Friday, March 15, 2013

All Poped-out

Even though I was raised Catholic, I confess to being a bit surprised by the intense interest this week in naming a new pope. All the details were widely reported in most media venues, but it was the tone of the coverage that really startled me: even the most veteran journalists seemed star-struck by the medieval pageantry of the event.

I suppose the statistic that there are over a billion Catholics on the planet helps explain this avid interest, but it was actually one of the other 80 percent of our fellow global citizens that really put it in perspective for me. Interviewed in St. Peter's Square, she said, Look... I don't like the English, but I watch all the royal weddings and funerals.

Well, if you put it that way...


  1. I, too, am not Catholic but was quite interested in who was going to be Pope. I think the media helped this as they spent a lot of time covering it. It is all part of history...

  2. We have not watched TV, I hate to admit it, but I learned about the Pope on Facebook. Is that bad?

  3. Interesting to ponder. I didn't see much coverage, but I know how the news people love to overdo a story.

  4. That is funny! I have to admit I haven't watched any of the hoopla. It was interesting to see such avid posting on Facebook the day the Pope was selected. I saw later in the day that people had posted about the white smoke! Hilarious