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3/9/2013 10:23 PM
 
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I hope that as long as our sweet papa is still alive he will be mentioned in Holy Mass together with the then current pope.

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3/13/2013 5:14 PM
 
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Keeping Watch over the Vatican

I am glad to know that Papa is keeping a close watch on the election proceedings, according to Georg Ganswein (as quoted by Fr. Lombardi at this morning's press conference). It is comforting to know that Papa hasn't just withdrawn completely. I'm sure he is somewhat worried that the cardinals might mess up and pick somebody who will undo some of the advances he made as pope.

I keep having this bizarre feeling that Cardinal O'Malley from Boston is going to be elected. I know, I know, that's crazy and I'm not sure if that would be good or bad but he caught my attention several years ago because of his Franciscan robes and sandals and actions handling Boston's horrible sex abuse mess. I was surprised to see recently that he has become somewhat popular in Rome. My priest son insists that it is because he resembles Padre Pio a bit and Italians are crazy about Padre Pio. However, I think it goes deeper than that.

I think that Catholics are so fed up with the sex abuse scandal and mismanagement in the Vatican government that they would like to see more humility and simplicity in the Church. When they see Cardinal O'Malley walking around in his Franciscan robes and hear that he sold the Boston archbishop's residence to help pay for sex abuse penalties, they think he is what they need.

Then yesterday I read this little article from Catholic News Service. I really don't think a person's face alone would sway votes on such an important decision but it is an interesting theory.



The eyes (and ears, and beard) have it

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Patricia Zapor

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has the inside track to be elected pope, according to the preliminary analysis of how people reacted to the faces of likely candidates among the cardinals. Yep, their faces alone.

A pair of psychology associate professors from the College of William & Mary in Virginia — Peter M. Vishton and Jennifer A. Stevens — pulled together what was cautiously labeled “Brief technical report — working document — draft” of how study participants reacted to photos of 20 likely contenders for the papacy. They concluded that Cardinal O’Malley will be the next pope.

The cautiously worded preliminary report analyzed the reactions to the photos by 557 participants, who were recruited via something called Amazon Mechanical Turk and paid 20 cents for their participation. Curiously, the participants hardly reflect the demographics of the cardinal electors.

“137 self-identified as Christian; 237 self-identified as Hindu; 169 of the participants self-identified as being from North America; 337 self-identified as being from Asia.”

The unusual approach is based on the principle that although the electors will consider a wide range of skills, personal characteristics, qualifications and geopolitical angles, they also will be influenced by the facial features of the candidates.

“This study explores the prediction that the unconscious assessment of face appearance will strongly, unconsciously affect their selection.”

The report said one reason they chose to study the papal election is that the electors constitute a closed group of highly educated, experienced, senior leaders. If their prediction turns out to be accurate, the pair said:

“It would suggest that the power of a face to drive decisions is truly powerful.”



[Edited by benefan 3/13/2013 5:16 PM]
3/13/2013 10:14 PM
 
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New Pope to Old Pope

The new pope has already phoned Benedict and plans to visit him. I suspect his first words to Papa (as any new pope might say) will be, "Help. How do I do this?"

Good luck, Pope Francis!



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I would like to offer my congratulations to Pope Francis I.
I do hope the Holy Ghost knows what he did to him and I pray for Pope Francis' health and strength.
I have to admit that I didn't know anything about the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and I was surprised of the election.
My first impression is not bad.
His gestures are sparing, he looks friendly and his behavior and his words are very humble.
His name is policy: Franziskus! How wonderful.
I love that he prayed for Papa and I like it how humble he bows to the faithful and asked for their prayers.

I would give my little finger if I would know what Papa thinks about his election.
Georg Ratzinger says, that he is totally surprised.

It was a great start, Pope Francis! [SM=g27811]

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3/13/2013 10:45 PM
 
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Re:
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New Pope to Old Pope

The new pope has already phoned Benedict and plans to visit him. I suspect his first words to Papa (as any new pope might say) will be, "Help. How do I do this?"

Good luck, Pope Francis!







Hehehe, great joke! And they have arranged already a meeting at the Cantina Tirolese for a late dinner.




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3/13/2013 11:34 PM
 
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Don't kill me, benefan.

Pope Francis really is going to meet Papa tomorrow!
I just listen to a press conference of Cardinal Dolan, he mentioned it. He is very talkative, thank God.

The news tv-station n-tv just reported that Pope Francis isn't so very healthy, he has only one lung.
Interesting are his interests: soccer and .....tango!




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3/13/2013 11:51 PM
 
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I was really afraid of the new pope.
I was afraif I could not love him after my beloved Papa Benedetto.
But everything is just fine.
He is a very warm hearted man and very humble.
I like him already very much.
He prayed for por beloved Papa, that was very cute.
He is going to meet him tomorrow.
That is good news.
In am very happy.
A good successor who will not be dangerous for our sweet Papa.

