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was ended, the first cardinal dean preOct. 6.-THE CORONATION OF THE sented the pallium to the pope, ssying, NEW Pope took place yesterday, in Accipe pallium scilicet plenitudinum the Basilic of St. Peter. This great pontificalis officii, ad honorem omniposolemnitywas ushered in at day break,by tentis Dei et gloriosissimæ Virginis a discharge of the cannon at the Castle Mariæ matris ejus et B. B. apostoloof St Angelo. At eight o'clock in the rum Petri et Pauli, S. R. E. During morning the cardinals repaired to the ro- mass, the cardinals and bishops rebing-room, where the holy father arrived peated their homage to the holy father, half an hour after, and was immediately who ascended his throne during the attired in his pontifical robes by car- time of communion, and received the dinals Ruffo and Consalvi. His ho- sacred host and chalice from one of liness then proceeded to the ducal hall, the cardinals. When mass was conwhence be was carried to bis throne by cluded, his holiness ascended his temtwelve men, clothed and armed in the porary throne, and the cardinal, archancient manner. Before the cardinals, priest of St. Peter's presented him a were the assistant prelates of the pon- purse containing twenty-five pieces of tifical throne in procession; next the gold according to the usage of antiprelates of the Rota, and of St. Peter, quity,

, pro missa bene cantata. Three then the prothonotaries, the chaplain mitres studded with jewels were exof his holiness, and the officers of the hibited on the altar during mass by

This splendid procession the gospel side, and two tiaras by the length reached the immense portico of side of the epistle. After mass, one of the Basilic of St. Peter, where a tem- the mitres and one of the tiaras was porary throne was erected, which faced carried to the place of St. Peter, and the sacred gate, and opposite this shortly after the sovereign pontif apthrone seats were prepared for the car- peared, when Corona aurea super cadinals. The pope being seated, car- put ejus was chanted, the cardinal dinal Galeffi requested that his holiness dean sung Omnipotens sempiterne would admit the clergy to kiss his feet. Deus dignitatis sacerdotii, and the After this ceremony the procession en- second cardinal dean took the mitre tered the church, and the pontiff was from off the head of his holiness, when condncted to the chapel of St. Gre- the tiara was first placed upon his head, gory, where he was invested with the and the following words repeated, pontifical ring by the cardinal dean. Accipe Thiaram tribus coronis ornaAfter Tierce had been sung, the at- tam, et scias te esse patrem princitendants proceeded to the papal cha- pium et regnum rectorem orbis, in pel, underneath which was the throne. terra vicarium salvatoris N. S. J. C. The chaplains and non-assistant pre- cui est honor et gloria, a secula selates walked first headed by a Greek culorum. After this the pope rose prelate, who was attended by his dean and pronounced his benediction, Urbi and sub-dean. One of the masters of et orbi. The two cardinal deacons the ceremonies burnt a lighted torch read his brief of indulgencies upon before the holy father, three times ex- this occasion; his holiness again re

iming, Pater sancte! sic transit peated his benediction, and both the gloria mundi. When the Confiteor coronation and benediction was an

nounced by discharges of artillery and the ringing of bells. In the evening the whole city was illuminated. His holiness had previously desired that the amount of the expence, hitherto required to illuminate the dome of St. Peter's, and light up the girandole, should be bestowed upon 'the poor, consequently very abundant alms were distributed on the day previous to the coronation.

On the fifteenth the sovereign pontif went out for the first time after bis coronation; he visited several churches and took an airing in the country, beyond the gate of St. Pancras. On the sixteenth, the news of the deliverance of the king of Spain arrived, which was immediately officially announced to the holy father by the French ambassador. And on Sunday the 19th of Nov. all the cardinals who were still in Rome proceeded to the church of St. John of Lateran in their state carriages, the Duke de Laval Montmorency was followed by a retinue of twelve carriages. The holy father himself arrived about the same time, in company with cardinal Clermont Tonnerre, a French cardinal, and Bardaxi de Azara, a Spanish cardinal, both of whom he had conducted to the church in his own carriage. He spent a short time in prayer, then entoned the Te Deum, which was followed by the Tantum ergo and benediction.

of his parish : in this production he seems to think that the task which he has imposed upon himself is by no means difficult, and that if his parishioners will kindly condescend to visit his protestant church, and listen to his empty declamations on the fifth of November, and on every other alternate Wednesday, they must inevitably become staunch protestants, hating popery and its abettors.-Poor man! such folly would be inexcusable even in a sectarian, what must it then be, in a clergyman of the established church, who

one would imagine must know something of the principles of his religion.

DUBLIN, Nov. 11.---COURT OF CHANCERY.-Commissioners of Charities. versus Executors of Reade.

This case of great importance to the feelings and religious opinions of the great body of his Majesty's Irish Roman Catholic subjects was decided yesterday. The question was, whether a bequest of a sum of money to say masses for the soul of the testator, was a legal bequest or not.

