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Pope Francis stops Popemobile to bless disabled man, baby {Ecumenical}
UPI.com ^ | 19 Mar 2013 | Kate Stanton

Posted on 03/30/2013 9:16:05 AM PDT by Cronos

Having foregone the usual covered "Popemobile" for an open white convertible, Pope Francis delighted the masses gathered in St. Peter's square Tuesday by stopping the procession multiple times to kiss a baby and a disabled man in the crowd.

As The Telegraph's Nick Squires reported "The Pope's minders must be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In an unprecedented gesture, he told his driver to stop the Popemobile in the middle of St Peter's Square, climbed down off the back steps and kissed and blessed a severely handicapped man in the crowd."

Francis conducted his inaugural mass soon after the procession, telling his audience that a pope must "serve with love" for all people.

"He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked St. Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God's people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."


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My wife said something interesting about this - she pointed out that while we are talking about the Pope's humbleness and selflessness, we are being challenged for ourselves

are we too comfortable and do we really hold Christ and our fellow man dear?

1 posted on 03/30/2013 9:16:05 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos
This won't end well.
2 posted on 03/30/2013 9:17:48 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Cronos

How wonderful. He is a wonderful example for us all.


3 posted on 03/30/2013 9:18:38 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
This won't end well.

I hear what you're saying. But you could also say that the life of Jesus didn't end well. In one sense it didn't. In another sense it ended uniquely well for all of us.

Que sera, sera.

4 posted on 03/30/2013 9:22:59 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

i agree with you there man. some crazy is going to take a run at him.


5 posted on 03/30/2013 9:23:07 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Cronos

Contrast this picture with what we know about Obamacare. We are being challenged.


6 posted on 03/30/2013 9:23:30 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: Cicero

the Pope isnt Jesus, obviously. It was part of His plan. i doubt the Pope has a plan to get himself assassinated.


7 posted on 03/30/2013 9:24:57 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I, for one, am tired of living in fear. This passage comes to mind.

” 21From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

If we Christians cower in fear of our lives we cannot be effective. I’m not saying that any of us should flaunt danger but he has his bodyguards. He could drop dead on a heartattack and they couldn’t help him.

We can also arm him with constant prayer.


8 posted on 03/30/2013 9:25:18 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Cronos

>>My wife said something interesting about this - she pointed out that while we are talking about the Pope’s humbleness and selflessness, we are being challenged for ourselves. are we too comfortable and do we really hold Christ and our fellow man dear?

This Pope makes me wish I was Roman Catholic. You are right. He is challenging all Christians to die to self and find Christ by doing more than saying a salvation prayer and checking off “Saved” on our To-Do list.


9 posted on 03/30/2013 9:26:34 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: beebuster2000

And if it is not his appointed time God can send a legion of angels to protect him.


10 posted on 03/30/2013 9:26:52 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Cicero
"But you could also say that the life of Jesus didn't end well. In one sense it didn't. In another sense it ended uniquely well for all of us."

How true. Just wait 'till tomorrow.....

11 posted on 03/30/2013 9:28:44 AM PDT by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: tiki
I, for one, am tired of living in fear.

AMEN!

The Pope's life is in God's Hands, as is mine. Fear is for those that aren't sure of their faith.

/johnny

12 posted on 03/30/2013 9:32:31 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: taterjay
And compare Obamacare with what Jeb Bush allowed to happen

REMEMBRANCE of EASTER 2005

13 posted on 03/30/2013 9:33:02 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Cronos

This is wonderful. And yes, you really have to ask yourself how to help. It’s not just a matter of giving money, but of giving love and kindness - which will always come back to you through Our Lord just when you need it most. This Pope is amazing. The Holy Spirit has stunned us again!


14 posted on 03/30/2013 9:40:03 AM PDT by livius
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I think his biggest threat will come from the church hierarchy who don’t want to give up their expensive trappings and wash dirty peasant feet.


