Thursday, March 13, 2014

Noche de los cristales rotos 2005

Back in 2005 when Jorge Bergoglio was only a humble cardinal, he celebrated Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass (Noche de los cristales rotos) at the Basilica of St. Nicholas of Bari.  When this became an official feast day in the post-Vatican II / Novus Ordo church we are uncertain.  Does anyone reading this know when Bergolgio began celebrating this night?

Pictures and text are from the website of the Basilica of St. Nicholas of Bari in Buenos Aires, Argentina and can be seen (in Spanish) by clicking here
Wednesday, November 9
Tonight was celebrated in our Parish the KRISTALLNACHT (NIGHT OF GLASS) an anti-Jewish pogrom that history recognizes as the beginning of the SHOAH (November 9, 1938)
(Many) were ​​present for this Judeo-Christian celebration including the Senior Israeli Ambassador in Argentina, Mr. Rafael Eldad.
The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio sj and Rabbi Philip Yaffe chaired this commemoration.  Our pastor, Father Carlos Nocetti as the homeowner (host) gave welcoming remarks to the attendees.
Six candles were lit in memory of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.
The first and the second were fired (lit) by concentration camp survivors, the third by the Ambassador of Israel, the fourth by Cardinal Bergoglio, the fifth by school children in memory of the million dead infants (killed by) the Nazis and, the sixth was lit by Jewish and Catholic children.
Three Catholics and a Jew read an event experienced by a Jewish child and SSJohn Paul II.  (Then) the Choir SHARIM of Society Hebraica Argentina played the Avini Malkeinu of Max Janowsky.
Cardinal Bergoglio sj pondered the question God asked Cain where is your brother?, and Rabbi Philip Yaffe evoked events of that time and ended his speech with a hopeful phrase "There is a glimmer of hope in humanity."
He closed the Interfaith Ceremony (with) Choir Shearim interpreting Osé shalom - conducted by Vivian Tabush
"Whoever establishes the harmony in the heavens grant peace to us, to all Israel and all humanity amen." 
The photo shows Cardinal Jorge M. Bergoglio sj and Rabbi Philip Yaffe next to Candlestick with six lighted candles.

For more information please contact:

Parroquia San Nicolas de Bari Basilica
Santa Fe 1352 CP 1059 Buenos Aires - ARGENTINA
Tel: +54 11 4813-3028
Fax: +54 11 4811-7755

Basilica Parroquia San Nicolás de Bari
Last Modified: March 15, 2006

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It is interesting they list John Paul II as a saint even though he had only been dead for seven months.

(screenshot #1 of St. Nicholas' webpage)
(screenshot #2 of St. Nicholas' webpage.)

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