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Aug 13 13 2:04 PM
Aug 14 13 12:53 AM
There is nothing wrong with the smell of sheep. They are gentle
creatures and it is a nice analogy for the man who is the shepherd to
say he wants to smell of his sheep. I don’t understand why some people sneer at it – after all, they are the sheep.
"I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep." - John 10:11"... I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them. There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them, too: they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd." - John 10: 15-16"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they will follow me." - John 10:27
Aug 14 13 5:15 AM
Sep 10 13 2:41 PM
A priest friend serving as a secretary to one of the local bishops reported on a private dinner with the pope and a few bishops. At the end of the meal, Benedict asked those gathered together to pray for him."For what intention, Holy Father?" said one. "That I may never get in the way of Jesus Christ." James Martin, SJ
Sep 11 13 12:32 AM
At the end of the meal, Benedict asked those gathered together to pray for him."For what intention, Holy Father?" said one. "That I may never get in the way of Jesus Christ."
Sep 17 13 1:42 AM
Mgr Xuereb hails from Victoria, Gozo and actively supports the museum which came into being through the collaboration between the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria and St George’s Basilica.
Mr Antoine Vassallo, chairperson of the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, presented Mgr Xuereb with the commemorative card issued by Maltapost on the day of the inauguration of the museum.Gozo News
The commemorative postal card, which has been printed in limited edition, is available from the reception desk of the museum.
Il-Hagar|Heart of Gozo, was partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is open to the public, daily, from 11.00am to 7.00pm excluding Mondays. It will however be open on Easter MondayPope Benedict XVI’s last zucchetto at Il-Hagar|Heart of Gozo
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Oct 30 13 12:52 AM
In August 2005, before departing for WYD in Cologne, Pope Benedict forgot to greet the pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo in Italian. He came back, laughing. Then he forgot the blessing!
Nov 15 13 9:49 PM
CNA/EWTN News- A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked at those who prepared his meal the way that she looks at her children. During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Madrid for World Youth Day, a group of teachers from the Fuenllana School prepared lunch for him. Diana Cabrera, a mother of three, teacher and host of a cooking show on Spanish television, was among those who helped cook for the Holy Father at the request of Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid. Cabrera affectionately recalls the encounter with the Pope and said that what most impressed her was “how detached and humble he was, always attentive to others, looking at them in the same way that I look at my children.” “He was continuously observing and attentive to all the details and all the people that were around him,” she explained in a press release from the education center. “I saw that he cared for them, he seemed to rise above to the spiritual level of those who were around him and those of us who were serving him.” “I could tell by how he looked that he realized how excited we were to be working for him,” she continued. “I was amazed that despite the fatigue and the hot temperatures that day in Madrid, (the Pope) was attentive to others.” Cabrera described the Holy Father as “the most important person I have ever served” and said that to see him was to “see a very spiritual person” who was filled with immense peace. She explained that the spirituality, joy and humility the Pope conveyed “both with his presence and with his gaze” impressed her greatly. Although she was initially very nervous about the lunch, Cabrera recalled that once Pope Benedict arrived, her “nerves were gone, because he conveyed such peace that he made you feel like you were with someone from your family.” After lunch, the Pope “unexpectedly got up and came towards us and told us in Italian: ‘That was the best meal of my life, the food was so beautifully prepared, and that beauty leads to God,’” she said. The menu that day featured salmorejo (a Spanish soup made with olive oil, vinegar and tomatoes), veal with vegetables and a dessert of lemon sorbet and jello. The director of communications at Fuenllana, Carmen Calvo, told CNA on Feb.15 that wine was offered to the Holy Father, but he declined and preferred to drink orange juice. He asked for a copy of the menu to have as a memento, Calvo said. All of the items used to prepare the lunch were donated by supporters of the school, and nearly 40 volunteers – including cooks and waiters – served the Pope and his entourage of approximately 60 people. The school’s principal gave the Holy Father a donation of nearly $6000 to help pay the expenses of a new vocation to the seminary resulting from World Youth Day 2011. She also gave him a photo album about the school and a small statue of Our Lady of Fuenllana. Cabrera said that after the experience, “I resolved to spread that joy and happiness that I saw in the Holy Father to those around me, and I know as a Catholic that that is precisely what our faith teaches.”
