(Vatican Radio) Benedict XVI, the Pope Emeritus, joined Pope Francis for lunch on Friday at the papal residence at Casa Santa Marta.
Earlier this week, Pope Francis had paid a visit to his predecessor (pictured) to offer his Christmas greetings. It was during that visit that Pope Francis invited Benedict to Casa Santa Marta for a holiday meal.
The Pope and his predecessor were joined by their respective secretaries. Also present at the festive event were Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Secretary for Relations with States, and Monsignor Peter Brian Wells, Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.
Gina and i made the penguin cream cheese entree the day before Christmas.I would make these once per year. The video demonstrating took all of 5 min.It took us an hour at least.Maybe longer. They were eaten in a few seconds.They’re good to eat,but tedious to make.I made a Christmas Sausage Casserole later that night.You put it in the refrigerator the night before to set then back for about 1 1/2 hours the next day.
We gave her Christmas Day off,just as we gave her Thanksgiving and will give her Easter.I don’t think we will do it for New Years.It’s a holiday but it’s more secular. We have a lot to do since we’re moving in a month.We can’t afford to lose time.
Gary’s sister and her son and his fiancee came for Christmas.It was wonderful. We took a few photos.Our Christmas gift to each other was the house.Husband also got me a computer.It affords me more time to blog (and gets me out of his hair).
Here are the photos:
Shirley and her son Ryan.Shirley is a cancer survivor.She looked terrific on Christmas day.
Ryan and his fiancee Natasha.He mentioned inviting us to a wedding. It sure would be nice. We haven’t been to a wedding in forever!
Getting ready to head for home.
They wave goodbye
I thought we had uploaded pictures of our tree but i can’t find it anywhere.Our aide will be back tomorrow and I’ll ask her. We probably took them then forgot to upload them to the computer.
We can do that tomorrow.
Before I close out I have to include an image of St Joseph.I’ve been saying a novena to him for a couple special intentions including for our home as well as for a friend in Florida who is hoping to buy a home himself for his family. I feel that St Joseph,if anyone,cares about this because he and his own family were homeless when they sought out a place to stay for the birth of Jesus.
St Joseph is a good role model for all husbands,fathers and MEN in general.
Am going to listen to GK Chesterton,pray rosary,watch DOGmatic theology at 10(ALL on EWTN)take a snooze and stop back later with a blog post with a few photos of our Christmas. BTW.We’re moving Feb 1st.Tomorrow is going to be crazy.I have a ton of phone calls to make.Nothing worse. Will have to pray for patience.The next month is going to be hectic as we pack up here and move in there in the dead of winter. Why does this always happen at this time of year? We are thrilled to be moving though. Our own home for a change-at 60.It’s hard to imagine but better late than never! Off to GK. BBL.
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A Christmas reflection you will enjoy especially in our times.
We had such a mixed up day yesterday. My emotional roller-coaster was all over the place. Had a little family drama, did some schooling and laundry (that is a daily thing), spent some time researching on some future blogging ideas, sent my youngest son off to his brother’s house, and then I got ready to attend a Christmas Concert. Off we went into a new storm that is supposed to combine with two other storms, to give us 8-12 inches of snow in the next two days. It started early on Friday, however, and so we were driving in pretty amazing conditions. Beautiful and yet, cold, too!
The music was amazing! This was at a public high school and the kids sounded like professionals. In addition to that, the songs they chose were actually Christmas songs. They mentioned Christ, and Jesus, and the Wise Men; there was even a song…
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During the election, Examiner\’s Dean Chambers caused quite a stir when he talked about polls being skewed for Obama, something many conservatives reported. Now that the election is over, Chambers is focused on what he said is the reason for Obama\’s victory. On Saturday, The Blaze reported that Chambers\’ new site, barackofraudo.com, shows that Obama received 80 electoral votes in four states due largely to voter fraud.
\”Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk,\” the site says, quoting Henry David Thoreau.
\”Evidence of vote fraud is very much like that,\” Chambers wrote on the site.
\”Those who engage in it are slick and do all they can to hide it, so the evidence is often quite circumstantial. In fact, often the circumstantial evidence is all the evidence we have, such was finding tens of thousands of bogus votes in the ballot box, we didn\’t see someone actually put them there, but they are found, they are there, and they are clearly evidence of vote fraud,\” he added. \”Such is true of the voting divisions where Obama gets 100 percent of the votes cast. As if anyone REALLY believes that is legitimate.\”
The Blaze reported that Chambers was mocked throughout the election for his site, UnSkewedPolls.com, where he attempted to, as Dave Weigel wrote at Slate, put \”into numbers what other conservatives put into words.\”
But according to Chambers, four states — Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida — should rightfully have gone to Romney, and would have were it not for voter fraud.
\”I\’m getting credible information of evidence in those states that there enough numbers that are questionable and could have swung the election,\” he said, according to Weigel. \”I\’m only putting good credible information on there, like the actual vote counts, reports, and mainstream publications reporting voter fraud,\” he added.
Chambers admits, however, that right now there is a lot of noise with very little substance.
\”There\’s a lot of chatter, though. There are articles people have sent me that don\’t hold up. Crazy stuff,\” he said.
\”What\’s not crazy?\” Weigel asked.
\”Things like the 59 voting divisions of Philadelphia where Romney received zero votes,\” Chambers said. \”Even Larry Sabato said that should be looked into.\”
Weigel said that \”57 precincts gave McCain no votes in 2008.\”
\”There\’s such a thing as a 99% Democratic precinct, and such a thing as a 99% Republican precinct,\” he added.
Chambers said that Ohio had irregularities that didn\’t get much media attention.
\”Some of the precincts or divisions in Cleveland were projected to be 99% Obama. That\’s a part of the state where it\’s known that a lot of ballot box scamming has been done in the past,\” he said. \”There were isolated reports of people voting for Romney and having votes changed, though they didn\’t get much attention.\”
Chambers also noted that Romney went from an 80,000 lead in Virginia to losing by 120,000.
\”When votes were being counted on election night, 97% of the precincts were counted, and Romney was still leading 50-49,\” he said. \”When that remaining 3% were counted, a lead of 80,000 or so votes for Romney were turned into 120,000 for Obama.\”
Mytheos Holt observed that there were areas \”where Mitt Romney also got 100 percent of the votes cast.\”
\”Because of missed details like this, and his erroneous claim elsewhere that Virginia wasn’t called until Obama was leading, Chambers’ argument probably won’t face any success, or be taken with much seriousness by RNC leaders,\” Holt added.
Even if there was overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence of voter fraud, Bob Unruh wrote at WND that the GOP would be powerless to stop it, thanks to a 1982 court case between the two parties.
According to Unruh, \”a race-based consent decree negotiated by Democrats against the Republican National Committee a generation ago still has tied the RNC’s hands, and GOP officials could be cited for contempt – or worse – if they try to make sure American elections are clean.\”
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