15 posted on 03/30/2013 9:47:53 AM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: beebuster2000

No, of course not. But he is evidently willing to put his life into God’s hands, and leave it up to God whether he is assassinated or not.


16 posted on 03/30/2013 9:53:46 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cronos

(From Acts 10)
25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

At the risk of being branded a Catholic-basher, it seems to me that such humility has been lacking in the Papacy for centuries.


17 posted on 03/30/2013 9:58:03 AM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: Cronos

I wish he could run for President. He is astnishing. We Catholics are so lucky!!!!


18 posted on 03/30/2013 10:00:34 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: EricT.
I think his biggest threat will come from the church hierarchy who don’t want to give up their expensive trappings and wash dirty peasant feet.

You've been reading too much Dan Brown.

You do realize he writes at a third-grade level?

19 posted on 03/30/2013 10:00:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: EricT.

Surely there are “careerists” as Cardinal Ratzinger mentioned once in an interview. I don’t have much knowledge of the political intrigues inside the Holy See though. This is just going to have to play out. It makes me uneasy that the media seems to like our new Pope, but that could change as we get to know him. Don’t trust what the media says about the Church either. The left would like nothing better than to widen the ideological gap among the faithful and weaken the Church. These issues like gay marriage, abortion, women priestesses have only the purpose to divide people into factions so that we stay weak. This is why the left pushes these issues on us so forcibly. G -d keep our Pope Francis safe.


20 posted on 03/30/2013 10:06:15 AM PDT by virgil
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To: EricT.
He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk.

I'm an atheist, but I'm really starting to like this guy.

21 posted on 03/30/2013 10:10:59 AM PDT by Publius
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To: EricT.

Maybe not a basher but one who has listened to the MSM and remained ignorant.


22 posted on 03/30/2013 10:11:30 AM PDT by tiki
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To: tiki

It’s hard for me to take their piety serious when I’ve seen people eating from a dumpster two blocks from the Vatican.


23 posted on 03/30/2013 11:33:42 AM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: EricT.; Cronos
Well, some popes are humble, and some not, just as some popes are saints, and some not.

However, please do not confuse the trappings of office, with vain ostentation. For instance, a pope's gold ring is no more ostentation than your wedding ring: it means "I have a place --- a relationship ---in which God has placed me, I have a ring to signify it, I have a vow to be faithful to it."

Likewise do not misconstrue ceremonial vestments, which are no more a "personal fashion statement" than a Marine's Dress Blues:

It's the official clothing of office and ceremony, not a private caprice.

It's not wealth, either. Pope Benedict, who had (has) a much stronger interest in liturgical vesmens and rubrics than does his successor Francis, moved into his office with his personal clothing and a breviary, a couple crates of books, a piano, and a cat. He left with, I think, less than that.

I like this passage from G.K. Chesterton:

"[Archbishop Thomas] Becket wore a hair shirt under his gold and crimson, and there is much to be said for the combination; for Becket got the benefit of the hair shirt while the people in the street got the benefit of the crimson and gold. It is at least better than the manner of the modern millionaire, who has the black and the drab outwardly for others, and the gold next his heart."

Having said that, we could all use more humility. Even though I'm in the 99th percentile on the International Humility Charts, I could do with a little more, myself. :o)

24 posted on 03/30/2013 1:16:10 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Pray for me, and I shall for you and all your friends, that we may merrily meet in heaven. - T. More)
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To: EricT.
I was in Rome once, only very briefly, Good Lord almost 30 years ago. I was accosted (that is the correct verb) by a beggar with a child approx. one year old in her arms. I was concerned about them because it was raining and they looked miserable.

I invited them up to the rather shabby place where I was staying, gave her coffee and a sandwich (I didn't have milk for the baby, but did supply applesauce), and tried to use the phone directory to find them a shelter and a place to get a better meal.

Eventually the girl turned down, one after another, all offers of help. I gave her a jacket, a shawl and a rosary. The clothing she accepted. The rosary, she asked if it as silver. I, knowing only a little Italian, conveyed that it was plastic. She threw it down on the ground, turned around sharply and walked away. (The baby, on her shoulder, smiled and waved.)

