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Saturday, April 30, 2005

a life in the first week of the pope

As the newly-elected pontiff gets settled into his role, one can already see the patterns that will shape his entire "reign"... and wonder how drastically different those will be for the NEXT Pope...

Pope Says He Hopes for Openness With Media Apr 23, 7:35 AM (ET)By VICTOR L. SIMPSON
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI thanked journalists (last) Saturday for their coverage during the "historically important" events during the papal transition, urged them to remember their ethical responsibilities and said he hoped to continue his predecessor's tradition of openness with the media.
The meeting with hundreds of journalists in a Vatican auditorium was Benedict's first public audience since his Tuesday election as head of the Catholic Church.
The session lasted about 15 minutes, and Benedict did not take questions or meet individual reporters, in contrast to his predecessor Pope John Paul II, who fielded questions for 40 minutes after reading a prepared speech.
"I hope to follow this dialogue with you, and I share, as Pope John Paul II observed concerning the faith, the development of social communications," the pontiff told more than 1,000 members of the media and pilgrims who assembled for his first appearance in the vast Vatican hall used for weekly general audiences.
Recalling that John Paul had been "a great artisan" of an "open and sincere" dialogue with the media that was started by the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, Benedict said the media in the modern age has the capacity to reach "the whole of humanity."
"Thanks to all of you, these historically important ecclesial events have had worldwide coverage. I know how hard you have worked, far away from your homes and families for long hours and in sometimes difficult conditions. I am aware of this dedication with which you have accomplished this demanding task," he said.
At the same time, he said, he could not ignore the need for "clear references of the ethical responsibilities" of the media, emphasizing the need for a "sincere search for the truth and the safeguarding of the centrality and the dignity of the person."
He read portions of his speech in Italian, English, French and his native German, joking that "since we are in Rome" he had to return to Italian.
Vatican officials had said in recent days that Benedict likely would not take questions and that the meeting was more an audience to greet journalists than a press conference.
"You could say that thanks to your work for so many weeks, the attention of the whole world has been fixed on the basilica, on St. Peter's Square, and on the Apostolic Palace, inside of which my predecessor, the unforgettable John Paul II, serenely ended his earthly existence," the pope said.
Before his remarks, the pope chuckled during a nearly one-minute ovation.
The 78-year-old Benedict is quickly setting the personal tone of his reign - and it's not the distant and strident papacy that many feared because of his long role as the church's watchdog of theology.
An open-air Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday is expected to draw half a million faithful and hundreds of dignitaries to Rome. The decision for an outdoor Mass - rather than one in St. Peter's Basilica - shows Benedict favors the populist touch of recent popes who have made the same choice.
There were other signs the world is warming swiftly to the German-born pope: a Polish archbishop said Benedict would be invited to his predecessor's homeland in August, and the pope's Vatican e-mail address received more than 56,000 messages in the first two days.
Italian officials are putting tight security in place for the Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, where dignitaries are expected to include German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder; Prince Albert II of Monaco and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the U.S. president's brother. (Luminous commentary: I did think that the passings almost "in unison" of the Pope, the Prince (Rainier) and the princess (Terri Schindler) were linked in some undecipherable way... they seem to think so too. Now to figure out what's the Chancellor's role in all this... lol... besides patriotic pride that they have a home-bred pope in Rome... for now.)
Also due to attend are the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; Chrisostomos, a top envoy for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Christian Orthodox, and a senior representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Kirill.
Known as the Ceremony of Investiture, it will celebrated by the senior cardinal deacon, Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, the Chilean who proclaimed Benedict's name to the world as the 265th pontiff. During the Mass, Benedict will receive his papal Fisherman's Ring as well as the pallium - a narrow stole of white wool embroidered with five red silk crosses - which symbolizes his pastoral authority.
Air space within an five-mile radius will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and Rome's second airport, Ciampino, will be shut down.
Italian civil protection officials estimate that about 100,000 people from Benedict's native Germany will flock to Rome. Italy will provide German-speaking volunteers from Italy's bilingual Alpine regions to help them.
On Monday, Benedict is scheduled to hold talks with Chrisostomos. Healing the nearly 1,000-year-old rift between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox branches of Christianity was a major goal of the late pope.
Later Monday, Benedict plans to visit the Rome basilica built over the tomb of St. Paul, who helped bring Christianity to regions that now are split by the Catholic-Orthodox divide.
One decision by the pope will be closely watched: whom he picks as his successor to lead the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Already Benedict XVI has become ... an 'open door' pope, cordial and spontaneous," said Donatella Pacelli, a Rome sociologist who studies Catholic issues.
London-based religious commentator Peter Stanford recalled the pope's intellectual grounding as a forward-looking theologian in the 1960s who - like John Paul - turned increasingly conservative against secular trends.
"It would be a mistake to see (Benedict) as simply an efficient, ultra-loyal bureaucrat carrying out another man's orders," he wrote.

