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BENEDICT XVI RECEIVES HALF MILLION BEES
Zenit ^ | September 22, 2011

Posted on 09/23/2011 12:57:07 PM PDT by NYer

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- What is the proper gift for a Pope on the Day for the Protection of Creation? According to the Italian agricultural group Coldiretti, it's about a half million bees.

Italy's largest farming association gave Benedict XVI eight beehives containing more than 500,000 bees last Sunday.

The beehives will be kept at the pontifical farm of Castel Gandolfo, where they will be used in pollination and the production of honey (some 617 pounds a year).

Coldiretti explained that bees "play a vital role in the planet's ecosystem and their disappearance would have disastrous consequences for health and the environment; a third of human food production depends on crops pollinated by insects, 80% percent of which are bees."

The "Campagna Amica" Association will provide technical assistance to the pontifical farms to oversee the protection of the bees and the production of honey.

Castel Gandolfo is considered to be a model farm because it unites traditional production methods with modern technology. It has 25 dairy cows, 300 hens and 60 cockerels, as well as an ancient olive grove producing three thousand liters of oil a year, an orchard of apricot and peach trees and a greenhouse of ornamental flowers.

In comments to L'Osservatore Romano, Sergio Marini, president of Coldiretti, said the gift was a sign of gratitude to Benedict XVI "for his constant encouragement of the daily work of those who cultivate the earth."


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: bees; farming; pope

1 posted on 09/23/2011 12:57:11 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Vatican honey ... cool!

2 posted on 09/23/2011 12:58:16 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

is the Pope an environmental whacko?


3 posted on 09/23/2011 1:03:23 PM PDT by balch3
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To: balch3

Or is it one million “Half Bees”? And are they all named Eric?


4 posted on 09/23/2011 1:09:55 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: balch3

bees are necessary to pollination of our fruit trees
and most likely are in Italy as well.

nothing wacko about keeping bees (unless they are the
‘killer’ variety).


5 posted on 09/23/2011 1:14:12 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: massgopguy

6 posted on 09/23/2011 1:14:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NYer

A, c d b’s?


7 posted on 09/23/2011 1:15:18 PM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the Admin Moderator.)
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To: balch3
is the Pope an environmental whacko?

Is that your term for someone who understand the "stewardship of Creation?"

8 posted on 09/23/2011 1:15:31 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: NYer

this is going to create quite a buzz.


9 posted on 09/23/2011 1:16:17 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: NYer

Will they be used for Bee-at-tification purposes?


10 posted on 09/23/2011 1:21:14 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: balch3
"is the Pope an environmental whacko?"

What about bees makes one an "environmental whacko"?

11 posted on 09/23/2011 1:27:19 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: RitchieAprile
"bees are necessary to pollination of our fruit trees and most likely are in Italy as well."

There are varieties of bees that have been bred for generations in Italy, and Italian bees are very popular amongst beekeepers in the U.S. as well. They are known for being gentle, although they do not produce as much honey as other varieties.

12 posted on 09/23/2011 1:29:59 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: balch3
is the Pope an environmental whacko?

What in this article would suggest that you pose such a question?

13 posted on 09/23/2011 1:34:23 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: GreenHornet

Appropriate username.


14 posted on 09/23/2011 1:46:31 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! “10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government")
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To: balch3

Bees are essential for pollination and this has nothing to do with being a “whacko.” There have been a number of major bee die-offs in recent years, mostly because of a parasite or perhaps a fungus that attacks them, and this has affected fruit production in some areas.

That said, bees are also very symbolic in the Church. Bees were the symbol of chastity (it was thought that they reproduced through parthenogenesis) and were also the symbol of St Ambrose (for his honeyed speech) and of the Barberini popes and bishops.


15 posted on 09/23/2011 1:57:53 PM PDT by livius
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To: NYer

Bärenfang shots at the Vatican, everybody!


16 posted on 09/23/2011 2:01:17 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: NYer

What in this article would suggest that you pose such a question?

World Stewardship of Creation Day just sounds lefty to me.


17 posted on 09/23/2011 2:19:19 PM PDT by balch3
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To: livius

Chronic Collapse Disorder has also been attributed to cell phone frequencies and neonictinoid pesticides. 60,000 bees per hive is about average in mid-season. There are many other products you can get from hive other than honey too.
pollen, propolis, wax, queen jelly.
eating local honey can develop resistances to local pollen for hay fever sufferers. Honey has been used in field dressings in Iraq and Afghanistan to treat open wounds and burns.
Propolis is called Russian penicillin because it cures a host of ailments when a doctor can be a 100 miles away. Its numbing characteristics are much stronger than novacaine. Propolis has also been found in the varnish used to preserve Stradavaruis violins.
Bee stings are used in apitherapy to help people with arthritis, MS and rheumatism. The list goes on and on.
Honey is also the ONLY natural food that NEVER goes bad. It was used in the mummification of Egyptian children and found in ancient tombs, still perfectly edible.


18 posted on 09/23/2011 2:35:48 PM PDT by squeegee boy
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To: livius
In addition, candles used for liturgical purposes must be made predominantly, at least 51%, of beeswax.

Archbishop Chaput gave an excellent explanation of the importance of beeswax during his Easter vigil homily.

19 posted on 09/23/2011 2:39:02 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: balch3
World Stewardship of Creation Day just sounds lefty to me.

It comes from scripture! Stewardship means, more or less, being responsible for something that isn't yours. Joseph, in Genesis, was a steward in this sense. "Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything that he owned." (Genesis 39:4b, NIV) As will be explained below, God owns the earth, but we have responsibility for it. read more

20 posted on 09/23/2011 2:52:15 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: squeegee boy

I believe honey is pretty nearly sterile, isn’t it? It was used as medical treatment for wounds for millenia.


21 posted on 09/23/2011 2:57:35 PM PDT by livius
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Beeswax candles are also physically superior to paraffin candles, which produce soot.


22 posted on 09/23/2011 6:12:36 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I never win at Scrable.)
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To: livius
I believe honey is pretty nearly sterile, isn’t it?

I suppose it is since it has such a high sugar content. In food processing plants I have worked in the sweetener lines were the only ones not sterilized with chlorine solutions after production runs. The way it was explained to me is that sugar is so dense that osmosis causes bacteria to explode.

23 posted on 09/23/2011 6:28:17 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I never win at Scrable.)
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To: squeegee boy

Thank you for that information.


24 posted on 09/23/2011 7:37:36 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: GreenHornet
Will they be used for Bee-at-tification purposes?

*snort*

25 posted on 09/23/2011 7:55:57 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: GreenHornet
Will they be used for Bee-at-tification purposes?

*snort*

26 posted on 09/23/2011 7:56:09 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: NYer
Alan Estrin´s Honey Blog
27 posted on 09/24/2011 7:31:57 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: livius; balch3
The Easter Exultet also contains honorable mention of the beees (I love this)

Wherefore, in this sacred night, receive, O Father, the evening sacrifice of this incense, which holy Church renders to Thee by the hands of Thy ministers in the solemn offering of this wax candle, made out the work of bees...

Now also we know the praises of this pillar, which the shining fire enkindles to the honor of God. Which fire, although divided into parts, suffers no loss from its light being borrowed. For it is nourished by the melting wax, which the mother bee produced for the substance of this precious light...


28 posted on 09/24/2011 9:04:33 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Praise Him all creatures here below.)
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To: NYer
Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
29 posted on 09/24/2011 1:39:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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