Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Saint June 21 : St. Aloysius Gonzaga : Patron of #Youth , #AIDS Victims and Caregiver

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Feast Day:
June 21
9 March 1568 at castle of Castiglione delle Stivieri in Montau, Lombardy, Italy
21 June 1591 at Rome
31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Major Shrine:
Church of Sant'Ignazio, Rome (his tomb)
Patron of:
Young students, Christian youth, Jesuit novices, People with AIDS and their caregivers
Born in the castle of Castiglione, 9 March, 1568; died 21 June, 1591. At eight he was placed in the court of Francesco de'Medici in Florence, where he remained for two years, going then to Mantua. At Brescia, when he was twelve, he came under the spiritual guidance of St. Charles Borromeo, and from him received First Communion. In 1581 he went with his father to Spain, and he and his brother were made pages of James, the son of Philip II. While there he formed the resolution of becoming a Jesuit, though he first thought of joining the Discalced Carmelites. He returned to Italy in 1584 after the death of the Infanta, and after much difficulty in securing his father's consent, renounced his heritage in favour of his brother, 2 November, 1585, a proceeding which  required the approval of the emperor, as Castiglione was a fief of the empire. He presented himself to Father Claudius Acquaviva, who was then General of the Society, 25 November, 1585. Before the end of his novitiate, he passed a  brilliant public act in philosophy, having made his philosophical and also his mathematical studies before his entrance. He had in fact distinguished himself, when in Spain, by a public examination not only in philosophy, but also in theology, at the University of Alcal&aacuate;. He made his vows 25 November, 1587. Immediately after, he began his theological studies. Among his professors were Fathers Vasquez and Azor. In 1591 when in his fourth year of theology a famine and pestilence broke out in Italy. Though in delicate health, he devoted himself to the care of the sick, but on March 3 he fell ill and died 21 June, 1591. He was beatified by Gregory XV in 1621 and canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726. His remains are in the church of St. Ignazio in Rome in a magnificent urn of lapis lazuli wreathed with festoons of silver. The altar has for its centerpiece a large marble relief of the Saint by Le Gros.

Pope Francis " Jesus came to save, with his Word, not condemn us." FULL TEXT + Video at Audience

Greetings to the sick in the Paul VI Hall

Good morning!

Thank you for this visit. Before going to the Piazza, I wanted to greet you. You will follow the audience in the Piazza with the big screen; we will all be united. Thank you for this visit. I assure you that I pray for you and I ask you to pray for me. Now I invite you to pray the Madonna together.

Recite Ave Maria



Catechesis on the Commandments. 2: "Ten Words" to live the Covenant

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

This hearing takes place in two places: here, in the square, and in Paul VI Hall there are more than 200 sick people who follow the hearing with the big screen. Together we form a community. With applause, we say hello to those in the Chamber.

Last Wednesday we began a new cycle of catechesis on the commandments. We have seen that the Lord Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. But we will have to understand this perspective better.

In the Bible the commandments do not live for themselves, but are part of a relationship, a relationship. The Lord Jesus did not come to abolish the Law, but to complete it. And there is that relationship of the Covenant [1] between God and his People. At the beginning of chapter 20 of the book of Exodus we read - and this is important -: "God pronounced all these words" (v. 1).

It seems like an opening like any other, but nothing in the Bible is trivial. The text does not say: "God pronounced these commandments", but "these words". The Jewish tradition will always call the Decalogue "the Ten Words". And the term "decalogue" means just that. [2] Yet they are in the form of laws, objectively they are commandments. Why, then, does the sacred author use the term "ten words" right here? Because? And does not he say "ten commandments"?

What is the difference between a command and a word? The command is a communication that does not require dialogue. The word, on the other hand, is the essential means of the relationship as dialogue. God the Father creates by his word, and his Son is the Word made flesh. Love feeds on words, and so does education or collaboration. Two people who do not love each other can not communicate. When someone speaks to our heart, our loneliness ends. He receives a word, gives communication and the commandments are words of God: God communicates himself in these ten words, and awaits our response.

Another is to receive an order, another is to perceive that someone tries to talk with us. A dialogue is much more than the communication of a truth. I can tell you: "Today is the last day of spring, warm spring, but today is the last day". This is a truth, it is not a dialogue. But if I tell you: "What do you think of this spring?", I begin a dialogue. The commandments are a dialogue. Communication is realized for the pleasure of speaking and for the concrete good that is communicated among those who love each other through words. It is a good that does not consist in things, but in the same people who reciprocally give themselves in dialogue "(cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 142).

