Tuesday, January 13, 2009


NewsMax.com predicts the events likely to shape 2009 for Benedict, among them trips to Africa and the Holy Land, and a meeting with Obama in July.

There is something else of note in the article--a picture of Benedict carrying his shepherd's staff, or rather his papal cross. It isn't the bent cross of John Paul II which he he carried earlier in his papacy and which Piers Compton referred to as the "Broken Cross". Rather it is very traditional. This is the same cross that he carried during his Mass on EWTN last Sunday.

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