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    BIG GEORG'S HOTLINE TO PEPPERL
    I was almost 100% sure that we had carried this little item before, but it must have been one of those small things I meant to translate/transmit but never got around to.
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    Anyway, the news agencies adnkronos/dpa report from Munich that according to the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Georg Ratzinger told them a special telephone line has been installed in his bedroom in Regensburg that links him directly to his brother at the Vatican.

    "When it rings, I know it is him," he said.

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    Which has sparked a lot of fantasizing among our Italian sisters that maybe we can get Monsignor Georg to give us the number as it is urgently needed for the sake of our health!... But sorry, girls, I think a hotline is exclusive only to the two parties that it connects directly! In fact, I don't think it requires dialing, just a (secure) button to activate the line when you need to use it.
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    I think we need to make friends with Big Georg. Probably before September.

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    "When it rings, I know it is him," he said.



    I think I'm a little jealous now. [SM=g27822]


    "Many describe your brother as the 'Mozart of theology'. What do you think of this title?"

    "Joachim Cardinal Meisner of Cologne coined this phrase.



    Well, Card. Meisner definitely uses a very flowery language. [SM=g27811]
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    VATICAN: 'BASELESS DEFAMATION' AGAINST MONSIGNOR
    The Vatican Press Office released this communqiue today in connection with the published news about a Vatican monsignor charged by the police (item reported a few posts above). Here is a translation from the Italian:

    Having obtained the necessary information from the Secretariat of State, the Press Office is able to state definitely that the news in the newspapers this morning about an ecclesiastic in the service of the Vatican is completely baseless.

    Legal action will be taken against those who have contributed to the defamation of this functionary's good name.

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    Re: VATICAN: 'BASELESS DEFAMATION' AGAINST MONSIGNOR

    Scritto da: TERESA BENEDETTA 14/05/2006 13.01
    The Vatican Press Office released this communqiue today in connection with the published news about a Vatican monsignor charged by the police (item reported a few posts above). Here is a translation from the Italian:

    Having obtained the necessary information from the Secretariat of State, the Press Office is able to state definitely that the news in the newspapers this morning about an ecclesiastic in the service of the Vatican is completely baseless.

    Legal action will be taken against those who have contributed to the defamation of this functionary's good name.




    Very good idea, dear Teresa, to tell us this information!!! I was sure that the papacy's ennemies would be delighted to divulgue these horrors, and (probably) slanders.

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    PAPA'S ITALIAN ANCESTRY & OTHER REVELATIONS
    A few days ago, I posted in BOOKS BY AND ABOUT BENEDICT a translation of a review of a new bigraphy on Pap that has just been released in Italy, written by Emmanuele Roncalli. Paolo Luigi Rodari wrote a story for Il Tempo on 5/18/06 after he interviewed Roncalli about the book. Here is a translation -
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    The conclave that elected Ratzinger
    was, in effect, a plebiscite

    By Paolo Luigi Rodari


    So many tasty bits in the book “Benedetto XVI: Dalla Baviera al mondo" (Benedict XVI: From Bavaria to the world, Editoriale Bortolotti, Bergamo).

    Examples: the Italo-German origin of Papa Ratzinger, his mother and his maternal grandparents being from Rio Pusteria in the Alto Adige region (which the cardinal visited often during his summer holidays in northern Italy), his long journey from Bavaria to the Vatican, and a new reconstruction of the conclave from which Ratzinger emerged Pope.

    The author of the book (is) journalist Emmanuele Roncalli, great grand-nephew of Pope John XXIII, who has written previous books and essays on religious themes and his illustrious relative, the Good Pope John.

    Giulio Andreotti (ex-Prime Minister if Italy and now publisher of 30 Giorni) says in a preface to the book that “it is an objective description of the itinerary that brought this great Bavarian theologian to succeed John Paul II who called him in one of his autobiographical books his ‘trusted friend Ratzinger.’”

    The book treats in depth the stages in the life of the new Pope, particularly the places of his youth and adolescence in Bavaria. Accompanied by an iconographic appendix of images and previously unpublished documents, the book also includes a chapter on the conclave with a new reconstruction of the ballotings (from a confidential source) and how the cardinals voted.

