Corte Madera Chronicles

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Friday, April 01, 2005

i know i know, i'm not even catholic, but...

i think this picture is beautiful.

vatican 4.1.05
A view of Saint Peter's Square during a special prayer at the Vatican April 1, 2005. Pope John Paul neared death as his health suddenly worsened, drawing anguished prayers from Catholics around the world reluctant to accept his historic pontificate was near its end. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters


how weird is it that he is probably going to die the very day after terri schiavo? i can just imagine what the religious nuts are going to say... "look, god punished us for killing terri by killing the pope!"


At 12:28 AM, Blogger Lorrimer said...

Do they still do the thing with the smoke out the chimney when they choose the new one?

At 3:59 PM, Blogger JMC said...

yeah I think so - I was reading on SFGate about what happens after a pope dies and I remember something about smoke once they've agreed on a new guy. Read this: it talks about the black smoke meaning no decision, white smoke means they got one:

At 11:45 PM, Blogger lia said...

yes, cnn popevision 2005 tells me that when they vote for a pope and nothing is decided, they burn the ballots, and add a special chemical to them so they burn black. but when they decide on a pope, they add a different chemical to the burning ballots and the smoke is white. or maybe they just add the chemicals for the black smoke. i forget now.

burning ballots after an election... hmm... someone should tell diebold, i bet they'd LOVE that idea... that is if they had paper ballots...

my favorite ritual is what they do to determine if the pope is dead - theyve been doing this for thousands of years apparently. they have a silver hammer with the papal seal on it, and they smack the pope on the forehead with it to make sure he's dead. then they call out his baptismal name 3 times. if he doesnt respond, then the vicar says "the pope is dead" (in italian i assume). i wonder if any pope has ever still been alive for that... ah, monty python quotes coming to me in spades... "i'm not quite dead yet... i think i'll go for a walk... i feel happee! i feel happee!

also, no relation to maxwell's silver hammer, if you were wondering.

link here:


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