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Pope gives [bomb] sniffer dog a pat of thanks [Ecumenical]
Catholic Herald ^ | 09/20/2010 | Rupert De Lisle

Posted on 09/20/2010 9:29:42 AM PDT by Pyro7480

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday stopped to give a police dog an unexpected pat while thanking some of the 2,000 members of the West Midlands Police who had helped to protect him during his visit.

After meeting the seminarians of England, Wales and Scotland at Oscott College, Sutton Coldfield, the Pope saw Jake, a black Springador who acts as an explosives sniffer for the police.

Wading through a crowd of public servants the Pope was greeted by the dog, who appeared to enjoy the attention....

(Excerpt) Read more at catholicherald.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: benedict; catholic; dog; pope; popebenedict; uk
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1 posted on 09/20/2010 9:29:49 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Slings and Arrows

Doggie ping!


2 posted on 09/20/2010 9:30:25 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

you can tell much about a man by how he treats a dog.


3 posted on 09/20/2010 9:30:53 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: Pyro7480

Springador - Springer Spaniel Labrador mix? Sounds like a wonderful mix. What a great bird dog that’d be.


4 posted on 09/20/2010 9:32:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


5 posted on 09/20/2010 9:34:09 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

Awwwwwwwww. That is so sweet.


6 posted on 09/20/2010 9:37:50 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Labs are great dogs,friendly and faithful.


7 posted on 09/20/2010 9:40:16 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: hoosierham

They are indeed wonderful dogs!


8 posted on 09/20/2010 9:42:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Pyro7480

Now muslims will hate dogs even more.


9 posted on 09/20/2010 9:45:28 AM PDT by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: Pyro7480

I seem to recall reading that the Holy Father is a very devoted dog lover and keeps several at the Vatican.


10 posted on 09/20/2010 9:47:54 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: Pyro7480

And the Guardian's headline reads:

Pope beats dog

. This is echoed by the NYT and WaPo and is carried by the International media for days. PETA comes out in opposition to the Vatican, sending nude over-the-hill celebrities to St Peter's square to protest. This causes wall-to-wall coverage on both CNN and Fox News for another few days. MSNBC decides, instead, to cover the latest female "ordination" and homosexual couple "married" by the Old Catholic Church and just happen to forget to mention that they haven't been in communion with Rome for 150 years.

Meanwhile, unreported in the news media, ELF is thwarted for bombing attempts at 20 Papal Nunciares around the world.

11 posted on 09/20/2010 10:01:38 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: ccmay

I seem to remember that he a cat person. Something about how he had to leave his cat at home, as they aren’t allowed at the Vatican.


12 posted on 09/20/2010 10:02:01 AM PDT by SelmaLee
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To: markomalley

Bwahaha! Pretty good.

“I can always take ze time to beat ze animals” the Pontif was heard to mutter as he took time out from his british trip, the purpose of which is to make sure more Africans die of AIDS.”

Freegards


13 posted on 09/20/2010 10:11:02 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: trisham
From http://catholicvote.org/discuss/index.php?p=10368

This is not the pope’s first public encounter with a canine. He also likes St. Bernards:

Indeed, affection for St. Bernards seems to run in the Ratzinger family (this is the pope’s brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger):


14 posted on 09/20/2010 10:12:59 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480; Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping list owner pinged!


15 posted on 09/20/2010 10:14:06 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: hoosierham

“Labs are great dogs,friendly and faithful.”

####

I’m no dog expert, but for a family, they seem like the perfect breed.

Patient, strong, intelligent, loyal, friendly, even-tempered, good natured. But let a bad guy come near little Jackie, and they’ll tear his throat out.

Magnificent beasts.


16 posted on 09/20/2010 10:18:16 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: mockingbyrd
which says a lot muslims (although technically you were talking about the relationship between dogs and men, so it doesn't completely apply here)
17 posted on 09/20/2010 10:18:25 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Slings and Arrows; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.


18 posted on 09/20/2010 10:18:39 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SelmaLee

I think his brother has his cat?I know that it has been said that when he lived in his former apartment in vatican city he was known to feed all of the strays.


19 posted on 09/20/2010 10:23:07 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Joe 6-pack

This posting made me smile. Joe please add me to your doggy ping list...woof you.