The next day I saw them on the street again, without the jacket or shawl as before, begging in front of an expensive boutique that sold furs.

Not that my experience can be pumped up to the level of sociological survey or something, but here were two bits of information I can share from the experience.

Draw whatever other conclusions as you may. I hope the child didn't catch pneumonia, is all.
25 posted on 03/30/2013 1:42:02 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Pray for me, and I shall for you and all your friends, that we may merrily meet in heaven. - T. More)
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To: Bryanw92

“This Pope makes me wish I was Roman Catholic.”

It’s easily enough accomplished.

;-)


26 posted on 03/30/2013 3:16:11 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Cronos

Wow, that’s awesome and also somewhat challenging.

Can we ourselves be equally compassionate?


27 posted on 03/30/2013 3:27:40 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Cicero

The Popemobile exists for a reason and that reason happened 32 years ago. If an assassination attempt were successful, yes, we’d have to look at the spiritual side of this Pope and his touted humility in carrying out his office. On the other hand, one Pope just resigned, and to then have an assassination and to have to go through the entire conclave/elevation process again so soon again would be disruptive to the Faithful and to the Church overall.


28 posted on 03/30/2013 3:35:18 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: sitetest

>>It’s easily enough accomplished.

Sorry, but I am hardcore Protestant!! ;-)


29 posted on 03/30/2013 3:48:14 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: EricT.
It’s hard for me to take their piety serious when I’ve seen people eating from a dumpster two blocks from the Vatican.

That was an exercise of free will since the Vatican feeds people on a daily basis at the Dono di Maria as do many Churches in every diocese in the world. It's rather telling that you missed seeing people lining up outside the Vatican to get something to eat:

but were able to see people dumpster diving.

Homeless People Fed in the Vatican Every Day

One passage from Scripture you apparently have overlooked while choosing instead to sound a lot like Judas Iscariot.

"Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray Him, said: Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?" John 12:3-5

30 posted on 03/30/2013 11:53:52 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Bryanw92
well, as a Catholic, I see the pope's actions and reactions as one for all us Christians.

For Christianity's two main foes - militant secularists and Islam -- there is no difference between Catholics or Baptists or Evangelicals

When the ECUSA made an openly practising gay Gene Robinson bish, the Moslems in Nigeria hurled that at all Christians in Nigeria: Anglicans, Catholics, Pentecostals, Evangelicals etc.
When the secularists want to attack Christianity, they attack us all

And I see on the MSM that they are shocked by Pope Francis: they now have no room for attack.

I saw a debate where one lib asked a Catholic commentator after the Pope got elected and the liberal asked "so, the Pope does not support homosexual marriages. Do this mean that he is a conservative?"
and the commentator replied "no, it means he is Catholic"...

The non-Christian world looks at the actions of all of us -- and all are called to holiness.

31 posted on 03/31/2013 12:06:05 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: livius; E. Pluribus Unum

The Holy Spirit truly does rule. The right man for the right time is chosen by the Spirit.


32 posted on 03/31/2013 12:07:06 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: EricT.

well, not quite — Pope John Paul II was very humble as well and Pope Benedict in his own way.


33 posted on 03/31/2013 12:08:15 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: virgil; EricT.; Publius
Oh, the media does not like the Pope. The moment he was elected, the media had headlines like "Argentina junta murders -- was the Pope involved?" -- with no proof whatsoever, but they know that the question asked in such a way acts like a statement

They just don't know how to attack him. They can't attack him on the supposed grounds that liberals/leftists are more "caring for their fellow man than conservatives". They can't attack him on "trappings of wealth"

They are baffled by the simplicity of the man, not realising that this is the true face of the Church.

34 posted on 03/31/2013 12:11:53 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; EricT.

Oh, I’m probably in the bottom 10th percentile when it comes to humility. The Pope is challenging to me as I know this is a wise, highly intellectual man, yet also deeply spiritual, very humble.


