The Ring of The Fisherman

Today will be a day of “lasts.” Overnight, people held a candlelight vigil to mark Benedict’s last night sleeping in the papal quarters. This morning, he had an audience with the cardinals who would normally have gathered to pay their last respects and bury him. Instead, they each wished him well, and then will turn [Read More...]

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Some Images From the Pope’s Last Major Mass

Touched by the applause at the end

It was a moving experience, and you can tell he was touched by the applause at the end, (despite his not being a fan of applause at mass).  Here is the text of his wonderful homily. I miss him already. [Read more...]

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Joseph

This is the Room of Tears: the place where popes traditionally retire after being chosen. Here, they contemplate the burden they are about to assume: a 2000-year-old office founded by Christ himself not on a book or a government or a place, but on a man named Simon, thereafter known as Cephas, petros, rock: Peter. [Read More...]

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Love It!

PopeBene

After the previous post, here’s a little slice of unalloyed joy from the Vatican Radio’s Facebook page. Sorry kid: we’re fresh out of St. Nicholas, but we do have Peter. [Read more...]

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The Tweeting Pope

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It just sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like the bishop of Rome is outside my window, tweeting along with the birds. But it’s not the sound of birds: it’s the voice of Peter, echoing down the millennia, and finding a new wineskin for the new wine of the gospel. The news is all over the net today, [Read More...]

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Pope Tweets @Pontifex

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Papa Bene is on Twitter with the account @Pontifex, and with all the skill the Roman curia usually musters on PR and technological issues, he hasn’t logged a single Tweet–not even a greeting, not even “Hello nOObs”–as of this posting. No Tweets are due until … December 12. Way to go, VIS! Can we just [Read More...]

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Hopeful Signs as Benedict Arrives in Lebanon

John Allen has these truly surprising reactions: Last week, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, announced that Saturday would be declared a national holiday in honor of the pope’s arrival. Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has publicly welcomed the visit, describing it as “extraordinary and historic.” Other Muslim leaders have also struck positive notes, including Grand [Read More...]

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Rome Reports: Vatican Publishing House Signs Deal with Apple

The Pope’s books are coming to Apple devices, probably via iBook. One of the treasures of my Logos software is the healthy chunk of Ratzinger/Benedict content, all of it hyperlinked and searchable. I’d never give up print, but I do love my ebooks for research and convenience. PS: Am I imagining it, or does the reporter [Read More...]

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