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while he had acted as a deputy of the purts. This communication was 'accortes, he had made motions and ut.

companied by another note, requesttered sentiments of which the Roman church could not approve.

ing to be allowed to remain in quality This let

of general agent of ecclesiastical after, which was entirely confidential fairs. The cardinal Consalvi, on forreceived no other reply than an official warding the passports, informed the note from cav. Aparici to the cardinal cav. Aparici, that his holiness had no Consalvi, expressing the surprise of objection to his remaining in quality his government at having heard from

of general agent for ecclesiastical afdon Villanueva that he was detained fairs. at Turin by the pope's nuncio to the MILAN, Feb. 23. /The Sunday king of Sardinia, who informed him schools, which were first established that he had received orders from his by Saint Charles Boromeo, still exsist court to prevent his further progress in full activity in our cathedral, and to his destination, and persisted in re- parish churches : the number of chilquiring don Villanueva to be received, dren who receive religious instruction, that the Spanish government might be and are taught the elements of useful spared the disagreeable necessity of learning, we should hope is not loss dismissing the pope's nuncio at the than it was in the lifetime of the saint : Spanish court.

about seventy thousand children were In answer to this a long official note calculated to attend these schools in was written by the cardinal Consalvi the different churches of the diocess. to the cav.

Aparici, setting forth the reasons previously expressed for the

FRANCE disapproval of the pope to the person The subscriptions opened for the of Villanueva, insisting on the right of relief of the Spanish - emigrant, and sovereigns to reject ambassadors, and exiled clergy already amount to a reminding him that on the occasion of considerable sum. At Bayonne a sending a nuncio to Madrid, the holy lieutenant-general has remitted to the father had previously named three bishop of Carcassonne one thousand persons, leaving his Catholic majesty francs towards the support of the to make choice of the one most agreea- Spanish refugees. residing in that ble to him. On this being communi- town; and a French captain had also cated to the Spanish government, a contributed five hundred francs to be note was directed to the pope's nun- applied to the same purpose. . The cio at Madrid, by the Spanish minister Paris subscription amounted, on the of foreign affairs, stating that his ma- 15th ult. to seventeen thousand francs. jesty was under the disagreeable ne- the chief part of which had been cessity of requiring him to withdraw given by the clergy, and money was from the territory of Spain, and adding then coming in from Flanders; nine that to accede to the demand! of his

hundred and forty-eight francs was afholiness would be to condemn the

terwards paid in by several French doctrines of Villanueva, and to confess ecclesiastics. The bishop of Brieux, that a 'deputy of the Cortes was re- in his pastoral for Lent, took occasion sponsible for his opinions to a foreigu to recommend to his clergy and to the power. This measure the nuncio so

faithful the wants of the Spanish clerlemnly protested against, and insisted

gy, who have sought a refuge in on the right of sovereigns to object to France, and set himself an example by the person of an ambassador.

forwarding to the bishop of CarcasThe cav. Aparici in the mean time sonne, fifteen hundred francs. The informed the cardinal Consalvi that

bishop of Autun also recommends the he had received orders from the Span- same subject in his pastoral. Among ish government to apply for his pass- the subscriptions lately received is one

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of two hundred francs, from M. Mo- The archbishop enjoyed the reputareau, curate of Lormes, and another tion of zeal and wisdoni. from'a chevalier of Saint Lewis, resid

At Hammersmith, on the 13th Feb.

Lay-sister Scholastica Phesackelley, ing at Orleans,

in the 70th year of her age, and 48th Paris, March 20.- The days of St. year of her religious profession. Vincent are reviving amongst us;

