Daily Archives: April 17, 2008

Curse of the coffee achievers

In the three-week existence of Nationals Park as a functioning stadium, there probably had never been the demand for coffee as was experienced this morning before Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass. For one thing, the Mass was a morning event, starting at … Continue reading

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Strained glass

With all of the attention focused on Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass, with its altar in deep center field at Nationals Park in Washington, it’s likely that few worshippers took notice of the press box behind home plate. If they had, … Continue reading

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Breakfast at the ballpark

Washington Nationals management took great pride in convincing a lot of local restaurateurs to be vendors at Nationals Park: the Red Hot & Blue barbecue chain, the Five Guys hamburger shops, Gifford’s ice cream, Hard Times Cafe, Boardwalk Fries and … Continue reading

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And now, no word from our sponsor

Go to a sports stadium or arena of any kind these days and you’ll witness the profusion of advertising on what seems like every available square inch of space. Nationals Park in Washington is no different. But most of the … Continue reading

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The pope and the prez

Some people would hesitate to quote St. Augustine to Pope Benedict XVI. Not President George W. Bush. Granted, he limited his citation to the words “Pax tecum” (“Peace be with you”) so it wasn’t exactly an academic exhibition. Throughout his … Continue reading

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Text of pope at Nationals Park

Here is the prepared text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s homily at Nationals Park this morning: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “Peace be with you!” (Jn 20:19). With these, the first words of the Risen Lord … Continue reading

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