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Francis Again Tested for Coronavirus

Francis and the few still living in Santa Marta were checked for the coronavirus. The result was negative, IlFattoQuotidiano.it (March 26) knows.

The measure was necessary after a Monsignor living there, fell ill.

Francis spends most of the day in his room No. 201, on the second floor.

For the time being, only ten copies of L’Osservatore Romano are printed for Francis, Benedict XVI, and the heads of the Secretariat of State.

Picture: © Mazur, CC BY-NC-SA, #newsIezeyoagbf

Novella Nurney
If he tested positive, would we even know?
This is worthy of a repost of G.K.Chesterton ( yes that one, and the gtv username) This excerpt hails from , I believe, " The Ball and the Cross "
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The one and only advantage of the duel in the countries where it is practiced is that you or I, the most powerless and broken man, may walk up to the most powerful person in …More
If he tested positive, would we even know?
This is worthy of a repost of G.K.Chesterton ( yes that one, and the gtv username) This excerpt hails from , I believe, " The Ball and the Cross "
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The one and only advantage of the duel in the countries where it is practiced is that you or I, the most powerless and broken man, may walk up to the most powerful person in Europe and ask him, with the utmost politeness, to die.

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You're an okay guy Novella Nurney so I'm not picking on you personally about this, but GK Chesterton doesn't know squat about duelling.

Neither does that clown who's assumed his name and wafts through GTV from time to time, endlessly requoting the author whether the statements apply or not.

Historically, one had to be of an equal class (i.e. social/ political standing) with one's intended …More
You're an okay guy Novella Nurney so I'm not picking on you personally about this, but GK Chesterton doesn't know squat about duelling.

Neither does that clown who's assumed his name and wafts through GTV from time to time, endlessly requoting the author whether the statements apply or not.

Historically, one had to be of an equal class (i.e. social/ political standing) with one's intended opponent in order to tender a valid challenge. The aristocracy guarded such prerogatives quite jealously. Propriety was involved. It was considered vulgar and demeaning to treat one's inferiors as peers. Likewise it was a dangerous presumption to assume rights above one's station when addressing one's betters..

If "the most powerless and broken man" somehow managed to get within speaking distance of "the most powerful person in Europe" and offered such a challenge, the most he could expect was a dismissive wave of the hand as his only direct reply.

Then he'd get beaten within an inch of his life by "the most powerful person in Europe's" footmen for the insult of addressing such a figure with anything except the most abject humility. Most likely followed by a horse-whipping for his insolence by the "most powerful person in Europe's" coachman.

It's interesting you'd bring this subject up since Virginia has a long history of duelling, though by the time G.K. Chesteron was born, the entire practice had already been outlawed in the state for 64 years. ;-)
Novella Nurney
Thank you for the in depth history lesson on duelling! ( I'm not being sarcastic) . I know zilch about the activity. Even though I am fond of a great deal of Chesterton' s literary works, I would have no idea if he had any indepth knowledge on the subject of duelling or not. I just had a passing thought that the quote ( in the context of the story it is quoted from) was rather appropriate for …More
Thank you for the in depth history lesson on duelling! ( I'm not being sarcastic) . I know zilch about the activity. Even though I am fond of a great deal of Chesterton' s literary works, I would have no idea if he had any indepth knowledge on the subject of duelling or not. I just had a passing thought that the quote ( in the context of the story it is quoted from) was rather appropriate for the headline. Many thanks for your comments!
Ultraviolet
Pope Francis getting tested again? ;-)
Tesa
"Up to two thirds of people who die from coronavirus in the next nine months are likely to have died this year from other causes, a government advisor has said."
Holy Cannoli
Neil Ferguson also said that "experts" are expecting around 20,000 deaths?
It's already past that number.
coronavirus.jhu.edu
Eva
Thomas D. Williams: "Thought experiment: If we were to lock down all roads in the U.S. we would save 35,000 lives each year from traffic fatalities. Would it be worth it?"
Ultraviolet
Don't give 'em ideas @Eva :D Not during an election year. Dems: "Trump is letting 35,000 people die each year!" vs. Dems: "Trump destroyed duh economy with his stupid lock-down". Followed by some "experts" with a lot of graphs somehow proving 35,000 people weren't saved at all.