The Internet is nice, but …

Yes, you can get all the texts from Pope Benedict’s historic visit to the United States from various locations on the Internet, but wouldn’t you (or your parish study group) rather have them in one easy-to-read, magazine-style format? If so, you’re in luck. Origins, the CNS documentary service which has been chronicling the history of the church for the past 37 years, has all the full texts in its latest edition.

In this expanded issue are all of the papal texts — the homilies at Nationals Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Yankee Stadium and every speech or message, such as to the bishops, to educators, to other Christians and to young people — plus the texts of President Bush, Cardinal George, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Vice President Cheney.

The single-copy price of this extra-large edition is the same as any other single issue: $5. But the real bargain is in the bulk rates: $4.00 each for 2-9 copies; $3.50 each for 10-25 copies; $3.00 each for 26-49 copies; $2.50 each for 50-99 copies; and $2.00 each plus shipping for 100-plus copies.

To order, go to and click on the order form or call (202) 541-3290. And if you’re already an Origins online subscriber, you can click here for easy access to this edition with your username and password.

Around the world in 577 days

VATICAN CITY — Samuel Clear from Tasmania was in Rome this week on the last leg of his walk around the world promoting prayer for Christian unity. You can read about it here.

An official at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity gave me a call Monday morning asking me if I wanted to come over and interview Sam and hear his fascinating story. When I got to the Vatican offices, Sam still hadn’t shown; he was still being interviewed at Vatican Radio.

As we waited over an hour, the Vatican officials started to get worried. Here Sam had successfully navigated his way from Sydney to Rome, could he have gotten lost between the radio and their office — just 100 yards away — they wondered?!

Luckily he had just made a leisurely pit stop to get something to eat and showed up later at the Holy See Press Office for his interview with CNS.

You can read details about his trip on his blog and join a growing list of Christians praying for unity at his Walk4one initiative here.

Where did Sam go and where is Sam now? Just check his map or Excel spreadsheet to find out!