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Vatican Commentator on anniversary: Pope Francis has irrevocably changed the papacy
Vatican News Agency ^ | March 13, 2014

Posted on 03/13/2014 2:09:36 PM PDT by NYer

(Vatican Radio) Thursday marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. He is the first ever Pope from Latin America or as he himself jokingly remarked coming almost from “the end of the world.” The new Pope is also the first Jesuit Pope and the first to take the name of Francis. Over the past year, Pope Francis has won admiration and support far and wide thanks to his warmth and his obvious empathy with the poor and marginalized and he was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2013.

One of the world’s best-known commentators and authors on the Papacy is John Allen who is Associate Editor of the Boston Globe newspaper specializing in the Vatican and the Catholic Church. Susy Hodges spoke to him about the Pope's first year.

Listen to the first words spoken by Pope Francis after his election and the full interview with John Allen:

Asked what he believes is the most significant aspect of Pope Francis’ first year in office, Allen says he believes “the most significant point is that he’s accomplished far more than most of us could have reasonably expected … both in terms of style and in terms of sustenance.” “He’s invigorated the Church at the grass roots level” but as Allen goes on to point out, Pope Francis has also notched up some more concrete achievements. He says these include the Pope’s “deep structural reforms such as his most recent decision to create a new Secretariat for the Economy in the Vatican to impose fiscal discipline.”

But could there be too many unrealistic expectations surrounding Pope Francis and what reforms he is planning? Allen agrees that in some quarters there are “over-heated” and unrealistic expectations, especially concerning doctrinal issues. “If there is an expectation that Pope Francis will radically change the doctrine of the Catholic Church, it is destined to be disappointed.”

Allen goes on to say that in his view “the fundamental change” that is occurring during Francis’ papacy is that he’s reviving “the pastoral instinct.” “I think the cornerstone of that is that this is the Pope of mercy, a Pope who profoundly believes that mercy is the most important message that the world needs to hear from the Catholic Church at this time.”

As for the most surprising aspect of Pope Francis’ papacy, Allen says that for him as a long-time Vatican correspondent, it’s “the media’s love affair with this Pope.” He describes the “Pope’s “ability to win over the hearts and minds of the media business as nothing short of astonishing.”

Asked whether he believes Pope Francis has irrevocably changed the papacy, Allen is in no doubt about that, due to “many of the structural reforms” the Pope is promoting that are “intended to make the exercise of the papacy more collegial… to make the Vatican more transparent and accountable…. and to promote a new style of leadership.” Because so many of these reforms are already “institutionalized”, Allen believes Pope Francis “has fundamentally altered the way the powers of the papacy are exercised, not the content of that power, but the way it is exercised.”


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1 posted on 03/13/2014 2:09:36 PM PDT by NYer
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The biggest move, however, came last month when Francis created a new job, the Secretariat for the Economy, and handed hard-nosed Australian Cardinal George Pell full authority over the Holy See's business, administrative and personnel matters.

The goal, according to a Vatican statement, is "a more formal commitment to adopting accounting standards and generally accepted financial management and reporting practices, as well as enhanced internal controls, transparency and governance."

Read More: Not Just Talk: Pope Francis Cleans Up Finances in First Year

2 posted on 03/13/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer
Vatican Commentator on anniversary: Pope Francis has irrevocably changed the papacy

No kidding and it's for the worse. But who am I to judge. Just welcome the new Catholic diversity!

3 posted on 03/13/2014 2:14:03 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: NYer
A very good homosexual friend, not activist, but very "out," is just tickled pink (pun intended) by Francis's shenanigans, what he has said, and what people "think" he has said.

That tells me a lot. You can know a lot about a person by the people who admire him.

4 posted on 03/13/2014 2:21:31 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NYer

Catholicism is not a democracy.

Funny how easily so many “staunch” Catholics forget that.

Obedience means obedience.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 2:22:13 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: pgkdan

Oh, we ain’t seen anything yet.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 2:22:16 PM PDT by piusv
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To: NYer

Pope Francis is my favorite Pope since John Paul the second! I just hope he starts kissing holy objects from other religions soon and gets caught on camera doing it, that way I can post them in debates with Papists next to the ones we already got from Paul.

This is the Pope who keeps giving me such beautiful gifts!


7 posted on 03/13/2014 2:39:29 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: NYer

One “irrevocable” year in the life of 2000+ year old institution is a great example of journalistic overreach.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 2:43:36 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: OpusatFR
One “irrevocable” year in the life of 2000+ year old institution is a great example of journalistic overreach.

NOTHING is “irrevocable”. The next Pope can walk in, cancel everything Pope Francis did, toss all the Vatican II changes in the trash, and reinstate the Latin Mass.

9 posted on 03/13/2014 2:49:03 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625

From your lips to God’s ears!


10 posted on 03/13/2014 2:52:03 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

Amen.


11 posted on 03/13/2014 2:59:25 PM PDT by piusv
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans; fwdude; piusv
This is the Pope who keeps giving me such beautiful gifts!

I agree!! Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.


Pope Francis embraces man with tumors.


