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The "REAL" Santa Claus
Yahoo News ^ | December 21, 2005

Posted on 12/21/2005 6:40:05 AM PST by NYer

Pope Benedict XVI, wearing the white fur-trimmed red bonnet known as a camauro reserved for Popes, arrives to celebrate his general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican December 21, 2005. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Humor
KEYWORDS: kriskringle; santa; santaclaus

1 posted on 12/21/2005 6:40:06 AM PST by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Okay ... you're all thinking it so I'll say it. He looks more like the Grinch than Santa.


2 posted on 12/21/2005 6:41:24 AM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer
Actually, I was thinking that he looks more like Emperor Palpatine...

(Not meaning that to be offensive, of course...)

3 posted on 12/21/2005 6:50:06 AM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: atomicpossum

"Actually, I was thinking that he looks more like Emperor Palpatine..."


Whoa - me too! Just basing that on his looks here, so no flaming response required.

Of course, if he wanted to zap Sam Jackson and throw him out of a window again, I would applaud like I did in the theatre.


4 posted on 12/21/2005 6:53:25 AM PST by Blzbba ("Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart" - Ashe, Housewares)
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To: NYer
Here is a much nicer picture:

Pope Benedict XVI, sporting a fur-trimmed hat in the rich red color of a Santa hat , waves to pilgrims upon his arrival in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 for his weekly general audience. The red hat with white fur trimming is known in Italian as the 'camauro.' It was popular among pontiffs in the 17th century. More recently, it was used by Pope John XXIII, who was also buried with it in 1963. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
5 posted on 12/21/2005 7:06:40 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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It must be chilly in Rome because not only is Benedict XVI waering the camauro, but he is wearing the greca (a double breasted white coat), too.
6 posted on 12/21/2005 7:08:25 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS
Here is a clearer image of the greca:

Pope Benedict XVI waves faithful as he arrives at Rome's Santa Maria Consolatrice Church after his first visit as pontiff to a parish church in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005. Benedict was keeping up a tradition cherished by his predecessor John Paul II, who devoted many Sunday mornings to visiting Rome's parishes, from the affluent historic center of the city to lower-class neighborhoods on the outskirts. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
7 posted on 12/21/2005 7:30:06 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: NYer

The heck with Santa Claus, I want Pope Benedict XVI to come to town.

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Benedict is coming to town
He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Benedict is coming to town
He sees you when catechizing
He knows when you're a fake
He can only teach good not bad
So be good for Jesus sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Benedict is coming to town
Benedict is coming to town

Fr. Richard P. McBrien "What a lump of coal again!"


8 posted on 12/21/2005 9:12:04 AM PST by Atheist2Theist (http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/)
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To: ELS
Here is a much nicer picture:

I don't know. I don't think it's really his preferred 'style'.

9 posted on 12/21/2005 9:57:05 AM PST by siunevada
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To: siunevada
You might be right. By the end of his audience, he had removed the camauro.

Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican December 21, 2005. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico
10 posted on 12/21/2005 10:02:10 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Atheist2Theist

Very cute! Thanks for posting it.


11 posted on 12/21/2005 10:27:22 AM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: Atheist2Theist
Fr. Richard P. McBrien "What a lump of coal again!"

At first, I took this as a commentary on the 'essence' of McBrien.

12 posted on 12/21/2005 10:40:05 AM PST by siunevada
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To: ELS
It must be chilly in Rome because not only is Benedict XVI waering the camauro, but he is wearing the greca (a double breasted white coat), too.

He has turned into a veritable, papal fashion statement!


Nov. 23 - the double cape.


Dec. 8 - After an absence of three decades, Benedict XVI resurrected the red velvet mozzetta, with hood and ermine trim.


Dec. 17 - Benedict XVI has taken on a new, modified form of the winter mozzetta, still velvet, but no hood, and, no ermine.

In November, he began the new year with the latest from the House of Marini.


13 posted on 12/21/2005 10:41:54 AM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

Dec. 8 - After an absence of three decades, Benedict XVI resurrected the red velvet mozzetta, with hood and ermine trim.

This is the cape that was made to match the santa hat he wore today! He should have worn that!

14 posted on 12/21/2005 12:07:12 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: HairOfTheDog
This is the cape that was made to match the santa hat he wore today! He should have worn that!

And offend PETA!!! (lol) That's genuine ermine.

15 posted on 12/21/2005 12:11:50 PM PST by NYer ("Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

oh dear... so there's that ;~D


16 posted on 12/21/2005 12:13:53 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: Atheist2Theist

saw that at the Curt Jester and almost posted it:

http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/archives/006354.php

What fun - especially the part "He knows when you're a fake."

Don't think much slips by that sharp eye and good heart of his...


17 posted on 12/21/2005 1:05:35 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I think it looks great!

Let's tell everyone it's a brand new synthetic fur specially developed by an order of environmentally-conscious contemplative nuns, the Greenicans or Veganmelites, now officially patented by the Gammarelli Family for exclusive use in preparing Papal Winter Wear:

GAMMARELLIPELT (TM symbol)

The label inside says: "DITTA A. GAMMARELLI. CAMAURO, PAPAL. No animals or liturgists were harmed in the making of this camauro."


18 posted on 12/21/2005 1:08:46 PM PST by TaxachusettsMan
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To: NYer

It's really wonderful; I get the impression that Pope Benedict is really, really, really enjoying being Pope and commemorating, honoring, the office.

It's great to see these traditional 'uniforms', clothing pieces of Pope-dom (ha!) being worn again. A bold, new, POPE BENEDICT! He's Catholic! We're Catholic! Very Catholic!

~;-D


19 posted on 12/21/2005 2:19:38 PM PST by MillerCreek
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To: MillerCreek

"He's Catholic! We're Catholic! Very Catholic! "

Well, YOU'RE Catholic, anyway. I'm a Lutheran B-16 fan.


20 posted on 12/21/2005 9:26:30 PM PST by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: GAB-1955

I was saying that's what Pope Benedict's bold and refreshingly dedicated public appearances is expressing. I realize not everyone's Catholic but he's the Pope and he is. He does seem to be quite enjoying it, too, as are many of the rest of us Catholics as to Pope Benedict's obvious leadership of the faith.


21 posted on 12/22/2005 1:10:46 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: GAB-1955

Rather, "...are expressing..."


22 posted on 12/22/2005 1:11:24 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: Atheist2Theist; NYer

Benedict is coming to town....
Do the doves in the churches report to the Holy
Father?
Actually I'd like to have Pope Benedict come to town (down here in Georgia, y'all) as well, warm this Presby heart o'mine. The comments about his wardrobe: is it coincidence that it's in December Benedict is adding these red-and-white vestements to his wardrobe? He really does look like the younger brother of Father Christmas in that red velvet cape. Hmm, this may explain a few things, how anyone could keep track of every child in the world...


23 posted on 12/22/2005 9:38:46 PM PST by PandaRosaMishima (she who tends the Nightunicorn)
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