But this difference is not an artificial thing. Let's look at what happened at the beginning. The Tempter, the devil, wants to deceive man and woman on this point: he wants to convince them that God has forbidden them to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil to keep them submissive. The challenge is this: the first rule that God has given to man, is the imposition of a despot who prohibits and forces, or is the care of a father who is taking care of his children and protects them from self-destruction? Is it a word or is it a command? The most tragic, among the various lies that the snake says to Eve, is the suggestion of an envious deity - "But no, God is envious of you" - of a possessive deity - "God does not want you to have freedom". The facts show dramatically that the snake lied (cf. Gen 2: 16-17; 3.4-5), made believe that a word of love was a command.

Man is facing this crossroads: does God impose things on me or take care of me? Are his commandments just a law or do they contain a word, to take care of me? God is master or Father? God is Father: never forget this. Even in the worst situations, think that we have a Father who loves us all. Are we subjects or children? This fight, both inside and outside of us, occurs continuously: a thousand times we have to choose between a slave mentality and a mentality as children. The commandment is from the master, the word is from the Father.

The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of sons, he is the Spirit of Jesus. A spirit of slaves can only accept the Law in an oppressive way, and can produce two opposite results: either a life made up of duties and obligations, or a violent reaction of refusal. All Christianity is the passage from the letter of the Law to the Spirit that gives life (cf. 2 Cor 3: 5-17). Jesus is the Word of the Father, it is not the condemnation of the Father. Jesus came to save, with his Word, not condemn us. It is seen when a man or a woman has lived this passage or not. People realize if a Christian reasons as a son or a slave. And we ourselves remember if our educators took care of us as fathers and mothers, or if they only imposed rules on us. The commandments are the path to freedom, because they are the word of the Father that makes us free on this journey. The world does not need legalism, but care. He needs Christians with children's hearts. [3] He needs Christians with children's hearts: do not forget this. 
SOURCE - Unofficial Translation
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les personnes de langue française, en particulier les pèlerins venus de Haïti, les jeunes venus du Chablais, en Suisse, et de Nouméa, en Nouvelle Calédonie, ainsi que les pèlerins de Saint Brieuc accompagnés par l’Evêque, Mgr Denis Moutel. Frères et sœurs, rappelons-nous que le monde a besoin du témoignage de chrétiens à l’esprit filial et non pas d’esclaves de la loi. Donnons ce témoignage par notre comportement dans toute notre vie. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from England, Sweden, Switzerland, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!
Mit Freude begrüße ich die Pilger aus den Ländern deutscher Sprache. Der Dekalog der Zehn Gebote ist das Geschenk des Bundes Gottes mit uns Menschen. Wir wollen als seine Kinder unsere Beziehung mit dem Herrn leben, indem wir seinem Wort folgen und dem Heiligen Geist, der lebendig macht. Betet für mich und für meine ökumenische Pilgerreise morgen nach Genf. Der Herr behüte euch und eure Lieben.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Nuestro mundo no tiene necesidad de legalismo, sino de sentirse amado y cuidado. Pidámosle con confianza al Señor el don de su Espíritu Santo, para que nos conceda acoger sus mandamientos con espíritu filial, y vivir como hermanos en la libertad de los hijos de Dios. Muchas gracias.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, sede bem-vindos! A todos vos saúdo, com menção particular dos fiéis da paróquia Nossa Senhora Medianeira, de Paraná, e desejo que possais viver e crescer na amizade com Deus Pai, deixando que o seu amor sempre vos regenere como filhos e vos reconcilie com Ele e com os irmãos. Desça, sobre vós e vossas famílias, a abundância das suas bênçãos.
أرحّب بمودّة بالأشخاص الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من لبنان، ومن الأردن ومن ‏الأراضي المقدسة. لقد وهبنا الله روحه القدوس كيما نعيش كأبناء له، ونرى في كلمته وفي وصاياه، لا قواعد ‏وممنوعات تجعل منّا عبيدًا، إنما محبّته الوالدية التي تهبنا الحياة والحرّية وتنير مسيرتنا. ليبارككم الربّ جميعًا ‏ويحرسكم من الشرّير!
Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich, a szczególnie przedstawicieli młodych, którzy na statku „Dar Młodzieży” opływają świat, aby dotrzeć na Światowe Dni Młodzieży w styczniu przyszłego roku w Panamie. Witam wiernych z Archidiecezji Szczecińsko-Kamieńskiej wraz z Arcybiskupem Andrzejem Dzięgą, którzy proszą o błogosławieństwo koron papieskich, jakimi zostanie ozdobiona ikona Matki Bożej Częstochowskiej w Bazylice św. Jana Chrzciciela. Niech Zwycięska Królowa Polski wstawia się za nami, byśmy idąc przez życie stale wzrastali w wierności Bożym przykazaniom. Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus.
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Rivolgo un cordiale benvenuto ai fedeli di lingua italiana.
Saluto gli artisti del Circo che ci hanno fatto vedere come la bellezza fa bene all’anima e al corpo, e questa bellezza che loro ci hanno fatto vedere, non è una bellezza che si trova così: è una bellezza che loro fanno con tanto lavoro, con ore e ore di allenamento. Ma alla fine, sono riusciti a fare questo che, come ogni bellezza, ci avvicina a Dio. Grazie tante a tutti voi. Grazie!
Sono lieto di accogliere i Padri Vincenziani; le coppie di sposi dalla Diocesi di San Marino-Montefeltro, accompagnati dal Vescovo, Monsignor Andrea Turazzi e quelle della Diocesi di Tivoli. Auguro che la visita alle Tombe degli Apostoli sia l’occasione per una rinnovata testimonianza cristiana.
Saluto il Gruppo dell’Ospedale pediatrico Meyer di Firenze; l’Associazione italiana sclerosi laterale amiotrofica; l’Istituto Gioacchino da Fiore di San Giovanni in Fiore; i Cori partecipanti al Festival internazionale Roma in canto; la Banda civica di Magenta.
Un pensiero speciale porgo ai giovani, agli anziani, agli ammalati e agli sposi novelli.
Nel mese di giugno la pietà popolare ci fa pregare con più fervore il Sacro Cuore di Gesù. Quel Cuore Misericordioso vi insegni ad amare senza chiedere alcun contraccambio e vi sostenga nelle scelte più difficili della vita. Pregatelo anche per me e per il mio ministero, ma anche per tutti i sacerdoti, affinché rafforzi la fedeltà alla chiamata del Signore.
I extend a cordial welcome to the faithful of the Italian language.