20 posted on 09/20/2010 10:26:21 AM PDT by buschbaby (Beware! Momma Bear on the prowl. Grrrr)
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To: EyeGuy

I had a mixed golden lab and ? years ago.He was a very good fellow.


21 posted on 09/20/2010 10:30:05 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Pyro7480

22 posted on 09/20/2010 10:34:06 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

i don’t think i am on the doggie ping list but would like to be!


23 posted on 09/20/2010 10:40:41 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: mockingbyrd
you can tell much about a man by how he treats a dog.

Proverbs 12:10 "A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, ..."

24 posted on 09/20/2010 10:42:23 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Jesus called us to be Salt and Light, not Vinegar and Water.)
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To: Pyro7480

That’s wonderful. :)


25 posted on 09/20/2010 10:48:25 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: hoosierham; nickcarraway; sandyeggo; Lady In Blue; fatima; NYer; ELS; Salvation; elcid1970; ...
Thank you dear pooch .. thank you, Jake !!

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Sunday, 19 September 2010
Thank you, Holy Father! Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK, and the Hyde Park prayer vigil

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Well, Pope Benedict XVI has now left our shores, after a hugely successful Papal visit.

The coalition of the pained, the angry and the unenlightened - often unwittingly in league with the forces of the damned - was blown away by the arrival of the Successor of St Peter.

The disciples of Christ came out in force to support the Holy Father, and to show modern Britain that God is love and that He lives in our hearts. The gates of Hell did not prevail, in fact the powers of darkness fled in fear of the truth - their lies and deceits squealing before them!

Today saw Pope Benedict XVI beatify John Henry Newman - one of the greatest of English churchmen.

What joy it was to see the Pope arrive in Cofton Park this morning, the sunshine travelling with him, as if nature itself was singing to the glory of God! And, although the bishops conference seemed to have made a complete hash of organising tickets for the event, there were plenty of men, women and children there to greet the Holy Father, and to celebrate Bl John Henry being raised to the altar.

Last night saw the Pope lead around 80,000 worshippers in a special prayer vigil in Hyde Park. The police also estimate that about 300,000 well-wishers lined the Holy Father's route to the Park, whilst those protesting against the Papal visit numbered around 5,000.

These figures speak volumes. I also noticed that many of the protesters had finally realised that they had nothing to protest about, as the false impressions of the Pope or the Catholic Church were exposed by the truth. I felt immensely sorry for those alleged victims of child abuse, though, especially seeing that they were being cynically used by lobbyists - usually gays, protestants, atheists or muslims - who care very little about their plight, and whose oversized egos seem to rule their reason.

The world, after the Pope's words at Mass in Westminster Cathedral yesterday, can now be in no doubt that this Papacy is determined to remove the filth from the priesthood, and seeks to bring some peace to those souls that have been so horrendously damaged by those priests who were (or are) wolves in sheep's clothing.

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The Pope has routed his enemies and brought joy to the faithful - The last four days began in anxiety, but ended in euphoria

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How does one sum up the papal visit in a few words? A survey of the four days, event by event – four days which began (so far as I am concerned) in anxiety which quickly turned to relief and ended finally in euphoria – simply can’t be done in less than the length of a short book, and I have only 400 or 500 words for this post, though in the print edition of the paper which appears later this week I shall be given more than double the space for an extended version of it, in which I shall look also at the very interesting coverage of the visit by the secular media.

That aspect of the visit will have to be briefly summarised here by the words of Dr George Carey in the News of the World: “he came, he saw, he conquered”.

The richness, volume and sheer variety of the teaching the Pope gave us, and its perfect suitability for each of its many very different audiences, ranging from his intellectually hugely impressive address to the leaders of civil society in Westminster Hall to his call to that enthusiastic audience of schoolchildren to aim at becoming saints, was astonishing.

And perhaps the first thing that needs to be said is that this was above all a personal triumph for the Holy Father himself. What came over consistently was the huge warmth, the seemingly inexhaustible loving kindness of the Pope’s gentle but nevertheless powerful personality.

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God bless & protect you, dear Pope Benedict.


26 posted on 09/20/2010 10:52:13 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Pyro7480; markomalley
And in the Sun the headline was........."Pope Pampers Protective Pooch!!.......... in headlines 4 inches high.
27 posted on 09/20/2010 11:08:55 AM PDT by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: EyeGuy

The only thing better than owning a lab is owning 3 labs.


