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First Easter 2013 with Pope Franciscus I our Pope of Hearts www.PopeofHearts.com

First Easter 2013 with Pope Franciscus I our Pope of Hearts http://www.PopeofHearts.com

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!”

Opinion: Pope Francis’ gestures strike fire in our hearts os he is the Pope of Hearts

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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The Childkisser Pope Francis Pope of Hearts www.PopeofHearts.com

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Pope Francis the “Pope of Hearts” has celebrated his first Palm Sunday mass in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis the “Pope of Hearts” has celebrated his first Palm Sunday mass in St Peter’s Square http://www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts has celebrated his first Palm Sunday mass in St Peters Square www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts has celebrated his first Palm Sunday mass in St Peters Square http://www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope Francis the “Pope of Hearts” has celebrated his first Palm Sunday mass in St Peter’s Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart, as tens of thousands joyfully waved olive branches and palm fronds.

The square overflowed with 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity’s most important day.

Keeping with his spontaneous style, the first pope from Latin America broke away several times from the text of his prepared homily to encourage the faithful to lead simple lives.

Pope Francis focuses on the poor in Palm Sunday Mass www.PopeofHearts.com Pope Francis kisses a child as he leaves after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP / Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis focuses on the poor in Palm Sunday Mass http://www.PopeofHearts.com Pope Francis kisses a child as he leaves after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP / Andrew Medichini)

Palm Sunday recalls Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem but the Gospel also recounts how he was betrayed by one of his apostles and ultimately sentenced to death on a cross.

Recalling the triumphant welcome into Jerusalem, Francis said Jesus “awakened so many hopes in the heart, above all among humble, simple, poor, forgotten people, those who don’t matter in the eyes of the world”.

Francis then told an off-the-cuff story from his childhood in Argentina. “My grandmother used to say, ‘children, burial shrouds don’t have pockets'” the pope said, in a variation of “you can’t take it with you”.

Since his election on 13 March, Francis has put the downtrodden and poor at the centre of his mission as pope, keeping with the priorities of his Jesuit tradition. His name – the first time a pope has called himself Francis – is inspired by St Francis of Assisi, who renounced a life of high living for austere poverty and simplicity to preach Jesus’s message to the poor.

Francis wore bright red robes over a white cassock as he presided over the mass at an altar sheltered by a white canopy on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinals, many of them among the electors who chose him to be pope, sat on chairs during the ceremony held under hazy skies on a breezy day.

In his homily, Francis said Christian joy “isn’t born from possessing a lot of things but from having met” Jesus. That same joy should keep people young, he said. “From seven to 70, the heart doesn’t age” if one is inspired by Christian joy, said the 76-year-old pontiff.

 

Pope Francis Pope of Hearts http://www.PopeofHearts.com blows a kiss to faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP / Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis Pope of Hearts www.PopeofHearts.com blows a kiss to faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP / Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis Pope of Hearts http://www.PopeofHearts.com blows a kiss to faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP / Gregorio Borgia)

Francis said he was looking forward to welcoming young people to Rio de Janeiro in July for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day. So far, that is the first foreign trip on the calendar of Francis’s new papacy.

The faithful knelt on hard cobblestones paving the square, and Francis knelt on a wooden kneeler at the point in the Gospel that recounts the moment of Jesus’s death.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/24/pope-francis-celebrates-palm-sunday Photos (AP / Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis, Pope of Hearts right, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo

Pope Francis Pope of Hearts right, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope Francis Pope of Hearts right, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope Francis Pope of Hearts right, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo http://www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope Francis, Pope of Hearts right, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo Saturday, March 23, 2013. Pope Francis has traveled to Castel Gandolfo to have lunch with his predecessor Pope emer. Benedict XVI in a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church. The Vatican said the two popes embraced on the helipad. In the chapel where they prayed together, Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the pope. Francis refused to take it alone, saying “We’re brothers,” and the two prayed together on the same one. Photo: Osservatore Romano, HO

Papal residence in Castelgandolfo Pope emer Benedict XVI www.popeemer.com

Papal residence in Castelgandolfo Pope emer Benedict XVI www.popeemer.com

Papal residence in Castelgandolfo Pope emer Benedict XVI www.popeemer.com

Papal residence in Castelgandolfo Pope emer Benedict XVI http://www.popeemer.com

The closed window of the papal residence in Castelgandolfo, in the outskirts of Rome, Saturday, March 23, 2013. Pope Francis has traveled to Castel Gandolfo to have lunch with his predecessor Benedict XVI in a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church. The Vatican said the two popes embraced on the helipad. In the chapel where they prayed together, Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the pope. Pope of Hearts  http://www.PopeofHearts.com Francis refused to take it alone, saying “We’re brothers,” and the two prayed together on the same one. Photo: Gregorio Borgia

Pope of Hearts Pope Francis, right, Pope of Hearts and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI meet in Castel Gandolfo

Pope of Hearts Pope Francis, right,  Pope of Hearts and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI meet in Castel Gandolfo www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope of Hearts Pope Francis, right,  Pope of Hearts and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI meet in Castel Gandolfo www.PopeofHearts.com

Pope of Hearts Pope Francis, right, Pope of Hearts and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI meet in Castel Gandolfo http://www.PopeofHearts.com

In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right,  Pope of Hearts and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI ( Pope emer  http://www.popeemer.com ) meet in Castel Gandolfo Saturday, March 23, 2013. Pope Francis has traveled to Castel Gandolfo to have lunch with his predecessor Benedict XVI in a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church. The Vatican said the two popes embraced on the helipad. In the chapel where they prayed together, Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the Pope of Hearts. Pope Francis I refused to take it alone, saying “We’re brothers,” and the two prayed together on the same one. Photo: Osservatore Romano, HO

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis, the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis, the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday www.PopeofHearts.com

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday www.PopeofHearts.com

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday http://www.PopeofHearts.com

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis, the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday, March 23, 2013. Crowds are beginning to gather in the central square of Castel Gandolfo to catch a glimpse of history: Two popes meeting for lunch and presumably discussing the future of the Catholic Church.

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday www.Pope-of-Hearts.com

The papal helicopter carrying Pope Francis the Pope of Hearts flies on its way to Castel Gandolfo Saturday http://www.Pope-of-Hearts.com

Pope Francis I, the Pope of Hearts flies by helicopter Saturday to the papal residence in the Alban Hills south of Rome where Pope emeritus Benedict XVI ( PopeEmer.com) has been living since resigning February. 28, 2013 the first pope to step down in 600 years. Photo: Andrew Medichini