Our Pope Benedict XVI Teddy Bear Mugs arrived this morning. Cute as a button. We're sipping a cuppa from one of them this very minute as we await Papa Ratzi's 10:30 a.m. arrival at the White House for South Lawn activities before approximately 5,000 people. Click here to order a mug or two of your own.
Update: Take-home quotation:
Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience -- almost every town in this country has its monuments honouring those who sacrificed their lives in defence of freedom, both at home and abroad.
He quotes his predecessor:
In reflecting on the spiritual victory of freedom over totalitarianism in his native Poland and in eastern Europe, [John Paul II] reminded us that history shows, time and again, that "in a world without truth, freedom loses its foundation," and a democracy without values can lose its very soul.
Update: Miss Kelly in the comments:
What a great ceremony on the White House lawn! The crowd spontaneously singing "Happy Birthday" to the Pope . . . President Bush tapping his toe to the drum and fife corps . . . the gorgeous singing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Our Father. We get too little of this kind of pageantry.
Love the Pope's wave to the crowd, he puts his hands up and wiggles his fingers. The EWTN correspondent likened it to playing the piano in the air.
Our friend has a reporter's eye for detail and a believer's eye for the glory of the Lord.