Stats for April 2012

At the tail end of it, the month became quite interesting, as my translation of the pope’s letter to the German bishops was picked by numerous blogs and websites, resulting in more than 2,000 page views in one day. Not surprisingly, the blog easily broke the 10,000 page view ceiling and peaked at 10,992. I know this blogging game is not about numbers, but still: wow.

Without further ado, here’s the top 10 of last month:

1: Letter to the German Bishops’ Conference 3,120
2: Priest in space 129
3: Cardinal Watch: Cardinal Daoud passes away 84
4: Cardinal Watch: Cardinal Aponte Martínez passes away 82
5: Seventh Station: Jesus falls for the second time 80
6: For all or many – Pope Benedict enters the debate 68
7: The Stations of the Cross 66
8: Happy birthday, Holy Father! 64
9: A blackbook for Bishop Mutsaerts 57
10: “A desperate push” – Holy Father corrects disobedient priests 54

Although the numbers above are obviously a sign of appreciation that is very welcome and, er, appreciated, there are other ways to show support for this blog. One of them is via the donation button below.

Priest in space

Although the Netherlands is currently well-represented in space, as astronaut André Kuipers is one of six crew members of the International Space Station, soon the burgeoning space tourism industry could increase the Dutch representation, and the Catholic one too.

Free daily newspaper Metro is in the process of running a contest that allows to winner to make a short hop into space from a space port on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. The number of contestants has been narrowed down to 20, and among them is Father Anton ten Klooster, priest of the Archdiocese of Utrecht. In his own words on the contest website:

“Metro is sending someone into the heavens! You might as well immediately send a priest, who already has his contacts there. The Netherlands has the chance to be the first country in the world to do this. And you have to admit: no one would expect that from US, right? Surprise the world, vote for me :)”

Voting is now closed, so all we can do is wait until tomorrow and see if the numbers of votes cast and Fr. ten Klooster’s motivation will lead, via an international finale, to the first cleric in space.

Artwork credit: Fr. Roderick/SQPN