Pope Benedict, the Pianist

One of the pleasures in which Pope Emeritus Benedict is said to indulge in his retirement is playing the piano.A skilled pianist, he was unable to spend much time at the keyboard during the years of his papacy.  Now, perhaps, he returns to that great love.A Redditor pointed out this video this morning.  (Click the link--for some reason, the video could not be embedded.)Besides being able to speak ten languages and fly a helicopter, the pope emeritus is at home in the music room. … [Read more...]

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Now You, Too, Can “Follow” Pope Benedict, Get News As It Happens

When you wake up tomorrow morning, the Catholic Church will have taken another bold step into the era of new media.That’s because Pope Benedict XVI’s new Twitter account will be activated—so you’ll be able to “follow” the Pope and receive brief, up-to-the-minute news from the Vatican in real time.At a press conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Rome time (that’s 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time here in the U.S.), the Pope’s Twitter account will be officially launched at a press conference in the Holy … [Read more...]

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On the Feast of Blessed John Paul II: A Photo Montage from his Beatification

This banner was erected after the Beatification--I suppose because had it been there for the event, it would have blocked the view.

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.In the first week of May 2011, it was my great privilege to be in Rome for the first-ever Vatican Blogfest and, not coincidentally, the Beatification of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  I thought I’d share some photo memories from my Beatification album with you today, on JPII’s feast day. *     *     *     *     *On May 2, I watched the sun rise over the Tib … [Read more...]

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