mea culpa

Unforgivable on my part for having forgotten to give their dues to a whole lot of "holidays" again this past week...
April 25th for instance was Anzac Day (not Prozac Day - ANZAC! "On Anzac Day, we remember the brave New Zealanders who died in battle and we honor returned service men and women" - that is certainly praise-worthy). The 27th was "Administrative Professionals Day" - not quite as praise-worthy... but I am sure all the Dilberts of the world were happy that day... Alas, for creative types like me, the 27th was ALSO "Tell A Story Day" - why did they couple the uncreative, drone-like administrative suits with the story-tellers is simply BEYOND ME...
Then, the 28th was "Kiss Your Mate Day" - hopefully not a cellmate. Those who don't have a mate can always kiss their beloved pet instead - as TODAY is the start of PET WEEK incidentally...! And I would be remiss if I forgot -again- to mention that yesterday, the 29th, was in fact "Arbor Day" - an off-shoot of Earth Day, surely... Absolutely, leafy glades sheltered by trees deserve to be celebrated, but maybe it's just me, I would REALLY have been celebrating had it been HARBOR DAY... ;)

Quote of the day

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
- William James

Friday, April 29, 2005

rioting without a cause...

And some ignorant souls say that Christians are no longer persecuted... They are - they absolutely are and pretty much anywhere in the world too. Different degrees of persecution of course - it escalates to rioting and murder only in certain countries, of course, where Christianity is in a minority... but really, it can be found anywhere. Public lynching is against the law here - in North America - that would be the sole reason why we don't see it here I suppose...
More frightening facts - and how gullible "infidel minds" are - or prone to jump on a bandwagon of prejudice and religious bigotry at the merest unfounded (not to mention ridiculous) accusation... are to be found in the comments section.

living with a hernia is nothing compared to this...

3 siblings lived with dead parent for nearly a decade, police in Japan say 08/03/2005 2:34:00 PM
TOKYO (AP) - Police on Tuesday questioned three siblings after it was discovered they had been living with the decomposed corpse of their father for nearly a decade, an official said.
Police found the body of Kyujiro Kanaoka lying on a futon bed at the family's home in Itami city in Hyogo prefecture in western Japan, said a prefectural police spokesman, who declined to be identified.
Kanaoka's three elderly children, all in their 70s or older, told police they thought their father was still alive but that one of them recently had consulted a relative about the possibility that he might be dead, the spokesman said.
Police were investigating the cause of Kanaoka's death. Judging from the condition of his decomposed body, Kanaoka may have died as long as 10 years ago, the spokesman said.
Had he been alive, the man would be 107 years old. Hyogo prefecture had registered Kanaoka as its oldest living resident, public broadcaster NHK said.

If this does not freak you out, nothing will I suppose...

freaky friday quote of the day

One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world bý making the most of one's best.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Thursday, April 28, 2005

and three quatrains with that... to go!

I 86
La grande Royne qaund se verra vaincue
Fera excez de masculin courage :
Sur cheual fleuue passera toute nué,
Suitte par fer, à soy fera outrage.

