For those of us interested in Roman Rite liturgy — and the even smaller sector focused on music — the election of Pope Francis was a rather harrowing experience. Here we were losing our beloved Pope Benedict XVI.
All of 80 days since Joseph Ratzinger turned the topmost reality of a 1.1 billion-member church on its head, later today brings even more history as the now Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI returns to the Vatican to take up residence in his new home at a converted monastery in the city-state’s gardens.More than seven centuries since the a freely-willed papal resignation last took place, never before has a Roman pontiff lived alongside his predecessor. And keeping with the spirit of warm fraternity evident from the first moments following his election, the Pope is said to be “very likely” to be present to welcome His Fluffiness on B16′s arrival at the Vatican heliport after a two-month respite at his beloved Castel Gandolfo while the new residence was being prepared.Though no firm coverage plans for the moment have emerged, the retired Pope’s return promises to make for some more epic images.
If I live to see another Papal transition, someone remind me to turn off the television set and not read any news on the topic for two weeks.This last experience has convinced me that after a fortnight, the subject changes anyway.
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As Curial reform is very much in the air, let us start from basics.
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Some people on the traditional side of things are demoralized because Pope Francis has a markedly different liturgical style from that of Benedict XVI. Some might wonder if it is worth trying to promote the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and try to get going celebrations of Holy Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum.I respond that Pope Benedict gave us juridical provisions, a great example, a pat on the head, and direction to follow
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2013-04-19 L’Osservatore RomanoOn 13 March 2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope and — as he himself told the journalists with whom he met three days later in the Paul VI Hall — automatically took the name Francis, the saint of Assisi in whom poverty, peace, and care for creation worked in unison in a supreme witness of love, “the immense love of the inflamed heart”, which Iacopone da Todi sang in his praise dedicated to him (40, vv. 155-156).
2013-04-16 Vatican Radio On the occasion of Benedict XVI’s 86th birthday, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, began the celebration of Mass in the chapel of the Domus Santa Maria by inviting all present to pray for the pope emeritus. “Today is the birthday of Benedict XVI
Happy Birthday Benedict XVI!Posted on16 April 2013byFr. John ZuhlsdorfToday is Benedict XVI’s 86th birthday.I will say Holy Mass today for his intention.Will you all stop and say a prayer for Benedict, perhaps even several times today?
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Just the aches and pains of the elderly Vatican spokesman denies report that Benedict XVI is illPope Francis exchanges a gift with retired Pope Benedict XVI after arriving at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo March 23. CNS photo / L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters.
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LENTCAzT 41 Monday of Holy Week – Do you think care for the poor is an option?Posted on25 March 2013byFr. John ZuhlsdorfToday is Monday of Holy Week.We hear today about the ancient Roman Station, a scene of many murders, a thought from Benedict XVI about the Cross as a sign of torture and of hope, and something from St.
The Black Biretta: Francis & Benedict / Francis & Dominic: great combos Francis & Benedict / Francis & Dominic: great combos Posted by Padre Giovanni Trigilio at 5:55 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to Facebook Reactions: ; Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)My Blog List The hermeneutic of continuity Children prevent the stones from having to cry out – The four gospels often describe the same episode in slightly different ways: a good example is the entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem.
Father Markey of St Mary’s in Norwalk has put the election of Francis into context for his parishioners. I reproduce it here in full, for it is well worth reading.“Annutio vobis cum gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam!” We these joyful words Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran announced to the world that we have a new Vicar of Christ.
The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, “We are brothers,” and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.Read more here: Associated Press (ROMEREPORTS.com) (VIDEO ONLY) On Saturday afternoon, Pope Francis met with Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI for the very first time.
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