Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pope John XXIII referred to Matt Talbot in a letter

In a letter sent by Pope John XXIII (IOANNES XXIII PP.) to the Most Rev. John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, on the occasion of the Centenary of Holy Cross College, Clonliffe (then the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Dublin), he mentions Abbot Columba Marmion and Matt Talbot in the following excerpt:

“In this survey of the history of your Seminary, short though it may be, We cannot fail to mention the names of two personages whose virtues are renowned throughout the world: Abbot Columba Marmion, who was first a student and later a Professor in the College; and Matthew Talbot, who strove earnestly after great sanctity when he had been rescued from vice through the influence of one of the Professors of the College.”

On September 3, 2000 Pope John XXIII was declared “Blessed” by Pope John Paul II, who himself was declared “Blessed” in 2011.

Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923), beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000, was one of the most popular and influential Catholic writers of the 20th century. Matt Talbot (1856-1925) was declared “Venerable” by Pope Paul VI on October 3, 1976.

For three references to Bl. Columba Marmion, see,/czehnder_bmarmion_sept06.asp
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