Fear not!A common position among critics: The mega-donations prove social problems could be quickly addressed if the wealthy were motivated to do so.www.usatoday.com
Speaking in his chambers before presiding over Easter Sunday Mass, the pontiff assured his donors that not a dime of their money would ever go to feed, clothe, or house the less fortunate. “Rest assured, as the wealthiest church on the face of the planet, we here at the Vatican appreciate your donations. We especially understand your concerns over your hard-inherited money being used to help the destitute.”
Terry Pratchett explains it pretty well:On visiting the Gold Pavilion Temple in Kyoto, Douglas Adams was impressed at how well the 14th-century structure had weathered the passage of time. His Japanese guide told him that it hadn’t weathered well at all; in fact it had burned to the ground twice in the 20th century.
Terry Pratchett in The Fifth Elphant said:This, milord, is my family's axe. We have owned it for almost nine hundred years, see. Of course, sometimes it needed a new blade. And sometimes it has required a new handle, new designs on the metalwork, a little refreshing of the ornamentation . . . but is this not the nine hundred-year-old axe of my family? And because it has changed gently over time, it is still a pretty good axe, y'know. Pretty good.
In case nobody has replied in private: They ship to the US, but for a hefty postal fee of about EUR 40, and you can pay per paypal or credit card. I am not in France, so ordering from here and then shipping to the US wouldn't be cheap either. But maybe the information helpsI wanted to buy something from the Notre-Dame gift shop for a friend whose birthday is coming up (Panier d'achat) but, well, it's in French, obviously, with no English link, and I'm not even sure if they'll ship to the U.S. Does anyone know of another source for it (so the money goes to the right place, not that it really means anything but still...), or would some kind French soul be willing to purchase and ship it for me with payment up front?
First hand knowledge would be appreciated ... by now the scammers and other low-lifes have probably flooded the Internet by now.
Thank you, in advance.
!Estados Unidos, amigo!Oh, that makes sense now. I forgot that French, even though the name would have been Latin based (United States) puts the nouns last when they are modified.
I was looking in the A's and U's. I was desperate enough, I even tried "Vereinigte Staaten" (hey, it was close to the U's).
The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years.
Once restored, it will take six months just to tune the organ, according to the state agency overseeing Notre Dame’s restoration. Its music isn’t expected to resound again through the medieval Paris monument until 2024, to the dismay of the cathedral’s dedicated organists.
Four years is a reasonable estimate and that's assuming they don't discover any serious construction issues that have to be resolved. The eighteenth century replacement, of the fifteenth century original, took eight years. Comprehensive cleaning cycles have traditionally taken twoish years to complete depending on whether or not ranks were being added or consoles were being rebuilt.What Free Quoted