35 posted on 03/31/2013 12:13:47 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Alas Babylon!

I think we must be. Helping the poor, as the Pope points out, is not governmental — gubmint only weakens the poor morally and spiritually, making them dependent on handouts. True charity is making the person feel human, feel equal — read about Mother Teresa’s Roses...


36 posted on 03/31/2013 12:15:37 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; EricT.

well, AA, you can’t blame Eric — I didn’t notice this queue was of homeless — to me, they look like other people queuing up. I would notice someone eating from a dumpster, but people decently dressed queuing up, I wouldn’t notice either and I’m sure Eric wouldn’t have.


37 posted on 03/31/2013 12:17:30 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Cronos; EricT.
Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

(And don't forget the Alleluias...)

:o)

38 posted on 03/31/2013 4:31:53 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (I saw water flowing from the right side of the Temple... Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
You've been reading too much Dan Brown.

I've never read anything by Dan Brown.

I did read a lot of history, though.

39 posted on 03/31/2013 12:03:42 PM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: EricT.
You have the mentality of a Dan Brown reader.
40 posted on 03/31/2013 12:26:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
You have the mentality of a Dan Brown reader.

Ad Hominem attack. You lose.

Happy Easter anyway.

Christ has risen.

41 posted on 03/31/2013 12:32:14 PM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
(The baby, on her shoulder, smiled and waved.)

The baby, on her shoulder, recognized kindness ... mercy ... generosity ... agape. Too bad the mother only knew scamming. May God grant them both an abundance of His Grace and Mercy.

42 posted on 03/31/2013 12:32:42 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: EricT.
I merely observed that you choose to implement the worst possible interpretation when it comes to the Catholic Church.

If that's an ad hominem attack, then you must find all facts to be an ad hominen attack.

43 posted on 03/31/2013 1:33:00 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: napscoordinator

I agree!

I have already been very influenced by his message of humility and re-dedication.


44 posted on 03/31/2013 1:35:43 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: Publius

he puts to shame Christians who are very comfortable in their life, but really are not living the message fully....and that includes me.

As the Jews say,” He’s a real Mensch!”


45 posted on 03/31/2013 1:37:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I merely observed that you choose to implement the worst possible interpretation when it comes to the Catholic Church.

You are correct, and I would like to extend an apology to anyone I may have offended with my first remark. It was totally out of line.

I am very impressed by Pope Francis and hope that hundreds of millions of Catholics are inspired by his example of servant leadership that was first and perfectly shown by Jesus Christ himself.

I also appreciate his thriftiness and financial priorities. I pointed out that I saw people eating from a dumpster just a couple blocks from the tons of gold in and around St. Peter's Square. I see the same thing with Protestant mega-churches that always seem to have enough money for a new building or ball field and uniforms, but don't seem very interested in making a visible difference in the lives of widows, orphans, refugees, etc. around them that need more than a handout every Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is not to point fingers at any church or denomination in particular, just a reminder (maybe more to myself as well) that there are some truly broken and hurting people that need someone to care about them enough to stop and love them.

The church (and I mean ALL churches) should have never yielded caring for the needy to the government. Perhaps it's time for all churches to return to this duty and free the needy from enslavement by the government. Maybe if more people stood up when there are plans to build a new recreation center that ask if an orphanage wouldn't be a better use of God's resources, well...

My two cents.

[/soapbox]

46 posted on 03/31/2013 6:08:26 PM PDT by EricT. (The Republican Party is a friend to conservatives the way Pakistan is an ally in the War On Terror.)
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To: EricT.

All right then. Happy Easter.


47 posted on 03/31/2013 6:15:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Bryanw92; EricT.
This Pope makes me wish I was Roman Catholic. - I think we should all pray for him to continue on this path and as a Catholic I would appreciate you praying for us all to stay on Christ's path
48 posted on 04/01/2013 10:28:51 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: EricT.

Ahh, and did you feed the man?


49 posted on 04/01/2013 10:39:23 AM PDT by tiki
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