So I was riding to work this morning …

Francis walks in empty Rome to venerate the famous Plague Crucifix of 1522.

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23 Responses to So I was riding to work this morning …

  1. notafan says:

    I’ve been so many times to Rome and knew none of this.

    People forget the power of prayer.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Are his five guys ordained?
    I like the idea of firearm-armed security priests.
    He’s entirely justified to have them after the Turk shot John-Paul II.

  3. calli says:

    It’s a wonderful photo. It captures the quiet, the serene, the everyday.

    And in the middle of it all, an outcropping of the eternal.

  4. C.L. says:

    Not priests, Bruce, no.
    Swiss Guard.
    They are armed with Sig P220 pistols and Heckler & Koch MP7 sub-machineguns.

  5. faceache says:

    Yes C.L. Don’t let the ones in ceremonial garb fool you. All of them are very highly trained soldiers.

  6. NoFixedAddress says:

    is that a bear or a pope???

  7. NoFixedAddress says:

    looks like an argantinian communist to me

  8. Amadeus says:

    All symbolism, no substance, like all good communists. How about shelling out some of the Vatican’s billions for the poor and vulnerable in Catholic communities in failed countries? Nah, just a quick stroll up the Via della Conciliazione commemorating a plague 700 years ago will serve just as well.

  9. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    Amadeus – piss off you ignorant fool.

  10. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From calli at 10:00 pm:

    “It’s a wonderful photo. It captures the quiet, the serene, the everyday.

    And in the middle of it all, an outcropping of the eternal.”

    Yes, it surely is special.

    Some years ago Daughter No 2 was in Rome alone, waiting for a girlfriend to join her for their holiday. Wandering about the Vatican she had a Swiss guard chat her up and offer for her to attend Mass with the Holy Father. She responded that she understood he was away at their summer place but the guard told her he was back unexpectedly and she found herself being escorted into Mass with Pope Benedict.

    She woke me in tears an hour afterwards – it was an immensely powerful moment for her, locked her into her faith for life.

  11. Peter Finch says:

    Nice picture of the Wedding Cake but who is the guy in white followed by the men in black? Could be a preview of the next movie.

  12. Peter Finch says:

    Amadeus you’re playing with something but it ain’t the piano, maybe the harpsi.

  13. Bosnich says:

    Amadeus has got a point though.

  14. Roger says:

    I like the idea of firearm-armed security priests.

    I’ve met a man of the cloth (not Catholic) who worked in a risky area in one of America’s great cities and has since gone on to lead his denomination.

    He had a concealed carry permit.

  15. Linden says:

    There is one in Rouen France, near the cathedral similiar thing.

  16. Amadeus says:

    Peter Finch
    #3361776, posted on March 18, 2020 at 9:53 am
    Amadeus you’re playing with something but it ain’t the piano, maybe the harpsi.

    I’m actually a concert pianist, PF, and am familiar with the harpsichord and pipe organs as well. St Peter’s has a fairly good pipe organ but getting sound around the Basilica is problematic due to the interior design of the cathedral. Organists and choir conductors find it a bit of a nightmare.

    Due to the problems with the original organ, a new digital organ donated by Allen & Co in 2017 is now mainly used for recitals and choral work.

    But then what would I know. According to our “friendly commentor” above:
    Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #3361729, posted on March 18, 2020 at 9:23 am
    Amadeus – piss off you ignorant fool.

    There endeth today’s lesson.

  17. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From Bosnich at 10:51 am:

    “Amadeus has got a point though.”

    Demonstrating that he is an ignorant fool, yes, as you have just done for yourself.

  18. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From Amadeus at 12:38 pm:

    ” … There endeth today’s lesson.”

    You’re a liar to boot.

  19. Judge Dredd says:

    May God give strength to those who need it in this time.

  20. John A says:

    Bosnich #3361879, posted on March 18, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Amadeus has got a point though.

    Where’s the money, then?

    And don’t talk about art treasures and architecture.

  21. Chris M says:

    I like the idea of firearm-armed security priests.

    For sure.

    Pope speaks against gun manufacturers.

  22. NoFixedAddress says:

    Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #3361768, posted on March 18, 2020 at 9:49 am

    From calli at 10:00 pm:

    “It’s a wonderful photo. It captures the quiet, the serene, the everyday.

    And in the middle of it all, an outcropping of the eternal.”

    Yes, it surely is special.

    Some years ago Daughter No 2 was in Rome alone, waiting for a girlfriend to join her for their holiday. Wandering about the Vatican she had a Swiss guard chat her up and offer for her to attend Mass with the Holy Father. She responded that she understood he was away at their summer place but the guard told her he was back unexpectedly and she found herself being escorted into Mass with Pope Benedict.

    She woke me in tears an hour afterwards – it was an immensely powerful moment for her, locked her into her faith for life.

    Mick Gold Coast QLD

    If it is appropriate kindly give your daughter thumbs up signal from me

  23. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    Cyclists are Gay.
    Amen.

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