Crunching all the crunchy chocolate…

Pope Francis apparently changes his mind, secondary to a penchant for an iconic wafered cookie

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FrancisBeat: Cuba hoy, mañana Estados Unidos!

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On Sunday 20 September the Holy Father, in connection with his apostolic journey to the island nation of Cuba, met with Fidel Castro and his brother Raul who is the current leader of the government there. He also celebrated mass publicly at Revolution Plaza in Havana.

From there, Pope Francis travels to the United States, where his public events will include the following schedule:

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

16:00 – Arrival at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. / Official welcoming ceremony at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

9:15 – Welcoming ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House / Courtesy Visit to the President of the United States of America

11:30 – Meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

16:15 – Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. [I’m still chafing about this one]

Thursday, 24 September 2015

9:20 – Visit to the Congress of the United States of America

11:15 – Visit to the Charitable Center of St. Patrick Parish and meeting with the homeless in Washington, D.C.

18:45 – Vespers with the Clergy, Men and Women Religious at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York

Friday, 25 September 2015

8:30 – Visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations

11:30 – Interreligious encounter at the Ground Zero memorial in New York

16:00 – Visit to “Our Lady, Queen of the Angels” School and meeting with children and families of migrants in New York (Harlem)

18:00 – Holy Mass at the Madison Square Garden in New York

Saturday, 26 September 2015

10:30 – Holy Mass with the Bishops, Clergy, Men and Women Religious of Pennsylvania gathered at the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

16:45 – Meeting for Religious Freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia

19:30 – Festival of families and vigil of prayer at the B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

Sunday, 27 September 2015

9:15 – Meeting with bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia

11:00 – Visit to detainees at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia

16:00 – Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families at B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

19:00 – Greeting to the organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at the International Airport of Philadelphia

19:45 – Farewell ceremony

Pope Francis, or rather, whoever among his functionaries responsible for the Pontifex Twitter Account, tweeted a request:

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So, let’s pray for him, mkay?

President Obama has lined up all the usual suspects of dissidents, reactionaries and infidels for the White House meet and greet. Can’t say it’s surprising that the President would hoist another indecorous and insulting flag up the pole as he lays out the unwelcome mat to the leader of over a billion Catholics. But hey, why should Bolivia’s president be the only classy one?

Benedict XVI Testifies in Favor of John Paul I Beatification

This article, from the Italian outfit Ansa.it, has been sitting as a page on my browser for several weeks, because I’ve been meaning to share what is another historic first from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

Benedict XVI has testified in the proceedings for the beatification of Pope John Paul I… No pope has ever before testified for the beatification of another…

Sadly, John Paul I is greatly overlooked and oft forgotten, due to the short duration of his pontificate — just 33 days — and due to the “rock star” quality of his immediate successor, whose own pontificate was one of the longest in Church history. Only Pius IX and St. Peter himself steered the Barque longer than JPII.

John Paul I was the first in the history of the Church to introduce the innovation of the double papal name, and the fact that Karol Wojtyla chose, rather than his own distinct papal name, to become JPII could be taken as a sign of Wojtyla’s testimony on the subject of JPI’s sanctity.

John Paul I, Albino Luciani, pray for us!

St. Peter’s Basilica: The Armchair Tour

From National Geographic, you can take a 360º virtual tour of St. Peter’s Basilica on your desktop, tablet or smartphone, from its approximate center, just in front of the main altar and confessio, under the shadow of Bernini’s famous bronze baldacchino.

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