This question was argued before Master Henn, by Mr. O'Connell and Mr. Creuse, on behalf of the bequest, and by Mr. Blaker on behalf of the Commissioners : Master Henn reported, that the bequest was legal.—To this report exceptions were taken on behalf of the Commissioners of Charitable Bequests, and the point was argued before the Lord Chancellor in the absence of the Attorney General by the Solicitor General, and by Mr Saurin and Mr. Blaker, who strongly contended for the illegality of the bequest; they were replied to by Mr. Creuse, in a very able argument. The Lord Chancellor yesterday gave judgment affirming the Bequest ; and in that judgment the Attorney General declared his consent.

resolution was lately passed at a meeting of the Irish Catholic Association, That a plot of ground be purchased withont the city of Dublin, for the purpose of forming a Catholic burying ground. A Committee was afterwards appointed with powers to carry this resolution into effect, and a very favourable report has already been drawn up and published.

IRELAND. The Reverend William Bushe, rector of St. George's parish, 'Dublin, has very charitably undertaken to convert all his catholic parishioners, by proving to them that their creed is erroneous, and that it leads to certain perdition ; while he undertakes to shew the consistency of Protestantism, which, according to him, must infallibly conduct its professors to eternal bliss. To accomplish this pious work he has addressed from Hardwicke-place, a circular to the catholics

was also resolved, that no donation of more than two pounds be received from any one individual. Very near the amount of the sum required was made up in the room before the meeting dispersed.

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

On Sunday the second of November, a Pontifical high mass was celebrated at the Catholic Chapel, London Road, St. George's Fields, by the Right Rev. Doctor J. Y. Bramstone, when a very impressive discourse was delivered by the Right Reverend Dootor Poynter, in aid of the funds of the said chapel, and on the following Sunday, Nov.9th, the Right Reverend J. Y. Bramstone again celebrated a Pontifical high mass at the chapel in Virginia-street, and the cause of some hundreds of little ones educated under the auspices of the East London Catholic Institution, was warmly advocated by the Right Reverend Doctor Poynter, in a most pesuasive and eloquent address. There is besides in that neighbourhood a society of Charitable Sisters, (for the relief of destitute and distressed females) to whom his Lordship took occasion to pay a well-deserved and grateful compliment. Indeed, seeing the great good effected by the exertions of these truly charitable ladies, we have often been surprised that similar societies have not beenestablished in other parts of the metropolis.

Immediately after mass on Sunday the sixteenth of November, several gentlemen of the congregation, attached to the Catholic chapel in St. George's Fields, held a meeting at the chapelhouse : James Langdale, esq. in the chair. When it was unanimously resolved, that a chalice, a paten, cruets and stand, of the value of not less than fifty pounds, be presented to the Right Rev. Dr. James Yorke Bramstone, as a tribute of grateful remembrance from his late flock.–And that a subscription towards defraying the expense of the same be immediately entered into. It

To the Catholic Public. On surveying the wants of the Midland District, the Right Rev. Vicar Apostolic has found no part of his extensive charge so destitute of places of worship, as that part which extends to the East of Warwick, through Northamptonshire, onward to the Coast; and accordingly, he has judged it essential to the interests of religion, to establish a regular Mission at Northampton:

The number (about 80) of Catholics in that town, their distamce from a Catholic Chapel, about 14 miles, and that Chapel not in the District, and not a public one; the vicinity of Weedon Barracks, where are sometimes stationed 300 (at present 200) Irish Catholic Soldiers, who, at the forbidding distance of 20 miles from any Chapel, find themselves in a state of complete Spiritual destitution, as was feelingly urged in a petition from that place, lately forwarded to the Bishop, on this subject; the fact too, that there is not a single Public Chapel in the whole county, are considerations which appear amply to justify the general measure, as well as the preference in particular, of the town of Northampton.

For the execution, therefore, of so salutary a plan, it having pleased the Bishop of the Midland District to make choice of the Rev. Wm. Foley, of St. Mary's College, Oscott, and to appoint him the future Pastor of the place ; he feels himself compelled, in the absence of other resources, to appeal to the Generosity and Charity of the Catholio Public. He is aware of the many

calls that are almost daily made upon the patience and cbarity of Catholics ; but believing that these virtues are not

exhausted among them, he ventures to present to them this additional Petition. Perhaps too, he may be permitted to remind them, that the solicitations of Charity are not to be rejected, precisely because they are frequent ; for that Charity was formed to be co-extensive with want, and that want will exist, till the arrival of that hour when the former things shall have passed away,

The object of this Petition, is to procure the means of erecting a Chapel in the Town of Northampton, and a House for the Priest. CONTRIBUTIONS for these

purposes will be thankfully received by the Rev. WM. FOLEY, by the Rev. T. Walsh, of St. Mary's College, Oscott, and by Messrs. WRIGHT, & Co.

VESTMENTS, Tabernacle, Crucifix, Altar-Piece, any article of Church Furniture, however humble, will be gratefully accepted.

WM. FOLEY,

St. Mary's, Oscott. Sep. 10th, 1823.

SUBSCRIPTIONS. Rt. Rev. Dr. Milner 1.... .£500 Rev. Wm. Foley.

