Homeless man given funeral and burial at the Vatican

teutonic cemeteryFrom the Catholic Herald:

A homeless man who used to urge pilgrims to go to Confession and pray daily has been buried at a Vatican cemetery.

Willy Herteller, who was Flemish, died in December at the age of 80 and his body had been left unclaimed at a local morgue.

But a Vatican official – Mgr. Americo Ciani, of the Roman Rota – upon discovering his death arranged a burial for him alongside illustrious Germans at the Teutonic Cemetery, just behind St. Peter’s Basilica.

Fr. Bruno Silvestrini, the parish priest at the church of St Anna, told Vatican Radio that Mr. Herteller had attended the 7am Mass for 25 years.

Fr. Silvestrini said: “He was very, very open and had made many friends. He spoke a lot with young people, he spoke to them of the Lord, he spoke of the Pope, he would invite them to the celebration of the Eucharist. He was a rich person of great faith. … Then we no longer saw him, and subsequently we heard about his death. I’ve never seen so many people knocking on my door to ask when the funeral was, how they could help to keep his memory alive,” he said.

Read the full story at The Catholic Herald and Catholic News Service.

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Where’s Patrick

Where's PatrickThere’s been a few changes here at Immaculate Heart Radio and we wanted to try to make things clearer for our listeners. As of January 28, 2015, the Right Here, Right Now Show is now hosted by Chris Aubert.

Back in December, Patrick became the host of The Patrick Madrid Show – a three hour morning show that is currently on all Immaculate Heart Radio stations. Patrick’s show airs from 6am to 9am Pacific time – Monday through Friday.

In doing this we have decided to create new Podcasts and archives for all our show.  Our Podcast page has our current lineup with link to subscribe to all our show with our favorite Podcatcher software.

We also have changed up our audio archives a bit as well. We now have 2 audio archive pages. One for our network-wide shows, and a page for our local, diocesan produced shows.  We still currently carry all of the old Right Here, Right Now with Patrick Madrid shows on our Audio Archive page even though there are no new Podcasts.

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Catholic Answers to Lenten Questions

lenten-crossThe season of Lent starts tomorrow, and is a beautiful time to prepare our hearts to commemorate Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This time of year, we get many questions about why Catholics do certain things during Lent, and where certain traditions come from. If you have a question about Lent (or anything related to Catholicism), we encourage you to ask your questions on any of our live call-in shows, like Catholic Answers Live ( 3:00-5:00 p.m. Pacific) or The Patrick Madrid Show (6:00-9:00 a.m. Pacific).

But, if you need information right now, the links below from Catholic Answers address some commonly-asked Lenten questions. We hope it will help you grow in understanding and appreciation of our rich Catholic heritage.

How is Easter Sunday determined? Palm Sunday? Ash Wednesday?
Why do Catholics practice fasting and abstinence during Lent?
Why do Catholics eat fish on the Fridays of Lent?
How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence during Lent?
Does abstinence from meat include animal byproducts, such as eggs, cheese and milk?

For a quick but comprehensive explanation of Ash Wednesday and Lent, Jimmy Akin wrote two articles for the National Catholic Register last year, which are a great resource:

9 things you need to know about Ash Wednesday
9 things you need to know about Lent

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