Pope Francis greets man with no face.


Pope Francis with quadriplegic.


Jesus with Bartimaeus the Blind Man


Jesus heals the Hemorrhaging woman.


Jesus heals the paralyzed man.

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.
Mat 9:36

I can excuse Puny's ignorance, for he knows not what he does. As for the catholics, your distrust for Pope France reflects disbelief in the words of Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18).

12 posted on 03/13/2014 3:05:05 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Bzzzt. Wrong answer.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 3:14:33 PM PDT by piusv
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To: pgkdan

**Allen goes on to say that in his view “the fundamental change” that is occurring during Francis’ papacy is that he’s reviving “the pastoral instinct.” “I think the cornerstone of that is that this is the Pope of mercy, a Pope who profoundly believes that mercy is the most important message that the world needs to hear from the Catholic Church at this time.” **

What’s to worry about here?


14 posted on 03/13/2014 3:29:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
I can excuse Puny's ignorance, for he knows not what he does. As for the catholics, your distrust for Pope France reflects disbelief in the words of Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18).

Those poor people have been given a false sense of hope...Francis can't do a thing for any of them...Jesus healed those people...Your pope can't do anything...To equate the two is disgusting...

15 posted on 03/13/2014 3:33:54 PM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: NYer
I can excuse Puny's ignorance, for he knows not what he does.

But can you excuse Francis' ignorance, for he knows what he does? Or, does he?

"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!" (5/22/13)

"Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense." (10/1/13)

16 posted on 03/13/2014 3:38:12 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Just two of the many goodies we have experienced in just one year!

Almost makes one wish for a Medici.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 3:50:49 PM PDT by piusv
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To: NYer
The Pope has the whole planet buzzing about the latest thing he has said or done—all of it broadcast worldwide nearly every day with the assistance of a public relations team headed by PR “wizard” Greg Burke, a former Fox News and Time magazine correspondent and a member of Opus Dei.

http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/364-the-francis-effect-a-gathering-storm

Obviously the central theme of the PR campaign is "mercy". Try looking beyond the hype to the complete agenda.

18 posted on 03/13/2014 3:55:06 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

As if the Church didn’t teach mercy before Francis. Please.


19 posted on 03/13/2014 3:58:41 PM PDT by piusv
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To: piusv
As if the Church didn’t teach mercy before Francis.

Has he spoken out yet about the Belgian child euthanasia law?

20 posted on 03/13/2014 4:02:45 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: All
[John Allen] agrees that in some quarters there are “over-heated” and unrealistic expectations, especially concerning doctrinal issues. “If there is an expectation that Pope Francis will radically change the doctrine of the Catholic Church, it is destined to be disappointed.” Allen goes on to say that in his view "the fundamental change” that is occurring during Francis’ papacy is that he’s reviving “the pastoral instinct.” “I think the cornerstone of that is that this is the Pope of mercy, a Pope who profoundly believes that mercy is the most important message that the world needs to hear from the Catholic Church at this time.” As for the most surprising aspect of Pope Francis’ papacy, Allen says that for him as a long-time Vatican correspondent, it’s “the media’s love affair with this Pope.” He describes the “Pope’s “ability to win over the hearts and minds of the media business as nothing short of astonishing.”

IB4TPWMA

21 posted on 03/13/2014 4:14:51 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: BlatherNaut

Who is Francis to judge those legislators who approved that law?


22 posted on 03/13/2014 4:29:02 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NYer

AMEN!

Pope Francis is simply not only following Jesus but doing what his namesake said: “preach the gospel and when possible, use words.”

God Bless Pope Francis!


23 posted on 03/13/2014 4:44:20 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
Pope Francis is simply not only following Jesus but doing what his namesake said: “preach the gospel and when possible, use words.”

Not quite. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, condemned adultery. And St Francis of Assisi, preached, with words, the True Faith to the muslims.

Francis does neither of the above, neither by words nor by example.

24 posted on 03/13/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Iscool; Greetings_Puny_Humans; fwdude; piusv
Jesus healed those people...Your pope can't do anything.

Jesus is the Son of God; Pope Francis is a humble mortal man.

The man thought that the Pope would speak to his aunt, who made the pilgrimage with him. He thought he would only get a cursory glance. But instead, Francis headed straight towards Riva, wrapped his arms around the man’s head and pulled him in for a tight embrace. It was like nothing he’d ever experienced before.

"He didn't have any fear of my illness," the 53-year-old told CNN. "He embraced me without speaking ... I quivered. I felt a great warmth." The encounter with the pontiff lasted for just over a minute, but aunt Caterina Lotta says her nephew still feels the reverberations.

Disfigured man speaks out about Pope’s loving embrace: I felt like I was in paradise

25 posted on 03/13/2014 4:56:13 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: Biggirl

God Bless Pope Francis!

**
Amen!


26 posted on 03/13/2014 5:00:59 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red; metmom

I thought it was supposed to be unchanged since time began?


27 posted on 03/13/2014 5:08:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: NYer

St Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the communist Pope.


28 posted on 03/13/2014 5:21:17 PM PDT by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: NYer
Jesus is the Son of God; Pope Francis is a humble mortal man.

