Daily Rome Shot 625

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  1. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. Qg8+ Rxg8
    2. Nf7# gives the clever smother mate

  2. waalaw says:

    Q-g8+ R#g8 (always look for forcing moves)

  3. Fr. Reader says:

    On the day of the election of Pope Benedict I was in Rome and ran (literally) to St Peter’s square in time to be able to listen to the announcement. I knew it was a very relevant moment for the history of the Church. At that time, in my mind he was somehow the man created by the media, somehow proud and arrogant. Bit by bit I was able to see the real man behind the newspaper articles. I have read some of his books and reread some.

    While I have no doubt about him being an exceptional man, I don’t see the need to rush for a canonization. I don’t think it helps anyone, and it is not favour to him. On the opposite, I think it is a disfavour.

    We live in an age of trend topics and stars and celebrities that rise and fall in a very short time. We should avoid following this logic of creating media superstars.

    Real and persistent devotion, study of his writings (I suppose some are not published yet), and his life will give a better perspective about him, far from the bursts of emotion created by the culture of the immediacy.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    On the one hand, I’m pretty sure that Benedict himself would be the first to discourage “santo subito” for himself.

    OTOH, it’s totally legit, and traditional and historical, for Rome’s people to RUN RIGHT OVER any pope’s personal preferences in this matter. And it makes me laugh!

    Watching the archbishops of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore both praise Benedict warmly in their homilies for their memorial Masses: one for having “heart knowledge” of Jesus as well as head knowledge; and the other as being able to bring out old things and new, reason and love, study and prayer, and being a gift from God because he gave his life to unearthing God’s treasures and giving them to others. Archbishop Goh also said he was a great prophet “who stands up for the truth of the Gospel, even though he became unpopular.”

  5. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Watching the webcam from St. Peter’s Square. It is super-foggy and just barely light, but people are already lining up for the funeral Mass, to stand outside the basilica in the cold and damp.

    A very convincing demonstration of love and respect.

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