At Ghent, in Flanders, on the 25th

‘of February, Sir Thomas Constable, nearly each week produces some new

bart. of Tixall, in Staffordshire, and of charitable or pious association, and

Burton Constable, in Yorkshire. scarcely a day passes without a gene- On the 2nd instant, aged 86, the ral assembly of the friends of some Rev. Blaze Morey, upwards of 33 charitable institution already in ex

years chaplain to the congregation at

"Giffard's-hall, in Suffolk. Society in istance; and at these assemblies, ma

general, and the poor in particular, da me, or the duchess of Berri are, for

have alike sustained a severe loss in the most part present. Their example the demise of this amiable pastor. In is followed by many in the higher him were admirably united the tworanks of society; consequently the

fold character of the philosopher and

the christian. Skilled in the sciences amount of the sums collected on these

generally, and in astronomy and geooccasions, is sometimes very consider

graphy in particular, no one was long able. The sums given in charity by a stranger to him, but soon found a the different branches of our royal most agreeable companion. With a family, are without limitation. The limited income, he still managed to

spare much for the relief of the poor Jate duke of Berri was known to give

and distressed; his right hand not annually ten thousand pounds sterling knowing what his left hand did. His in charitable donations.

eompany was much courted, and his DIED.

many virtues endeared him to all,

which will make his loss much felt and Lately at Manilla, in a convent of his memory long cherished. their order, fathers Ansteme and Deo

On the 7th inst. Mrs. Aune Cross, dat, discalceated Augustins, and old

of Oxford-street, aged forty-five years.

On the 14th instant, John Strange, missionaries in China. They left Rome

Esq. of Tower-street, aged 74. 'for.Pekin in the year 1781, and dur- We are sorry to understand, that ing the space of thirty years, were in- "the account we inserted in our obidefatigably zealous in promoting the

tuary for November last, of the death conversion of infidels, and in afford

of M. Trocket, a married, Catholic

priest, late of Nottingham, has given ing religious consolation and succour offence to his friends in that town, to the christians. They were at length They represent him to have been a banisbed, in the year 1811.

person of great mental acquirements, Lately, at Clare-house, Plymouth,

and of great benevolence and charity, Mrs. Mary Euphrasia Weld, religious

especially to his fellow-sufferers, the

French emigrants. Nothing of this of the order of St. Clare, sister of ihe

we are 'disposed or qualified to deny ; Jate Thomas Weld, of Lulworth Castle, all that we contend for is, that persons in the county of Dorset, Esq, and aunt

who have made a vow of celibacy, are

bound to observe it. So far from proto the present lady Stourton, of Al

nouncing a sentence of damnation on Jerton park, in the county of York.

the deceased, we trust that the unre. On the 9th of Feb. his grace Ma- stricted sentence of absolution, which nuel Vincent Martinez Ximines, arch- We are assured he received by duc

authority of the Catholic church, was bishop of Saragossa. He was born on

available to him. With respect to the the 15th of October, 1750, was made

lady, who is said to be the daughter of bishop of Asorga, in 1806, and after- a Protestant clergyman, of an extenwards transferred to Saragossa. This sive parish, she, of course, was unacprelate addressed a long letter to the quainted with the Catholic doctrine Cortes of Spain, but did not publish

and discipline: hence, we have no

reason to doubt of her being as hoit; he was in consequence allowed to hourable and virtuous as she has been remain undisturbed in his diocess.

* described to us. AMBROSE CUDDON, Printer, %, Carthusian-sstreet, Charter-house-square.

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The

Catholic Miscellany;

AND MONTHLY

REPOSITORY OF INFORMATION,

FOR APRIL, 1823.

BIOGRAPHY.

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MARIA CLOTILDA ADELAIDE XAVIER, Tue amiable and pious sister of Louis the eighteenth, the present king of France, and the daughter of Louis the dauphin of France, and of Maria Josephine of Saxony, was born at Versailles on the 28th day of September, 1759. She had the good fortune, in her infancy, to be placed under the superintendency of the countess of. Marsan; a lady, who in the midst of a most profligate court, increased the lustre of her high rank by the practice of every christian virtue: under such a governess the young princess made a rapid progress in every accomplishment necessary, for the high station in which she was for some time destined to move, and she equally advanced in the science of the saints: the simplicity of her dress, her affability, and her fervent devotion, obtained for her the affections of the good, and insured her the respect of all. In the sixteenth year of her age, she submitted to the will of her brother, Lewis the sixteenth, by marrying the prince of Piedmont, the presumptive heir to the king of Sardinia, although her own inclination rather led her to prefer the retired life of a convent, and in this, perhaps, the example of her aunt the princess Louisa, might have had some weight. The marriage was celebrated at Versailles on the 27th of August, 1775, and shortly after she commenced her journey for Savoy. On the confines of the two kingdoms, which are separated by the bridge of Beauvoisie, she was

