Is it me or is this Pope in the news all the time? Never mind the coverage of controversial matters (like the lecture at Regensburg), which I wrote about here and here. Pope Benedict gets mainstream media coverage when he named four new saints (including two nuns), confimed that his trip to Turkey next month is still on (no scaredy-cat he), and let slip that he's working on bringing back the Latin mass. I think it's kind of cool that Papa Ratzi is in the news so much. And not just for globe-trotting a la Pope John Paul (may his soul rest in peace), but for significant doctrinal reasons. The world needs him, and he's coming through. I never expected this level of engagement with the wider world from an 83-year old German theologian.