    [Rodari had the following conversation with Roncalli:]

    Let’s start with the origins of Joseph Ratzinger. And why he is really an Italo-German.
    The maternal grandparents of Joseph Ratzinger were from Rio Pusteria, a village in the South Tyrol. They were artisans called Anton Peintner and Maria Taubner. On January 8, 1884, Maria Peinter was born, who would become Joseph Ratzinger’s mother.

    After Joseph’s mother was born, the Peintner house was destroyed by a flood, and so the family had to move to Bavaria, in Rimsting, on the Chiemsee (Lake Chiem). It was there where Maria met her future husband, a policeman named Joseph Ratzinger. Before getting married, Maria worked as a cook in some pension houses.

    Has Papa Ratzinger ever visited Rio Pusteria?
    The link – not merely familial and affective – between Ratzinger and the Val Pusteria has never weakened over the years. His maternal grandmother owned Hoaudl-Muellerhof, a mill that she sold in 1891 for 124 gulden. The deed of sale is still kept in Kandlburg Castle. Other distant relatives of the Pope still live in this corner of the Tyrol, among ancient villages, flowering hills and crumbling bell towers. Before he became Pope, Ratzinger came several times to visit the cemetery where the tombs of his ancestors are located.

    It appears from the book that Rio Pusteria was also visited a few times by another Pope. Is that true?
    It was visited by another future Pope. The Patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who became Pope John XXIII, celebrated Mass several times in Italian at the church of Rio Pusteria.

    Is that the first sign of a thread that unites the two Popes?
    I would say so. I first met Cardinal Jioseph Ratzinger in 1986. I was a student at the faculty of jurisprudence at the state University of Milan and I was preparing my graduation thesis in canon law- in particular, on the ex-Index of prohibited books, which had been “reformed” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, of which the Cardinal had been head for almost 5 years.

    Cardinal Ratzinger came to Sotto il Monte, the hometown of John XXIII. It was October 27, 1986, eve of the 28th anniversary of Papa Roncalli’s election. In the morning, he gave a lecture at the auditorium of the seminary of Bergamo, and in the afternoon he visited the places connected with Pope John.

    The cardinal arrived in a blue car at the Church of Santa Maria in Brusicco – it was the church where John XXIII had been baptized. I opened the door to welcome him and I greeted him by kissing his ring. But it wasn’t till later that I succeeded in breaking the ice and to exchange a few words with him, particularly about the thesis I was preparing. He advised me to write him at the Congregation, which I did immediately, and equally promptly, I received a response to my questions from Rome.

    That afternoon in Sotto il Monte, together with some priests, I was near the cardinal all the time, accompanying him to the obligatory places to visit in the town: the house where Pope John was born, the church of Santa Maria in Brusicco, as we mentioned, the parish church named after John the Baptist, and the museum of Camaitino which honors the Pope who has been beatified.”

    Therefore there is an emotional link to John XXIII?
    Certainly, as well as many coincidences: Ratzinger was elected Pope at 78, just like John XXIII. Both are music lovers, and they shared an appreciation of Lorenzo Perosi [a contemporary composer of church music]. Benedict XVI immediately proceeded to establish good relations with the Jewish community; John XXIII when he first passed the Synagogue in Rome by car, wanted to get down to go and greet his Jewish brothers.

    During the days of the Conclave which led to the election of Benedict, did all this come to mind?
    Yes, I recalled the meeting I had with him in Sotto il Monte – that first encounter, so brief but intense, an exchange of words in an atmosphere that was almost like family. Never did I imagine, that day in October 1986, that I was shaking the hand and kissing the ring of a future Pope.

    That image of a humble and gentle cardinal retracing the footsteps of John XXIII remained indelibly impressed in my memory and will always be there.

    Let us talk about the conclave. In your book you report a version that is new in many ways.
    From the information that I gathered, the two names that got the most votes the first time were Ratzinger and Martini. Later, as Martini failed to get enough votes, Cardinal Bergoglio’s name was put forward, having been strongly supported in the preceding days by Cardinal Glemp of Poland. However, even Bergoglio could not get enough votes, and so (by the fourth ballot), most of the cardinals voted for Ratzinger (92 according to my sources).

    A plebiscite?
    I believe so. I had the good fortune, along with my colleague Maurizio Ferrari from L’Eco di Bergamo, of going to Casa Santa Marta – where the cardinals were housed – the day after Ratzinger’s election. I saw so many cardinals with their luggage who were leaving to go home. Everyone, and I mean everyone, appeared to be very satisfied with the Conclave. I did not see anyone who seemed averse. It seemed to me the evident sign of a unanimous consensus about the new Pope.”

