Monthly Archives: April 2008

The sounds of ground zero

Ground zero was a quiet place this morning when Pope Benedict XVI stopped to pray. It was Sunday in lower Manhattan, the construction machinery stood immobile and the fog seemed to wrap the city in an eerie silence. At the entrance … Continue reading

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Stadium Mass comparisons

George Weigel, whose syndicated column appears in many Catholic newspapers, had an essay April 8 in The Sun in Baltimore in which he opined how new Nationals Park in Washington “is simply not in the same league — either figuratively … Continue reading

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Three thirty-five in the morning

What a difference a day makes, especially when they both start at the same time. For the sake of comparison let’s lookat the morning of Thursday, April 17, the date of Pope Benedict’s Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, and … Continue reading

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An empty seat now, a fuller pew later

After the entrance procession at St. Gabriel Church in Washington today, Father Tom Gude, the pastor and celebrant, noted that he had stayed at the rectory rather than go to the April 17 papal Mass. “It’s just as well,” he … Continue reading

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Text of pope at Yankee Stadium

Here is the text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s homily during Mass at Yankee Stadium this afternoon: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus tells his Apostles to put their … Continue reading

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Logistical nightmares in New York City

On Friday, I waited nearly five hours to hear the pope speak at the United Nations. On Saturday, I waited six hours for a press bus – which I wouldn’t have minded so much, except I never got where I … Continue reading

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Text of pope at ground zero

Here is the text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s prayer at ground zero this morning:  O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this … Continue reading

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