“I read about Francis when he was the bishop of Buenos Aires. He traveled on the metro with the people, he had contact with the people. I would like to be a priest in this way. Not to hide in my rectory, but to go out to the people…” – Stefan Megyery, seminarian
Archive for September, 2015
Many commenters have been asking about music and the texts of the homilies, addresses, and other remarks Pope Francis made during his time in the United States. Thanks to one website and the USCCB, all have been posted.
In this course, we look at the implication of liturgical practice for the practice of justice in the various times and cultures of Christian experience. The course focuses on Western / North Atlantic Christianity. I would welcome suggestions for readings outside that ambit as well as comments on the course in general.
When Pope Francis stepped off of the plane into the United States, many expected to see him get into a limousine. However, the car of choice for Pope Francis in the United States: a black Fiat 500L. The car retails for as low as $19,995.00 in the United States. The average new car price in […]
The original estimate of attendance at the Papal Mass was upwards of 1.5 million. Then, the number became a much smaller 1 million. During the broadcasts of the Papal Mass, the numbers floated around were about 800,000. So, how many people were there really?
His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November.
All in all, “don’t forget” are some pretty fine words with which to end such a visit. I know that Pope John Paul’s visit to Chicago in the late 1970’s is still part of this city’s collective memory. I hope that in a similar way, the American Church will have a hard timing forgetting Francis’ visit.
In nice big letters, Pope Francis signed the last piece of a mural. He chose to sign it “Francis”, in nice big letters. But, this is not an isolated mural, but part of a greater Mural Arts Program that helps transform the City of Philadelphia.
Pope Francis, by his tone of voice, also gave special emphasis to a statement that I think will be reflected on long after this event, because it touches on the challenging subject of pluralism.
I experienced the Mass as a reverent and prayerful liturgy.