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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Look, the guy's still pretty new at this...

Pope Benedict XVI forgot to bless the pilgrims that visited his summer residence this week.

Am not Catholic but in a way, that says some good about the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He sounds pretty humbled by the job he just took, is still "feeling it out", like it's not gotten the best of him. I'm not saying that giving a blessing to a crowd like that is a bad thing, but most people - if given this kind of power and authority - might let it go to their heads pretty quickly, and that's not happening with Benedict apparently.

By the way: after realizing he had forgotten the benediction, he came back out and gave it, offering his apologies to everyone for his absent-mindedness.