"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pope Benedict Receives Christmas Visit From Bavarians.

Pope Emeritus Makes Rare Public Appearance to Thank Visiting Bavarians ...

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has made a rare public appearance 
to thank civil and ecclesiastical authorities from Bavaria 
for donating this year’s Vatican Christmas tree. - Full story

After formal greetings, they broke open the
He was then told that the Christmas tree has two tips, 
one dedicated to the reigning Pope Francis 
and an extra one for emeritus Benedict.

Folk dancing ensued, and ...

Cases of Papst were distributed
for those fired from the curia...

They pulled out all the stops for the Bavarian Pope.*

Fröhliche Weihnachten

*Trivia: Pull out all the stops - this saying originates with the organ, pulling out all the stops to play as loudly and boisterously as possible.

NB: This post has been edited for holiday cheer.


  1. I always knew Papa Emerito was a festive Bavarian. I have no doubt were his knees in top shape he would dance unto the Lord too in honor of this festive season. That Bavarian cerveza looks so delish too.

    Buon Natale!

    1. Isn't he cute! That second photo toasting beers is from his birthday visit from Bavarian friends.

      Merry Christmas!


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