Jan 28 14 7:06 AM
The mainstream media has a short memory when it comes to seagulls attacking doves set free from the Vatican balcony. A seagull and a large black crow which immediately went in for the kill when the doves were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace in Rome today had an audience of thousands of people watching in St. Peter’s Square. The two white doves were released as a peace gesture by children standing with Pope Francis. “One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.” (Daily Mail, January 26, 2014) Some saw the event as a harbinger of dark times to come. On that occasion, a scavenger seagull, media-described as a Vatican “resident” swooped in and attacked the dove as soon as Pope Benedict released it from the Vatican balcony. “Watched by thousands of pilgrims below the fearsome gull, leading with its beak, chased and harried the terrified dove as it tried to escape among the ancient pillars and porticos.” (Daily Mail, Jan. 27, 2013) Doves released by children with pontiffs have twice tried getting back inside at the moment of their release. In 2012, the two doves released turned tail and flew straight back in through the open window. “They want to stay in the Pope’s home,’ Benedict had said.” Last year’s dove attacked by a seagull made good on its escape. On Jan. 30, 2005, Pope John Paul II had to actually shoo a dove out of his apartment window, chuckling along with children who watched in delight as the bird flew back into his room overlooking St. Peter’s Square. The pontiff, who died only months later, had been addressing thousands of young people from an Italian Catholic organization. John Paul came to his studio window flanked by an 8-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, who wanted the world to remember children in countries plagued by war. Each 8-year-old lifted a white dove into the air, but the birds, almost immediately darted back into his studio. Laughing, the 84-year-old ailing pontiff decided to give it another try. Grabbing one of the doves as an aide returned the birds to the window sill, he shooed it out of the window, before affectionately patting the boy on the head. But after the quickest flight over the square in full view of the crowd, the bird returned inside again as the pope grinned. January is the traditional month when peace is promoted by the Vatican. The ritual of setting doves free from the balcony in the month of January to mark world peace originated with Pope John Paul II in 2005. But exactly the same fate was dealt to a dove released by Pope Benedict XVI almost a year to the day on Jan. 27, 2013.
Jan 29 14 4:41 PM
The Wire - During a Sunday morning service at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, Pope Francis and two children released white doves as a peace gesture for Ukraine, which is currently beset by violence and civil unrest. The doves were immediately attacked by two other birds."As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace."The incident not only underscored the peril of symbolic gestures (Is Russian President Vladimir Putin the crow and Ukrainian President Yanukovych theseagull?), but also the plight of the papal doves themselves, which have increasingly faced attack on their flight toward tranquil metaphor. While the outcome of Sunday's dove attack remains unknown, last year, Pope Benedict XVI's ceremonial dove release for victims of the Holocaust was marred when a seagull also attacked a dove and pinned it against a windowpane. The year before, two doves were released in another ceremonial flourish for World Leprosy Day. One bird perched on the railing beside the Pope and refused to move. When a second dove was released, it immediately flew back into the Pope's apartment. To his credit, Pope Benedict seemed to shout "Mamma Mia" in surprise.
Feb 18 14 4:47 AM
Jul 9 14 3:26 PM
At the very least, if Argentina advances to the World Cup finals, it could put millions of Catholics -- not to mention Vatican employees -- in a bit of a bind.
Do they root for Argentina, the homeland of Pope Francis, who is known to be an ardent soccer aficionado? Or do they back Germany, the native country of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, also a big football fan?
And what about the Big Referee Upstairs? Whose prayers will he heed when the game is on the line?
Germany reached the finals on Tuesday by blowing out Brazil, the host country. Argentina plays the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon.
Of course, both popes (not to mention God) have more important things on their minds. But both men have also said that sports can be more than fun and games.
"The sport of football can be a vehicle of education for the values of honesty, solidarity and fraternity, especially for the younger generation," Benedict told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper back in 2008.
His successor, Francis has echoed those remarks, and even promised not to pray for Argentina.
But a Catholic who met Pope Francis this week to discuss more serious matters said that the pontiff seemed to be secretly pulling for his home team.
"He absolutely wants for Argentina to win," Peter Saunders, a victim of sexual abuse from England who met Francis on Monday, told the Boston Globe. "He didn’t say it out loud, but you could see it in his eyes, he’s a closet fan."
