Something White, Something New

Day 223 – March 1, 2012

I am stealing from the genius that are Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Click and Clack, from “Car Talk” on National Public Radio. Even though they gave this puzzle out some time ago, I thought it was an appropriate opener for this post.

In Yankee Stadium, there is an area beyond center field called Monument Park. In it, the New York baseball team has placed plaques and monuments honoring their legends such as Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson, and Babe Ruth. While Yankee players, managers, and owners are enshrined in this area, Monument Park also has plaques honoring three Cardinals. Can you name them?

Play appropriate game-show “thinking” music here as you ponder your answer.

And time is up.

The answers are Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI who all performed Mass in the ballpark.

The trick to the riddle is that the use of the term “Cardinal” does not refer to the St. Louis baseball team, but to the fact that the Pontiff was once a member of the College of Cardinals.

Yes, that was indeed a long detour of a prologue to arrive at the main focus of today’s posting, but off we go…

Yesterday, I was driving by one of our local parks here in the Lima suburban district that I call home when I noticed something different in the center of this green space.

I realize I have now been in Peru for seven months and have probably started to become accustomed to seeing things and not noticing them. It’s all part of the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment. Sights and sounds that seemed so alien and different to me back in August and September are now simply part of the background noise.

So today I went back to that park to investigate the new inhabitant of the park’s center and here he is (and why I went to all that trouble to include the puzzle from “Car Talk”)…

Statue of Pope John Paul II in Lima, Peru suburb

A song by Journey comes to mind

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Karol Józef Wojtyła…

Status of Pope John Paul II in suburb of Lima, Peru

In Spanish, the Pope is known as El Papa

…better known to the world as Pope John Paul II.

Closeup of status of Pope John Paul II in suburb of Lima, Peru

Ready for his close-up

As I inspected the plaque at the base of the statue, I was glad to see that I indeed was not yet becoming completely immune to noticing all the newness and variety that this area, city, country, and culture have to offer. I had never noticed that statue before yesterday, because…

Plaque at base of status of Pope John Paul II

In the bottom right corner, you can see the date that I'm just about to talk about

…it had been put up only three days ago.

No (Papal) bull.

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Posted on March 3, 2012, in Peru, Random and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. That’s the third one I know of in Lima! JPII seems to be extremely popular here.

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