Cé go bhfuil ár máthair Éirinn beloved -- to say nothing of Gotham, Rome and, indeed, Church-World at large -- waits on formal word of B16's appointment of Charlie Brown as Nuncio to Dublin, a fitting interlude is seemingly in order....
And while the Holy See plays -- for now -- the part of the Little Red-Haired Girl, it's worth noting that this Saturday marks what would've been the 89th birthday of the legendary Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz.
One of global Catholicism's most prominent chroniclers, Rocco Palmo has held court as the "Church Whisperer" since 2004, when the pages you're reading were launched with an audience of three, grown since by nothing but word of mouth, and kept alive throughout solely by means of reader support.
A former US correspondent for the London-based international Catholic weekly The Tablet, he's been a church analyst for The New York Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, BBC, NBC, CNN and NPR among other mainstream print and broadcast outlets worldwide.
A native of Philadelphia, Rocco Palmo attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2010, he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis.
In 2011, Palmo co-chaired the first Vatican conference on social media, convened by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications. By appointment of Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap., he's likewise served on the first-ever Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese, whose Church remains his home.