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Saturday, August 20, 2005

WYD Vigil - Listen Live

I'm still a bit busy, and part of that has to do with composing a review of Pope Benedict's memoirs, Milestones, but I did want to give you some important links.

In case you want to listen to Radio Vatican in English of today's coverage of World Youth Day:

Real Audio
Windows Media Player

If you want to WATCH it, that option is also available online, via EWTN's Live TV links:

Real Audio (English, Low)
Real Audio (English, High)
Real Audio (Spanish, Low)

Windows Media Player (English, Low)
Windows Media Player (English, High)
Windows Media Player (Spanish, Low)

The Vigil will start shortly at 2 PM EDT, and continue for at least 3-4 hours. It marks the penultimate day of World Youth Day celebrations in Germany.

The Address to Seminarians by Pope Benedict XVI is just starting in pre-recorded mode, since there is a rain delay for the Vigil at flooded Marienfeld.

There are 800,000 'kids' aged 18-30 there. I wonder how many more, if it hadn't been raining?

UPDATE: I've noticed now two straight times, that Radio Vatican & EWTN translators must have an advanced text of the Pope's speeches, in various languages, because they are always two sentences ahead. (Since I speak all the languages the Pope does, plus Portuguese, I can follow closer than most) And speaking of languages, the Holy Father is completely fluent in 5 languages -- his native German, of course, French, Italian, Spanish and English. I notice, however, that he is least comfortable and fluent in English, although that's being very picky, because it's just a question of pronunciation, as much as enthusiasm in speaking. As a quick example, Jesus becomes Cheeses, lending our Lord's name an unwittingly comic touch. His favourite languages are undoubtedly the two Romance tongues of Italian and French. You can tell he just loves speaking Italian, and his eyes light up with such a joy when he does so. And in French, he has that slight shudder of delight in speaking it, turning the phrases in his mouth elegantly, in the way many Germans like to do so, when speaking French. For such a shy man, he's very engagingly extroverted in speech-making.


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