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. e \\;"-_z) THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 9 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 4, 2011 $.30 A COPY ITALY CELEBRATES Carnepale Carnevale, is celebrated in Italy and many places around the world 40 days before Easter. Carnevale symbolizes a final bash before Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. This year Carnevale is celebrated on March 8, 2011 as one of Italy's biggest festivals and events. Costumes are adorned and parties are held in the streets most notably in Venice, Italy. Other towns will holm parades, outdoor and indoor festivals. Buone Feste and enjoy the magical time of Carnevale. i i!l ii00!iii!il i il  !] [ GOP Cuts Off Big Bird's Legs Recently, US Reps Ed Markey (D-Malden) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) did a photo-op with Big Bird to announce efforts to oppose defunding of the Corporation for Public Funding [NPR & PBS). House Republicans want to slash the federal fund- ing for things like NPR and PBS and trim down the 2012 budget proposed by Our Fearless Leader at the White House. Multiple Life Termer Killer Heads Back to His Cell A convicted murderer serving seven life sen- tences who got paroled is back behind bars after getting arrested in Beverly on Valentine's Day for assaulting his girlfriend. His arrest has drawn scrutiny of the Parole Board's decision to set him free. This guy executed a Salem mechanic back in 1987. While on bail in that case, he reportedly committed two home invasions. During one of the break-ins, he assaulted the couple inside the home. He was serving seven life sentences when the Parole Board released him on parole in Decem- ber 2006 by a 4-2 vote over the objections of the prosecutor and victims. In August 2008, he was charged with raping a Haverhill woman but the case was dropped after a grand jury failed to indict him. The Parole Board allowed him to stay free. We all remember the brutal killing of Woburn police officer John Maguire back on December 26 during a failed robbery attempt. That killer (Continued on Page 10) Founder of Xaverian Missionaries at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston to be Cannonized a Saint by Frank Mazzaglia There is sheer joy among the Xaverian Missionaries of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston these days. Pope Benedict XVI has declared their founder, Bishop Guido Maria Conforti a sainfl The Xaverian Missionar- ies were originally estab- lished in Italy in 1895 to pro- claim the Gospel among non-Christian people in China when the future saint Conforti was only a 30 year old priest. At the time of his death on November 5, 1931, there were already 125 Xaverian Missionaries which included 56 priests, 17 brothers, and 52 semi- narians along with another 31 novices preparing for pro- fession into the Xaverian Institute. However, when missionaries were expelled from China in 1954, the Xaverians expanded their focus. Today there are nearly 800 Xaverian Mis- sionaries working in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. When the Catholic Church declares a person a saint, it simply includes his or her name in a canon, or list, of recognized saints. Canoniza- tion does not make a person a saint. It is only a declara- tion that the person is a saint and was a saint even before canonization. As a priest and bishop of Parma in Italy's Po Valley, people who met Guido Conforti at various stages in his life, even those with a hostile view of the Catholic Church, came away deeply im- pressed with his personal sanctity. In addition, Guido Conforti was also recognized as a man with the kind of special administrative talent that the Church needed. He had a way with people. So it was that he was named Bishop of Parma. It was not the first time Conforti had been raised to the episcopate. He was first ordained as the Archbishop of Ravenna, Italy in 1902. However, he re- signed that post due to his health and took some time to rest and to recuperate. Still, the longing to become a missionary remained Even as a young seminarian he harbored a deep desire to become a missionary to China. However, he realized that his frail physical condi- tion would not adapt to the pressing rigors of missionary life. The road to canonization by the Vatican involves six defined steps. The process begins when a local Bishop investigates the candidate's life and writings for evidence of heroic virtue. Once the local Bishop becomes con- vinced of the worthiness of the candidate all of the in- formation is sent to the Vatican. At that point, the candidate's entire life is evaluated by a panel of theo- logians and the Cardinals of the Congregation for Cause of Saints. If the panel ap- proves, the pope proclaims that the candidate is "ven- erable" which means that the person is a role model of Catholic virtues. The next step towards sainthood is "beatification". Beatification normally requires evidence that the person is respon- sible for a posthumous miracle. An exception is made for martyrs who can be beatified without a miracle. The first miracle attrib- uted to Guido Conforti took place in 1965 in Burundi, Central Africa. After prayers for his intercession from Xaverian sisters stationed in Burundi, 12-year old Sabina Kamariza was cured of pancreatic cancer. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1996. In order for a person to be considered a saint, however, there must be proof of a sec- ond posthumous miracle. If there is, the person is can- onized. The second miracle attrib- uted to St. Guido Conforti was reported in 2003. It hap- pened in a poor neighbor- hood of Londrina, Brazil in the parish of St. Raymond Nonato which was then staffed by the Xaverian Mis- sionaries. At that time, a young mother prematurely delivered her baby ten weeks prematurely. The baby was born with complications in- cluding non-developed lungs. However, the infant was quickly placed in an in- cubator in the hospital's na- tal intensive unit's and sur- vived. Unfortunately, just two weeks after his birth, tk infuffered a cardiac arrest for over 30 minutes. It was then that the parish prayed to Blessed Conforti for a miracle. After many starts, and to the amaze- ment of the physicians who could not explain how it was possible, the infant recov- ered. Soon after, the infant was baptized Thiago, which is translated in English as James, Thiago is now a healthy 7 year old boy. The Xaverian Missionar- ies have an interesting his- tory with the Boston Archdio- cese that stretches back to the time when Cardinal Ri- chard Cushing, as a young priest served as the Direc- tor of the Society for the Propogation of Faith. At that time, the people of Cheng- chow in China found them- selves victimized by flooding, competing warlords, and crippling poverty. Bishop Luigi Calza, a Xaverian Mis- sionary, desperately sought financial assistance. Help arrived just in time from far- away Boston through Rich- ard Cardinal Cushing. Fr. Cushing had a way of rais- ing money from Protestants and Jews as well as Catho- lics. The very grateful Bishop Calza then made a promise. Every day for the rest of his life, he would say a prayer for _ that Boston priest as well as for all the supporters in the Archdiocese who had come. (Continued on Page 10)