....100

the catholics in the estimation of their neighbours, and thus bring their protestant brethren one step nearer the truth by removing that opprobrium under which it too often unjustly lies, This ceremony took place on the 13th instant. The chapel bad been blessed the previous evening by the Rt. Rev. P. Baines, Coadjutor of the Western District, whom the Bishop of this diocese bad agthorised to perform all the episcopal functions necessary for the occasion. The same evening and early the next morning the clergy began to arrive from all parts of the neighbourhood to assist in the solemn pontifical mass, which was going to be celebrated, At the time of service it was found that no fewer than thirty-four priests had assembled, perhaps a greater number than ever were assembled before in this country on such an occasion. These being all habited in their cassocks and surplices, and each bearing a lighted taper in his hand, followed the cross-bearer from the vestry to the bottom of the left aisle in procession, the bishop with his attendants, coming last, and giving his benediction to the assembled multitude. The procession returned up the middle, and the clergy arranging themselves right and left out-side the altar rails, the bishop and his attendants entered within the sanctuary, and took their seats, he and his Presbyter on the right, the Deacon and Subdeacon on the left, on a level with the highest step, and three Priests on each side below the steps of the altar, but within the rails, to serve as Acolytes, Thurifers, Crosier-bearer, &c. &c. The whole of these offices were performed by Priests, to add more dignity, and avoid confusion, which always destroys that religious impression, which such awful ceremonies are calculated to make. On the present occasion, owing to the arrangements which had been entered into by his Lordship, the Chaplin, and Master of Ceremonies, every

NEW CATHOLIC CHAPELS.

We have this month again a duty to perform which always affords us the utmost pleasure-announcing to the public the opening of new catholic chapels. The catholics of Warrington, in Lancashire, having by the blessing of God upon the labours of their zealous pastor, much encreased in nuinbers, and their former chapel being both too small and inconvenient, it was thought necessary to rebuild it. This by the incredible exertions of their pastor, has been effected in a space of time scarcely exceeding 6 months, and now instead of an obscure dark and damp place of worship, the catholics of Warrington have a most capacious and elegant chapel, which will be an ornament to the town, and it is hoped will serve to raise a little

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part was filled in the most appropriate

Nor do we ever remember to have witnessed a service performed with such calm and dignified regularity. At the Elevation, every Priest lighted again the taper he bore, and bowing in profound adoration, expressed his lively faith in the real presence of their Saviour and Redeemer. In the mean time, instead of the little bell, which is usually tinkled, a large bell hung outside the Chapel was tolled. This had a particularly grand effect_all within being silence and adoration.

Surely such awful ceremonies as these must strike the beholder, however thoughtless or profane, and if they do not lead them to adopt our faith, they cannot but make them respect our religion, which teaches us to express our adoration in such an exalted manner. How poor and cold must every reformed worship appear, when contrasted with the animated and glowing pomp of such a service! The whole was accompanied by a select choir, which added to the solemnity by the excellency of their performance. After mass, his Lordship preached a sermon, of the eloquence of which we despair of conveying to the reader, even a faint idea. It was the most impressive discourse we have ever heard, and many of the hearers, both clergyand laity, after being overpowered by the vehemence of the reasoning, were melted into tears by the irresistable feeling expressed in the pathetic description. The object of it was to prove the necessity of religion for the happiness of society, as well as for individual comfort. In the former part he shewed the inefficacy of all human laws for the prevention of crime. They may extinguish the individual transgressor, but cannot stop the progress of crime. The human passions are too strong to be subdued by such means ; they require a stronger curb, which nothing but religion can give. Religion alone

can civilize nations, and of brutes make men brothers. In the second part, his Lordship gave us a most brilliant description of the unhappiness of a great man of this world-abounding in honors, wealth, and pleasures, yet unhappy for want of something, wbich perhaps he himself cannot express, and if he can is still something less substantial than smoke. Yet the

possession of all the rest does not compensate for the want of this one ; and because he cannot obtain this trifling something, his life is miserable, and he puts an end to his existence. Compared with this, how calm, how happy the feelings of a virtuous man, even amidst the severest distresses-happy this life-but in the moments of death, cheered by the pleasures of hope and resignation, which could no where else be found. The pathos of this part was so great as to subdue the stoutest heart, and make the libertine even for oncewish that he were a virtuous man. He then bestowed a merited compliment on the Pastor of the congregation, who by his energy had raised, as it were by magic, so convenient and large an edifice; so short had been the time, of its erection! He concluded by praying a blessing upon that chapel, upon the congregation, and all present &c. The collection made that day exceeded £140. It was indeed a proud day for the Catholic religion in that neighbourhood, and long will be remembered by the protestants, many of whom, in retiring from the chapel, made observations which shewed how much they had felt, and what a proper influence it had had upon their minds. Indeed we cannot better conclude this account, than by wishing it may have this effect on many of them, to make them examine into the real tenets of that religion, which is so beautiful, or as our controversial poet expresses it,

has such a face and such a mien, As to be lov'd, needs only to be seen.

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