Being more than just a bit of a fan of His Holiness, this most recent letter has given me more hope than I've had for a long time that things will be better.
I've read the recent coverage in the press as best as I can, but as some of the bile about him is more than I can stomach without getting really angry, I have relied almost entirely on blogs (I know I've said it before, but where on earth would we be without them?). While I pray daily for the Pope anyway, he's getting some extra attention, and will get even more the closer his visit to Britain comes.
There will be nothing the Pope can say that will satisfy everyone. Some will as a point of principle continue to misrepresent and twist everything he says (I'm thinking particularly of a certain broadsheet that's now tabloid in more than just size that I wouldn't even line a rabbit hutch with).
But on the bright side, if we aren't being persecuted or at least got at, we aren't doing it right, so it's actually all good.
Oh, one other thing, Fr Tim Finigan suggests we send emails of support to Pope Benedict. I think that's a great idea, and here's the address: firstname.lastname@example.org