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Pope Francis connects with parishoners

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:55 pm

Pope Francis is currently in Brazil on a visit. He held a mass on Copacabana beach that drew a crowd estimated to have 1.5M people. As he is from South America, the Pope has a more personal connection on his first visit to the continent since taking the top position in the Roman Catholic Church this past February.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/453171/the-pope-and-the-stones-superstars-of-copacabana

The Pope distinguishes himself from his predecessor in adopting a modest lifestyle and avoiding public events that are not directly related to Church activities. Thus, he communicates that "he walks the talk" in his role and is attuned to how parishoners view the Church and its administration and religious orders.
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Postby pysanky on Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:22 am

Second Holy Week for Pope Francis since he came to Vatican as head of Catholic Church. What did he say today in Good Friday mass?
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/04/04/pope_francis:_friday_mass_in_santa_marta/en1-787727

One service from 2013, Pope Francis talks church-what it is, what makes one.
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/06/26/you-are-as-important-as-the-pope-francis-tells-faithful/
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:48 pm

Pope Francis notes how he himself has changed with age in regards to religion:
He also reflects that as he grows older, he is no longer the “rushing river” he was as a young man. Instead he sees himself as a “pool of water” — which allows him "the ability to move with kindness and humility,"

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-francis-s-10-happiness-tips-turn-off-the-tv-and-don-t-try-to-convert-others-1.2723770

The ten tips for happiness he has for us:
Pope Francis' 10 Tips for Happiness

Below are The Pope's ten tips translated from Spanish by the Catholic News Service.

1. "Live and let live."

2. "Be giving of yourself to others."

3. "Proceed calmly" in life.

4. Have "a healthy sense of leisure."

5. "Sunday is for family."

6. Be "creative" with young people and find innovative ways to create dignified jobs.

7. Respect and take care of nature.

8. Stop being negative. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy," he said.

9. "The worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes."

10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars," he said. "The call for peace must be shouted."


I am going to debate tip 8-sometimes being the negative person can point out obstacles or contingencies that need consideration. Also, in dealing with some negative family members, I cannot remain forever patient and enduring of their negativity. Sometimes negativity only responds to the same attitude.
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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:58 pm

Pope Francis had his second Christmas season of messages for the Roman Catholics of the world. He is two months away from marking two years in his current leadership role, yet at Christmas, his thoughts are on those in the world dealing with suffering.

The annual Christmas address is known as the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the world) message:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887093/Truly-tears-Christmas-Pope-Francis-delivers-sombre-Christmas-speech-anguish-suffering-children-including-victims-Taliban-attack-Peshawar-school.html

A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.

'Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, said Francis, looking solemn and smiling little, to a crowd, estimated by the Vatican to number more than 80,000 Romans, tourists and pilgrims, filled St. Peter's Square for his 'Urbi et Orbi' message (Latin for 'to the city and to the world').
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Postby deja vu on Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:49 pm

I like that he is trying to rein in the overspending by the priests and company. Millions taken for their over the top extravagant homes and vacations. No excuse when the money donated is for the church, not for the ones that will abuse the system.

I can see he is more down to earth, in touch with reality and hopefully will get a lot accomplished in his life time, but will it be enough to keep his changes going when he is replaced at some point in time.
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Postby fishandchips on Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:05 am

Pope Francis was said to be praying for the Air Asia flight that left indonesia to Singapore, according to Vatican Radio. Hoping for miracles for the crew and passengers on the flight that left radar.
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Postby fishandchips on Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:21 pm

What many people realize is the truth: perfect families don't exist. Sure, there are families that may be viewed as modelling the ideal family situation but the only people who know what happens in the home are the ones living there.

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/vatican/2015/01/23/perfect-families-dont-exist-says-pope_2c4d759f-7fd3-4c78-9e96-5be777d9da97.html

As well, families must be careful not to allow technology such as smartphones and personal computers to short-circuit face-to-face communication, the pope said.
Modern media, especially for young people, "can both hinder and help" family communications if people fail to listen and talk directly with each other, he said. If abused, technology can also lead to isolation, the pope said. Also on Friday, Francis told the Roman Rota that marital problems often stem from misunderstandings of what marriage is about, as well as personal crises of faith. "A crisis in marriage is often rooted in a crisis of knowledge enlightened by faith; that is, by an attachment to God," Francis told the Roman Rota tribunal as it begins its judicial year. The Rota is the highest appeal tribunal in the Catholic Church.


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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:07 pm

Stolen letters from the Vatican have a ransom attached. This matter is just one of many involving Vatican administrative matters that Pope Francis is trying to curb as part of the reforms of the Curia.

The letters — one of them handwritten by Michelangelo, the other bearing his signature “Michelagnolo” — were stolen in 1997. But the theft was only made public by the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero on Sunday.

Father Federico Lombardi, Pope Francis’s spokesman, confirmed in a statement Sunday that a nun, the then-archivist, first reported the thefts nearly 20 years ago.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/03/09/ransom-demanded-from-vatican-for-priceless-michelangelo-letters.html
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Re: Pope Francis connects with parishoners

Postby southernfry on Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:22 pm

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/22/politics/ ... index.html


I am not a catholic, but have liked this gentleman from the start. He has a lot more work to do, but he is on the right track and would love to be a fly on the wall after he leaves DC. Bet the powers that be will have a lot to say afterwards, and not all will be kind.

I think he got it right by going to Cuba first and start shaking things up, now the real shake up begins when he lands on US soil.


America may be in for some tough love from the Pope.

After a lifetime of watching the world's most affluent and powerful nation from afar, Pope Francis will walk on U.S. soil for the first time, at the age of 78, when he arrives in Washington from Cuba on Tuesday afternoon.

He's assured of a warm welcome from millions of U.S. Catholics, and his poll numbers -- which would be the envy of any politician -- suggest that curious adherents of other faiths and even the nondevout are also eagerly awaiting his visit.


Francis is stepping into an intense domestic debate on issues close to his heart, including income inequality, climate change, abortion, the definition of marriage, religious freedom and immigration. Rival politicians are sure to exploit his visit for their own purposes, and the messages he imparts could potentially reshape how those issues figure in the presidential campaign.

One reason he may have little to lose: Unlike the lawmakers whom he will stand before during the first-ever address to a joint meeting of Congress by a Pope, Francis is accountable only to his faith and the Gospel and so is unlikely to hold back for political reasons.


Many observers expect Francis to implicitly rebuke Republicans -- some of whom deny a link between human behavior and climate change, a topic which he addressed in an encyclical in June -- for their reluctance to tackle global warming. The Pope may also wade into the raging debate about immigration in the United States, after warning earlier this year that nations that close the door on migrants should seek God's forgiveness.

But he's going to be an "equal opportunity disturber," said Rev. James Martin S.J., editor at large for America magazine, the journal of U.S. Jesuits.
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Re: Pope Francis connects with parishoners

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:10 pm

On Twitter, the Pope's visit to the United States of America has its own hastags and emojis!
https://blog.twitter.com/2015/how-to-follow-the-us-visit-of-pontifex

The Pope's Twitter account, where he is ending a visit to Cuba: [url]https://twitter.com/Pontifex?ref_src=twsrc^tfw[/url]

Recently, there was historical darkness revealed that back in Argentina, the Pope as an Archbishop did not perhaps use his position effectively enough to save
clergymen and nuns targeted in the killings during the wars in Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s.

So his white robe has some grayness now, just like his predecessor' robes did.
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