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-Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 21,2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. FRANKLIN PIERCE DATE OF BIRTH: November 23, 1804 PLACE OF BIRTH: Hillsborough, NH DATE OF DEATH: October 8, 1869 PLACE OF DEATH: Concord, NH SPOUSE: Jane PRESIDENT: March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1857 Resigned his term in the Senate, after two in the House, To nurse a sick wife, this man was no louse; Franklin Pierce was the name of this next C.E.O., Number fourteen in line as our presidents go. Enlisted as a privaa in the Mexican War, Fought with the others knew what it was for; Complained about rank, oh boy did he holler, Two years later they pinned a gold star on his collar. They called him a snowbird with concerns for the South, Worked f or joint harmory, not just word of mouth; In this vein he tried, to get people thinkin', While he remained a strong critic of Abraham Lincoln. HIS wife, Jane Means Appleton, was loaded with knowledge, Her father was the president of Maine's Bowdoin College; They say she was frail and extremely shy, It was a sad thing for her to watch daddy die. She maintained a strict code of social behavior. It was her standard practice to pray to her savior; She had more than her share of great misery, Two of her three sons died in their nursery. Then as a cap, to her sorrow and pain, Her remaining son was killed by a train; She never recovered from this tragic blow, Occupied the White House, but as a no show. Maintained her protocol in limited ways, With the help of a friend from her girlhood days; Jane passed away at age fifty-seven, The way I see it, she must now be in heaven. The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conduaed every five years. This year the registration period begins on May 1,2013 and ends on August 1,2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. , Ensures rental units meet minimum Housing Code Ruirements ::.. : For more infon-n4ion or to register go to % .: / ....... www.cityofboston,c3ov/isdthousing, email: rentalprogramdtyofboston,gov or call 617-635-1010 The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. or log on to Res Publica by David Trumbull 2013 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4 The U.S. Catholic bishops have called for a "Fortnight for Freedom," a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate. The Obama Administrations contracep- tive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate will begin to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers on August 1. Cardinal Dolan has said that the latest proposal from the Obama Administration "Appears to offer second- class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities." Representative Diane Black (Rep., Tenn.) and over 175 other members of Congress of both parties are sponsoring the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R.940). The Act would improve federal law in three ways: 1. Correcting loopholes and other deficien- cies in the major federal law preventing governmental discrimination against health care providers that do not help pro- vide or pay for abortions. 2. Inserting a conscience clause into the health care reform law, so its mandates for particular "benefits" in private health plans will not be used to force insurers, employ- ers and individuals to violate their con- sciences or give up their health insurance. 3. Add a "private right of action" to exist- ing federal conscience laws, so those whose *JUNE 21 to JULY 4* FORTN EEDOM FORTNIGHT4FREE DOM*ORG consciences are being violated can go to court to defend their rights. (Current enforcement is chiefly at the discretion of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is itself sponsoring some attacks on conscience rights.) In the days to come, Congress must decide whether to address this problem through must-pass legislation before that deadline. Members of the House should be urged to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act and to include it in the next bill needed to keep the federal government operating. Sadly, here in Massachusetts, the most Catholic State in the Union (45% Catholic), not a single one of our representatives in Congress has signed on as co-sponsor of this bill to remove second-class status from Catholics. Saint Anthelm, Bishop of Belley by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Anthelm, who should not be confused with Saint Anselm of Canterbury, was born about the year 1107 near Chambery in Savoy, France of a noble family who educated him for the Church. After he was ordained, he was made provost and secretary of the province of Geneva which he man- aged astutely. Anthelm was a well-intentioned young priest, hospitable and gener- ous, but he retained worldly ambitions of success. His outlook changed, when quite by chance, he made a visit to the Carthusian Charterhouse at Portes. He was drawn immediately to monastic life. Anthelm re- signed his ecclesiastical po- sition in Geneva and at the age of thirty, joined the Carthusian Order founded by Saint Bruno. Within two years, Anthelm was made prior of the motherhouse of his Order, Grande Char- truese, which had been damaged. It soon began to flourish under his leader- ship. Anthelm made the monastery a worthy mother- house of the Carthusians, constructing a defensive wall and an aqueduct. Anthelm also united the various char- terhouses of the Order and standardized their Rule. In the process, he became the first Master General of the Order. Anthelm then spent a few years living as a hermit. He then returned to the Grand Chartreus in 1152, during this period a schism broke out in the Church and Anthelm was asked to help defend the sitting canonically elected Pope Alexander Ill against a rival, the antipope, Victor IV, put forward by the powerful German Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa. Saint Anthelm supported the true Pope vigorously, resulting in the Pope's triumph. Alexan- der Ill appointednthelm Bishop of Belley irl 1163. In that position, he is said to have been fearless and uncompromising. Pope Alexander then sent Anthelm to England to me- diate the dispute between Henry II and St. Thomas Becket. Anthelm was un- able to undertake that jour- ney because of illness. He returned to Belley to care for the poor and for the local lepers, he died on June 26, 1178. Saint Anthelm's feast is celebrated on June 26. He is rightfully regarded as the greatest ecclesiastic of his age. Day of Portugal Parade The 8th edition of the Boston Portuguese Festival and Parade will take place this Sunday, June 23 rd begin- ning at 1:30 pm. The parade will include a variety of colourful floats, bands and marching groups from various Portuguese communities across Massa- chusetts, as well as stands selling Portuguese delica- cies and other regional products. The parade will begin at Portuguese Square (Concord Avenue) in Somerville and work its way down Cam- bridge Street through Inman Square to its ending location in front of St. Anthony's Church at the corner of Cam- bridge Street and Cardinal Medeiros Avenue. Following the parade their will be a Block Party starring N61ia, a famous Portuguese-American singer, in Saint Anthony's Churchyard (starting around 4:30 pm). The event is open to the public and admission is free. For further information, please log on to portuguesefes