News about Pope Francis

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Did The Pope Perform an Exorcism?

A fair amount of fuss is being made over the Pope's laying on of hands to a sick person during the Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday.

The BBC reports that TV footage shows a young man, who is in a wheelchair, opening his mouth and either screaming or breathing deeply as the Pope puts his hands on his head and prays for him during the Mass in St Peter's Square.

Cue those who believe in demons and such nonsense to claim that the Pope performed an exorcism, a claim that the Vatican has swiftly denied.

A few centuries ago the Vatican would have proudly boasted that it was an exorcism. However, these days it knows that such claims would be ridiculed.

As with all religions, people choose to believe what suits them, and will read into actions and words anything they want; facts become irrelevant.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pope Shuns Penthouse

The BBC reports that the Pope, for the moment, will shun a grand papal apartment on the top floor of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace in favour of a modest two-room residence.

However, I dare say his advisers will be pushing hard for him to take up the penthouse, doubtless using "security" concerns" as the lever by which to apply pressure.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pope Attends Inaugural Mass

The inauguration Mass for Pope Francis has been held in St Peter's Square in Rome.

The BBC reports that his homily called on global leaders and all people of the world to protect the weak and the poor.

Up to 200,000 people attended the Mass.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Argentina Asks For Papal Intervention Over Falklands

As per Alan Johnston:
"Argentina's President asks for Pope's intervention in the Falklands dispute. Appeal came during talks at the Vatican."
This of course is a waste of time, as everyone knows that God is British!

Friday, 15 March 2013

Pope Had A Girlfriend

It seems that in former years, before he became a priest, Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio as he then was) had a girlfriend.

However, he was but 12 at the time and she rebuffed him.

Amalia Damonte claims that a 12 year old Jorge gave her a letter declaring his undying love for her. She is quoted by the Independent:

He wrote me a letter telling me that one day he would like to marry me.

He said that if I didn’t say yes, he would have to become a priest. Luckily for him, I said no!
All of this fits snugly into Pope Francis's "man of the people" credentials being carefully burnished by the Vatican spin machine.



Thursday, 14 March 2013

Pope Francis To Mediate On Falklands Dispute?

Cristina Kirchner, the Argentine president, has suggested that Pope Francis will help mediate on Argentina's dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands.

In her dreams!

Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis

The inaugural mass of Pope Francis will take place next Tuesday (19th March 2013).

The Tweet Announcing The New Pope



"HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM"

Pope Francis

Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been elected by the Conclave of cardinals as the new Pope. He will take the name Francis.

Pope Francis is 76 years old and is a Jesuit.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Seagull On Papal Chimney

The seagull currently standing on top of the Papal chimney needs to be aware that the smoke used to signal the result of the Papal election is loaded with chemicals.

If I were that seagull I would fly away before the vote is cast.

Live Feed From St Peter's Square



Black smoke - No result
White smoke - A new pope has been elected

Live Coverage of The Conclave Voting For a New Pope