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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 13, 2007

Pope will bypass Boston in US visit

That's the headline on the Boston Globe story. It's accurate, as far as it goes. But here's a bit of perspective that might have escaped readers in Boston: The Pope will also "bypass" Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Brunswick, Hartford, Dubuque, Peoria, Bardstown, and Bug Tussle, Oklahoma.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2007 7:28 PM ET USA

    Now, if y'all wood excuse me, fir I needs to clarify for our buddy, the Waffling Anglican: thar shore is a Bug Tussle, Oklahoma, just off of Highway 69, south of Innerstate 40, as the crow flies, right in good ol' Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. And I yam shore that the Holy Father wood find a fine welcome from the good folks thare.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 10:51 PM ET USA

    What's wrong with the headline? The Globe is a Boston-based paper, so it talks in terms of how events affect the Boston area - as it should. If the Pope decided not to go to New York, wouldn't the New York papers run similar headlines? In terms of perspective, the headline shows both religious perspective - since the archbishop of Boston personally invited Pope Benedict - and historical perspective - since JPII's first U.S. trip WAS to Boston.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 10:30 PM ET USA

    If the Pope bypasses four cities, does that mean that he has had a quadruple bypass?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 8:57 PM ET USA

    The Boston Herald played it as a Sports story, thoughtfully including a link on "team stats" for the Red Sox. The first two paragraphs: Pope Benedict XVI is skipping Boston on his first trip to America as pontiff, bypassing the Red Sox faithful for an appearance at Yankee Stadium instead. But experts say Bostonians - even those who think Red Sox Nation is the closest thing to heaven on Earth - shouldn’t take it personally as the pope plans trips to New York and Washington, D.C.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 4:06 PM ET USA

    Granted that some in Boston take themselves and the notion of being the "Hub" a little too seriously, a little context is in order. I doubt that the Cardinal Archbishop of Bug Tussle, Oklahoma had issued a well-publicized invitation to the Holy Father to include Bug Tussle on his U.S. itinerary next year.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 3:33 PM ET USA

    Bug Tussle is in Texas, Yankee boy. Back to geography class for you.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 11:22 AM ET USA

    Is the Pope going to bypass Dushore, PA also? I've never been there but I heard some of the people are nice. What a shame. Of course, the people in Dushore, PA are not completely consummed with themselves, so it probably hasn't occured to them.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2007 9:01 AM ET USA

    The Holy Father is "bypassing" Cincinnati too but you don't hear me complaining. Boston is a great city with champion sports teams and great universities but it is not the nation's capital! Neither is New Ork but I suppose B16 might want to address the UN. I hope he brings an entire jug of holy water and exorcises that place.