6 thoughts on “Habemus Papam

  1. Old news I know — was just waiting for the most appropriate illustration to accompany it 🙂

    (this is in the shrine at the Vatican BTW, the Holy Father hasn’t just up and made a flash surprise visit to the Pyrenees … )

  2. Surely a Marian Pope, a prayerful Pope, one who chooses the name ‘Francis’ after the great St. Francis of Assisi….. could ONLY be a good Pope?

    I do not say that those who voice a concern about the way Pope Francis is shunning some of the symbols (in dress) and traditions are not a little perplexing……. (Did you notice the expression on Monsignor Guido Marini’s face when Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony to present himself to the world without them? It said it all.) Even so, I am much more worried, and pretty distressed, by some of the harsh uncharitable criticisms I have been reading on some Catholic blogs.

    Whatever anyone’s misgivings might be, this is THE Pope, OUR Pope, and Christ’s Vicar on Earth, and I for one am happy to call him “Holy FATHER”.

    • Same here kathleen — though you may be interested to hear that Monsignor Marini had a far more cheerful look on his face at the Pope’s Sunday Mass at Santa Anna yesterday (Sunday) …

  3. What people need to consider is that popes, necessarily, have an entire (up to a point) life behind them when they get the job.
    And, unless they’ve spent that life in a monkish cell, there are going to be past instances of worldly conflict and dispute.

    Can’t have it both ways.

    Personally, I enjoy his obvious distaste for “bling” as much as anything.
    But what do I know?

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