaborated that the unnamed Vatican official effectively said that young people who do not “respect” the New Mass might as well “not come” to church at all, and that an “empty church” would be preferable. 

Müller expressed his disagreement with the statement, telling Hickson that such an attitude is contrary to good pastoral practice and that it effectively “excludes” those “true and good Catholics” who attend the ancient liturgy. 

It is worth noting that despite the success of the traditional-minded Chartres pilgrimage, which LifeSite’s Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits heralded as a massive success that allowed the whole of France to see images of “thousands of young people who reject relativism and hedonism,” the Vatican seems intent on crushing the TLM.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Newly ordained priest in Winona-Rochester Diocese celebrates first Mass ad orientem


From West Point to the Priesthood

Newly ordained West Point grad will minister both as diocesan priest and Army chaplain.

L to R: Joshua Miller in uniform at his West Point graduation in 2012; Father Miller at his first Mass in June 2024
L to R: Joshua Miller in uniform at his West Point graduation in 2012; Father Miller at his first Mass in June 2024 (photo: Courtesy of Father Joshua Miller and Goldhouse Productions)

While Father Joshua Miller was a West Point cadet, he expected he’d be deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan after completing his training at the New York-based U.S. military academy.   

But by the time he graduated in 2012, the U.S. government was bringing troops home from the conflict areas, and Father Miller’s Alaska-based team was put on standby for the Pacific rather than the Middle East. Some of the soldiers he supervised, however, have served in those war zones and came to him psychologically, emotionally, spiritually or physically wounded.  

“What they really needed was someone to listen, someone to talk to, someone to listen to their stories,” said Father Joshua, 34, who, as an Army captain for five years, supervised a combat team of up to 40 soldiers, mostly at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, Alaska, before discerning a call to become a priest and military chaplain. 

Father Joshua Miller platoon
With his platoon in South Korea(Photo: Courtesy of Father Joshua Miller)

“I recognized, through many, many of these conversations, in my own heart the desire to be a spiritual father to them rather than be their boss,” he said. 

Father Miller’s desire to help wounded soldiers, their families and other military personnel led him to leave his 10-year Army career, discern and apply for the priesthood in two different dioceses, and study at two major seminaries, while also preparing to serve as a full-time military chaplain. 

His ordination to the priesthood on June 8 at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Winona, Minnesota, by Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron, marked the end of his long journey to his priestly vocation and the beginning of a new adventure of bringing Christ as a priest to the Winona-Rochester Diocese and into the military culture he knows well. 

Father Joshua Miller, first Mass
Father Joshua Miller celebrates his Mass of thanksgiving, June 2024.(Photo: Goldhouse Productions)

Read the rest: From West Point to the Priesthood| National Catholic Register (

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