Thursday, December 22, 2005

Things to do with Advent/Christmas Pt 15: Christmas at the Vatican!

(Associated Press)

It looks like the Pope has got well and truly into the spirit of things!
Although according to the BBC, the hat is part of the Papal costumes, except that the hat was last used by that radical Pope, John XXIII, who died in 1963.
Aside from the fact that this shows that Pope Benedict is a bit of a snappy dresser, it shows he has some sense of fun and you get the impression that if you met him, he would be like some benevolent great-uncle.
Although it would be nice if he also showed more of a continuation of the reforms that the Roman Catholic Church put forward during the Second Vatican Council, which he helped to initiate. Much as I love the Roman Catholic Church, I feel that they, in fact the rest of us Christians as well, need to do more to reach out to people and not leave anyone feeling unwanted or unloved!


Kerron said...

Still confused about Father Christmas' appearance in Narnia and everyone describing him as a Christian symbol - and then the Pope has to do this!

He is doing it deliberately to spite me, I tell you, he is!

Paul Burgin said...

Have yet to see 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe', although I am sure that the Pope is in no way trying to be Santa Claus!
I mean, the thought of him being German...
Actually though, given their reputation for efficency...