It will be interesting to see what the Vatican says about the Argentina-Germany matchup, should it happen. The men are known to be close, with Francis saying he and Benedict "are brothers."
Maybe the "brothers" will put a little moolah on the high-stakes soccer match, or maybe all this just means that God has a really good sense of humor.
In any case, some folks are already having fun with the potential Pope vs. Pope match up.
"If World Cup final is Germany and Argentina, then it's Pope against Pope. Awaiting Benedict-Francis shootout," Mo Rocca tweeted.
Dreaming of a final World cup match between Germany and Argentina watched by Pope Francis + Pope Benedict Emeritus together #CatholicChurch," — Dominican Sisters tweeted.
"Not much of a World Cup fan but I want to see a Holy War (Pope Benedict XVI vs Pope Francis)," tweeted Miguel Lizada. World Cup finals: Pope versus pope?
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Jul 11 14 5:21 AM
Vatican spokesman today tried to insist that Pope Francis, an Argentine, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, a German, will stay non-aligned this Sunday when their two nations slug it out in the World Cup final. “Popes are above such things,” Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi sniffed. “They can only hope for the best team to win.” To which anyone who knows the two popes in question can only respond: Yeah, right. When it comes to soccer, even for popes it’s hard to remain impartial. In 2012, Benedict XVI welcomed German star Miroslav Klose to the Vatican, who is now the top scorer in World Cup history. Benedict acknowledged being a fan of Bayern Munich, Klose’s club team. (As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope served as Archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1981, a span that saw Bayern claim two Bundesliga championships.) It’s certainly no secret that Francis is a fan of San Lorenzo de Almagro, a squad that plays in Argentina’s top-flight national league. In his Buenos Aires office, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio used to have a piece of wood taken from the benches of the team’s first stadium as a memento of many Sunday afternoons spent in the bleachers. In December 2013 the team traveled to the Vatican to thank the pope for his prayers, since during the first 9 months of Francis’ pontificate San Lorenzo went from barely staying afloat to winning the national championship. Roxana Alfieri, who worked with Francis in Argentina, told the Globe that “he will surely watch the match; I have no doubt about it. He used to listen to San Lorenzo on the radio and enjoyed following all the big events on TV.” Lombardi didn’t rule it out. The match starts at 9:00 p.m. in Rome, and according to the spokesman the pope is usually in bed by 10, “but he might stay up to watch the game.” Lombardi also said that Francis didn’t see the semi-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands, but “he asked for the result early this morning.” Regarding the possibility of the two popes watching the last game together, the spokesman considered it “unlikely,” among other reasons because “Benedict didn’t watch Germany play” while he was still the reigning pope. Of course, now that he’s got more time on his hands, things may be different. Granted, Benedict XVI didn’t express his love for soccer as openly as Francis does. Yet more than once, the German pontiff referred to the game as a “school of life.” In 2008, he expressed hope that “the game of soccer may always be a means of teaching the values of honesty, solidarity and fraternity, especially among the younger generations.” As for Francis, Peter Saunders, one of the victims of clerical abuse who met the pontiff on July 7, told the Globe that he told Francis he was cheering for Argentina. “He didn’t give me an answer,” Saunders said, “but he laughed… he absolutely wants for Argentina to win. You could see it in his eyes, he’s a closet fan.” Fr. Guillermo Karcher, an Argentinian priest who manages Vatican protocol and is close to Francis, said the Germany-Argentina showdown is “already throbbing” in Rome. Laughing, Karcher betrayed a bit of national pride by saying, “Both [popes] will pray, but one is the pope, and the other is the pope emeritus.” During a visit to the Vatican on Feb. 21, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff asked Francis to remain neutral during the World Cup, since the rivalry between both countries is well known. On a video still available on YouTube, the pope vowed to do so.Now that Brazil is out of the fight, however, all bets for papal restraint are off.
Jul 11 14 6:30 AM
Fr. Guillermo Karcher, an Argentinian priest who manages Vatican protocol and is close to Francis, said the Germany-Argentina showdown is “already throbbing” in Rome.Laughing, Karcher betrayed a bit of national pride by saying, “Both [popes] will pray, but one is the pope, and the other is the pope emeritus.”
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