HOLD ON: Did the UK papal visit team really “embarrass” the Church?

The UK Daily Mail has published an article today which I fear does a disservice to the UK Papal Visit Team. Here is the Daily Mail’s headline and lead: “The Pope star, headlining at a gig near you: Catholic bishops under fire for ‘cringe-making’ guide to the Papal visit Catholic bishops have likened the Pope to the headline act at a series of gigs in a ‘cringe-worthy’ ... More

And just when you thought it was all done…

Update: WDTPRS hears the rumor: “visit of Benedict XVI in China during autumn.”… That would be an incredible surprise to me, at least for this year. Next year? *Maybe.* Original post: Zenit reports that there is now a Papal Visit to Fatima possible. But before that, however, the next papal visit will be to Mariazell, Austria this September. (Hey, I’ve been there! Maybe I ca... More

Final Day in Pictures

The best three pictures from Pope Benedict’s final day in Brazil: Pope Benedict XVI celebrates an open-air mass in the vast explanade of the Aparecida basilica, in Aparecida. Pope Benedict XVI waves goodbye at the air base in Sao Paulo, Sunday, May 13, 2007, after his first trip as pontiff to Latin America. General view of the open-air mass conducted by Pope Benedict XVI in the vast expl... More

Pictures: L'Osservatore Romano gets the best shots

The photographers for L’Osservatore Romano have special access to papal events, with obvious results: Pope Benedict XVI walks on the altar during his meeting with Brazilian Bishops at Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Friday, May 11 – AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano. Pope Benedict XVI prays during his meeting with Brazilian Bishops at Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Friday, May 11 – A... More

Picture: Waiting for the Pope in Rural Brazil

Residents on a farm near Potim catch a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI as his vehicle drives past after visiting the Fazenda Esperanca drug rehabilitation center, near the Aparecida sanctuary in Sao Paulo State, May 12, 2007. The Pope is visiting Brazil through Sunday. REUTERS/Caetano Barreira (BRAZIL) ...READ MORE... More

Photos: Canonization Mass of Bl. Galvao

Photo highlights from the Pope’s Holy Mass and canonization of Bl. Antonio Galvao: AP Photo/Dado Galdieri AFP/Martin Bernetti AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL) (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL) REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL) Paulo Whitaker/Reuters REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL) REUTERS/Caetano Barreira (BRAZIL) REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BR... More

Photos: Pope Meets With Youth (Thursday)

Photos from the Pope’s meeting with youth this evening at Pacaembu soccer stadium in Sao Paulo: AP Photo/Victor Caivano REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL) REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL) REUTERS/Tony Gentile (BRAZIL) REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL) AP Photo/Victor CaivanoREUTERS/Caetano Barreira AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo REUTERS/Caetano Barreira (BRAZIL) ...READ M... More

Benedict to Focus on the Youth of Brazil

Update: Via the Whapsters, Brazilian bishops are trying to bid on hosting WYD in 2011. [More.] “This is my first pastoral visit to Latin America and I am preparing myself spiritually to visit the continent where almost half the Catholics of the whole world, many of them young people, live.” (my emphasis) This statement, along with him pointedly referring to S. America as the “con... More

3 days before: Benedict preparing to visit Brazil and the "continent of hope"

Today at his Regina Caeli address Pope Benedict asked prayers for his journey to Brazil this week. Zenit reports: Benedict XVI says that his trip to Brazil will be an effort to promote the Church’s evangelization so that Latin America will more and more be “the continent of hope.” The Pope said today at his Regina Caeli address: “This is my first pastoral visit to Latin Ame... More

MSM characterization of Benedict's visit to Brazil

Five days before the Pope’s visit to Brazil the mainstream media has decided (I think) how they are going to approach their coverage of his trip. Simply put, Benedict is visiting Brazil, they will say, to prevent evangelical Protestantism from taking over the Roman Catholic Church there. Fundamentally accurate, only partially true or hardly relevant, you can bet you’ll be hearing varia... More

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