Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Video: Pope's Angelus: ANGELUS 2009-08-23

(Journey in a Broken World; c.f. Official Vatican YouTube Channel 23 / 08 | August / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais



View this video on YouTube, at the Vatican's Website- Click on this Sentence to do so!

English version- scroll over to 11 minutes, 52 seconds in.


To a crowd, which could easily be compared to a mob, rabble or an exited crowd of sports stadium fans, and greeted by cries of "Viva la Papa" before he finally said only a few words in English, Pope Benedict XVI once again gave his Sunday Angelus, this past Sunday the 23rd of August: to packed crowds of fervent onlookers.

Speaking to applause, on Sunday the 23 of August (the eighth month in the modern calendar), Pope Benedict XVI attempted, somewhat in vain as they applauded him- to quiet the crowd, by signalling with his hands, before giving his weekly Angelus.

The video placed online by the Vatican, is a massive 18 minutes and 17 seconds long, and spans through a crowd- so exited they could be a multicultural rabble. Overall, during the Angelus- this Sunday- the Pope spoke in seven languages- starting with Italian, and then routinely returning to Italian during multiple sections of the speech, fortunately, the English section is only a few seconds long and may be easily watched.

As the crowd quieted slightly, and the Pope decided to start speaking, in Italian: What looks like something containing paper, or else some form of folder- was placed in front of the pope by a Vatican official who came forward to assist him. The pope appeared, from his hand gesture- to bless the crowd, with an excitement and life in his voice and vigor as he spoke. He had a firm strength about his voice as he spoke this Sunday.

The pope preceeded to speak, softly reading as a grandfather may to his children.

In the English part of the audience, which only occurs 11 minutes and 52 seconds in , where the Holy Father gave a simple blessing to the English speaking pilgrims, the pope gave a brief few words to his attentive English speaking listeners.

Here he greeted all the "English speaking pilgrims" gathered at the day's Angelus- to shouts in the crowd, of "Viva La Papa", and excitement among English speakers. He asked that their visit to Castel Gandolfo, Italy and to Rome strengthen their faith in the Lord, the Holy One God and Renew their desire to share the peace of his kingdom with others.

At this point, the Pope's speach becomes hard to hear correctly, he seemed to either ask that God "Renew upon [the pilgrims'] love... to answer with God's blessing of true happiness and joy" or, speaking of the world: "upon who [the pilgrims will] have to answer, [and for God to bless them with] God's blessing of true happiness and joy"



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