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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 4, 2011 Founder of Xaverian Missionaries (Continued from Page to the aid of his Chinese people. Some 20 years later, aware of the vocational mis- sionary spirit in Boston, the Italian-based Xaverian Mis- sionaries appealed to Arch- bishop Richard Cushing for permission to found a house within the Archdiocese. Such requests take time. That's when Father Pietro Maschi, a popular Scalabrini priest and the founding pas- tor of St. Tarcisius parish in Framingham, went directly to Archbishop Cushing to plead the case for the Xaverians. Prior to joining the Scalabrinis, Fr. Maschi had studied at the Xaverian Missionaries minor semi- nary in Parma. Italy and held fond memories of the congregation. Two of his former classmates included Bishop Calza and Boston born Giovanni Bonardi, who was baptized at St. Leonard's parish in the North End. Fr, Maschi apparently hit a ten- der spot when he reminded Archbishop Cushing of Bishop Luigi Calza's daily rosary on his behalf. That may well have done it as Archbishop Cushing wel- comed Father Henry Frassinetti and the Xaverian Missionaries to I) Boston in 1947. Just three years later, the Xaverian Missionaries founded Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston. On February 21, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI during the consistory publicly an- nounced that the celebra- tion for the canonization of "Saint Guido M. Conforti" will take place on World Mis- sion Sunday, October 23. An appropriate tribute to a saint who was Bishop of Parma, Italy and became a Bishop for the World. Frank Mazzaglia can be reached by email: Frankwrote@aol. corn The Roman Republic of July 2 departure of Garibaldi, Anita, in male garb, and the ragtag army of patriots that followed, to be hunted by armies of French, Austri- ans, Spanish, Tuscans, and Neapolitans seeking to destroy the last vestiges of resistance in Italy. It is the most moving description of a departing army I know of: Toward the evening of Monday, the 2 "a of July, it was known that the French were preparing to cross the river and take possession of all the city. I went into the Corso with some friends; it was filled with citizens and military. The carriage was stopped by the crowd near the Doria palace; the lancers of Garibaldi gal- loped along in full career ... They had counted the cost be- fore they entered on this peril- ous struggle; they had weighed life and all its material advan- tages against liberty, and made their election; they turned not back, nor flinched, at this bitter crisis. I saw the wounded, all that could go, laden upon their baggage cars; some were already pale and fainting, still they wished to go. I saw many youths, born to rich inheritance, carrying in a handkerchief all their 1849 (Continued from Page 8) worldly goods ... The wife of Garibaldi followed him on horseback. He himself was distinguished by the white tunic; his look was entirely that of a hero of the Middle Ages -- his face still young, for the excitements of his life, though so many, have all been youthful, and there is no fatigue upon his brow or cheek. Fall or stand, one sees in him a man engaged in the career for which he is adapted by nature. He went upon the parapet, and looked upon the road with a spy-glasS, and, no obstruction being in sight, he turned his face for a moment back upon Rome, then led the way through the gate. Hard was the heart, stony and seared the eye, that had no tear for that mo- ment. (Letter XXXIII, July 6, 1849) What ensued, besides the inglorious entry into Rome of the French and the return of Pio Nono, was the retreat of Garibaldi and his band of 4,000, now commemorated, in dozens of towns and villages where they found shelter, with statues of the Hero of Two Worlds. An entire adventure in itself, it could be read as a modern thriller, complete with hairs- breadth escapes, tragic be- trayals, and the courage of those who aided Garibaldi, his dwindling band, and his dying wife, usually at the risk of their own lives. Suf- fice it to say here that by 1850, Garibaldi was in New York, Mazzini was back in England, and Italians would have to wait another decade before the former would, at long last, ignite the fire to end foreign rule in Italy. As for the Republic, which had glowed so brightly, if briefly, in that Roman Spring, it would not be seen again for nearly one hundred years. Lawrence DiStasi copyright 2011 Lawrence DiStasi