Those whose prayers have been answered (see previous post), can show their gratitude at this ad hoc shrine in via Trastevere. The slot at the bottom of the wall for donations for “bread for the orphans” has been crowded out by a hundred or so plaques dedicated to the madonna. The oldest plaques are
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This statue is in Santa Maria in Trastevere. The hundreds of slips of paper are requests for saintly intervention. Note how the more enterprising supplicants avoided getting their requests lost in the mess at his feet and stuck Post-its on his cassock.
Although I forgot to note the name of the saint, it
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Someone once wrote that war was composed of long periods of utter boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. That pretty much sums up my trip north from Rome to Friesland. The moments of terror came when an overloaded and swaying lorry suddenly swung out in front of me to overtake another slow-moving
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The odds-on favourite for a papacy prophecy double: Francis Arinze (Nigeria) will choose the name Benedict. For a long shot, try Cardinal Polycarp Pengo will choose the name D’Wayne, oh not on the list. Damian, then, at 100-1.
Hold on! Haven’t any of the Cardinals seen The Omen??!
Of course, as Paddy Power points
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I didn’t manage to get a photo of these two posters side-by-side in our street before they peeled off and fell to the ground in a soggy mush.
It was quite a striking juxtaposition.
Still, by the “miracle” of Photoshop …
Thank goodness they never met wearing the same outfit.
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