Seems like this picture could use a few captions. You know the drill. Thanks, Michael!
What’s really going on: Pope Benedict XVI checks the new Vatican web portal on an iPad device at the Vatican June 28, 2011. Benedict XVI will launch the site, a news information portal that aggregates the Vatican’s various media into a one-stop site for all things papal, on Wednesday, the 60th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano
Benedict XVI last week in Scotland: “The Church does not seek to be attractive in and of herself, but must be transparent for Jesus Christ and to the extent that she is not out for herself, as a strong and powerful body in the world, that wants power, but is simply the voice of another, she becomes truly transparent for the great figure of Christ and the great truth that he has brought to humanity.”
THE pope has banned faithful followers from bringing vuvuzelas to his public appearances on his UK tour next month.
The controversial horns made famous by fans at South Africa’s World Cup in June, were among a number of banned items at Pope Benedict XVI’s events during his four-day tour, the papal press office confirmed.
Orin’s friends Jen and Jay recently traveled to Rome with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs and Archsbishop Carlson, who was receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict. Following the Pallium Mass, B16 visited the choir, and paused to kiss and bless Gwen the daughter of Jen (pictrured) and Jay. If we get better pictures and/or video, we’ll be sure to post. What a touching, tender moment!
Ten years ago, the Holy Father paid a pastoral visit to the St. Louis area, home of Shannon and Orin’s home, at the time, for less than a year. At the youth rally, one of the first events of his 30-hour visit, he was presented with a number of gifts, including a St. Louis Blues jersey and a hockey stick, which even in his frail condition he took a swing with. It was one of the humorous highlights of his visit.
Unlike today’s weather, the weather that day was in the 60′s and quite comfortable, thanks to the prayers (some say) of the local Pink Sisters.
After evening prayer and Mass at the Dome the next morning, the Pope left town. St. Louis’s Archbishop at the time, Justin Rigali, was soon moved to Philadelphia and elevated to Cardinal.
JP2, we love you! And continue to pray for us, with the whole of the communion of saints.
Jan. 23, Times Online, Richard Owen — He may not be in with the local Emo cult, and you’re unlikely to see him hanging out at a skateboard park. But the Holy Father moved one step closer to cool today when he launched the Vatican’s own YouTube site on Google.
Pope Benedict XVI said he wanted to reach out to “the digital generation”, but in doing so he warned the young against the dangers of “sharing words and images that are degrading of human beings, that promote hatred and intolerance, that debase the goodness and intimacy of human sexuality or that exploit the weak and vulnerable”. . .
Orin and Erin took a trip to Rome over new years, as a vacation and to witness their friend David take his perpetual vows as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate. Here are a few pictures, with more to come down the road…
St. Peters, on New Years Eve Day
The Pantheon, getting on towards evening
New Years Day, Mass for the feast of Mary, Mother of God. This pic shows the elevation of the host by B16.
Orin and Erin, New Years Day night, visit the exact spot they got engaged at the Trevi Fountain, exactly 5 years and 6 months later.