I greet the circus artists who showed us how beauty is good for the soul and the body, and this beauty that they showed us is not a beauty that is so: it is a beauty that they do with a lot of work , with hours and hours of training. But in the end, they managed to do this that, like any beauty, brings us closer to God. Thank you so much to all of you. Thank you!

I am pleased to welcome the Vincentian Fathers; the married couples from the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, accompanied by the Bishop, Monsignor Andrea Turazzi and those of the Diocese of Tivoli. I hope that the visit to the Tombs of the Apostles is an opportunity for a renewed Christian witness.

I greet the Group of the Meyer Children's Hospital in Florence; the Italian Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association; the Gioacchino da Fiore Institute of San Giovanni in Fiore; the Choirs participating in the International Rome in singing competition; the Civic Band of Magenta.

A special thought for the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.

In June, popular piety makes us pray more fervently the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That Merciful Heart teaches you to love without asking for any exchange and support you in the most difficult choices of life. Pray also for me and for my ministry, but also for all priests, so that you may strengthen fidelity to the Lord's call.

[1] Chap. 20 of the Exodus book is preceded by the Alliance's offer to chap. 19, in which the pronouncement is central: "Now, if you will listen to my voice and keep my covenant, you will be for me a particular property among all peoples; mine indeed is the whole earth! You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation "(Ex 19: 5-6). This terminology finds an emblematic synthesis in Lv 26.12: "I will walk among you, I will be your God and you will be my people" and will come to the pre-announced name of the Messiah, in Isaiah 7,14 or Emmanuel, who comes to Matthew: Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son: to him will be given the name of Emmanuel, which means God with us "(Mt 1,23). All this indicates the essentially relational nature of the Jewish faith and, to the highest degree, of the Christian faith.

[2] See also Exodus 34,28b: "He wrote on the plates the words of the covenant, the ten words".

[3] Cf. John Paul II, Lett. Enc. Veritatis splendor, 12: "The gift of the Decalogue is a promise and sign of the New Covenant, when the law is again and definitively written in the heart of man (cf. Jer 31: 31-34), substituting the law of sin, that heart had disfigured (cf. Jer 17: 1). Then a "new heart" will be given because in it will live "a new spirit", the Spirit of God (cf. Ez 36: 24-28) ».

