Monday, July 25, 2011

Pope Benedict Roundup!


  • The Pope and the Papal Tiara's symbolic power, by Andrea Tornielli. "Vatican Insider" La Stampa Sunday 24 July 2011. "Although its liturgical use has ceased and Benedict XVI has removed it from his personal coat of arms substituting it with the mitre (despite it too being three tiered), the tiara and crossed keys remain in the Vatican City's coat of arms."
  • The Assisi gathering and “Ratzingarian” fears, by Andrea Tornielli. "Vatican Insider" (La Stampa July 12, 2011):
    The convocation of world religious leaders decided by Pope Benedict XVI in Assisi on October 27th, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first gathering by Pope John Paul II, must be causing a certain amount of worry for some of the Pope’s collaborators. For days now, the columns of L'Osservatore Romano, are rattling off a series of authoritative interventions all aimed at providing the correct interpretation of the Pope’s gesture. ...
  • Potpourri of Popery, Corpus Christi Edition - Wheat & Weeds' helpful roundup covers the Holy Father's Corpus Christi homily and journeys to the Republic of San Marino and Croatia.
  • The Pope told by his brother His childhood, the war, his vocation, his passion for music, his faith: Joseph Ratzinger's life told through the eyes of his brother Georg Ratzinger. "Vatican Insider" (La Stampa).
On a lighter note
  • "The Odor of Sanctity" - "Benedictus", a fragrance in honor of the 60th anniversary of the pope's ordination to the priesthood.
    "Doctor Frederick Hass, founder of Excelsis, created this fragrance appropriately with linden blossom from Benedict’s native Germany, frankincense from the Holy Land and bergamot from Italy."