April 08, 2005

Monks in space

In this morning's news, under the headline "Island Monks Fly in Satellite to Watch Pope Funeral", Reuters reports:

Monks living on an island off the west coast of Wales have flown in a satellite dish to watch the Pope's funeral on Friday.

Caldey Abbey, on Caldey Island, is home to the monks of the contemplative Cistercian order which follows a strict routine of prayer and work throughout the day and observes vows of silence every evening.

They already own a television set, although it has not been used for some time, but the satellite is needed to pick up the signal from Rome.

The monks have promised to return the dish once the funeral is over.

[Link sent in by Liz Upton]

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 8, 2005 10:04 AM