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Freiburg, the Pope, and Me

Today, September 24, Pope Benedict XVI rode through the streets of Freiburg in the popemobile before meeting with a group of lay Catholics gathered at the Freiburg Seminary.  In the background of the copyrighted photo, you can clearly see Freiburg’s village clock. I was there, too, generic propecia uk in October 2000.  I was poring […]

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Michelangelo’s David—and the World’s Worst Toilet

Some days one idea catapults into another, with the result that the sublime slams headlong into the ridiculous, producing a flaming nonsequitur of a blog post.  Today is one of those days. I read that on September 13, 1501, Michelangelo began carving what is perhaps his pièce de résistance, the 17-foot marble sculpture of David, […]

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Ostia: Augie's Old Stompin' Grounds

No disrespect intended! But since I’ve been talking for the past few days about St. Augustine, I thought I’d round out the series with a few pics from some of his favorite haunts. Back in 2003 or 2004, I had the privilege of leading a group of pilgrims to some of the fun spots in […]

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WAIT, I WASN'T DONE! Orvieto Sights and Shops

Yesterday, I told you a little about Orvieto, the quaint Umbrian city that overlooks the Italian vineyards, like a diamond solitaire atop a precious ring.  But I wasn't done being effusive!  Orvieto is, in a way, a caricature of central Italy, a Disney-esque impression of an Italian city that's more… well, more Italian than the pope.  Here […]

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ORVIETO: City of the Miracle

The town of Orvieto is an Etruscan city located in the scenic region of Umbria, between Firenze (Florence) and Roma (Rome). Orvieto made the news this week because attendees at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Caritas Internationalis were treated on May 21 to a ride aboard a historic train, dubbed the “Caritas Express,” from Rome […]

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