Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, April 08, 2005

Near Eastern Notables at Funeral for John-Paul II

The funeral of Pope John-Paul II was an astounding and emotional event. The first images of crowds of greater than one million around St. Peter's Square left us wondering if there wasn't an outbreak of mass hysteria. I took us a few days to realize the deep sincerity that was bringing hundreds of thousands of mourners to Rome. The generosity of the Italians and the hospitality of hard-pressed Romans were impressive.

Besides the free mineral water, the free blankets, the 50-cent espresso, and the free transport offered to the visitors without reflexion, there was no panic, no standoff, no alarm as the throngs converged on the basilica and filed in through doors open 22 hours a day for four days! Congratulations are due to everyone: civilians, Italian public safety officials and the Curia itself. Look what sincerity and unreserved generosity in the name of a moral and kind pontiff committed to God and to public life have done: Everyone there seemed, well, in an aura of grace. Let's hope the future is brighter because of this remembrance.

By the way, Madrid's El Mundo has a wonderful gallery of images

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Clerics from around the world assembled at the Vatican.

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Syrian President Assad and his wife.

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Israeli President Moshe Katzav, Queen Rania of Jordan and Iranian President Mohammed Khatami.


Blogger Traveller said...

Civilized. Almost impossible to remember what that is!

Great photos. Digital photography (and being able to see it digitally, on a decent monitor) is wonderful. I realize, as I use my camera, how it enables what used to be called "cheating" in photography. And it doesn't bother me a bit!!

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