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest infected with Ebola is Cured as Diocese Rejoices! Video

Fr. Lucien Ambunga to Itipo, had been battling Ebola for weeks. But now he has been cured.
A photo of him in quarantine went viral on social media. In the photo he receives a blessing from the Archbishop Coadjutor of Kinshasa, Monsignor Fridolin Ambongo Besungu. 
FR. LUCIEN AMBUNGA was quoted as saying: 
“What can I say now? It’s not a lot, but it’s what is in my heart: it is joy, since they said that I was already dead, but the Lord showed me grace and I came back to life.”
 Masses had been canceled for weeks but now the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro, has now come back to its pastor. Fr. Lucien has a message;
“Now, what I have to do first, is make my parish aware that this virus exists (Ebola), they have to accept that. They have to accept, in case they are sick, to go quickly to the hospital, like I did. Then they will have an 80 percent chance of being cured like me, and to return to the community like me.”
A member of the World Health Organization, Julienne Anoko said, 
“We need to take care of their reintegration because many of them are being stigmatized by their communities, because the communities don’t know. They are afraid.”
The Congo has been trying to contain Ebola for about a month, almost 50 infections have been recorded that have cost the lives of about 30 people.

#BreakingNews Alfie Evans Father speaks out against Treatment by Hospital “The world needs to know what happened in those five days..."

Tom Evans, the father of Alfie Evans explained in a recent Facebook post that his son was not treated properly by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The family spoke out publicly for the first time since his son died after a children’s hospital removed his life support without his parents permission. 
Here is what Tom Evans wrote:
“It’s been 1 month and 2 weeks since our gladiator was taken away from us,” Tom Evans wrote, adding that Alfie was “deprived, neglected, mistreated, and disrespected.” He said he and Kate “will never come to terms with it and will never accept Alfie’s death or cause of death.” “There is one thing that keeps us going and that’s our belief and faith that we will meet our angel again in the future, so we cherish the times we have had with him and look forward to the future to making more memories with him,” Evans said.
“We wanted everyone to know that in time as we grieve, we will be speaking out further to the build up to Alfie’s death and we will be speaking out the truth and in detail about the week that we had to go through, that no other patient should have to go through or imagine,” Evans wrote. “The world needs to know what happened in those five days and what we did and went through to have Alfie cared for when he proved doctors wrong.”
Here’s more from the message of Alfie’s father:
Instead they paid £143k on murdering my son and taking our lives away from us!!!!
We are not done!
we are angry,upset,distraught,and truly heartbroken 😔 Alfie ment the world to us he’s been apart of our lives for 2 years and through the good and bad we have cherished him through every moment and always felt blessed to have him apart of us.
We thank everyone for your amazing courageous support it’s helped us in the deepest struggles and in the hardest days but you along with Alfie have helped us get through it and we thank you all sincerely.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday June 20, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 367

Reading 12 KGS 2:1, 6-14

When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind,
he and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here;
the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.”
“As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live,
I will not leave you,” Elisha replied.
And so the two went on together.
Fifty of the guild prophets followed and
when the two stopped at the Jordan,
they stood facing them at a distance.
Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up
and struck the water, which divided,
and both crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha,
“Ask for whatever I may do for you, before I am taken from you.”
Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of your spirit.”
“You have asked something that is not easy,” Elijah replied.
“Still, if you see me taken up from you,
your wish will be granted; otherwise not.”
As they walked on conversing,
a flaming chariot and flaming horses came between them,
and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
When Elisha saw it happen he cried out,
“My father! my father! Israel’s chariots and drivers!”
But when he could no longer see him,
Elisha gripped his own garment and tore it in two.

Then he picked up Elijah’s mantle that had fallen from him,
and went back and stood at the bank of the Jordan.
Wielding the mantle that had fallen from Elijah,
Elisha struck the water in his turn and said,
“Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?”
When Elisha struck the water it divided and he crossed over.

