Habemus papam: Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, a German, becomes pope Benedict XVI. All that certainly happened at the heart of the Catholic church, far far away in the Vatican.
My personal opinion on this selection goes hand-in-hand with the general opinion of other Germans, which seems to be somewhat different from the joy the news caused in many other parts of the world. Continue reading Benedict XVI.
About every 4 months I get a flyback, means: I return to Germany for something, which supposingly is vacation. Didn’t fully work out as vacation this time. Those, who know me, can imagine why. I had just one week in Germany. And nearly no entirely ‘free’ day… I wanted to see people, and there are even some people who wanted to see me 😉 Makes in total a pretty packed week. Continue reading Flyback
The passing of Pope John Paul II is even mentioned in today’s paper issue of the English newspaper China Daily on the title page (however, below the break). When reading ahead we were a bit surprised by the tactlessness of Chinese officials who–according to China Daily–combined a condolence note with stating that relations to the Vatican could be improved if the Vatican would stop diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Continue reading John Paul II.