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    From Interfax after the pope's meeting with Metropolitan Krill of Russia.


    "I have been considerably impressed during my meetings with Professor Ratzinger, Cardinal Ratzinger, and then Pope Benedict XVI by what I can formulate as discipline of thought and discipline of the word," Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, told a news conference at the Russian Embassy in Rome.

    "The pope is a completely independent and very powerful theologian," Kirill said.
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    'IN THE EMBRACE OF PETER'
    This item from Ratzigirl tonight:

    A departure gift tomorrow for all journalists covering the Papal trip to Poland is a new book by Don Jarek Cielecki, who works for the Vatican News Service and has put out a book showing Benedict XVI and John Paul II interacting with children.

    "An embrace is protective and is a sign of affection," the author writes, "it encloses a person pysically and gives peace to the heart..."

    "Let the little children come unto me," this exhortation by Jesus animates the book, which has a preface by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the Pope's Vicar-General in Vatican City.

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    I knew sooner or later someone would act on the idea of a book showing the Pope(s) with children- the pictures are always magical and overwhelming. But even if this book has come out,
    Papa will continue to be meeting and hugging and kissing babies and children every chance he gets so there will always be new material for that special section of the Benaddict manual that I had suggested be devoted to just pictures of Papa with kids.

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    From another board, some comments
    "Am I the only one proud to say, "I'm a Papist?". I think not
    ;-) "
    " I am a Papist since I was at WYD, what a unique experience..."

    "I'm not a Papist but I must say that I think that I like him. "


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    POPE'S CHIEF BODYGUARD RETIRES AFTER 58 YEARS SERVICE

    VATICAN CITY, June 3, 2006 (AP)- One of the most faithful papal servants, Camillo Cibin, is retiring as head of the pope's bodyguards after a 58-year globe-trotting career in the Vatican's security services, the Vatican said Saturday.

    Like the late Pope John Paul II, Cibin was a world traveler and often was seen running alongside popemobiles to protect the pontiff during his 104 foreign trips.

    Vatican Radio hailed the 80-year-old Cibin for a "career of extraordinary responsibilities," including directing security during the 1962-65 Vatican Council II, which drew cardinals from around the world and set in motion modernizing reforms of the Church.

    Last year, a white-haired Cibin kept pace alongside John Paul's vehicle as it carried the pope on his last journey home to the Vatican from Gemelli Polyclinic, a few miles away. A few weeks later, John Paul died in his papal apartment.

    Cibin also was nearby in 1981 when a Turkish gunman shot John Paul in a failed assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square.

    "There was certainly a day, an hour and a minute in his very long service that Camillo Cibin never wanted to have lived through," Vatican Radio said. "That May 13, 1981, 5:17 p.m., John Paul II fell, wounded and bleeding, in his popemobile."

    Cibin accompanied the once-athletic John Paul on hikes in the mountains during the pontiff's summer vacations in the Italian Alps.

    Cibin will be replaced by his right-hand man, Domenico Giani, 44, a former member of Italy's financial and customs police who also served in security roles in the Italian premier's office.
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    WORLD'S MOST OVER-WORKED POLICE FORCE
    They have been doing their job so efficiently for decades that their work is taken for granted.

    Since mass assemblies at St. Peter's Square settled into the pattern of the John-Paul II Papacy - when tens of thousand of pilgrims came to St. Peter's Square every Wednesday and Sunday, and many more during big Church holidays (peaking in Jubilee Year 2000 and of course, the wake and funeral of JP-II) - the Roman police and their counterparts from Italian state police have kept admirable order around the Vatican for these great gatherings of people.

    The past year, with Pope Benedict, they have had to expect 30,000-60,000 people coming to St. Peter's Square on Wednesdays and Sundays. Yesterday, they were told to expect 300-350,000 people. The final crowd estimated topped 400,000.

    No other place in the world invites such open-air assemblies, so often and so regularly. Probably the only simile I can find is: think of what New York City police have to do if an American President came to town twice a week and all the other big public holidays, too! They would have their hands full round the clock 365 days a year for that alone.

    Anyway, the following item gives an idea of how Rome police coped yesterday for the Pope's Pentecost Vigil encounter with representatives of church movements and new communities:


    Traffic was held up for hours
    but Rome manages once again


    Traffic and inconvenience despite a huge deployment of police forces and traffic cops. Buses double-parked all along the banks of the Tiber, long lines on via Gregorio VIII.