is the author of Mal Occhio: The Underside of Vision (North Point Press: 1981, reprint with Afterword, 2008), The B/g Book of Italian American Culture (Sanniti Publications: 1996), and Una Storia Segretcc The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and In- ternment During World War II (Heyday Books: 2001). For in- formation email the author at: News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) was serving three life sen- tences when he was paroled in February 2009 by a 6-0 vote. The last thing I want is the Governor's Office in charge of both the parole and proba- tion departments. It is time to keep them both in the ju- diciary branch of govern- ment. I don't care who the governor is. Keep politics out of the mix as much as pos- sible and do like Sgt. Joe Fri- day always said, "Just the facts, ma'am." Arizona Fires Back at the Potamac Tension between Arizona's state capital and Capitol Hill are heating up. While Wash- ington has filed a lawsuit against Arizona over its im- migration law, Governor Jan Brewer has filed a counter- suit accusing the federal government Of failing to se- cure the southwest border of the United States from an illegal invasion of people crossing over from Mexico. The counterclaim was filed as part of the case in which the U.S. Justice Department is seeking to have Arizona's state law declared unconsti- tutional. - Said Governor Brewer, "We did. not,,want this. fight;.we' did not start this fight but, now we are in it. Arizona will not rest until our border is secure and federal immigra- tion laws are enforced". Arizona!s case will be heard by the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which is the most liberal fed- eral court in this country, so good luck Arizona and keep up the fight. Drug Free Zones The whole purpose of the drug free zone concept is to keep drug predators from selling their wares near schools. Shrinking the zone from 1,000 to 100 feet from a school literally abolishes the whole drug free zone idea. I feel the governor is doing more politics here and less public safety. Decreas- ing the zones might just lead to what? I believe harsher sentences for drug pushers is a good idea and some- what of a deterrence to that illegal act. Drugs can destroy neigh- borhoods, one child at a time. However, the politi-' cally correct crowd can find racial bias in anything if that's what they wish to see. What is wrong with making it nearly impossible to sell Outid a,(rug free:, school zone inside the City of Bos- ton? Selling drugs is not a victimless crime and drug pushers should be consid- ered violent offenders. The Bulletin is correct calling this phony bias issue a "nonsen- sical argument." Are there any public officials out there who believe drug free zones near schools are unfair to urban drug dealers? The Boston Globe is sup- porting Governor Patrick's move to shrink the drug-free school zones. The Globe's February 1 editorial quotes the Mass Bar's chief legal counsel who calls the cur- rent 1,000 ft. law "a blunt approach" with "disparate impact on poor urban areas." He has to be kidding, right? How is the 1,000 ft. law have a negative impact on poor urban neighborhoods. If any- thing is true, it is the oppo- site. A law that keeps drug dealers far from schools is helping parents protect their kids from destroying their lives. Do we treat drug deal- ers unfairly inside the city's neighborhoods by closing in their circle of opportunity? On this issue, Governor Deval Patrick is actingmore like a retail .politician than a. ?ubl ,loader:,- .... ...... .... by bob morello Fac ax reviewing the besi ! :!::. i: itfing the rest NO STRINGS ATTACHED: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE Lakeshore Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached. The "baker's dozen" soundtrack sets the moods that are constantly in motion. Delve into Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up," trailed by the question -- "What Good Is a Boy?." (Lanchen), the per- sistent "Click, Click, Click, Click" (Bishop Allen), the ear- popping "Bang Bang Bang" (Mark Ronson & The Busi- ness Intl. Featuring Q-Tip & MNDR), while Hugo tries to solve "99 Problems," and Elvis Presley does the honors with "Bossa Nova Baby (Viva Elvis). Leona Lewis adorns the track with her breakthrough hit "Bleeding Love," followed by D'Angelo's sassy, smooth "Un- tiffed (How Does It Feel)," plus the haunting "I Will Let You Go" (Daniel Ahearn), a Robbie Nevil/Matthew Gerrard duet results in the direct "It Was