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Pope Francis celebrates mass with 4 homeless men on his 77th birthday
Vatican News Agency ^ | December 17, 2013

Posted on 12/17/2013 3:21:06 PM PST by NYer

Pope Francis turned 77 on Tuesday and celebrated Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse with 4 homeless men, his closest collaborators and staff from the guesthouse, all of whom afterwards greeted him with a birthday song.

Listen to this report by Susy Hodges:

It was Pope Francis’s 77th birthday on Tuesday and those present at his morning Mass included Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, together with staff from the Santa Marta guesthouse. The congregation also included the Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski who brought with him 4 homeless men who live in the streets around the Vatican. After the mass, all those present wished the Pope a happy birthday and sang greetings to him before joining him for breakfast in the Vatican guesthouse.

Today’s reading was centered on the genealogy of Jesus and the Pope used this in his homily to reflect on God’s enduring presence in our lives throughout history. He said “God wished to live out his life alongside us” and “took his surname from each of us.”

“God,” the Pope continued, “has always walked alongside his people,” beginning with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He did not want to come to redeem us without coming to live among us and share our lives. The Pope said this long list of God’s people included “saints and sinners.” The latter included “high level sinners who committed serious sins and who didn’t listen” to God’s plans for them.

Pope Francis said in addition to accompanying us in our lives our God follows us and in this way, he displays His humility, His patience and His love for us. He concluded his homily with “a Christmas wish” for all of us “to allow God to write our lives for us.”



TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: catholic; happybirthday; popefrancis

1 posted on 12/17/2013 3:21:06 PM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Happy Birthday, your Holiness, ping!


2 posted on 12/17/2013 3:21:40 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

Ditto to His Eminence!


3 posted on 12/17/2013 3:22:24 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: NYer

Actions speak louder than words. Well done.


4 posted on 12/17/2013 3:23:00 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: NYer

A very Happy Birthday to Pope Francis!


5 posted on 12/17/2013 3:23:39 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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6 posted on 12/17/2013 3:24:52 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer
The Pope is 77?

The Church should find some 50 yr old next time.

7 posted on 12/17/2013 3:26:06 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: NYer

OH that so sweet

Happy Birthday Holy Father


8 posted on 12/17/2013 3:35:11 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NYer

Happy Birthday Pope Francis!


9 posted on 12/17/2013 3:45:14 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: NYer

The face of Christ.

Think of St. Martin of Tours giving half his cloak to a beggar, and then Christ came to him in a dream wearing the half cloak.

Picture the face of Christ in everyone.


10 posted on 12/17/2013 3:46:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Paladin2

This is young for a Pope.


11 posted on 12/17/2013 3:47:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Paladin2
The Church should find some 50 yr old next time.

Ahhhh .. the notion that youth will provide a longer papacy. Our RC Bishop here in Albany NY just retired at age 75. It was while still working on the streets of the South End (of Albany) that Hubbard was appointed Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. On March 27, 1977, at age 38, Hubbard became the youngest bishop in the country. Hubbard was an ultra progressive, called to "street" ministry. He floundered as bishop. His legacy is is a pile of lawsuits against abusive priests he appointed along with the closing of dozens of parishes and schools.

Rare is the Bishop of Rome appointed at a young age, like JPII. There is much to be said about old age and wisdom.

12 posted on 12/17/2013 4:05:16 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

And what happened after the birthday celebration? Were they turned out on the street again? I would hope the Pope would also try to find some way to house these men.


13 posted on 12/17/2013 4:20:18 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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I would hope the Pope would also try to find some way to house these men.

What if they refused? What should he do?

14 posted on 12/17/2013 4:48:53 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: murron

No room at the Vatican Inn?


15 posted on 12/17/2013 4:55:44 PM PST by bonfire
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To: bonfire

lol


16 posted on 12/17/2013 4:56:52 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: NYer
I would hope the Pope would also try to find some way to house these men.

What if they refused? What should he do?

Offer them the head coaching job at Texas...

17 posted on 12/17/2013 4:57:52 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: NYer

I think this is awesome.


18 posted on 12/17/2013 5:06:41 PM PST by plain talk
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Reason No. 45,876 if I were a Christian, I would only be Catholic.


19 posted on 12/17/2013 5:43:43 PM PST by golux
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To: NYer

Then there’s nothing he can do. But the article doesn’t mention that he offered and they refused. I would think that if he made the offer to stay with the Pope, at least one of them would take him up on his offer.


20 posted on 12/17/2013 7:08:53 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: NYer

Happy birthday, Pope Francis!


21 posted on 12/18/2013 2:40:39 AM PST by Tax-chick (I told you not to unplug that!)
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To: murron
Your initial question is a valid one but is based on the premise that no such offer was made. It may seem odd but there are homeless people who choose to live this way. While working in Manhattan, I used to see various homeless individuals, some pushing grocery carts piled high with their personal belongings. Following the death of one of them, a news story noted that among the woman's belongings, the police found a bank book. The woman had $40,000 in her account.

I'm sure the pontiff, through his almoner who visits the homeless on a regular basis, has offered shelter to those who are willing to accept it. In fact, he is known to personally visit the downtrodden at night.

Pope Francis Reportedly Leaving Vatican at Night to Minister to Homeless of Rome Anonymously

22 posted on 12/18/2013 4:44:29 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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I would like to think that he did. I’ve become a cynic in recent years. I see so many people who on the surface looks like they are doing good for people, but then realize that there are cameras broadcasting their good deeds, and then I realize that they were phony gestures just to make themselves good. I’m not saying that that is the case with the Pope. I do believe the Pope is sincere in his good works. I hope he did offer them shelter and that they refused.


23 posted on 12/18/2013 3:42:41 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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