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Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry
cns ^ | March 19, 2013 | Cindy Wooden

Posted on 03/19/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT by NYer


Pope Francis waves from the popemobile as he greets people in St. Peter's Square before celebrating his inaugural Mass at the Vatican March 19. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission.

But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis -- known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines -- took his first spin in the popemobile, blessing the tens of thousands of people who arrived in St. Peter's Square as early as 4 a.m. to pray with him. He waved and, at one point, gave a thumbs up to the faithful. He also kissed three babies held up to him by the chief of Vatican security, Domenico Gianni, and other officers.

But he climbed out of the open jeep used as a popemobile to kiss a severely disabled man.

Before entering St. Peter's Square, he addressed by satellite thousands of his fellow Argentines gathered in Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, where he had been archbishop before his election as pope. He thanked the people for their prayers and told them: "I have a favor to ask. I want to ask that we all walk together, caring for one another ... caring for life. Care for the family, care for nature, care for children, care for the aged. Let there be no hatred, no fighting, put aside envy and don't gossip about anyone."

As the Mass began, tens of thousands of pilgrims, faithful and tourists continued to arrive, filling St. Peter's Square and crowding around the large video screens placed along the boulevard leading to the square. By the time of Communion, the Vatican said there were between 150,000 and 200,000 people present.

In his homily, Pope Francis asked prayers that he would be able to protect the church like St. Joseph protected Mary and Jesus, "discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand."

He said in the Gospels, St. Joseph "can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions."

But more than anything, he said, the church's patron saint teaches Christians that the core concern of their lives must be Christ.

"Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation," Pope Francis said.

He called for special efforts to protect "God's plan inscribed in nature" and to protect one another, especially children, the aged, the poor and the sick.

Although according to church law he officially became pope the minute he accepted his election in the Sistine Chapel March 13, Pope Francis received important symbols of his office just before the inauguration Mass -- the Book of the Gospels, the ring of the fisherman, St. Peter, and the pallium, a woolen band worn around the shoulders to evoke a shepherd carrying a sheep.

With members of the College of Cardinals dressed in gold gathered before the main altar in St. Peter's Basilica and brass players sounding a fanfare, the rites began at the tomb of St. Peter. Pope Francis venerated the mortal remains of his predecessor as head of the church and was joined there by the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Processing behind the Eastern church leaders and the cardinals, Pope Francis -- wearing a simple, mostly white chasuble and his black shoes -- came out into St. Peter's Square while the choir chanted a special litany to Christ the King.

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who had announced Pope Francis' election to the world six days earlier, placed the pallium, which had been worn by Pope Benedict XVI, around the new pope's neck. The retired pope did not attend the Mass.

"The Good Shepherd charged Peter to feed his lambs and his sheep; today you succeed him as the bishop of this church to which he and the Apostle Paul were fathers in faith," Cardinal Tauran said.

Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, presented Pope Francis with the fisherman's ring, a gold-plated silver band featuring St. Peter holding keys, a reminder that Jesus told St. Peter: "I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Giving the pope "the ring, the seal of Peter the fisherman," Cardinal Sodano told the pope he was called, as bishop of Rome, to preside over the church with charity. He prayed the pope would have "the gentleness and strength to preserve, through your ministry, all those who believe in Christ in unity and fellowship."

Six cardinals, representing the entire College of Cardinals, publicly pledged obedience to the pope.

While many Christians acknowledge the special role of the bishop of Rome as the one who presides over the entire Christian community in love, the way the papacy has been exercised over the centuries is one of the key factors in the ongoing division of Christians.

For the first time since the Great Schism of 1054 split the main Christian community into East and West, the ecumenical patriarch attended the installation Mass. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, first among equals of the Eastern Orthodox, sat in a place of honor near the papal altar.

Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, also attended the Mass along with delegations from 12 other Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, 10 Anglican and Protestant communities and three international Christian organizations, including the World Council of Churches.

After the Lord's prayer, Pope Francis exchanged a sign of peace with Patriarch Bartholomew and with Catholicos Karekin.

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Jewish community of Rome and several international Jewish organizations sent representatives to the ceremony, as did Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Hindu communities and organizations.

Also present were representatives of 132 governments, led by the presidents of Italy and Argentina, the reigning royals of six countries -- including Belgium's king and queen -- and 31 heads of state. Vice President Joe Biden led the U.S. delegation while David Lloyd Johnston, governor general, led the Canadian delegation.



TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: argentina; catholic; conclave; popefrancis; romancatholicism

1 posted on 03/19/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/19/2013 2:32:19 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: All
Although according to church law he officially became pope the minute he accepted his election in the Sistine Chapel March 13, Pope Francis received important symbols of his office just before the inauguration Mass -- the Book of the Gospels, the ring of the fisherman, St. Peter, and the pallium, a woolen band worn around the shoulders to evoke a shepherd carrying a sheep.

