Pope Francis kisses a child at the end of the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Pope Francis blesses a child as he leaves after the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis bends out his Popemobile to kiss a sick boy in a wheelchair during the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
The mass was celebrated at the base of St. Peter's obelisk. Does anyone recall seeing this done before?
Msgr. Guido Marini is still serving as Papal Master of Ceremonies. It appears that in keeping with the modest dress of Pope Francis, Msgr. Marini has also adopted a more modest chasuble. My heart goes out to him because he is a devotee of traditionalism. This is an act of humility and respect. From what I have read, I understand he holds Pope Francis in high regard.
As a Lutheran “heretic,” I am more and more joyed by the Lord’s choice for the Papacy: Benedict showed the mind of Christ to the world, and Francis shows the heart of Christ. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini: Hosanna!
And don't worry. I found later in life that it's actually possible. Wish I had figured it out earlier ;-)