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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 11,2013 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore will be back next week. Saint Wilfrid, Bishop of York by Saint Wilfrid was born in Northumberland, England in 634, he was the son of an English baron. As a youth, he had an unhappy home life and was subject to the unkindness of his step- mother. At the age of four- teen he was sent away to the Court of King Oswy, King of Northumbria where he attracted the attention of Queen Fanfleda and at her request he was sent to the famed Monastery of Lindisfarne to be educated. Three years after arriving at Lindisfarne, Wilfrid was sent to Rome in the com- pany of Saint Benedict Biscop where he became the pupil of Boniface, the Pope's archdeacon. On his return home, he passed through Lyons where he received the tonsure from Bishop Annemundas. While in Lyons a persecu- tion of Christians arose, Annemundas was killed and the same fate nearly came to Wilfrid but because of the fact that he was shown to be Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari a Saxon, he was allowed to return to England. On his return, Wilfrid received as a gift from Alchfrid, son of King Oswy, the newly established monastery of Ripon in 658, five years after his election as abbot, Wilfrid became a priest. He then introduced the Roman rules and prac- tices which were accepted at the Synod of Whitby (664) in opposition to the Celtic ways ,4 Wishing Everyone a Happy Columbus Day! " i , UNION = ,, : .... i ,:o,,,, ,,, :i: ::i (: M eeting o ur Mere bers financial needs for over 89 years [::ii:ii!ii::  iStri :i:j i:  i 25 hestr Ave I i East BostOn, :128 : i: t0@2205 i > & : isumd by MSIC. Happy Columbus Day from the cl'Orivilera Happez C D NEW LO(:ATION ..... " " " "" ' 7'" '" - ' " :" of northern England. Wilfrid became Bishop of York with a See covering the whole of Northumbria, he built magnificent stone churches at Ripon and Hexham. He acquired vast landholdings and estab- lished monasteries in Northumbria, Mercia, Sus- sex and the Isle of Wight and converted Sussex, the last vestige of paganism, to Christianity. Although he was the confidant of kings and queens he made many pow- erful enemies and was twice banished from Northumbria. He made three journeys on foot and horseback through Europe to Rome. His life was threatened many times, he was shipwrecked and nearly killed by natives off the coast of Sussex, and imprisoned in Northumbria by the king and twice nearly murdered while travelling abroad. Wilfrid resigned his post as bishop of York in 703 and retired to his monastery at Ripon where he spent his remaining days in prayer and penitential practices. He passed away in 709. St. Wilfrid stands out beyond all others of his time as the great defender of the rights of the Holy See in England, for that prineipIe he fought all through his life and spent much of his life in exile. His brief time spent in Friesland (Present, the region of lower Saxony in Germany) was the begin- ning of the great English mission to the Germanic people of continental Europe. Wilfrid is considered one of the great English saints. His feast day is celebrated on October 12 th. DIAMONDS ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jim (617) 263-7766 Jewelers Exchange Building Happy Columbus Day N E\\;W HEAl' 71H ,L\\;-[ North End'tau.'rtrnt  ]eath 332 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Telephone (617) 643-8000 , . by Sal Giarratani - //! The Week That Didn't Have to Be Tuesday, October 1 "t hap- pened and the Republicans on Capitol Hill did not wink. They held their ground. All the Obamacrats, do they really think the GOP would cower to their list of de- mands? I am a moderate to conservative Democrat. Go- ing back to my college years in the late '60s and early '70s, I was vice president of the Young Democrats Club on campus. My choice for president as 1968 began was Bobby Kennedy. I fell into dis- favor with President John- son over his handling of the Vietnam War as were many Democrats at that time. When Kennedy was assassi- nated that June, I was stunned by that violence as I was a month earlier when Dr. King was assassinated too. That November I did not support the election of the all-new pre-packaged so-called "New Nixon," I sup- ported Vice President Hubert Humphrey. However, four years later as the McGovern wing of the Democratic Party took hold of the party struc- ture, I started voting Repub- lican starting with President Nixon that year. I, however, remain a Democrat as diffi- cult as it is at times. Last week and the weeks leading up to it, I knew some- how the Democrats would get their wish, a government slowdown. I refuse to call it a shutdown since 80 percent of the federal government is on automatic pilot. I am not real sure that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's strategy of holding up the vote until Obamacare was stricken from it was the best strategy, but someone had to make the first move here and the Democrats were just standing in a corner smirk- ing. Eventually, even Cruz moved to a saner compro- mise position. He said Re- publicans would support the continuing resolution as long as the individual mandate was postponed for one year like the employer mandate was by President Obama. Cruz also wanted members of Congress themselves to become a part of Obamacare rather than be exempted from it. Democrats said nyet to everything. The Republi- cans even offered to fund the federal government depart- ment by department by once again the Democrats said nyet. It seems pretty clear to any objective viewer that there is too much politics going on and both political parties need to start listening and work- ing together. However, I can't believe the Democrats are so ignorant of the constitu- tion. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls conditions on the stopgap bill "ex- tortion." U.S. Sen. Steny Hoyer labeled it "hostage- taking." Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it "legis- lative arson." Republicans in the U.S. Senate like Cruz and Rand Paul have been bashed as "terrorists" and "anarchists." Civility is now a lost art in one wing of one party of one house. What House Republicans, as former NY Lt. 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