The Ethereal Pope


By Kathy Kemper – 04/17/08 05:21 PM ET

April 17, 2008, our capital city, Nationals Park, Mark Tuohey’s suite, 7 a.m.

Nationals Park presents itself as light and airy. The weather has been delivered from heaven. The music takes us to the heavens.

I hear a 65-voice Intercultural Choir with members from 35 countries singing in French, Zulu and Spanish, among others. A 250-voice Papal Mass Choir and a 175-voice Children’s Choir singing in Latin. An 80-voice Gospel Choir singing in 10 languages out across the stadium. Now I am in some celestial place.

The pope fans are refined, respectful and thrilled. They are as diverse a crowd as I have ever experienced. We are experiencing a highlight of our life.

Forty thousand Pope fans and every one of us feels our audience with the pontiff is intimate, close, unique, one on one.

I daydream and try to think of another timeless figure with the name recognition of the pope. Jesus, Buddha — they are individual religious icons.

I wonder: How many people in our flat-world community have NOT heard of the pope? Perhaps not Benedict XVI or John Paul II, but just THE POPE?

Historically, what has the pope’s name recognition been?

I think these questions tell the world community something we should listen to, as does the music.

About the author

Coach Kathy Kemper, known as “Coach” to many, is Founder and CEO of the Institute for Education, a non-profit foundation that recognizes and promotes leadership, civility, and finding common ground, locally, nationally, and in the world community.

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