Daily Rome Shot 626 and a final view of Benedict

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  1. Maximillian says:

    I think one of the things that Pope Benedict XVI should be remembered for is the help that he gave to Medjugorje.

    Back in the Eighties the then Bishop of Mostar. Pavao Zanic, was poised to deliver a negative verdict on the apparitions. Benedict, as Cardinal Ratzinger, took the responsibility out of his hands as this bishop’s investigation into the phenomenon was flawed and prejudiced.

    Medjugorje has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most visited apparition sites in the world. Indeed, following a Vatican Commission investigation, has attained, de facto, approval by the Church. In many ways thanks to Pope Benedict’s timely intervention.

  2. Synonymous_Howard says:

    1. Qxd7 Qxd7 (forced, else Qxc8#)
    2. Rb8+ Qd8
    3. Rxd8#

  3. Cliff says:

    1. Qd6 . . .
    2. Bc6 Nf6
    3. Bd7 Nxd7
    4. Qxd7 Qxd7 Queen has moved off the 8th rank, exposing King trapped behind a phalanx of pawns.
    5. Rb8+ Qc, d, or e8 White rook moves into the 8th rank checking King. Queen must move back to 8th rank, and can only do so in three places.
    6. Rxc, d, or e8++ White rook takes the Black Queen in any position, completing the checkmate.

  4. Dan says:

    I read at NCRegister this line “At the end of the simple and solemn requiem Mass, the first for a deceased pope not to have the Roman Canon since the sixth century”

    Which makes me profoundly sad if true, given Pope Benedict devotion to the liturgy.

  5. PostCatholic says:

    I’ve been travelling and I’m sorry for taking so long to express my condolences. I hope history will be kinder to Benedict XVI than the press has been. I think he was misunderstood as a hardliner or liturgical reactionary to Vatican II when he was really exploring how to integrate heritage into current praxis. It is thanks to you and your readers I grasped his nuance.

    I had the opportunity to shake hands with him once, when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger. I remember a man who radiated kindnesss and who had a frequent and distinct chuckle. Hardly a rottweiler. I know you knew him much better and that he was a personal hero and mentor. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. RJR says:

    1. Q-d7

    if 1. … Q-d7
    2. R-b8 + forcing mate

    if 1. ,,, Q-f8
    2. B-c6 and white is up a Knight and pawn w a winning endgame.

  7. TonyO says:

    In the pictures of St. Peters: on one side of the square it appears that almost everyone is wearing an alb with a red stole. And (shockingly) it almost appears that most of the stoles are actually the same color of red – though its hard to tell. Are they ALL concelebrating priests? Is that the idea? Is that how the Vatican has taken to doing mass concelebrations? (mass masses)

    As for rottweilers: the only one I have ever known was an absolutely sweet dog: his owner walked him around the whole townhouse neighborhood at least twice a day, and I think the dog viewed everyone who lived there as “his pack”, and he was extremely gentle with little kids pulling at his ears and such. I don’t know if anyone from outside ever made any threatening moves around him (who would?), but with us he was a lamb.

  8. papaefidelis says:

    Does anyone have any information on what sort of vestment (?) it was that Pope Francis was wearing during the funeral Mass? I don’t think that I’ve ever seen anything quite like it and haven’t seen any commentary on it yet.

  9. APX says:

    he was extremely gentle with little kids pulling at his ears and such

    Kids used to ride one of our Rottweilers while parents freaked out in horror. There was some confusion about where a house party was and some random high schooler walked into our house looking for the party (we live in a safe area where no one locks their doors when they’re home). Our big scary Rottweiler guard dog ran up to him and started licking him and wanting pets and head rubs. That being said, she had a strong sense protection in her.

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