That was the point of my post...

29 posted on 03/13/2014 5:24:28 PM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: NYer
I guess some people don't understand that sometimes we must "Ask, Seek, and Knock" through prayer.

Gospel Mt 7:7-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”


30 posted on 03/13/2014 5:30:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
The biggest move, however, came last month when Francis created a new job, the Secretariat for the Economy, and handed hard-nosed Australian Cardinal George Pell full authority over the Holy See's business, administrative and personnel matters.

Cardinal Pell, the hard-nosed conservative who insists Adam and Eve are myths.

31 posted on 03/13/2014 5:37:56 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: Salvation
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.

I hope Pope Francis doesn't preach that to the homos.

32 posted on 03/13/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Rocky
St Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the communist Pope.

Now that there is funny!

33 posted on 03/13/2014 5:42:22 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: fwdude

“That tells me a lot. You can know a lot about a person by the people who admire him”

Maybe if the sodomite would read the interview where the Pope said he was a “son of the church” and if you wanted to know the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality it’s contained in the Cathecism of the Catholic Church. Let the sodomite read it and let it sink in. Pope Francis is changing nothing about homosexuality being listed as a mental disorder and to engage in it is a sin.


34 posted on 03/13/2014 5:46:19 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: ebb tide

Taking it out of context, eh?


35 posted on 03/13/2014 5:47:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Not at all.

Who are you to judge??


36 posted on 03/13/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Nor you.


37 posted on 03/13/2014 5:56:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet
Let the sodomite read it [the CCC] and let it sink in.

Tell that to Francis and his cardinals and bishops. They don't seem to get it yet.

38 posted on 03/13/2014 5:57:33 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

So you want to bet me that not one word of the Catechism will be changed while Francis is Pope? I’ll will take that bet any day of the week.


39 posted on 03/13/2014 7:41:12 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: NKP_Vet

JP II changed the Catechism. As a matter of fact, the publishing of it’s first edition was halted because it contained heresy. So don’t tempt me to take your money.


40 posted on 03/13/2014 7:51:47 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NKP_Vet
Pope Francis is changing nothing about homosexuality being listed as a mental disorder and to engage in it is a sin.

Then why has Francis said civil unions of same-sex couples should be taken under consideration?

41 posted on 03/13/2014 8:29:44 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: NKP_Vet
Pope Francis is changing nothing about homosexuality being listed as a mental disorder.

How dare you imply homosexuality is a mental disorder! One of Francis' archbishops has condoned homosexuality because it is found in over 500 "natural" species".

Homosexuality? De facto unions? "Time to open up to diversity," says Italian archbishop

42 posted on 03/13/2014 8:50:04 PM PDT by ebb tide
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He describes the “Pope’s “ability to win over the hearts and minds of the media business as nothing short of astonishing.”

Sounds just like Obama in 2008.

43 posted on 03/13/2014 8:55:19 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

That’s not what he said. When he mentioned civil unions and having to look at different situations, he NEVER mentioned homosexual unions. They have ALWAYS been against the teachings of the Catholic Church and it’s not about to change because that is putting homosexual “unions” on the same level as marriage between man and woman. Ain’t gonna happen.

“The Pope reiterated the church’s longstanding teaching that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” However, he said, “We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”

States, for instance, justify civil unions as a way to provide economic security to cohabitating couples, the Pope said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily. State-sanctioned unions are thus driven by the need to ensure rights like access to health care, Francis added”


44 posted on 03/13/2014 9:35:26 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: ebb tide

“JP II changed the Catechism”

Did he change anything to do with faith and morals? With marriage? With the church’s positions on homosexual unions?

The answer is no he didn’t. As a matter of fact JP2 reinforced the church’s position on homosexual unions. There is no way in the world that Pope Francis will attempt to change anything to do with faith and morals.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20030731_homosexual-unions_en.html


45 posted on 03/13/2014 9:50:40 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: NYer

What happens if Pope Francis has a terrible stroke and lingers for 8 years. Does Pope Benedict XVI be Pope again or do we have three popes?
I can’t recognize Francis while one of the best popes is still alive. Benedict is one the greatest leaders in my life, an intellectual giant and on point on canon law and teaching.
Francis? Jesuits and their legendary casuistry. Talking out of both sides of the mouth, civil unions indeed.


46 posted on 03/13/2014 10:54:48 PM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.r)
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To: namvolunteer

Fundamental change, like Obama?


47 posted on 03/13/2014 10:57:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: NKP_Vet
Did he change anything to do with faith and morals? With marriage? With the church’s positions on homosexual unions?

Are you familiar with what the Roman Catholic catechism teaches on Islam, for example?

841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."330

So, do you believe this is what your religion has always taught? And do you believe it yourself? Does the "plan of salvation" really include infidels?

48 posted on 03/13/2014 11:30:13 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: ebb tide

Your opinion and your opinion only.


49 posted on 03/14/2014 4:00:32 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: NKP_Vet

Thank-you and God Bless.


50 posted on 03/14/2014 4:01:19 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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