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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Papa Ratzinger continua una tradizione che era stata iniziata da Papa Montini (Paul VI- 1964): invitare gli artisti in Vaticano, esperti in vari campi. E cosi', nella stupenda cornice della Cappella Sistina, il Papa diede il benvenuto, alcune settimane fa, a Giuseppe Tornatore, ai fratelli Taviani, a Nanni Moretti, ed a molti altri, in tutto 260 esponenti del mondo della cultura, del cin- ema, dell'architettura, della poesia, della danza, della musica, del teatro e della fotografia. Al; caloroso discorso del Papa, Giuseppe Tornatore, il regista di: "Cinema Paradiso," commento': "Quello fu come una carezza alla cultura in un periodo in cui si ricevono solo schiaffi." Un richiamo alla realta' internazionale giunse dallo scrittore iraniano Kader Abdolah, che ha partecipato all'incontro, con al collo una sciarpa verde in omaggio al popolo iraniano che chiede liberta', sperando che la sua voce venga ascoltata anche nelle stanze del potere temporale (dei Papi). Erano presenti anche tre israeliani tra cui Samuel Maoz, Leone d'Oro quest'anno (2009) a Venezia per il film "Lebanon." Maoz ha osservato che le parole del Papa hanno significato un solenne "NO" all'odio ed alla guerra, ed un grande "SI" all'amore ed all'arte. L'incontro alla Cappella Sistina ha significato l'apoteosi del rapporto tra "arte" e "religione," rendendo possible, come fu osservato da alcuni intervenuti, che l'alleanza tra la fede e l'arte e' possible. C'e' stato unanime consenso che il messaggio del Papa fu semplice e profondo, quindi particolarmente molto efficace, specialmente nel punto in cui il Papa invita gli artisti ad essere "mediatori di speranza." DID YOU KNOW THAT ... Pope Ratzinger has continued the tradition begun by Pope Montini (Paul VI-1964) to invite to the Vatican artists, prominent in many fields. And so, in- side the beautiful surroundings of the Sistine Chapel, the Pope welcomed Giuseppe Tornatore, the brothers "Taviani," Nanni Moretti and many others, 260 in all, representing the world of culture, of cinematography, architecture, po- etry, dance, music, theatre and photography. To the Pope's warm welcoming address, Giuseppe Tornatore, the director of the celebrated "Cinema Paradiso," observed: "the Pope's address was a sweet touch to culture at a time when we get only slaps on the faceI" A call to international events came from an Iranian writer, Kader Abdolah, who attended the meeting wearing a green scarf in homage to the Iranian people who are looking for freedom, hoping that their voice will be heard ever inside the hall of the temporal power (of the Popes). In attendance were also three Israelis, among whom Samuel Maoz, the recipient of the Venice Film Festival's (2009) "Golden Lion" (Leone d'Oro) for the movie "Lebanon." Maoz felt that the Pope's words expressed a definite "NO" to hate and to war and a resounding "YES" to love and the Arts. The meeting in the Sistine Chapel appeared to signify the apotheosis in the relation between Art and Religion, making it possible, as voiced by some of the participants, that an alliance between Faith and Art can be achieved. There was unanimous consent that the Pope's message was simple but profound, thus quite effective too, particu- larly when the Pope invited the artists to be the "Mediators of Hope." News Briefs (Continued from Page I0) "I would like to be remem- bered as somebody who cared a great deal about people." Back in a 2007 NY Times interview, when asked how he would like to be remembered, again he said "as a man who loved the people of New York as much as he loved his own family." Former U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield, R-Oregon passed away on August 8. He was the longest serving U.S. Senator from Oregon, serv- ing five terms from 1967 to 1997. I first remember him from the sixties and early seventies when he was an opponent of the Vietnam War. Back around 1997 as his career in Washington was wrapping up, he basically stated the Hatfield Principle when he was quoted as say- ing, "Every president other than Eisenhower has been seduced by the military con- cept that it is our sole mea- sure of our national security and the more bombs we build, the more secure we are ... That's just_not true. We are vulnerable in our national security today and we are vulnerable in many ways we are not addressing -- the needs of education, the needs of housing, the needs of nutrition, the needs of health, the needs of infra- structure." Hatfield was elected twice as governor of Oregon, first in 1958 and then re-elected in 1962. At the 1965 Na- tional Governors Confer- ence, he was denounced as a traitor for casting the only "no" vote on a resolution sup- porting President Johnson's Vietnam policy. In the early seventies, he again upset fellow Republicans by joining up with U.S. Senator George McGovern, D-South Dakota sponsoring an amendment to end the Vietnam War. Both Hugh Carey and Mark Hatfield stood up for what they believed. People didn't have to like them or the votes orb positions they took but people always respected their public service. That is the best legacy any elected _ .politician can. attain. - The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani HAYMARKET FOOD FIGHT? According to a recent Bos- ton Metro report, Governor Deval Patrick is looking at a spot above the Big Dig for a year-round farmers market but Haymarket vendors are very wary of the idea as it could greatly impact their livelihoods. The State House News Service has also re- ported that the Haymarket vendors were able to push back efforts for this indoor farmers market, saying it would have them unfairly compete against the farm- ers who would be subsidized by the state. Said Gus Serra, a former