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Via Media

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Some highlights from what I’ve seen:

12 young people lunch with the Pope. They were given vegetarian omelets. He was given trout. He sent the trout back and insisted on having what the young people were eating.

Jamie from Ad Limina continues with his engaging accounts of adventures in Cologne: trying to find the tombs of Duns Scotus and Albertus Magnus, and the session with the Pope and the seminarians (he is neither, but managed to get it, anyway).


Jeff Geerling was also at the seminarian’s gathering, briefly reports, and has photos.

Brandon Evans posts live from Marienfeld and has photos as well.

Father Dowd’s got brief posts and audioblogs, including the most recent one, giving a brief account of the Stations last night.

Flying the flag: Ann Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had been the only reporter I’d seen to mention that American pilgrims had been warned to be low-key about flying the American flag. Today, she reports that the Pittsburgh crew has defied the warning:


But all week they had seen thousands of people from lands as diverse as Tahiti and Sweden proudly displaying their national colors. They had spotted a few American groups also flying large flags, with no apparent ill effects.

In a gift shop that carried flags from many nations, chaperone Zack Rosser, 22, purchased a large flag on a long pole to carry before them. And Lauren Witter, 17, of Dormont, bought an even larger flag that she literally wrapped herself in.

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posted August 20, 2005 at 3:06 pm

hubby wouldnt even let ds wear or take his old navy shirts that had flags on them. Nor his military backpack.. We had to get all new gear..
Did anyone happen to catch the archdio of Indy website photos? In one of the catechisis segments there are TWO FEMALES wearing cassock and surplus.. How in the world they get away with this, i have no clue.. its not like there wouldnt have been enough boys/men to serve at the altar..

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posted August 20, 2005 at 9:32 pm

Before I read the article, I was afraid that his sending back the trout in favor of an omelette such as the young people were being served was intended as or would be interpreted as an act of humility, sharing the common and probably cheaper food. What a relief to find out that it was not a theatrical gesture but a plain act of common sense, the kind I would expect from my own German relatives.

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posted August 20, 2005 at 9:33 pm

I have never thought of myself as naive but apparently I am as it never occured to me that the Catholic youth were warned to not display our flag. I noticed the absence of the Stars and Stripes but thought that it was just coincidental in the footage that was shown and the fact that there were so many countries represented, especially European ones. I’ll be damned!
Good for the Pennsylvanians.

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