    But in the end, there was no true emergency, and Police Prefect Achille Sera was happy with what he called "extraordinary results."

    He said "there were no problems for an event that was directed, once again, with great precision.Thanks to the great teamwork among our forces, those of the Vatican, as well as volunteers and some military elements."

    Thanks to the work of almost a thousand policemen, 400 traffic cops, and 1000 volunteers (half recruited by the Vatican, the rest by the city of Rome and the province of Lazio).

    Mayor Walter Veltroni expressed his thanks in behalf of the city of Rome to all who cooperated so that "the encounter of more than 350,000 persons with the Pope could take place in an atmosphere of composure and order."


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    As I was watching the encore yesterday evening I heard that at the beginning of the meetings they were expecting 100,000 people, mid week they were expecting 250,000, Friday night they were expecting 300,000 and by mid morning on Saturday they were expecting 350,000 people to attend the vigil. All those people... WOW!!!

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    All those people... WOW!!!



    Yes, that's great isn't it!!!! Although some media try so hard to tell people how wrong the Church is. But they don't care.

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    Airline Agrees Deal for Low-Cost Package Tours to the Vatican

    June 07, 2006

    Italy's national airline - Alitalia - has just reached an agreement with the Roman Pilgrimage organisation (Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi) to participate in low cost Package Tours, called “Three days with the pope.” The basic idea is that pilgrims from any corner of Italy can fly to Rome with Alitalia, stay at religious houses, visit the tomb of John Paul II, attend a public audience with Pope Benedict and visit the four main basilicas and use the “Roma Cristiana” (Christian Rome) bus service - all for the meager sum of Euro 195 or £134.26.

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    WORLD CUP FEVER EVEN AT THE VATICAN!
    Ratzi-Lella in the main forum shares with us this tidbit from Corriere della Sera today, here in translation -

    Even in the Papal apartments a small TV set remains on for the World Cup [of soccer, for those who may not follow sports at all]. The Pope's private secretary, Georg Gaenswein, great sportsman himself, watched the opening game between Germany and Costa Rica [Germany won, 4-2]. The Pope himself, busy with some audiences*, was not able to watch the inaugural ceremony nor the game, but watched the TV news for the reports.


    *If the Pope was at work, GG would have been with him, too, not up on the third floor watching TV!

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    CHANGING OF THE GUARD
    And Emma in the main forum contributes this item from the Italian weekly magazine Panorama, here in translation -

    John Paul II's disciples are leaving the Roman Curia to reinforce a national episcopate in crisis.

    On his return from his trip to Poland, Benedict XVI is preparing to change the face of the Polish Church with nominations and promotions that will also significantly affect the Roman Curia.

    The first to leave, possibly in autumn, will be the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Mons, Stanislaw Rylko, to take over from Cardinal Jozef Glemp, Archbishop of Warsaw and Primate of Poland, who will be retiring because of age.

    The secretary of the Congregation for the Cause of Sainthood, Edward Nowak, may also be sent home to strengthen the ranks of Polish bishops in the wake of the scandal that erupted around priests accused of spying for the Communists. He will reportedly be replaced in the Curia by Archbishop Piero Marini, currently Papal master of liturgical ceremonies. [Hey, Rocco, did you know this?]

    This would leave only two Poles in prominent Curia positions: Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Henryk Hoser, assistant secretary of the Congregagtion for the Evangelization of Peoples.

    However, the name of the Archbishop of Lublin, Jozef Myroslav Zycinski, has been mentioned as the probable successor to Cardinal Paul Poupard, who now heads the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Inter-Religious Dialog. This was said to be a nomination desired by John Paul II and which Poles hope Benedict XVI will realize.

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    [If anything deserves to go in Pope-Pourri, this is it.]


    Pocket guide to popes

    By CP
    OTTAWA -- The publishing arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a concise guide covering all the popes from St. Peter to present pontiff Benedict.

    The Pocket Dictionary of Popes contains outlines of each pope's life and the main events and accomplishments of his reign.

    The 184-page dictionary is "a handy reference and an easy way to learn about history, making it valuable to students and specialists alike," reports the bishops' website, cccb.ca.

