Up at the crack of dawn as usual, thanks to Tiny and Baby, who let us know with gallops across our chest, nose bites and hard-paw tactics that it was time to feed the kitties, even as Papa Ratzi was delivering a message of hope and love to a small flock of Turkish Catholics at Mary's House, "a small stone building among the woods above Ephesus. Tradition has it that this is where the Mother of Jesus spent her last years on earth." TV screen shot of the Holy Mass from the House of Mary via EWTN above.
Mid morning, Father Jonathan Morris, covering the Pope's visit to Turkey, tells the Fox News anchor that Papa Ratzi is saying that in order for us to be a civilized society, we have to reject violence in the name of religion, and we have to be tolerant of other religions:
If the Vatican had hired a high-profile Manhattan pr executive, it couldn't have done better. Now that the media's paying attention [thanks to Regensburg] his message of brotherhood and a bridge to peace is being heard.
A crazy-hour mad dash yesterday up the front stairs, across the hall and bedroom and then down the back stairs, ends with Baby pausing, wild eyed, atop the downstairs shower stall.
According to on-the-scene Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin, the Turkish headlines are gushing with admiration for Papa Ratzi's message of respect and outreach to the people of Turkey and the followers of Islam. "Turkish leaders appear to have been won over when the Prime Minister reported that the Pope is no longer opposed to Turkey's being admitted to the European Union," she reports. Didn't we just say?
His mission accomplished, Baby heads back down to floor level via the backside of the shower.
Why can't we all just get along, indeed. What if we get through this papal visit without a single deadly Muslim tantrum? Is this the miracle we have prayed for?