Dig My Grecca?
No, the Pope is not wearing a First Communion suit with his zucchetto. As many of you know, Rome can get chilly in December. And so, riding to his first pastoral visit at Santa Maria Consolatrice, which was once Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's titular church, Benedict XVI pulled another warming object from the papal mothballs -- the "grecca," also known as the "douilette"; in layman's terms, a double-breasted white overcoat. John Paul wore it only when he had to, which was extremely rarely.
AP reported this morning that Big Daddy sounded a bit hoarse in his homily at the church, but I listened to the Angelus, and mysteriously he sounded fine.... Ricola?
"You should bring joy [for Christmas], not expensive gifts that cost time and money," Benedict said in a homily which he delivered without notes for about 15 minutes....St. Blog's, take note.
He also proposed joy as an antidote to the ills of society.
"In today's world, God is absent," Benedict said. "People need anesthesia to live. They live in a dark world."
Benedict said joy liberates people.
"With a smile, an act of kindness, a little help, forgiveness, you can bring joy, and that joy will come back to you," the pope said.
PHOTO: AP/Alessandra Tarantino