    For more information or to order a copy, go to cccbpublications.ca.
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    CATKILLER ON THE LOOSE?
    Here is a translation of a little item from a German news agency that is of interest to us:


    Pentling (ddp) – Pope Benedict XVI must be worried about his favorite cat Chico.

    An unknown cat-hunter has been shooting at cats in Pentling, where the Pope’s private house is located. A lady reported to the police Saturday that the cat-hunter had shot at her cat Max with an air-rifle, and poor Max now lies in coma. The lady claims she has heard the airgun go off several times in the neighborhood.

    Rupert Hofbauer, the Pope’s next-door neighbor, caretaker of his house and Chico’s master, confirms that Benedict is a great cat lover, and that even now, he always asks about Chico.

    Whenever the then-Cardinal Ratzinger was in Pentlng, Hofbauer recounts, Chico was often in his house.

    “Chico would not leave him, so that at times, we had to make an extra effort to bring him home,” he remembers.

    Meanwhile, the police see no acute immediate danger for Chico. They say that the gravely-injured Max was shot 1-1/2 kilometers away from the Pope’s house.

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    WHEN WILL THEY CREDIT HIM DIRECTLY??????
    Discpula from the main forum cites an item from the Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica which is typical of that part of the Italian media - a significant part - that continues to give the Pope NO credit for what he does on his own, attributing the great crowds he draws to the "Wojtyla effect". Here is a translation -
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    Benedict XVI officiated tonight at the Eucharistic Blessing from the steps of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, where a great gilded altar had been prepared.

    The faithful, more than 60000, lit up the Piazza with their torches.

    John Paul II used to impart the blessing from the loggia of the Basilica. But the Corpus Domini processions in recent years had much less participation than tonight.

    The increased participation in the rites presided by Benedict XVI, in his audiences and in his other public appearances, have been constant in the past several months and are read in the Vatican
    By the Vatican??? Or is it really by you, the editors at Repubblica???] as the great gift of Papa Wojtyla, so loved by everyone, to his successor. To meet Papa Ratzinger, they say [ who says?] ,is a response to the still topical call of John Paul II to 'cross the threshold of hope."
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    Discipula rightly notes - Without meaning any disrespect to John Paul II, why didn't all the faithful who loved him come in such great numbers on comparable occasions when he was alive?

    This is just gross and perverse distortion of fact by the media who have chosen to minimize Benedict XVI with respect to John Paul II. Surely, John Paul II himself cannot countenance such unwarranted meanness!


    P.S. Beatrice has alerted us to a beautiful story in the French service of ZENIT on yesterday's Corpus Domini celebration. I will translate it as soon as I can, unless it shows up in their English service, which I somehow doubt!

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    Re: WHEN WILL THEY CREDIT HIM DIRECTLY??????

    Scritto da: TERESA BENEDETTA 16/06/2006 14.34
    The faithful, more than 60000, lit up the Piazza with their torches.

    John Paul II used to impart the blessing from the loggia of the Basilica. But the Corpus Domini processions in recent years had much less participation than tonight.

    The increased participation in the rites presided by Benedict XVI, in his audiences and in his other public appearances, have been constant in the past several months and are read in the Vatican By the Vatican??? Or is it really by you, the editors at Repubblica???] as the great gift of Papa Wojtyla, so loved by everyone, to his successor. To meet Papa Ratzinger, they say [ who says?] ,is a response to the still topical call of John Paul II to 'cross the threshold of hope."
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    Discipula rightly notes - Without meaning any disrespect to John Paul II, why didn't all the faithful who loved him come in such great numbers on comparable occasions when he was alive?

    This is just gross and perverse distortion of fact by the media who have chosen to minimize Benedict XVI with respect to John Paul II. Surely, John Paul II himself cannot countenance such unwarranted meanness!





    It's downright disrespectful of the press to continue to contribute the increased numbers of participation of Pope Benedict's public events/audiences to Jean-Paul II.

    In fact, I've watched the Corpus Domini last year also presided by Benedict, so I can compare that with the one yesterday and I would say that there was a GREAT increase of participants yesterday. So, to me, more and more faithfuls are learning to appreciate Pope Benedict and his words/actions better, and would participate to give him their support. How can the press ignore this?

    p/s. I think that credit to the increased participation yesterday must partly be given to Cardinal Ruini for his encouragement and announcement to the all the dioceses of Rome. I hope that God will give him more years to serve faithfully under Benedict's pontificate.

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