June 30, 2015

Pope Francis will try to break out of ‘the bubble’ on his US trip, details show

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Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, on June 22, 2015.  Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino
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Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, on June 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-USTRIP, originally transmitted on June 30, 2015.

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(RNS) Pope Francis’ itinerary for his Sept. 22-27 U.S. visit shows how this “pope of the people” wants to avoid becoming a prisoner of the East Coast “power corridor” during his five days in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

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  • Rob

    While the conventional wisdom is that Francis is not comfortable speaking in English, he did so very well during his visit to the Philippines. It’s wonderful, of course, that he will be able to speak to us so fluently in our other main American language, Spanish

  • Susan

    I especially like it when he wears that tall yellowish hat that looks like the end of a condom. It’s just too funny then when he steps out wearing it and stands erect.

  • Pasach

    Guess Im the wrong race to be catholic….

  • Fran

    Susan,

    I don’t understand why they wear such “pompous” clothing myself (Jesus never did). There should be NO difference between “clergy and laity,” but there evidently has been in the Catholic faith for some time; and it still continues!

  • Greg1

    Pasach, the Catholic Church has reached the ends of the earth as our Lord promised it would (Matt 28:19). Feel free to come to mass on Sunday.

  • Greg1

    Priests, bishops, and deacons, need to wear clothing that sets them apart from the laity. Only priests can administer the Seven Sacraments, and sometimes it is the dress of a priest in an emergency situation that has saved many souls from hell, as those around the dying person were able to recognize one so to call him over. But the clothing is a throwback to the middle ages, where that type of dress was most common. If he wore a suit, you’d think he was a politician.

  • Betty Clermont

    Every year, profits from the Vatican Bank and the worldwide Peter’s Pence collection are given to the pope for his personal income. Combined that’s an income of 100 million euro plus. Wonder how much he’ll reach into his own pocket at the food bank?
    Re: canonization of Serra “significant portion” reserved for Latinos. That’s because the Native Americans whose ancestors were brutalized by the Spanish friars would not be as friendly.

  • September is several months away. Unless the Pope is willing to repeat to the United States the words of Jesus “repent or perish” and read to America Romans 1:16-32 he should cancel his trip. Maybe God will intervene to cancel it for him.

  • Martha Dancy

    I know where your mind lies. Anyway, all liturgical churches have clergy that dress differently from others so as to be recognized as clergy. In the military, people wear uniforms which set them apart when they are on duty. Police wear uniforms, too. So, the clergy wear “uniforms” to represent their offices in the church. The orthodox also dress in clercal garb more elaborate than the Catholics. I personally like this kind of thing and would not want a cold sterile boring facade like many churches look like. They resemble auditoriums and their clergy would not be recognizable as anything other than Joe Blow sitting at a counter.

  • Martha Dancy

    Sorry, Fran, but Jesus did wear different clothing and a shawl according to Jewish custom whenever he prayed or preached in the synogogues. The Jewish priests wore elaborate garb and the high priest was the only one allowed in the holy of holies. When Jesus walked among us, He was still part of the Jewish religion and used their customs at that time. Later, when the church emerged as christian rather than just a Jewish sect, then different traditions came into practice to show status of position in the community.

  • Serafino

    Your comment about the pope’s liturgical attire when celebrating Mass is is inappropriate, disrespectful and childish. You should be ashamed of yourself!

  • Martha Dancy

    Pasach, there is no color line in the Catholic church. All races are welcome as in scripture, all races were welcome into the community. Our parish has people of many races so I don’t really believe people who say that they are the “wrong” race for the church. It does not make sense to me.

  • Fran

    Martha, Greg1 and Serafino,

    Jesus said the scribes and Pharisees loved the prominent place at evening dinners, front seats at the synagogues, greetings in marketplaces and to be called Rabbi by men (Matt. 23:2, 6-8).

    However, he also made it clear not to be called Rabbi, since one is their teacher, and ALL of them are brothers (Matt. 23:8). Also, neither be called leaders, since their Leader is one, the Christ. The greatest one must be the minister; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and vice versa (Matt. 23:10-12).

    ALL Christians should serve as God’s minister and none is above or beneath the other (2 Corinth. 3:5,6).

    Spiritually older men did serve as overseers, but were not paid for their work (Matt. 10:8). They were ordinary, working men and qualified by being diligent students of God’s Word, and cultivating spiritual qualities required by God (1 Tim. 3:1-7). All Christians should serve God, praise his name, and be conscious of their spiritual needs.

  • DJR

    My family is native American (Tarascon) and Spanish. We welcome this canonization. The Spanish saved many people from slaughter. The Aztecs were slaughtering their fellow native Americans in a bloodbath, and that slaughter stopped after the Spanish came and spread Catholicism. It’s an historical fact. Thanks for the patronization, Gringo, but we don’t need it. My family is Catholic and native American and proud of both. You can keep your biased white views; we’ll stick with facts.

  • Bob

    Fran, since you are hyping your Jesus myths ad nauseum and dumping bible bile on us, let’s take a look at what’s really in your Christian book of nasty.

    Numbers 31:17-18
    17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
    18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
    Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”
    Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death;

    Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  • EZO

    And when does this blaspheming Pope repent? The Roman church lost it’s moral authority long ago.

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