28 posted on 09/20/2010 11:27:22 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Pyro7480

He does, however, draw the line at certain dogs. For example, he isn’t fond of Helen Thomas, Rosie, Joy, Whoopi or Hillary.


29 posted on 09/20/2010 11:32:06 AM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: Pyro7480

“Springador”

Oh good God.


30 posted on 09/20/2010 11:44:23 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: hoosierham; trisham
My Three Ladies thank you for your support . . .


31 posted on 09/20/2010 12:18:19 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: STARWISE

How wonderful.


32 posted on 09/20/2010 12:23:42 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: AnAmericanMother

What a great photo. Your dogs are beautiful!


33 posted on 09/20/2010 12:56:49 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: STARWISE

Love the boot! :)


34 posted on 09/20/2010 12:58:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: STARWISE

WooHoo! Pope Wellies!


35 posted on 09/20/2010 1:04:00 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: mockingbyrd
you can tell much about a man by how he treats a dog.

So true! And look how that doggie is looking up at the Pope! The dog understands that this person is someone who likes and respects him.

36 posted on 09/20/2010 1:15:27 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Pyro7480

This is nice because those of us who follow all things Benedict XVI know that he especially likes cats!


37 posted on 09/20/2010 1:23:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: ccmay
I seem to recall reading that the Holy Father is a very devoted dog lover and keeps several at the Vatican.

I haven't heard that, but he loves cats. There was one in particular that used to live at his apartment, but the Vatican made him leave the cat behind when he moved into the Papal apartments. There is a book about that cat, written from the cat's point of view.

38 posted on 09/20/2010 1:25:45 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: SuziQ; AnAmericanMother; mockingbyrd; trisham

If you haven’t already, see my post #14.


39 posted on 09/20/2010 1:28:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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Enjoyed this story! Not all news is negative ;-)

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


40 posted on 09/20/2010 1:29:09 PM PDT by NYer ("God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar." St. Maximilian Kolbe)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; ccmay; SelmaLee
Yes, it's a children's book titled "Joseph and Chico."


41 posted on 09/20/2010 1:31:00 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: dangerdoc
The only thing better than owning a lab is owning 3 labs.

Sorry. The only thing better than owning a Lab is owning a Golden Retriever.

42 posted on 09/20/2010 1:31:27 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks, Pyro. I’m going to have to ask the Women’s Guild at our church to carry some copies of that book for the Divine Book Store for Christmas. I’d forgotten the name.

It would make a great gift for “Catlick Kids”.


43 posted on 09/20/2010 1:35:43 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: SelmaLee
Something about how he had to leave his cat at home, as they aren’t allowed at the Vatican.

I read that he used to feed the stray cats while he was still a cardinal -- and now the strays are no longer whisked out of the Vatican gardens, by the Pope's wishes.

44 posted on 09/20/2010 1:38:27 PM PDT by maryz
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To: chris_bdba
I think his brother has his cat?

I believe he has a little house in Germany -- the housekeeper and her husband keep the cat.

45 posted on 09/20/2010 1:41:18 PM PDT by maryz
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Although I do not dispute the admirable qualities of the golden retriever, brushing out burrs and pulling ticks are onerous tasks with that long hair. We live out in the country and our dogs have free run over hundreds of acres.

Consider the lab a gold retriever with a military haircut.


46 posted on 09/20/2010 1:51:32 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Pyro7480

Dog is giving him full attention.


47 posted on 09/20/2010 2:03:09 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: monkapotamus

Monk get in here


48 posted on 09/20/2010 2:12:07 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: dangerdoc

We live in the country too and just put up with the burrs. Besides, my 10 year old Golden is a big couch potato, just like his owner. He spends most of his time snoozing as close to me as possible. He gets into the burrdock once in a while, but he mostly stays clean. He does shed pounds lof hair, however. But he is worth it. He doesn’t even bark — ever. He’s completely spoiled me for any other dog, I’m afraid.

He’s at my office right now, snoozing under the President’s desk, The president has moved his work space out onto the main office floor, abandoning his private office to the dog. LOL.


49 posted on 09/20/2010 2:15:40 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: SelmaLee
Indeed! You remember well! Pope Benedict is a Cat-holic.
50 posted on 09/20/2010 2:17:56 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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