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Posts tagged: Pope

Saint Francis ~ Pope Francis I

“Francis, repair my Church which, as you can see, is falling into ruins.”  Words heard by St. Francis of Assisi

October 4 is a day Christians celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, the namesake of Pope Francis I. Who was Francis? And how is Pope Francis working to restore some of the charisms of this 13th century saint?

Today, October 4, Pope Francis visits Assisi where he will meet those helped by the charity Caritas, celebrate Mass, pray at St. Francis’ tomb and speak about his vision for the Church.  

A man of simplicity and humility, Pope Francis I leads the Catholic Church on a journey of caring for the poor, welcoming all people and speaking in a voice of love, acceptance and courage. Finally…again.

Happy Feast Day, Francis!  

(S-R archives photo: Pope Francis I)

Holy smoke…update

Today begins the conclave of Cardinals to elect a new pope. Who do you think will wear the white garment and stand at the window?  

While the rest of the world tweets, emails, texts and blogs, the men in red sequester themselves without electronics; instead they pray, reflect and vote – just as they did 400 years ago.

 An American? The guy from Milan? The hockey-playing Canadian? The man from Ghana?  Latin America? Who is your favorite?

 We wait and look to the sky for an answer.


Vatican City, 12 March 2013 (VIS) – This evening at 7:42pm, black smoke rose from the chimney installed on the roof of the Sistine Chapel signalling that the Cardinal electors have not elected a new Pope in the first ballot of the Conclave.

(S-R photo: U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston)

The pope and his wisdom…or not

Now that Pope Benedict  XVI is leaving St. Peter’s center stage, so many “authorities” on papal topics are writing and writing and talking and talking, to say nothing about the papal hopefuls adjusting their beanies and walking a bit more confidently.

Fun to watch.

In the meantime, here is the latest myth debunked…In short, no, the pope is not infallible about the weather or Jesus’ eye color or…so many issues in the world.

Read and learn.

(S-R photo)

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