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Pope Franciscus the  Pope of Hearts marked his first Good Friday as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, asking the faithful to follow Jesus’ lead.

“Christians must respond to evil with good, taking the cross upon themselves as Jesus did,” Francis said at a nighttime ceremony marking the Stations of the Cross, also known as Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, at Rome’s Colosseum.

Pope Franciscus the  Pope of Hearts said the cross represents God’s response to evil in the world and that the answer to evil “is the cross of Christ — a word which is love, mercy, forgiveness.”

Good Friday, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar, recalls the day Jesus died on the cross.

Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Franciscus the  Pope of Hearts , was elected pontiff just over two weeks ago, succeeding Benedict XVI. A former Argentine cardinal, he became the first non-European pope of the modern era, the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit and the first to assume the name Francis.

Since taking on the role, he has focused on a message of helping the poor and needy and demonstrated a simple, humble personal style. Francis already has repeatedly veered from tradition — from the white papal robes he wore on the Vatican balcony the night of his election, to his choosing to ask for the crowd to pray for him first before he offered a blessing of his own.

His selection came shortly before Holy Week, one of the most significant periods of the Roman Catholic year. These celebrations will culminate on Easter Sunday with the pope’s first “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, directed to the city of Rome and to the world.

Celebrant references Kafka story

These remarks at one of the Italian capital’s most famous landmarks came hours after the new pontiff, dressed in red vestments, began a service at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica by walking down its nave and laying on his stomach in prayer, according to Vatican Radio.

He then joined legions of Roman Catholics worldwide who reflected Friday on the gospel account of the Lord’s Passion, recalling the day Jesus died on the cross before rising three days later, according to Christian doctrine.

Per tradition, the Vatican sermon was given by the preacher to the papal household, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa.

“We have the opportunity to make, on this day, the most important decision of our lives, one that opens wide before us the doors of eternity,” Cantalamessa said. “To believe!”

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During the address, he referenced author Franz Kafka’s “An Imperial Message,” a story in which a king on his deathbed whispers a message to a subject, makes the subject repeat it, and then sends him on his way. The messenger tries to leave but encounters insurmountable obstacles as he attempts to head away.

Cantalamessa said the story is a “powerful religious symbol and takes on a new meaning, almost prophetic, when heard on Good Friday.”

“We must do everything possible so that the Church may never look like that complicated and cluttered castle described by Kafka, and the message may come out of it as free and joyous as when the messenger began his run,” he said. “We know what the impediments are that can restrain the messenger: dividing walls, starting with those that separate the various Christian churches from one another, the excess of bureaucracy, the residue of past ceremonials, laws and disputes, now only debris.”

The Stations of the Cross

Dressed all in white, the pope arrived shortly after 9 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) at the Colosseum to mark the Stations of the Cross.

As a large crowd  many of them holding lit candles looked on, Francis sat solemnly as a cross was walked around the historic Roman amphitheater to recall 14 moments from Jesus’ final day.

Participants included clergymen and other Christians from Brazil to Africa to China to the Middle East. At one point, the cross was carried by a woman in a wheelchair, from a group representing the physically and mentally disabled.

Francis spoke to close the ceremony, explaining the meaning of the cross and how Christians could apply that in their lives.

“Let us walk together in our Way of the Cross, and let us do so carrying in our hearts these words of love and forgiveness,” he said.

Similar services and ceremonies were held in churches and other locales worldwide, including the annual Stations of the Cross walk through the winding streets of Jerusalem’s old city.

Pope Francis’ humble superiority

They came a day after Franciscus the Pope of Hearts broke with tradition by going to a youth detention center in Rome, rather than the city’s chief cathedral, where he washed the feet of a dozen young detainees. Among the group at the Casal del Marmo were two women and two Muslims.

The pontiff poured water over the young offenders’ feet, wiped them with a white towel and kissed them.

In his homily, given to about 50 young offenders, he said that everyone should help one another. “As a priest and as a bishop, I should be at your service. It is a duty that comes from my heart,” he said.

The act of foot-washing at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday is part of the Christian tradition that mirrors Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet.

The girls whose feet Franciscus the Pope of Hearts washed in another move away from custom were an Italian and an Eastern European, according to the Vatican.