When the great queen sees herself conquered,
she will show an excess of masculine courage.
Naked, on horseback, she will pass over the river
pursued by the sword: she will have outraged her faith


I 87
Ennosigée feu du centre de terre,
Fera trembler autour de Cité neufue :
Deux grands rochers long temps ferôt la guerre,
Puis Arethusa rougira nouueau Fleuue.

Earthshaking fire from the center of the earth
will cause tremors around the New City.
Two great rocks will war for a long time,
then Arethusa will redden a new river.

Of course, there are plenty more reasons to destroy "Nuuu-Ork"...

I 88
Le diuin mal surprendra le grand Prince,
Vn peu deuant aura femme espousee:
Son puy & credit à vn coup viendra mince,
Conseil mourra pour la teste rasee.

The divine wrath overtakes the great Prince,
a short while before he will marry.
Both supporters and credit will suddenly diminish.
Counsel, he will die because of the shaven heads


three for thursdays...?

Appearances are not sometimes deceiving - they are ALWAYS deceiving.
Take two women with fairly similar names for instance - Marla... and Karla.
They even look alike - have the same allure and blondeness of their hair...
Yet, they could not be more different - truly day - and tenebrous night.
MARLA RUZICKA was an angel - a lady like there are so few left on this mudball called Earth. She helped others - and she is deceased now, due to human folly.
KARLA... is of course Karla Homolka, monster made woman (though not as monstruous upon first glance as the real-life inspiration for the role defended by Charlize Theron on the big screen recently - still, appearances deceive, remember?). Karla, despite her proven monstruosity, is still alive and well - and, I fear, will soon be a neighbour of mine too... (She will be set free from jail and, at this time, though she has not disclosed where she would relocate to, it appears to be in my area that she has set her sights on... Again, let's hope now that THESE appearances are deceiving... My neighbours suck enough as it is - no need to add a murderess and a pervert to their numbers... I can see the headlines though; "Karla is coming! Hide your teenaged girls!". Ha. Not funny - I know. Stomach-turning as it is - and Lord Knows my tummy needs not the turning right at this time...).

Add to the mix - just for rhyming's sake - SALMA...
Unlike MARLA, Salma is no angel... but she is trying to be and, at least, she is not a diabolical she-devil like Karla either... More on Salma's timid efforts to shed her bimbo image and become sort-of-an-angel too - in the comments section!

For now though - remember only this:
Remember Marla Ruzicka, human rights activist. She was only in her (late) twenties.

Quote of the Day

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live a life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

realistic quote of the day... or next few days... weeks... months

I recently stumbled upon this intriguing (as lengthy - bear with it) quote by Gerald May, author of The Dark Night of the Soul:

"In our society, we have come to believe that discomfort always means something is wrong. We are conditioned to believe that feelings of distress, pain, deprivation, yearning, and longing mean something is wrong with the way we are living our lives.

"Conversely, we are convinced that a rightly lived life must give us serenity, completion, and fulfillment. Comfort means "right" and distress means "wrong." The influence of such convictions is stifling to the human spirit. Individually and collectively, we must somehow recover the truth. The truth is, we were never meant to be completely satisfied."


You Are The Light of the World

14. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
15. nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

14. You are the light of the world. A town put on a hill may be seen by all.
15. And a burning light is not put under a vessel, but on its table; so that its rays may be shining on all who are in the house.
16. Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Three versions of the same three verses; one from the New American Standard Bible (Americans have standards...?!?); the second from the good old King James Version; and the third emanating from the B.E.B. - Basic English Bible... too bad that, to truly fully grasp all the intricacies of the Gospels, one has to go back to the basics all right - however, those basics are to be found in Cyrillic and in Greek! watch over and over again...


Positive Quote of the Day:

Man does not live by a turkey in every oven or a color TV set in every home. Man lives by faith and hope and love, by the star on the horizon, by the trumpet that will not call retreat.

