Sunday, 20 April 2008

Sunday 20 April

Brilliantly sunny day, like much of last week, but again not too warm. The easterly wind persists, although it does give us clear skies. West is best these days.

Pope Benedict XVI is wrapping up his visit to the United States in New York. He will go to the site of Ground Zero and offer prayers for those lost in the atrocities of 9/11, and for those consumed with hatred. He will then celebrate mass in a 55,000-seater stadium, for which demand of tickets has far outstripped supply. The Pope, who was a member of the Hitler Youth in the 1930s as well as the Wehrmacht (the Nazi army), has spoken openly about this episode in his life.

Christmas Island, an Australian outpost south of the Indonesian island of Java, is on tropical cyclone watch. System 95S is approaching from the northwest, and appears to be a fairly large storm in the making. It is not yet a tropical cyclone, but is expected to become one in the next 24 hours.


  1. Sounds like a great day your way.  I have seen bits and pieces of the Pope's visit to the US...and happy he is visiting so many landmarks in prayer for all.  Take care...

  2. the wind here is also a bit wants to be warm but it isn't. The Pope has been big news.....those Pope's don't come to the U.S. very often.

  3. The Pope is all over the news, nice he is visiting ground zero.

  4. The Pope was also in D.C.

    A lot of traffic congestion seems a small price to pay for the lot of hope and grace that he seems to have inspired the people and community with.  I'm not even Catholic, but don't need to be, to be thankful for his visit here.