Massing and Wining for Prime Minister Blair on Holiday
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley
The Catholic Herald of August 27, 1999, carried the following article on the activities of the British Prime Minister during his holidays. The Church of Rome certainly has its screws on him. He will break before they break!
[…]The day before Mr. Blair watched the spectacle [of the bare-back horse race in Siena], he and his family attended Mass in the 16th century chapel of San Biagio on the estate of Prince Girolamo Strozzi near San Gimignano. Fr. Brain Lowry, an Augustinian from Philadelphia who for some years has been based in the Tuscan town, celebrated the Mass, which was in honour of the Assumption. During the service, at which Mr. and Mrs. Blair were present but which one of their three children was understood to have not attended, the Prime Minister's daughter Kathryn read the Gospel. Nuns from the Order of Santa Marta based at the Hospital of Poggibansi sang choir music. The chapel, situated close to the Prince's pheasant-rearing operations on his estate, belongs to his family. But although it was once open to the public is it now only used for private occasions. Fr. Lowry, 55, later talked at length with the Blairs. The family is understood to have especially asked after his colleague, Fr. Jim Wenzel, 49, who has returned to Boston. Fr. Wenzel had regularly celebrated Mass for the Blairs each summer since they began coming to the San Gimignano area in the summer of 1996. During their week-long stay with the Prince, the Blairs for the first time shared the same Renaissance villa as their hosts. The Strozzis, who first met the Blairs for an afternoon at their estate in Cuspna two summers ago, gave their 50 room house to them entirely last summer, moving to a flat over their old stables. This year however the prince and his family stayed on the top floor of the 50-room residence which they have just had restored. The Blairs are understood to have stayed below in the more noble quarters. On the second evening of their stay in San Gimignano, the Blairs were wined and dined by Tuscany's "wine nobility" at the castle in Chianti Cassico country belonging to the Prince's friend Gianni Zonin, one of Italy's biggest wine producers. Altogether there were 100 guests in the castle courtyard, including the Marchesa Tiziana de Frescobaldi, niece of the Prince of Wales's friend the Marchesa Bona Frescobaldi, niece of the Prince of Wales's friend the Marchesa Bona Frescobaldi. Two evenings before their departure for France last Saturday the Blairs had dinner with their hosts and San Gimignano's former mayor Franco Nencioni. On their last evening, the Prince threw a party for 50 people.
In the same paper, the plan for the re-control of England and Wales by the Papacy is widely advertised in the following advertisement; no comment is needed:
"For God, Our Lady and the Faith"
The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom
(The Catholic Church Extension Society – A Registered Charity)
HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II
HIS EXCELLENCY ARCHBISHOP PABLO PUENTE
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THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th – SUNDAY 19th 1999
During these nine days, The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom will pray for these eight intentions:
- That the people of England and Wales may accept the truth of the Catholic Faith once delivered by Our Lord Jesus Christ, to his Apostles.
- That the lapsed and careless Catholics of our country may realise the seriousness of their situation and return to the practice of their religion.
- That the Forgotten dead of our country may find rest and peace.
- That our country's unique distinction as the Dowry of Mary may be better known and appreciated by all our fellow Christians so that through Our Lady's intercession we may maintain the standards of her Son in contemporary society.
- That the priests of England and Wales may receive abundant graces for the faithful observance of the sacred ministry and that there may be an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.
- That the Catholics of England and Wales may hearken to Pope John Paul's call to make the Millennium an occasion of great grace and a truly Holy Year.
- That the Beatification of the Venerable John Henry Newman will soon be accomplished.
- That the intentions of all those who have sent their petitions to be carried to Walsingham may be granted.
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