Thursday, August 13, 2009

A tremendous thrill: hear the voices of the popes...

My first trip to Rome in 1998 I got this little tape and it's the best little souvenir in the world. To hear the old popes preach, pray and bless is just glorious.

And when you hear them you can understand why average lay Italians loved John more than Pius or Paul - John XXIII would shout into the microphone in his kindly peasant way and the people loved it - and he made the kids roar with laughter, too.

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