Someone might want to give him the rest of the Bible. He certainly isn't going to hear it in the daily mass.

3 posted on 03/19/2013 2:52:37 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

Thanks for your troll! Can I have another?


4 posted on 03/19/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Alex Murphy
Someone might want to give him the rest of the Bible. He certainly isn't going to hear it in the daily mass.

Sounds like you don't attend Mass much, so how would you know?

5 posted on 03/19/2013 4:06:20 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
Sounds like you don't attend Mass much, so how would you know?

Consult your lectionary. Or just read the thread Lectionary Statistics - How much of the Bible is included in the Lectionary for Mass? (Popquiz!). In summary:

How much of the Bible is included in the Lectionary for Mass?
Not as much as you might think, yet far more than was included in the Roman Missal before the Second Vatican Council!

6 posted on 03/19/2013 4:18:33 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy
He certainly isn't going to hear it in the daily mass.

So that's his only exposure to Scripture? Priests also pray the divine office. And every one that I know also reads scripture privately. Not to mention those who hold scripture studies in the parish. Or prepare scriptural messages for other parish events, groups, publications, occasions, etc.

7 posted on 03/19/2013 4:45:47 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: Alex Murphy

Stayin’ classy..


8 posted on 03/19/2013 4:54:43 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Alex Murphy
It occurs to me that your comment and my response both miss the mark. The article states, "Pope Francis received important symbols of his office just before the inauguration Mass -- the Book of the Gospels..."

In the Mass, which of the readings CANNOT be done by the laity? The Gospel. It can only be proclaimed by someone with Holy Orders. Francis received just what the article says, a symbol of his office.

9 posted on 03/19/2013 5:15:06 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: NYer

A morally reinvigorated Catholic Church that raises the bar on US Catholics, particularly those in elected office, will be a good thing.


10 posted on 03/19/2013 5:18:16 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Alex Murphy
Someone might want to give him the rest of the Bible. He certainly isn't going to hear it in the daily mass.

What an ignorant statement. I see others have addressed your belligerent polemic quite well, so I won't add to their comments. Just shaking my head sadly.

11 posted on 03/19/2013 5:24:21 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Alex Murphy
Marcus Grodi on the verses he never saw (as a Protestant)
12 posted on 03/19/2013 7:00:13 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: PeevedPatriot
It occurs to me that your comment and my response both miss the mark....Francis received just what the article says, a symbol of his office.

I myself would have preferred that the symbol be all of the words inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16).

13 posted on 03/19/2013 7:01:42 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Campion
Marcus Grodi on the verses he never saw (as a Protestant)

And he won't see #1, part of #3, #6, or #7 as a Catholic, either. None of them are found in the Lectionary :)

14 posted on 03/19/2013 7:15:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy
I don't begrudge you your preferences. I would have preferred that he wore red shoes to symbolize willingness to shed his blood for the gospel, to acknowledge that he walks in the footsteps of martyrs. But he didn't. He's asked for my prayers, not my advice, and so that is what is appropriate for me to give him. Peace be with you.
15 posted on 03/19/2013 7:19:21 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: Alex Murphy

You could send him a Bible, if you really think his Biblical knowledge is subpar. In fact, you put a little note on it, indicating any other deficiencies you think he has, and I’m sure he’ll give it all the consideration it merits.


16 posted on 03/19/2013 7:21:26 PM PDT by married21
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To: Alex Murphy
Believe me, the Pope is very familiar with Scripture, even if ALL of it is not included in the Lectionary, though, through the 3 year cycle of readings, much of it is. As a priest, he prays the Divine Office, daily, which is also largely scriptural.

Pope Francis knows God's Word very well.

17 posted on 03/19/2013 7:25:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Alex Murphy
I myself would have preferred

That's nice.

I would prefer that protestants commence to reading all of the words inspired by the Holy Spirit. Too bad they all hobble themselves with their abridged version of the Holy Scriptures.

18 posted on 03/19/2013 7:25:33 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy
That assumes, wrongly, that he's incapable of reading anything outside the Lectionary. When was the last time your minister preached on John 6? Luke 2? Who tells your minister what to preach on? What prevents him from preaching nothing but Galatians and Romans 4 through 7, then back to Galatians, etc.?

And, BTW, you're wrong. Rev 14:13 is one of the permitted readings for a funeral Mass, so it is in the Lectionary.

19 posted on 03/20/2013 5:43:47 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: NYer
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20 posted on 03/26/2013 6:57:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Most Protestants I know read Scripture and are sanctified by God in that process. Many also read the Apocrypha, but place priority on the Gospels and epistles in their daily walk.

I wish as many Catholics would pay as much attention to the rest of Scripture through faith in Christ alone, as they are focused on the Apocrypha and worshiping God, first through faith in Peter.


21 posted on 03/26/2013 7:07:21 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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