Daily Archives: April 16, 2008

A memorable first photo credit

Coming into work on this beautiful 65-degree morning, I knew it was going to be a long day. My boss had scheduled me to be here for 12 hours — sitting at a desk under Secret Service lockdown and uploading … Continue reading

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Sikh, and ye shall find

Among the thousands witnessing the April 16 welcoming ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI on the South Lawn of the White House, conspicuous in their brightly colored turbans were two Sikhs. A mild hubbub during papal visit preparations resulted in U.S. … Continue reading

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Rally ’round the flag

In a grassy area of the Vatican nunciature just a bit north of the building lay a small Vatican flag, discarded for no apparent reason. A few minutes after it was detected, it was claimed by Roby Chavez, a reporter … Continue reading

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Battle of the bands

While waiting for Pope Benedict XVI to make his appearance outside the Vatican Embassy April 16, two choirs engaged in a friendly version of the old-fashioned “battle of the bands.” In one corner: the gospel choir from Assumption Parish in … Continue reading

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A tale of two papal encounters

I’ve now had two first encounters with popes at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The first time was a whole lot less complicated. In October 1979 I was a college student, working for the semester as a press intern … Continue reading

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Text of pope to U.S. bishops

Here is the prepared text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s address to the U.S. bishops this evening: Dear Brother Bishops, It gives me great joy to greet you today, at the start of my visit to this … Continue reading

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Text of Cardinal George at basilica

The prepared remarks of Cardinal Francis George to Pope Benedict before the papal address to the U.S. bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington: Welcome, Holy Father, to this Basilica of the National Shrine of … Continue reading

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