Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome to the New Blog!

Welcome to Cardinal Fratelli's new blog. This blog gets its name from the fact that the world can be a very dark place but with the Good Lord- and with good humor, all things can be made brighter. You can feel free to check out his misadventures which are on the older posts. This will now become the official center for all things Fratelli!

You may ask yourself, who the heck is Cardinal Fratelli?

Angelo Cardinal Fratelli is a fictional cardinal drawn from the imagination of Catholic author, Rachel M. Gohlman (Rae Marie). Largely inspired by the whimsical paintings of Jehan Georges Vibert, which were intended to be anti-clerical but are in her view, quaint and hilarious.

                                           One of Vibert's funny cardinals.

Cardinal Fratelli appears in four, comedy novellas: “The Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli”, “Cardinal Fratelli’s Christmas”, “The Cardinal and Constable” and “The Cardinal’s Family Matters”. The clergyman’s guileless humanity is emphasized in each. Other key characteristics of Fratelli are his young age (for a cardinal that is), his excitability and stylized speech– also his lovable vanity. His qualities have been extended into “Tea with Cardinal Fratelli”, a humorous, rollicking and witty mock advice-column.
Cardinal Fratelli  is 34 years old. He lives in Lucca, Tuscany, in Italy. He has one brother, Ernesto, one aunt, Francine and three cousins, Iona, Francesca and Philomena.
Cardinal Fratelli also has a facebook page. You can access it through the links posted at the blog's right side. Take time to get acquainted with him, his misadventures and his anecdotal insights on life. You are sure to be rewarded!


  1. The world needs more Cardinal Fratelli! Wouldnt it be wonderful to pay a visit to the cardinal on a warm Italian afternoon, sit in his study with him and look out the window at his beautiful garden and listen to the birds chirping? We could have espresso and lemon torrone (his favorite) while we discuss one of his favorite Pauline epistles, Ephesians. He is usually mild mannered, but when we read over Ephesians 4:1-4, his whole countenance changes: he becomes passionate and resolute, his love for the Church and God is so intense. This passage, Eph 4:1-4 reminds me of Fratelli " As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." AHH, yes, the world does indeed need more Fratelli: his witness to the Gospel is what we crave today!

    1. I don't know what to say, besides thank you and God bless!