Photo is by David Mark from Pixabay
Our photo today is of the late Pope Benedict with the former President of the United States George Bush. I share this photo today as the funeral Mass for the late Pope takes place this morning in the Vatican. Most news channels are showing the funeral live, including RTE starting at 8.30a.m
On This Day
On January 5th 1933 The Golden Gate Bridge construction began in San Francisco
On January 5th 2014 Eusébio perhaps the greatest Portuguese football (soccer) player of all time, died in Lisbon.
On January 5th 2021 Daily new cases of COVID-19 top 60,000 in the UK as data reveals one in fifty in England had COVID-19 within one week. A similar surge was experienced in so many other countries as well, including Ireland
Emma Bolger (Actress) is 27
Bradley Cooper (Actor) is 48
Vinnie Jones (Former Footballer and Actor) is 58
Saint For Today
The Saint for today Jan 5th is Saint John Neumann and he is the patron of immigrants and sick children
Significance Of Today
The funeral of the late Pope Benedict takes place today and will be led and celebrated by Pope Francis.
Interesting Quote For Today
“God is not distant: God is ‘Emmanuel,’ which means God-with-us. God is no stranger and has a face, the face of Jesus.” ~the late Pope Benedict
Did You Know
Here are some Did You Know Facts about the late Pope Benedict
- Pope Benedict was the oldest person to be elected pope since 1730.
- He spoke fluent German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and English.
- He played the piano and especially liked Beethoven and Mozart.
- Interestingly he had a pilot’s license and sometimes flew the papal helicopter to the summer residence. He never learned to drive a car.
- He loved cats and had two of them. One was a stray he found in Rome.
- He was the first pope to own an iPod.