Saturday, August 20, 2005

Did He Swing From the Chandeliers ?

From Reuters via the La Times, comes this anecdote about 1000 Iraqi Catholics gathering in Baghdad to celebrate World Youth Day. They sent a message to the pope asking for blessings. "We are bearing in mind the exhortation of Jesus: 'Courage, do not be afraid,'" they said.

Nice. But what I don't get is the Vatican's response that the pope received the message from the youth "with joy and commotion." Joy, yes. Commotion ... er, I would like to see that statement unpacked. It's just hard to imagine this pope causing a commotion about anything.