--E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

two for tuesdays; full of themselves and surely about to snap

Mariah's nail mayhem
(BANG) - Mariah Carey left organisers of an awards ceremony fuming yesterday (23.03.05) after turning up 90 minutes late because she broke a fingernail.
According to reports, the sexy singer threw a tantrum after snapping the nail and ordered her entourage to fix the problem before she would attend the Capital Radio Awards, in London.
Despite being accompanied by a team of stylists, make-up artists and hairdressers on her trip, Carey was unable to find a manicurist.
Eventually staff managed to locate a nail specialist to come to Mariah's lavish Bagloni hotel suite to repair the damage.
When she arrived at the awards bash, Mariah managed to cause more outrage by the 11 bodyguards who shadowed her and who guarded her as she ate.
A source told Britain's Daily Mail: "Mariah swept in looking every inch the star, but it was a little over the top. She had kept everyone waiting over an hour for her grand entrance and her excuse that it was all down to a broken fingernail simply didn't help."
Earlier this week, Mariah confirmed her diva status by getting staff at the same hotel to roll out a red carpet - accompanied by lit candles - for her arrival at 2am.


Mariah is desperately trying to be a female Michael Jackson I think... only worse, because both eccentric AND female... *LOL*


Puffy wants black 'Ocean's Eleven'
(BANG) - Puff Daddy is planning to make an 'Ocean's Eleven'-style movie - but with an all-black cast.
The hip-hop star says he couldn't relate to the recent remake, which starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, because of its lack of African-Americans in it and wants Oscar-winning actors such as Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx to appear in the remake.
He told America's New York Daily News newspaper: "I was watching 'Ocean's Eleven' and I just couldn't relate to it. You have all these black icons, Chris Rock or Chris Tucker in comedy, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx in acting, me and Jay-Z in music, what about us?
"It's about time to put the greatest black icons in a film together. We're not running around in 'do-rags and low riders anymore.
"I'm trying to hit the big screen, baby. I'm trying for my head to be six-feet tall."
Puffy recently revealed he wanted to become the first black James, saying he would be the perfect replacement for Pierce Brosnan.
He said at the time: "The world is ready for a black James Bond."


Hmm... any idea on which CAUCASIAN actor would then inherit the nifty role defended by both notable BLACK THESPIANS Sammy Davis Jr. and Don Cheadle... hmm? ;)

And I'd rather see Cuba Gooding Jr or Denzel or Don here as Bond - not you Puffy.

Monday, April 25, 2005

of rasslin...

There is no doubt on my mind anymore...
WWE Monday Night Raw right now is NOT as good as WCW Monday Nitro was, at its very best... Raw is as BAD though as Nitro was at its very worst... And that is unexplainable, isn't it? They don't have odd and questionable talent such as QueeWee the wrestling hairdresser or the Mamalukes as tag-team champions... They have a virtual cornucopia of "name-talent" and hall of famers - all overpaid no matter how allegedly great they are...
Expect WWE stock to take a plunge - and Vince McMahon to soon find himself in the BOTTOM 20 multi-millionaires on the next Forbes magazine top 500 list...

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of purring...

Today's Big Cat Fact:
Tigers, lions, leopards, panthers, jaguars, and cougars cannot purr when inhaling because of their cartilagenous hyoid bone (attached to the vocal cord). This is the feature that allows these cats to roar.

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Quote of the Day

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
- Aristotle

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Statistics Sundays

... start today! :)

American audiences, they estimate, have an attention-span of six months...

1 out of 3 Canadians will "know poverty", said a poll some years ago - immediately interpreted back then by comic Daniel Lemire as meaning that that one Canadian will know the other two... get it? (NO - not in the Biblical sense!)

Texas is the fattest state.
Hmm... is California the thinnest...? Or just the vainest...?

Odds are 2 to 1 that Americans will find headache medication that suits their needs and that they feel comfortable with... 10 to 1 that they will find likewise in any politician / elected official...

Women jump to conclusions too fast.

Good guys still exist.
Although bad guys outnumber them... and bad girls ditch them.


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