Responsorial PsalmPS 31:20, 21, 24

R. (25) Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
How great is the goodness, O LORD,
which you have in store for those who fear you,
And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
you show in the sight of the children of men.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men;
You screen them within your abode
from the strife of tongues.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.
Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones!
The LORD keeps those who are constant,
but more than requites those who act proudly.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

AlleluiaJN 14:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

Saint June 20 : St. Silverius : #Pope

St. Silverius
Feast: June 20

Feast Day:June 20
Born:480 at Frosinone (in modern Italy)
Died:November 537
Patron of:Ponza, Italy
Dates of birth and death unknown. He was the son of Pope Hormisdas who had been married before becoming one of the higher clergy. Silverius entered the service of the Church and was subdeacon at Rome when Pope Agapetus died at Constantinople, 22 April, 536. The Empress Theodora, who favoured the Monophysites sought to bring about the election as pope of the Roman deacon Vigilius who was then at Constantinople and had given her the desired guarantees as to the Monophysites. However, Theodatus, King of the Ostrogoths, who wished to prevent the election of a pope connected with Constantinople, forestalled her, and by his influence the subdeacon Silverius was chosen. The election of a subdeacon as Bishop of Rome was unusual. Consequently, it is easy to understand that, as the author of the first part of the life of Silverius in the "Liber pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, 210) relates, a strong opposition to it appeared among the clergy. This, however, was suppressed by Theodatus so that, finally, after Silverius had been consecrated bishop (probably on 8 June, 536) all the Roman presbyters gave their consent in writing to his elevation. The assertion made by the author just mentioned that Silverius secured the intervention of Theodatus by payment of money is unwarranted, and is to be explained by the writer's hostile opinion of the pope and the Goths. The author of the second part of the life in the "Liber pontificalis" is favourably inclined to Silverius. The pontificate of this pope belongs to an unsettled, disorderly period and he himself fell a victim to the intrigues of the Byzantine Court.

After Silverius had become pope the Empress Theodora sought to win him for the Monophysites. She desired especially to have him enter into communion with the Monophysite Patriarch of Constantinople, Anthimus, who had been excommunicated and deposed by Agapetus, and with Severus of Antioch. However, the pope committed himself to nothing and Theodora now resolved to overthrow him and to gain the papal see for Vigilius. Troublous times befell Rome during the struggle that broke out in Italy between the Ostrogoths and the Byzantines after the death of Amalasuntha, daughter of Theodoric the Great. The Ostrogothic king, Vitiges, who ascended the throne in August, 536, besieged the city. The churches over the catacombs outside of the city were devastated, the graves of the martyrs in the catacombs themselves were broken open and desecrated. In December, 536, the Byzantine general Belisarius garrisoned Rome and was received by the pope in a friendly and courteous manner. Theodora sought to use Belisarius for the carrying out of her plan to depose Silverius and to put in his place the Roman deacon Vigilius, formerly apocrisary at Constantinople, who had now gone to Italy. Antonina, wife of Belisarius, influenced her husband to act as Theodora desired. By means of a forged letter the pope was accused of a treasonable agreement with the Gothic king who was besieging Rome. It was asserted that Silverius had offered the king to leave one of the city gates secretly open so as to permit the Goths to enter. Silverius was consequently arrested in March, 537, roughly stripped of his episcopal dress, given the clothing of a monk and carried off to exile in the East. Vigilius was consecrated Bishop of Rome in his stead.

Silverius was taken to Lycia where he was went to reside at Patara. The Bishop of Patara very soon discovered that the exiled pope was innocent. He journeyed to Constantinople and was able to lay before the Emperor Justinian such proofs of the innocence of the exile that the emperor wrote to Belisarius commanding a new investigation of the matter. Should it turn out that the letter concerning the alleged plot in favour of the Goths was forged, Silverius should be placed once more in possession of the papal see. At the same time the emperor allowed Silverius to return to Italy, and the latter soon entered the country, apparently at Naples. However, Vigilius arranged to take charge of his unlawfully deposed predecessor. He evidently acted in agreement with the Empress Theodora and was aided by Antonina, the wife of Belisarius. Silverius was taken to the Island of Palmaria in the Tyrrhenian Sea and kept their in close confinement. Here he died in consequence of the privations and harsh treatment he endured. The year of his death is unknown, but he probably did not live long after reachingPalmaria. He was buried on the island, according to the testimony of the "Liber pontificalis" on 20 June; his remains were never taken from Palmaria. According to the same witness he was invoked after death by the believers who visited his grave. In later times he was venerated as a saint. The earliest proof of this is given by a list of saints of the eleventh century (Mélanges d'archéologie et d'histoire, 1893, 169). The "Martyrologium" of Peter de Natalibus of the fourteenth century also contains his feast, which is recorded in the present Roman Martyrology on 20 June.

[Editor's note: According to the Liber Pontificalis, Pope St. Silverius was exiled not to Palmaria, but rather to the Island of Palmarola, a much smaller and more desolate island near Ponza, Italy, in the Bay of Naples.]

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)