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Viva Papa Franziskus.
Viva Papa emeritus Benedikt.

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[Edited by Giselle 1 3/13/2013 11:53 PM]
3/14/2013 4:32 AM
 
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U.S. Political Leaders Applaud Election of Pope Francis (335)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum calls it ‘an awesome celebration of faith in the public square.’



by ADELAIDE DARLING/CNA/EWTN 03/13/2013 Comment

– Matt H. Wade/Wikipedia
WASHINGTON — American politicians offered prayers and congratulations upon hearing the news that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires had been elected as the Successor to St. Peter, taking the name Pope Francis.
“On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy,” said President Barack Obama in a March 13 statement.
Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, as well as the first Jesuit pope. He was elected by the College of Cardinals during the fifth vote of the conclave on March 13.
“Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI,” President Obama said, “I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith.”
“We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.”
A host of Catholic politicians also welcomed the new Holy Father. Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will lead a U.S. delegation to Rome for the installment of Pope Francis on March 19.
“Jill and I want to offer our congratulations to His Holiness Pope Francis, and extend our prayers as he takes on this holy responsibility,” Biden said in a statement.
He explained that the Church “plays an essential role in my life and the lives of more than a billion people in America and around the world, not just in matters of our faith, but in pursuit of peace and human dignity for all faiths.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, voiced gratitude for the election, saying “Thanks be to God for our new pope,” in a statement.
Boehner said that American Catholics “rejoice over this news, and offer our prayers and blessings to His Holiness with confidence that he will fill the Chair of St. Peter with grace.” He added that the Pope’s Latin American roots mark “a new milestone in the history of a faith that has endured for millennia.”
The Speaker of the House also noted the new Pope’s humility and charity, reflected in the Pope’s choice of the name “Francis,” saying that the decision sets “an example for how to make God’s love visible to all, especially those in despair or pain.”
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also welcomed the new Holy Father.
“With the election of His Holiness Pope Francis, the world’s Catholics turn to a compassionate leader for the poor, a champion of the least fortunate, and a man of humility committed to love and understanding between faiths and nations,” she said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., live-tweeted updates on the election of the new Pope, posting the phrase “habemus papam,” which translates as “we have a pope,” on Twitter as white smoke appeared over the Vatican. Rubio continued as information became available, tweeting updates on who the Pope is and the name he had chosen.
Former senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who has spoken openly on his Catholic faith many times, also issued a statement offering prayers for Pope Francis and the world, saying that we “stand with open hearts to embrace our new spiritual father, the successor of St. Peter.”
“And as I watched today’s events unfold and the white smoke rise from the chimney of the Vatican,” Santorum added, “I couldn’t help but be struck by such an awesome celebration of faith in the public square.”


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DIE "RATZINGER TORTE"

Die Torte für die Brüder Ratzinger
Bäckermeister Georg Schindler und Hobbybäcker Reinhard „Del Haye“ Köhler verraten das Rezept ihrer „Ratzinger-Torte“.







So fängt der Teig an: Eigelb, Butter, Marzipan...
Die Fastenzeit ist vorbei, da kann man sich ab und zu wieder ein feines Stück Torte schmecken lassen. Georg Ratzinger (89), der Bruder des emeritierten Papstes Benedikt XVI., wird normalerweise von seiner langjährigen Haushälterin Agnes Heindl mit Leckereien umsorgt. Zu seinem Geburtstag im Januar aber übernahmen das der Bäckermeister Georg Schindler und der Hobbybäcker Reinhard „Del Haye“ Köhler. Sie kreierten die „Georg und Joseph Ratzinger Eierlikör-Schoko-Creme-Torte“, kurz „Ratzinger-Torte“ genannt. Zwei dieser feinen Backwerke haben sie dem früheren Domkapellmeister bereits überreicht. Und wer weiß, vielleicht wird auch sein Bruder Joseph Ratzinger einmal Gelegenheit haben, davon zu kosten – jetzt wo er nicht mehr Papst ist und auch wieder Privatmann sein darf.kurz „Ratzinger-Torte“ genannt. Zwei dieser feinen Backwerke haben sie dem früheren Domkapellmeister bereits überreicht. Und wer weiß, vielleicht wird auch sein Bruder Joseph Ratzinger einmal Gelegenheit haben, davon zu kosten – jetzt wo er nicht mehr Papst ist und auch wieder Privatmann sein darf.

