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Flowers for the Virgin Mary, half
an hour of prayer and settling his
hotel bill: Low-key Francis reschedules
first morning as Pope

Daily Mail [UK], by Suzannah Hills*

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 3/14/2013 3:41:10 PM

Pope Francis I today held his first Mass since being elected as supreme pontiff, gathering with the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel to offer prayers for the future of the Church. (Snip) Speaking in Italian without notes, he said: ´We can walk all we want, we can build many things, but if we don´t proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong. We would become a compassionate NGO and not a Church which is the bride of Christ. ´He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don´t proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the

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Stunning! Bless him Lord!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 3/14/2013 4:03:01 PM     (No. 9225279)

I am REALLY liking this guy!!! Aside from the Falklands thing, if true, that is. I had read elsewhere that he had great conflicts with Kirchner, so I´m not sure he´s for Argentina having the Falklands. PageTurner seems to think he´ll work to diffuse the situation. I´d like to hear her input today.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 3/14/2013 4:08:58 PM     (No. 9225287)

FYI...NGO means non-governmental organization, and usually refers to those nonprofits that apply for and receive millions from the US, UN and other governments to "help" the poor in countries around the world. I read the Pope´s message as going beyond the vital work helping the poor to returning to the Gospel! A challenge to every member of the cloth from any denomination to get back to basics...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 3/14/2013 4:16:12 PM     (No. 9225296)

I am not Catholic, but it seems to me a very good thing has happened here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 3/14/2013 4:58:08 PM     (No. 9225363)

How unlike Nero and Agrippina.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: shepsmum, 3/14/2013 5:12:28 PM     (No. 9225378)

The remarks regarding the Malvinas (as I´m sure he referred to the islands) were on the war´s 30th anniversary and were made to a group largely made up of veterans and their families. They were quite nice, and comforting.

And Argentina does have legitimate arguments regarding the islands, it´s not so clear. God knows England didn´t care about the islands until the attack -- which wasn´t justified.

Heard almost immediately from my Jewish Argentine friend. She´s thrilled, and has wonderful things to say about Pope Francis.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: viking diver, 3/14/2013 5:20:10 PM     (No. 9225384)

#5 The Falklands are quite aways outside the recognized coastal limit of 3 miles and also beyond the 200 mile limit that some countries claim. The citizens of these islands just voted with 98% in favor of staying British.
These Islands do not belong to anybody except the people that inhabit them. Argentina just wants the oil (go figure)
As to a new pope praying to or partitioning with Mary there are so many verses in the Bible against this I just won´t go there.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Gloating, 3/14/2013 5:43:13 PM     (No. 9225411)

I would really like to see less coverage regarding his ditching secunity. There are those who would harm him , as they did to JP 2. May he keep safe and guide the Church through these godless days.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dst4life, 3/14/2013 6:00:29 PM     (No. 9225429)

#6 Catholics don´t pray TO Mary, they pray WITH her. Certainly you ask your loved ones to pray for you. Certainly you have a picture of a loved one in your pocket that you keep as a remembrance. There are NO Scriptures forbidding us to pray with our loved ones either dead or alive. It seems to me the difference lies in how Catholics and Protestants view the afterlife. Hebrews mentions a ´great cloud of witnesses.´ Catholics see this as those who have died and are alive in Christ and available for petitions.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: stjohnswood, 3/14/2013 6:01:03 PM     (No. 9225431)

Inspiring photo essay. But for the two that show Monsignor Marini (7 & 8 down). He looks in both pictures as though his heart is broken. Almost breaks mine.
Contrast with pictures of him together with Pope Benedict.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/14/2013 6:13:41 PM     (No. 9225450)

Food for thought:

FTAWhen we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly,´ he said.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 3/14/2013 6:16:57 PM     (No. 9225456)

Yes, #9..I always like the DM´s photo sprays, even though their journalism is often suspect...went to a Catholic site to get what I believe is the actual text of his homily...was surprised how short, inspring, and to the point it is...

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2078/full_text_pope_francis_first_homily_as_pontiff.aspx

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Reply 12 - Posted by: thelmalou, 3/14/2013 6:20:31 PM     (No. 9225461)

#8 - That is the single finest description of praying to the Virgin Mary that I have ever seen!!! As a Protestant, I have tried and tried to understand that basic principle of RCism, to no avail, even after hours of watching EWTN and talking to RC friends. But that, what you just said - that is completely Biblical. Oh. my. gosh. Wow. That is huge. Thank you SO MUCH for clearing that up for me!!! :hugs:


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Reply 13 - Posted by: thelmalou, 3/14/2013 6:30:12 PM     (No. 9225470)

#11 - Thank you for that link!!! I just read the complete transcript, and BOY HOWDY - I don´t care WHO you are...THAT´LL PREACH!!! Yowsa. Amen and amen. I am so loving this man. Lord, protect and uphold Pope Francis, and do Your work through him.


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