Friday, July 13, 2007

How, On God's Green Earth, Did This Slip Past My Radar???

O.k., campers, get yourselves ready for this. German television was given access to "A Day in the Life of Pope Benedict". Yes, it's in German, but fear not, oh Teutonically challenged, the video more than makes up it. I get the feeling this was done pretty early in his Pontificate (you'll see footage of him being escorted to the Papal Apartments for the first time - in fact watch Cardinal Martinez Somalo unlock the door, then pull a prelate off to the side so he and the Holy Father can enter the antechamber first, only to see a photographer is already inside), but still... WOW! Ever wanted to see the Pope vest for Mass? Ever wondered what's on his desk? Or what the kitchen is like in the Papal Apartments? Or what's in the Pope's living room? Or even watching the Holy Father doze off in his chair at the end of the day. Watch!

10 comments:

Lisa, sfo said...

WOW! What a cool find, Father! Thanks much for sharin' it!

Jake said...

Amazing and a beautiful look into his life. Viva il Papa!!

Mark said...

Thank you so much for this Father. I haven't listened to German properly for 5 years, but it's amazing what makes sense!

Mark said...

P.S. The way I understood it, the first few scenes were from his first day, and the rest from his second anniversary...but I could be wrong.

Berolinensis said...

Mark, you're right. (Any more questions, feel free to ask, I'm a Teuton after all).
The footage is from the CTV, and there was a longer clip from the Italian TV which showed more of H.H.'s private Mass on http://www.benedictxvi.tv/ but unfortunately that site appears to be down.

Berolinensis said...

Here is, from the longer Italian clip I mentioned, the private Mass (please ignore the wrong regnal number): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1tzu2_la-messe-privee-du-pape-benoit-xv

Mark said...

Berolinensis:

I have both the (long) Italian and (short) German clips saved to my computer. I learned German from age 10 to 22, but my skills are rapidly dwindling.

Berolinensis said...

Oh Mark, but that's a pitty! Have you considered reading reading documents by the Holy Father in German? They are really more beautiful in the original, which I noticed when comparing (parts of) Deus Caritas est. Well, if you feel like practicing your German, feel free to write me, it would be my pleasure.

Mark said...

In dieser Zeit, finde ich Deutsch schwer zu reden, weil seit fünf jahren hab' ich kein Deutsch geredet. Auch, während ich war im Hochschule, habe ich nicht eine richtige gründung des Deutschen spraches(?) gelernt.

I would also need your email address! ;-p

Berolinensis said...

Mark, es geht doch! An der email-Adresse soll es nicht scheitern: gregor PUNKT kollmorgen AT t-online PUNKT de ;-)
It's always good to practice, and reading only just isn't the same. When I came back from my year in Spain (ah, España...) I found that even when I didn't know any Spaniards in Berlin, writing emails was still a good way of not letting my Spanish get too rusty. So, as I said, should you like to practice, you're very welcome