Is this ‘The Year of Benedict’?

Will 2008 be the year of Barack Obama? Or perhaps, for entirely negative reasons, it will be the year of Roger Clemens. Or, how about Benedict XVI?

You might expect that a Catholic newspaper would choose the pope, but you might be impressed at how the National Catholic Register comes to that conclusion. In an editorial in the current edition, the paper says that people may underestimate the impact of Pope Benedict’s visit to America in the same way that they underestimated the impact of Pope John Paul II’s trip to Toronto in 2002. “When Pope John Paul II visited Toronto in 2002, the media made the mistake of expecting the visit to be no big deal. How wrong they were,” it says.

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