“I think even we are sometimes like these people, who on the one hand want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, sometimes we like to stone others and condemn others. The message of Jesus is this: mercy.” – Pope Francis, during his first Sunday noon Angelus as Pope, today, March 17, 2013
The Vatican has released the booklet for the Mass on Tuesday in which Pope Francis will be installed as Pope.
SOLENNITÀ DI SAN GIUSEPPE SPOSO DELLA BEATA VERGINE MARIA
(Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgini Mary)
IMPOSIZIONE DEL PALLIO
(Imposition of the Pallium)
CONSEGNA DELL’ANELLO DEL PESCATORE
(Handing Over of the Ring of the Fisherman)
E SANTA MESSA
(And Holy Mass)
PER L’INIZIO DEL MINISTERO PETRINO DEL VESCOVO DI ROMA FRANCESCO
(For the Beginning of the Petrine Ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Francis)
PIAZZA SAN PIETRO, 19 MARZO 2013
(St. Peter’s Square, March 19, 2013)
Interestingly, Pope Francis has called on the Franciscan friars of Mt. Alverna in central Italy — where St. Francis received the stigmata, the five wounds of Christ, in the year 1224 A.D., two years before his death (he was the first reported case of the stigmata in history) an event which led St. Bonaventure, writing in about 1260 A.D., to describe St. Francis as “the Angel of the 6th seal” spoken of by John in the Book of the Apocalypse — to be present as assistants and servers at the Mass.
This clearly is intended to put an exclamation point on the “Franciscan” nature of this pontificate, which began with the Pope’s choice of the name “Francis,” never chosen before.
About 14 of the friars will take part in the ceremony, which will mark the official beginning of Francis’ pontificate.
These Franciscan servers will remain under the direction of Monsignor Guido Marini, the Master of Papal Ceremonies who was so much respected and appreciated by Emeritus Pope Benedict.
Read more here: http://themoynihanletters.com/from-the-desk-of/1853