A parishioner sent the following note & accompanying link (which included the pic) …
I thought that a new development, namely Pope Benedict celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass facing East, was a pretty important one, and I thought I would send you a link about it. Its the first time that this has been done by a Pope in public since Vatican II. Hopefully this important step the Pope made today will help with Orthodox and Roman Catholic relations in that the Pope is trying his best to bring the Western Church back to the place where it should be.
[In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, during the Rite of Baptism, Satan is rebuked while facing west; Christ is accepted while facing east. Kudos to the Pope.]
Thanks to Ian for the link.