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Posted on 03/13/2013 4:16:02 PM PDT by NYer
.- Pope Francis lives very simply, brings a pastoral approach to his ministry, and is a man of prayer, according to the Vatican’s press office director.
Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language assistant for the Vatican press office, told journalists at a hastily arranged March 13 press briefing that he talked to Pope Francis this past Sunday.
“Sunday night we were out for a walk and he pulled me over. He took me by the hand and said, 'I want you to pray for me. I’m a little nervous right now.'”
In February 2001, Fr. Rosica was at a meeting in Buenos Aires of the bishops from throughout Latin America to promote World Youth Day in Canada. He was told that Archbishop Bergoglio was going to celebrate Mass for the people at the meeting.
“So I went in earlier, and sat and prayed in the back. And I saw this man come in with a simple black cassock and knelt in front of me and prayed for the longest time. And then when he came out in the procession, it was the archbishop.”
Later he told Fr. Rosica that he lived “very simply in an apartment in Argentina,” where he took care of “a handicapped Jesuit.”
Pope Francis also said that he cooks for himself and rides the bus to work.
For his part, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said that he is still “shocked” at the news that a fellow Jesuit was elected Pope.
Fr. Lombardi said he does not know the new Pope well – although he met him once at a General Congregation of the Jesuits – but that one could see his simple spirituality and pastoral sense in his first remarks.
“I didn’t expect it to be white this evening. The choice shows courage on the part of the cardinals. It’s the first time we have a Pope from another continent,” Fr. Lombardi remarked.
Pope Francis will be inaugurated on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square.
Several recent Popes have been fond of pets, but none has yet been revealed as a herpetophile.
We could use it.
yes, as long as it’s not peta-type, animals can sue in court, stuff. doubtful it would be.
i think a lot of people have been told incorrect things about their animals by people in the church.
I know I have.
But then again, said person said women who wore jeans or cut their hair were all hell bound, too.
from Vatican website www.news.va
I have never believed in Popes much but maybe they will have a real man of God in the Vatican now, that is my feeling.
I just hope that hes not a socialist, and that he does not promote one world government.
<I havent been a practicing Catholic for quite some time. But after seeing the Holy Father today, I am sure the church is in good hands. I look forward to the changes to come.
I agree. I left the Church years ago, but I appreciate my Catholic school education and what Catholic hospitals, schools, and universities do in this country.
It seems that the new Pope will keep the Church on the straight and narrow and not given in to the extremists.
The Borgias were Spanish, not Italian, FWIW.
That picture cracked us all up this morning.
[yes, that's real...he walks his Snek every day] :)
Suppose the snake decides he wants to go out to lunch instead of going home? What’s the guy gonna do?
I haven’t figured out how he manages the “Sit/Stay” command yet.
“Coil and freeze!”
There’s a video of his little daughter leading it while his son ‘rides’ it.
Very slow going.
I’m guessing ‘walking the snake’ doesn’t count as cardio.