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received by the prince her husband, and taking an affectionate leave of the French ladies who had hitherto accompanied her, she admitted with a graceful ease the ladies who were to be her future attendants. At Chambery she was introduced to the king and queen of Sardinia, and instantly falling upon her knees she declared, that for the future, she should consider hem as her parents, and should in all things obey them as such. The rejoicings and festivities in honour of the marriage were kept up with regal pomp during twenty days. And in this interval, she had gained the hearts of all by her mild condescension, her unassuming manners, and by the air of devotion which beamed in her countenance. At Turin she formed to herself a regular course of life, which she ever afterwards practiced, as far as the different circumstances, in which she was occasionally placed would permit.

She was every day present at a public mass with the royal family, and when it could be effected, heard one or two more in her own private chapel: a great portion of the day was devoted to prayer; and she received the holy eucharist three times in every week. Among the members of her household she was scrupulously attentive to preserve order and decoram, and prevented to the utmost of her power the existence of bickerings or angry feelings among her dependents. The prince, her husband, was subject to long and painful illnesses; she attended him as bis nurse, anticipated his wishes, alleviated by every means in her power his sufferings, and always obeyed his injunctions. For some years after their marriage, it was not only his wish, but also that of her royal father in-law, that she should appear in public sumptuously apparelled; although this was in direct contradiction to her own inclinations, she nevertheless without hesitation complied: at length she obtained their permission to put on the habit worn by Italian ladies, who dedicate themselves to a life of devotion and retirement; this simple dress she ever after wore, except upon days of public ceremony. When her temporal concerns would permit, and these she never neglected, she visited churches, encouraged pious associations, and attended to the wants of the poor, never participating in any public or private diversion, when her rank did not make her presence necessary. In this manner she spent, as princess and queen, twenty-three years in Piedmont. The afflictions of her family made a deep impression upon her, and the death of her brother Lewis the sixteenth, under the revolutionary axe, was a stroke, which religion and a perfect resignation to the Divine Will, alone enabled her to support. The same spirit which had desolated France, now spread over Piedmont, and towards the close of the year 1798, the king, obliged to fly his dominions, quitted Turin, accompanied by the queen, and travelled by hurried stages to Parma. Here and at Florence the latter made some stay, and at length reaching Leghorn, she was deserted by all her attendants, except mademoiselle Clara Souper. Unmoved at this event, she calmly said to this faithful companion “my dear Clara, of all the persons lately in my service, you alone remain, but God is with us, may be strengthen our faith.” She then sailed to Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, for she was obliged, in consequence of the ill state of her husband's health, to attend to the public concerns of the state, which she did with great prudence and ability. In Sardinia she remained six months, and then returned to Florence, where she spent eight months: she afterwards went to Rome; but from this city she was soon obliged to depart, and at length, in company with the king her husband, arrived at Naples. Here she found a peaceful retreat; unoccupied with the cares of the world, she lived in great seclusion, practising every virtue and wholly resigned to the will of the Almighty, until the first of March 1802, when she was seized with a violent fever, after her return from the church of the Holy Trinity, in which she had spent a considerable time in prayer, although afflicted with a severe head ache. During her sickness she appeared inspired with the most holy sentiments, avoiding as much as possible giving trouble to her attendants, and always expressing her gratitude for their assistance. The king at first appeared almost inconsolable at the loss he was about to sustain, but at length calling for his confessor he thus addressed him: “ My father, if the blessed Virgin was deprived of her only Son—of a son who was God, to obey the will of his divine Father, how can I refuse to make a sacrifice of this apple of my eye-my only support! Yes, I am ready to offer by way of holocaust this my only joy." Her majesty was informed by her confessor

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