You," while Little Red paints the town with "Rock It." The Temper Trap serves up "Love I:ost," and Plain White T's wear it well with "Rhythm of Love." Nothing says it better than love, and this track says it best! GEORGE JONES -- HITS Bandit George Jones is a country music superstar who is a "-liv- ing legend" -- proof of that can be found on his "Hits" collec- tion on Bandit Records. On two discs, Jones delivers 22 hits, along with two previ- ously unreleased songs -- "I Should Have Called," and an appropriately titled track for Jones, both upbeat and driv- ing -- "I Ain't Ever Slowing Down." In addition, George delivers hit memories on two discs via the sadness of "The Window Up Above," the lone- liness of "The Grand Tour," the fast-paced "White Light- ning," along with "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)." Jones signature beauty "He Stopped Loving Her To- day," the pensive "Take Me," the painful "Hell Stays Open (All Night Long)," plus "Yes- terday's Wine" a dynamite duet with Merle Haggard. Not many Country Music Hall of Fame members who can boast of having had a charted song in each of the last seven decades -- but George Jones can, an honor previously achieved by only Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley[ DROPKICK MURPHYS Born & Bred The Dropkick Murphys re- leased their seventh full- length studio album, Going Out In Style, and fans will be happy to know that it is chock full of the group's trademark blend of punk rock energy, folk, soul, Irish spirit and rock 'n roll music. If your heart can stand 45-plus minutes of ultimate excitement, then you'll enjoy DKM's tales of tri- umph, tragedy and celebra- tion. The anthem-oriented set shines with the battle cry of "Hang 'Em High," as the story ,of, th fictional,charac ter C,oneIn$-"Lk, ino'. takes- shape. The hilarious title cut "Going Out in Style" keeps the frantic pace going, trailed by beauties as, "The Hardest Milei" the epic refrains of "Cruel," the celebratory "Me- morial Day," and the bagpipe feel of "Broken Hymns." Sec- ond side explosions have, "Deeds Not Words," supporting organized labor with the catchy "Take 'Em Down," a raucous version of "Peg O' My Heart" with guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen, and the finale is "The Irish Rover." St. Patrick's Day has DKM appearing at Boston's House of Blues on March 16-18, and Tsongas Arena March 19 th. JOE NICHOLS -- GREATEST HITS Show Dog-Universal Music Country artist Joe Nichols has been on the scene for al- most a decade since his 2002 smash hit "The Impossible." To say he has proved himself .worthy is an understatement, and the proof is this "Great- est Hits" compilation. Joe reels off ten successful hits -- including last year's "Gimmie That Girl," his cur- rent Top 20 "The Shape I'm In," the humor of "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," the honky-tonk anthem "Brokenheartsville," and measures up with "Size Mat- ters." Nichols hits the heart with "What's A Guy Gotta Do," the apologetic "It Ain't No Crime," taking a shot at him- self with "Cool To Be A Fool," and one of my many Joe Nichols favorites "I'll Wait For You." Nichols is a fixture on country music charts, and will be for many years to come[ STEVE WARINER -- GUITAR LABORATORY SelecTone The experiment begins with Steve Wariner strapping on his guitar, ready to create an instrumental potpourri of styles that range from coun- try and jazz to rock, blues, classical, and Hawaiian mu- sic. Performing on upright bass, lap steel, resonator gui- tar, acoustic guitar, .steel string guitar, classical guitar, pedal steel guitar and a host of electric guitars, Steve's sons, Ross and Ryan, are also featured playing piano and guitar, respectively. Wariner picks his way into your mind with "Tele Kinesis," a move to mellow brings "A Groove," fdllowed by "Goody 2 Shoes" on which he plays bass, rhythm and acoustic guitars and lap steel, landing nicely with the jazzy "Kentuckiana," and is joined by Leon Rhodes for "Sugarfoot Rag." Classical tones add up to "Crafty," the touching "I Will Never Forget You" was penned by Steve and son Ross, joined by Chet Atkins' bandmate, Paul Yah- dell, together they perform "Pals," the sway of "Waikiki '79," and the memories of "Up The Red Hill." A tribute to friends "Phyllis and Ramona" is followed by "White Dove," a moving tribute to his nephew Matt who died tragically in a car crash, and it all ends with "Sting Ray" featuring son Ryan .who, tlcnned ,the..tune, aong wif-:ladi: Ecellent' (0[