The Vatican Press Office responded Friday to “questions and concerns” related to the pope’s washing the young offenders’ feet, especially those of two females, calling it a “simple and spontaneous gesture of love, affection, forgiveness and mercy.”

“When Jesus washed the feet of those who were with him on the first Holy Thursday, he desired to teach all a lesson about the meaning of service, using a gesture that included all members of the community,” the office said in a statement. “… To have excluded the young women from the ritual washing of feet … would have detracted our attention from the essence of the Holy Thursday gospel, and the very beautiful and simple gesture of a father who desired to embrace those who were on the fringes of society.”

Source: CNN  CNN’s Livia Borghese and Joe Sterling contributed to this report.

 

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis our Pope of Hearts has decided not to move into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected him, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

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“The Pope of Hearts is experimenting with this type of living arrangement, which is simple,” but allows him “to live in community with others,” both the permanent residents — priests and bishops who work at the Vatican — as well as guests coming to the Vatican for meetings and conferences, Father Lombardi said March 26.

The spokesman said Pope Francis has moved out of the room he drew by lot before the conclave and into Suite 201, a room that has slightly more elegant furnishings and a larger living room where he can receive guests.

The Domus Sanctae Marthae, the official name of the guesthouse, was built in 1996 specifically to house cardinals during a conclave.

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Celebrating Mass March 26 with the residents and guests, Pope Francis told them he intended to stay, Father Lombardi said. The permanent residents, who had to move out during the conclave, had just returned to their old rooms.

Pope Francis has been there since his election March 13, taking his meals in the common dining room downstairs and celebrating a 7 a.m. Mass with Vatican employees in the main chapel of the residence.

He will be the first pope in 110 years not to live in the papal apartments on the third floor of the Apostolic Palace.

In 1903, St. Pius X became the first pope to live in the apartments overlooking St. Peter’s Square. The apartments were completely remodeled by Pope Paul VI in 1964 and have undergone smaller modifications by each pope since, according to “Mondo Vaticano,” a Vatican-published mini-encyclopedia about Vatican buildings, offices and tradition.

The large living room or salon of the apartment is located directly above the papal library where official audiences with visiting bishops and heads of state are held.

Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts will continue to use the library for official audiences and to recite the Angelus prayer on Sundays and holy days from the apartment window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Father Lombardi said.

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The apartments contain a chapel, an office for the pope and a separate office for his secretaries, the pope’s bedroom, a dining room, kitchen and rooms for two secretaries and for the household staff.

When Pope Francis returned to the guesthouse after his election, Father Lombardi had said the move was intended to be short-term while a few small work projects were completed in the papal apartments. He said March 26 that all the work had been completed, but at least for the foreseeable future, Pope Francis would not move in.

The Domus Sanctae Marthae, named after St. Martha, is a five-story building on the edge of Vatican City.

While offering relative comfort, the residence is not a luxury hotel. The building has 105 two-room suites and 26 singles; about half of the rooms are occupied by the permanent residents. Each suite has a sitting room with a desk, three chairs, a cabinet and large closet; a bedroom with dresser, night table and clothes stand; and a private bathroom with a shower.

The rooms all have telephones and access to an international satellite television system.

The building also has a large meeting room and a variety of small sitting rooms. In addition to the dining room and the main chapel, it also has four private chapels, located at the end of hallways on the third and fifth floors of each of the building’s two wings.

Source: By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

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Pope Franciscus I has chosen the motto “Miserando atque eligendo”, meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin ‘by having mercy, by choosing him’.

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The motto is one the Pope Franciscus I had already chosen as Bishop. It is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew’s Gospel relating to his vocation:  “Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him as an Apostle saying to him : Follow me.”

This homily, which focuses on divine mercy and is reproduced in the Liturgy of the Hours on the Feast of Saint Matthew, has taken on special significance in the Pope’s life and spiritual journey.

In fact it was on the Feast of Saint Matthew in 1953 that a young seventeen year-old Jorge Bergoglio was touched by the mercy of God and felt the call to religious life in the footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Beyond the motto, the coat of arms has a blue field and is surmounted by the mitre and the papal keys. On the crest itself at the centre is the symbol of the Jesuits, a flaming sun with the three letters recalling the name and the salvific mission of Jesus. Underneath we have two more symbols: to the right the star representing Mary and to the left the nard flower representing Joseph.

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