A day on which I am so blessed to be:
Pope Benedict, our beloved German Shepherd, has tossed the bouquet (so to speak).
St. Francis says, "Here you go...the pope you need for the times we are in. He is under my patronage. I join my prayers with yours."
Meanwhile...God enjoys a little chuckle as he looks back a few years:
It's a great time to be Catholic. If you're not, please don't believe what you've been told about Catholicism unless you've been taught it by a Catholic who knows her faith. Very good and holy and well-meaning Protestants are usually quite incorrect in what they think they know about Catholicism and many Protestants are surprised when they find out what Catholics actually believe. If you want to find out for yourself, go to the forums at Catholic.com and ASK! Alternatively, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pray for Christian unity - it's what Jesus wants for all of us.