state representative and a member of the Haymarket Pushcart Association, "I don't want to create a whole new level of competition." City Hall says the new indoor farmers market can only work if Haymarket vendors support the idea. Proponents of the 136 Blackstone Street site as a farmers market are hoping to open shop next summer. Time will tell and we shall see. GREEK FESTIVAL ' I I The annual Greek Festi- val put on by the Annuncia- tion Greek Orthodox Cathe- dral in Brookline adjacent to Larz Anderson Park is sched- uled for September 9-11. Welcome and enjoy the tastes, treats and spirit if Greece. LOOKING BACK AT CITY PAPER'S ROOTS I love neighborhood news- papers over the years since the early '70s. One that I go back with close to 40 years is the Boston City Paper, pub- lished by Paul Feeney for all these years. The paper was around during forced busing and offered some great com- mentary on that failed social experiment. The City Paper office was up on Dorchester Avenue, past St. Williams, headed to Edward Everett Square. Today, the office is on Freeport Street. It isn't online yet but it is comput- erized. I still write for it and have been off and on over the decades. Currently, I have become a darn good photo-journalist with my "CityPoints" column. It isn't easy explaining what the City Paper is. It is part advertising shoppers' news and part community newspaper with some very interesting commentaries and photos. I call it a hybrid like a Ford Fusion. Today, the paper is still Dorchester- based as always but it is also regularly distributed in South Boston, Roslindale, West Roxbury and environs. WHAT'S YOUR GOOD TIME FAVORITES STATION? When I'm driving around East Boston, I always have my radio on North Shore 104.9 "your good time favor- ite radio station" on the FM dial. If you love those old tunes from the '60s and '7Os, 104.9 is where you have to be. Check it out once and you'll be thanking yourself everyday hence. THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH When I lived in North Quincy, I had a real "Cliff Clayven" for my mailman. He lived on his route, owned a cat that never paid atten- tion to him, and the dogs on his route loved him and vice versa. Now I live in East Boston and my mailman is a guy named "Mike" but he's not the mailman who lives on the street named "Mike." Both these guys work out of the U.S. Postal Distribution Center over by Beacham Street in Chelsea. Both of these guys had heard of my brother, Dominic, who was apparently a legend there before he retired and sadly passed away. He was a man- ager that the letter carriers loved working for. They called him a "hot #*%@." Getting back to my new East Boston mailman, folks on Princeton Street think he's super. Numero uno! He may not resemble Cliff from "Cheers" or love dogs like my old mailman in Quincy but I always get my mail with him. I asked him if he came from the North End but he's all East Boston. However, he says he loves dining at Ida's in the alley off Hanover Street, which by the way is just feet away from the North End Post Office. DEATH AT AN EARLY AGE Death stings no matter what the age. Over in Norwood, MA a young man named Kevin Morrison battled cancer for six months and on August 20, at the age of 21, fell to an en- emy named cancer which had invaded his body. He fought hard with reportedly the same kind of spirit that made him known on the Mustangs, the Norwood High School Football team. It is difficult to understand why these terrible things happen. Life is ahvays a road, sometimes a tough one. We all have our time and only God knows the duration of that time. Life is also a gift to be cherished. It is our most treasured possession. I pray for young Kevin and his family going through this awful time. Consolation is that friends and neighbors of this Norwood family bonded together with them in grief and the hope is that young Kevin is now at peace in that better place promised us. West End Museum (Continued from Page 8) Berde, photographer Ariel Kessler and puppeteer and ventriloquist Susan Linn and her beloved puppet "Audrey Duck." Great mate- rials will be supplied. Tour: "Remarkable Jewish Women in Boston's West End" Sunday, September 25, 2011 -- 1:00 p.m., at the West End Museum and Vilna Shul. Helaine Davis and Linda Stern tour guides. This event will be co-spon- sored by Jewish Women in Boston History and Bos- ton Women's Heritage Trail. i:00 p.m., attendees gather at Vilna Shul 1:10-1:30 p.m., Tour of Vilna Shul; 1:30 pm -2:30 pm, Walk of West End (BPL/West End Branch, Puff- ers Building, West End House, African Meeting House and Smith Court Residences, O'Connell Way (formerly Allen Street); 2:30 p.m., arrive at West End Museum for tour af_exhibits with a _focus on Jewish history. Led by li- brarians Helaine Davis and Linda Stern. Vilna Shul is closest to MGH T stop. RSVP he lainedavis @gmail. com. Artist Talk: "Surviving Our Losses" Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at the west End Museum. FREE. Join in a discussion focus- ing on the many ways that we grieve and survive traumatic losses. Deborah Rivlin, Be- reavement Educator, Dianne Cella, Pediatric Nurse and Evelyn Berde will speak. The West End Museum is located at 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston, Massachusetts or visit their websitoby visting www. TheWestEndMuseum.org. Jazz: "Return of the Bright Moments Band" Saturday, September 24 -- 7:30 p.m., at the West End Museum. FREE. Playing the music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Charles Mingus; featuring multi-instrumentalist Bob Drinkwater along with Bob McCloskey (tenor sax), John Licata (trombone), Dave Gold (bass), Rick Lynch (piano) and John Nourse (drums). Don t Advertise? Nothing! For information on advertising in the Post-Gazette. carl 617-227-8929.