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Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

July 13, 2014

Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

The big Sunday news: Today’s World Cup Final is a match between Argentina, home of His holiness Pope Francis, and Germany, home of retired Pope Benedict XVI. Good Lord!

More:

“World Cup final? No, it’s battle of the Popes,” Sophie Gadd and Martin Belam, Daily Mirror

“World Cup 2014: Battle of the Popes,” Terry Elkady, Global News

“World Cup: Germany, Argentina each have pope in corner,” Eric J. Lyman, USA Today

“World Cup final: It’s Pope versus Pope,” Daniel Burke, CNN Belief

“Who has God on their side? Popes to battle it out in World Cup final,” Carey Lodge, Christian Today

Note: The referee? Italian, naturalmente.

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The Popemobile

June 14, 2014

The Popemobile
Pope Francis told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia that he’s not happy greeting throngs of believers through the bulletproof glass of an armored car:

“I remember in Brazil, they had provided for me an enclosed Popemobile, but I cannot greet the people and tell them I love them inside a sardine can, even if it is made of glass. For me it is a wall.”

“It’s true that anything could happen, but, let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose.”

More:

“Why do I need a bullet-proof car at my age, asks the Pope,” Nick Squires, Irish Independent

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Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?

April 15, 2014

Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?T

The Haggadah (הַגָּדָה‎) is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover ritual meal, the Seder.

“There’s a reason the haggadah feels goyish: Formally speaking, it’s Greek. It’s a Judaicized version of a Greek genre called ‘symposium literature’. Plato loved the form. So did Xenophon. The symposium enshrined the most appealing traits of the Hellenic personality: conviviality, Epicureanism, a love of good conversation.”

–”Platonic Form,” Judith Shulevitz, Tablet Magazine

The ancient Greek symposium (συμπόσιον) was a drinking party; drinking four glasses of wine is a Passover obligation. Diners are supposed to recline while they do so, just like the Greeks.

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The Macaroons of Moses

April 14, 2014

The Macaroons of Moses

Tonight many Jewish families hold the Seder, the ritual meal celebrating the holiday of Passover. Many Americans are unfamiliar with the customs of this dinner, such as recounting the Exodus story as told in the ancient Maxwell House Haggadah and the obligation to drink four glasses of wine (oh, the sacrifices …).

One seasonal custom puzzling to Gentiles is the appearance of canned Kosher cookies in American supermarkets. Many Jews are puzzled as well, since the cookies are macaroons made with coconut, chocolate, and other ingredients not prominent in the Old Testament.

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Rick Santorum, GOP Martyr

March 9, 2014

Rick Santorum, GOP Martyr

Evangelical Christian billionaire Foster Friess introduced Rick Santorum to the CPAC congregation as the most persecuted Tea Party Saint in the room. Mr. Santorum, former Republican senator, failed presidential candidate, and erstwhile Pope of Pennsylvania, didn’t follow that with a Sermon on the Mount. He sounded more like Jeremiah, excoriating the assembled for espousing heathen beliefs like “tolerance,” “inclusion,” “birth control,” and “helping the middle class” in futile attempts to get elected.

Mr. Santorum urged the conservative congregation to chase the moneylenders from the GOP Temple with scourge and torch. Presumably Foster Priess bought a Pennsylvania Papal Indulgence with the millions he spent on Rick Santorum’s failed 2012 presidential campaign. Rick Santorum has not ruled out another Crusade for Christian Theocracy in 2016.

More:

“The Pope of Pennsylvania,” Marie Burns, NY Times Examiner

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Pope’s Motorcycle Sells for $327,000

February 9, 2014

Pope's Motorcycle Sells for $327,000

Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide motorcycle owned by Pope Francis sold for $327,000 at an auction in Paris. That’s 20 times it’s estimated value. A leather jacket also donated by His Holiness sold for $68,000. Proceeds will go to a charity hostel and soup kitchen in Rome.

Note: You’ll find slightly different sale prices reported by different news outlets. The media, unlike the Pope, are not infallible.

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The Pope’s Harley

January 31, 2014

The Pope's Harley

Last June His Holiness Pope Francis was presented with a customized 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide by the manufacturer to to mark the motorcycle brand’s 110th anniversary. The Holy Hog will be auctioned by Bonhams in Paris on February 6th and proceeds will go the toward renovation of a hostel and soup kitchen run by Caritas Roma.

You may recall that Pope Francis doesn’t like to use the “Popemobile” limousines and drives himself around Vatican City in a secondhand Renault 4L. After he auctions off the Harley, maybe he can find himself a nice used Vespa.

Actually, H-D gave the Pope a leather Harley jacket (not the one pictured above) and that’s on the block, too.

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Christmastime For the Jews

December 26, 2013

“Christmastime for the Jews,” a Robert Smigel  stop-action animation featuring the voice of Darlene Love in a “Wall of Sound” production, from a  2005 Saturday Night Live episode (lyrics here).

Gut yom tov to all, and to all a good night.

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Born in Bethlehem

December 25, 2013

“Children, Go Where I Send Thee” performed by Little Big Town on the 2012 “CMA Country Christmas” television special. Generally regarded as a traditional African American cumulative song, it seems to be a version of “The Twelve Apostles,” a camp meeting song which entered oral tradition. It was popularized by Jean Ritchie during the Folk Revival.

Little Big Town website.

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Sweet Little Jesus Boy

December 25, 2013

“Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Sweet Little Baby Boy),” written by Robert MacGimsey, performed by Marion Williams and the Stars of Faith, all of whom were once Clara Ward Singers. The song  has been recorded many times, notably by Mahalia Jackson, The Violinaires, and James Brown.

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