How Mexico is getting ready for the pope

What does it take to prepare for a papal visit?  More than you may think: One hundred fifty-thousand communion wafers? Check. Campsites for 350,000? Check. Three hand-embroidered papal souvenir sombreros? Check. Official song? Check. It takes a lot to prepare for the coming of the pope and the 3 million people the host Archdiocese of [Read More...]

Odor of sanctity: celebrity perfume-maker designs fragrance for Pope Benedict

Details: Italian celebrity perfume-maker Silvana Casoli, has created her most heavenly scent yet for a very special client, Pope Benedict XVI. Known for creating a number of perfumes that can be used by both men and women with names like Chocolat Bambola (Chocolate doll) and Vanilla Bourbon, Casoli has designed unique fragrances for famous personalities [Read More...]

“Silence and Word”: the pope’s message for World Communications Day

The day will be marked on May 20th, but the Vatican — in keeping with tradition — released Pope Benedict’s letter on the topic today, the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists. A snip: Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which [Read More...]

Taking the A train … to Assisi

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Benedict XVI hopping a train with other religious leaders to attend today’s “pilgrimage” in Assisi. You can read the text of his remarks here. And the AP has details, too. [Read more...]

Why this Assisi meeting will be different

The interfaith prayer gathering happening next week will carry Pope Benedict’s own stamp, according to CNS, and welcome into dialogue in a special way nonbelievers and agnostics: The Oct. 27 event marks the 25th anniversary of the first such gathering. As in 1986, it is expected to draw representatives from many Christian denominations and more [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, teddy bear edition

Behold, the “Pope Benedict XVI Teddy bear” in a show room of the Hermann-Spielwaren GmbH, a manufacturer of fine German Teddy bears, in Coburg, yesterday. The special edition on the occasion of the second visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Gemany comes with growler and is limited to only 111 pieces worldwide. Read more. (AP [Read More...]

"Live the years of your formation in deep joy…"

The pope spoke to seminarians in Spain today — and his words carry a message, I think, for deacon candidates, too: Dear friends, you are preparing yourselves to become apostles with Christ and like Christ, and to accompany your fellow men and women along their journey as companions and servants. How should you behave during [Read More...]

"Awesome, baby!": When Dick Vitale met the pope

It happened last week, and the famed announcer was left momentarily mute: It took a face-to-face meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Italy recently to leave local resident and “Awesome Baby!” sports announcer Dick Vitale in the most unfamiliar of postures. Being from an Italian background — his grandparents were Sicilian immigrants — Vitale said [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We were more than forty candidates, who, at the solemn call on that radiant summer day, which I remember as the high point of my life, responded “Adsum”, Here I am. We should not be superstitious; but, at that moment when the elderly archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird—perhaps a lark—flew up [Read More...]

Life inside the pope's apartment

The good people at TIME magazine have thoughtfully translated and posted a piece from the Italian daily La Stampa, which gives a glimpse inside Pope Benedict’s private world. Snip: Pope Benedict XVI isn’t alone in his apartment at the Vatican. Four “guardian angels” help him, and recently there has been an addition to the personnel [Read More...]


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