Pella Chronicle

Breaking News


August 2, 2013

Watching with interest

Pella —

I have been watching with interest, Pope Francis.  Since mid-March he has been characterized as a man with intense passion for the poor and underprivileged.  He wants the Church to reach out with new vigor to those who are forgotten by the world.  And he has led the way.  He has opted for a more “down to earth” approach to the papacy.  He pays his own bills.  He has changed the venue of one of the most solemn liturgies of the year, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Typically held at St. John Lateran Basilica, he instead held the Mass at a prison for young people.  In this liturgy, which remembers Jesus washing the feet of the apostles, Pope Francis chose to wash the feet of inmates.  Of the inmates, several were women, and several were non-Christian. Before he became pope, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrated the ritual foot-washing in jails, hospitals or hospices – part of his ministry to the poorest and most marginalized of society.
Now he is in Rio De Janeiro, meeting with several million young Catholics who have traveled from around the world.  Several hundred, up close and personal, due to his driver taking a wrong turn and getting stuck in traffic.  Pope Francis kept his window down and greeted them enthusiastically.  His security detail was not having a good day, but the pope seemed to take it all in stride.
His message remains simple.  In keeping with the theme of the World Youth Day: “Go and make disciples of all nations”, a verse taking from Matthew, chapter 28.  He wants everyone to remember who they are and to whom they belong. The pope addressed the crowds: “I encourage you to think of the gifts you have received from God so that you can pass them on to others in turn. Learn to reread your personal history. Be conscious of the wonderful legacy passed down to you from previous generations. So many faith-filled people have been courageous in handing down the faith in the face of trials and incomprehension. Let us never forget that we are links in a great chain of men and women who have transmitted the truth of the faith and who depend on us to pass it on to others.”  

Text Only
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide