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March 26, 2013
mentalcartography:

The new pope is doing some redecorating. I quite approve. I may not agree with him, or the Church, on many points, but I do like the fundamental ideas that we should be humble and help those in need. This may not go directly towards those in need, but it does seem to symbolize the direction the church should go.

That Pope Francis is less ostentatious than his predecessor, and indeed less so than nearly a century of Catholic popes is hard to argue — earlier today it was announced that he’ll also eschew the traditional, opulent papal living-quarters for a far more modest two-room suite.

mentalcartography:

The new pope is doing some redecorating. I quite approve. I may not agree with him, or the Church, on many points, but I do like the fundamental ideas that we should be humble and help those in need. This may not go directly towards those in need, but it does seem to symbolize the direction the church should go.

That Pope Francis is less ostentatious than his predecessor, and indeed less so than nearly a century of Catholic popes is hard to argue — earlier today it was announced that he’ll also eschew the traditional, opulent papal living-quarters for a far more modest two-room suite.

20:09 // 1 year ago
February 28, 2013
13:32 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
It is deplorable that, as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave… there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.
A statement from the Vatican • Decrying reports in the Italian media, in advance of the meeting of the conclave to select a new Pope. Of particular irritation to the Vatican — an unsourced story in La Repubblica, Italy’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, regarding a special report by three Cardinals, conducted in the aftermath of the theft and leaking of the Pope’s personal papers by his butler. It suggests that the special report uncovered myriad scandals relating to sex, money, and the management of the Vatican’s bank, but CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen finds the idea this hastened Benedict’s departure unlikely: “For the most part, one has to take the pope at his word: He’s stepping aside because he’s old and tired, not because of any particular crisis.” source
12:57 // 1 year ago
February 22, 2013
His last tweet as pope from his @Pontifex account (English version) will be sent out on Feb. 28, according to ANSA in Rome. As with Benedict’s previous tweets, his final message will be be sent out in 8 different languages via separate accounts.
An ABC News report • Discussing Pope Benedict’s final tweet as the pontiff. For most people, our last tweet would not be worthy of a pre-game news story. But the Pope, who has 1.5 million followers on the strength of just 36 tweets, is apparently worth a pre-game. We’ll be holding our breath for the next five and a half days.

(Source: abcnews.go.com)

19:01 // 1 year ago
February 11, 2013
7:39 // 1 year ago

Here’s the initial CNN report of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. They have EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on the screen, who was the only person who had an English-language interview with Joseph Ratzinger before he became pope, and Arroyo just sounds stunned.

7:30 // 1 year ago
7:16 // 1 year ago
December 22, 2012
Paolo Gabriele, the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking his boss’ private documents, has reason to be happy today — he’s the beneficiary of a papal pardon. Pope Benedict visited him in prison today, to communicate the pardon in person. From a Vatican statement: "This constitutes a paternal gesture toward a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years." Gabriele was reportedly released immediately, and has returned home. source  

Paolo Gabriele, the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking his boss’ private documents, has reason to be happy today — he’s the beneficiary of a papal pardon. Pope Benedict visited him in prison today, to communicate the pardon in person. From a Vatican statement: "This constitutes a paternal gesture toward a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years." Gabriele was reportedly released immediately, and has returned home. source  

18:42 // 1 year ago
December 12, 2012
inothernews:

Things the Pope Didn’t Really Tweet, Vol. 1.
(apologies to shortformblog)

Wait, what are you apologizing for, ION? This is great.

inothernews:

Things the Pope Didn’t Really Tweet, Vol. 1.

(apologies to shortformblog)

Wait, what are you apologizing for, ION? This is great.

9:59 // 1 year ago
The Pope tweets: So convinced he was going to start out with a Spotify link to a Smoking Popes song.

The Pope tweets: So convinced he was going to start out with a Spotify link to a Smoking Popes song.

8:19 // 1 year ago