Apropos kosten: Der frühere Jahn-Spieler Reinhard Köhler, der die Idee zur Torte hatte, bat Georg Schindler darum, sie so zu kreieren, dass jeder sie nachbacken kann. Auf dieser Aufgetischt-Seite verrät der Bäckermeister aus Regensburg nun das Rezept und wünscht gutes Gelingen:bat Georg Schindler darum, sie so zu kreieren, dass jeder sie nachbacken kann. Auf dieser Aufgetischt-Seite verrät der Bäckermeister aus Regensburg nun das Rezept und wünscht gutes Gelingen:

Für den Teig werden die Eier getrennt. Das Eiweiß schlägt man mit 80g Zucker zu Schnee. Das Marzipan rührt man mit einem Stamperl Rum glatt, damit es etwas weicher wird. Die Eigelb werden nacheinander mit den Zutaten – weiche Butter, Marzipan, 80g Zucker, Vanillezucker, flüssige (nicht zu warme) Schokolade – schaumig gerührt. Dann den Eischnee unterheben. Am Ende Mehl und Backpulver vermengen und alles zusammen gut zu einem Teig verrühren. In eine Tortenform geben und 40 bis 45 Minuten bei 170 Grad backen. Den Teig mit einem spitzen Messer in der Mitte einstechen – bleibt nichts mehr hängen, ist er fertig. Am besten, man backt den Boden einen Tag vorher, denn er sollte nach dem Backen erst mal ruhen. Danach schneidet man ihn horizontal in drei Scheiben und bestreicht diese zweimal dick mit Aprikosenmarmelade, die zuvor mit zwei bis drei Stamperl Rum vermengt wurde. Dann setzt man die Tortenscheiben zusammen und bestreicht auch den Rand mit der Aprikosenmischung.

Für die Buttercreme wird weiche Butter mit Puderzucker und etwas Rum verquirlt. Nach und nach gibt man den Eierlikör dazu und lässt etwas weiche Schokolade einfließen. Mit dieser Creme wird die ganze Torte ummantelt und verziert. Bei der Dekoration sind der Phantasie keine Grenzen gesetzt. Georg Schindler formt für seine Originaltorte kunstvoll die Initialen der Ratzinger-Brüder: GJR. (asa)
[Edited by GABRIELLA.JOSEPHINE 4/7/2013 5:24 PM]
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4/27/2013 3:36 PM
 
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PREGHIERA PER S.S. BENEDETTO XVI PAPA EMERTO

Dear friends, I want to share the delicate poetry that our friend Benedicta83 has composed for Pope Benedict Emeritus.
I find it is amazing and I think it perfectly interpret the feelings of all of us. I hope that the English translation returns the beauty of the text.

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Padre Santo e della Chiesa,
sostieni gli studi, i pensieri, e le azioni di oggi del tuo pellegrino
e nostro Papa Emerito Benedetto XVI.
Stagli sempre accanto, confortalo della sofferenza e nella solitudine.
Dagli serenità, pace e salute, perchè possa sostenere ancora a lungo il Tuo gregge con la preghiera silenziosa.
Benedici lui e tutte le persone che gli sono accanto.
Amen.

Benedicta


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PRAYER FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI EMERITUS

Holy Father of the Church,
sustain the studies, thoughts and today actions
of Your pilgrim and our Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus.
Just stay close to him and comfort him in suffering and in loneliness.
Give him serenity, peace and health, because he can sustain
for a long time again Your flock with his silent prayer.
Bless him and all the people next to him.
Amen.

Benedicta
[Edited by GABRIELLA.JOSEPHINE 4/27/2013 4:17 PM]
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4/28/2013 11:46 AM
 
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POPE FRANCESCO ADDRESS

Dear friends,
does anybody know the e-mail address of Pope Francesco?

Thank you!
[Edited by GABRIELLA.JOSEPHINE 4/29/2013 6:56 PM]
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PREGHIERA DELLA SERA PER IL PAPA EMERITO BENEDETTO XVI

Signore Nostro Gesù,
Ti ringranzio per il grande dono che hai fatto alla Tua Chiesa
nel Papa emerito Benedetto XVI.
Ti ringrazio per la dolcezza del suo sorriso
e del suo insegnamento.
Ti ringrazio perchè con lui abbiamo imparato ad amare l' Amore
e i Tuoi comandamenti.
Ti ringrazio perchè in lui ci hai dato
un' esempio di sapienza, umiltà e coraggio.
Custodiscilo e proteggilo in questa notte
e fa che si risvegli per lodarti
e pregare per il Tuo popolo.

Amen.


BENEDICTA
[Edited by GABRIELLA.JOSEPHINE 5/5/2013 6:30 PM]
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EVENING PRAYER FOR THE POPE BENEDICT XVI EMERITUS

Our Lord Jesus,
I thank you for the great gift you've done to your church
in Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Thank you for the sweetness of his smile
and of his teaching.
I thank you because with him we learned to love the Love
and your commandments.
I thank you because you have given us in him
an example of wisdom, humility and courage.
Reguard him and protect him in this night
because he awakenings to pray
and pray for your people.
Amen.

Benedicta
[Edited by GABRIELLA.JOSEPHINE 5/5/2013 6:40 PM]
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