Pope Francesco boarded a simple car instead of the Official Vatican Car and with a simple bouquet of flowers in His hand went to the Church to pray silently for about ten minutes in front of the Altar.
(by pio dal cin) Saturday March 9th 2013 7:00 Rome Time. With the Conclave Extra Hommnesfrom the Latin word “cum clavem” (with key) that comes from what happened in 1270 when the people of Viterbo locked the cardinals in the City’s Palace until they reached the election of Gregory X The process to elect the new Head of the Catholic Church will begin on Tuesday March 12th. As I stated in a previous post( A fool’s prediction), trying to make a prediction is like to be able to guess the lottery numbers. Anyone can be right or wrong.
I was brought up a Christian Catholic in a very strict way. My name comes from Padre Pio da Petrelcina whom my dad met many times when he was a “small friar” battered by the Church and confined without the permission to Celebrate the Mass as he was becoming popular among the crowds for His “miracles”.
(Mons. Albino Luciani-Pope John Paul the I with my father)I met two Popes personally in my life: Pope John Paul
the I and Pope John Paul the II. (foto copyright pio dal cin 2013) During my travelling around the World, as a photojournalist I came in touch and I studied Islam, Ebraism, Buddhism and the Religion of the Native Americans, out of my curiosity of understanding where, if there is one, lies the Truth. I must admit that I wasn’t thrilled about Pope Benedict VXI; not much for His great personality and profound culture, but for the fact that he “sported” those huge golden crosses on His neck and the “fisherman ring” was big enough to buy a couple of apartments. I kept repeating to myself that “This cannot be Sacred..” Isn’t the Church supposed to support the poverty as one of the three wows?” Native Americans have a saying “If it is Sacred it must be Free..” I like this. But how many controversial, not free items are there in the Catholic Church today? Why is the Legacy of Saint Peter obliterated by scandals of the Vatican’s funds of million of Euros? I learned that the IOR (the Vatican Bank)is the most powerful bank in the whole world. This should change, in my humble opininion. Saint Francis of Assisi was called by Jesus to “Repair the Church”“Vai Francesco, ripara la mia Chiesa” and was cited here by Benedict VXI. Times are very hard and the sex scandals, Vatican Leaks and not so transparent transactions of the Church are “rocking the Boat” like never before. Given my statement that “You have to be a Fool to make a prediction of choosing a Pope”, I will have another approach and “write a letter of plead to the Holy Spirit“, asking to pick the only one I saw that fits the description of Saint Francis of Assisi: Cardinal Sean O’Malley (read His blog)
LETTER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: I will start with this Song to the Holy Spirit, that is sung by the Cardinals upon entering the Conclave, to ask for Divine Inspiration.
Dear Holy Spirit, I am just a grain of sand in the Universe. I understand nothing about the Laws and the Forces that balance the Great Space. Many Humans call upon Your Force and Greatness. Some call You Great Spirit, other call You Holy Spirit, other do not even believe in You. During these days the Catholic Church is called to elect the Captain of the Ship. It is been very hard for me in these past years to believe that Your Holy Presence is among those walls, given all the scandals that we heard about. It is very hard to boftenelieve that the Spirit of Jesus and of Saint Peter, and Saint Francis of Assisi is behind the gold and richness ofnen shown by those who are called to be Your servants, while there are million of people who suffer in the World. So here is my humble plea: If You are really among those walls, Shed a Great LIght upon those who are called to elect the new Pope so that His ways will be as Jesus requested of simplicity and trasparency. a real Sheperd that can show the World that Jesus is still among us human beings in the way HE taught us.
(by pio dal cin) March 6th 2013 11:00 pm (GMT+1) As I red the “Washington Post” article about the”AmericanCardinals” involved in the election of the new Pope, my attention was attracted by these few lines: “Di Nardo and O’Malley drew laughs when one reporter asked O’Malley, a member of the Capuchin order, if he would continue to wear his trademark brown robes if elected pope.
“I’ve worn this uniform for over 40 years and I presume I will wear it until I die,” he said. “I don’t expect to be elected pope, so I don’t expect to have to change.”
This was the second time I heard this today: first time on the Italian National Radio. The words “Capucine” attracted my attention, as I did not know that there was an American Cardinal who wears the “saio” (the Capucine uniform) for forty years.
Whomever tries to make a prediction about who is going to be the next Pope is a fool, as there are two ways of looking at this event that is monopolizing the attention of over Five thousand accredited journalists from all over the world:
A): The Vatican is a Earthly Power made by people like you and I, owners of the most powerful bank in the world (the IOR). As any other power on this earth the election will deliver the new Pontiff as the Head of a State (The Vatican)and any name among the 115 cardinals could be the one to take St.Peter’s Legacy.
B): As seen from a Christian Catholic point of view the “Conclave” is fueled by the Holy Spirit, therefore the Chosen will be absolutely without any possibility of mistake the “Right One”.
After this any prediction is impossible. There are no ways. Probably guessing the Lotto numbers will be a lot easier.
A FOOL PREDICTION
My name is Pio. My father Narciso named me after a Capucine Saint he had the priviledge of knowing when He was an unknown Capucine Friar healing people and making “miracles.
The Church confined him without the permission to celebrate the Holy Mass, for ten long years, on the ground that He, Himself was considered “strange”. He is now a Saint; Saint Pio or better known as “Padre Pio da Petrelcina”.
I grew up in a very Christian Catholic environment and my life was filled with its simbols from my childhood. I had the opportunity of meeting two Popes in my life: the first one was John Paul the First, Albino Luciani. More than once, as He was the Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, where I grew up, and then, during a private visit of my family to the Partiarcat of Venice, where He spent his last years before becoming Pope John Paul I.
The second Pope I met was Pope John Paul II for three times as I followed him as a young photojournalist during His vacation on the Dolomites‘ town of Lorenzago.
Does this make me an expert on Popes?
Absolutely not, just another fool trying to make a prediction.
HARD TIMES FOR THE CHURCH
Times are hard for the Catholic Church, battling amid sex scandals and the “Vatican Leaks” files.
The need is for a strong Pope, one Captain that can take the helm of the Ship and go trough one of Church’s worst hurricanes in history.
It is time for a Pope with the “saio” who can bring the Church back to the times of Saint Francis of Assisi, the poor friar who made a great revolution in the Church with His humble, poor ways.
Without a Pope that can rid the Vatican from all the “evils” represented by richness, golden crosses, money trades that cannot be tracked for million of Euros and all the sex scandals that have come up in the last few years, more than a Ship, it will look like the Titanic, headed for a Iceberg.
As a Fool prediction I will pick Cardinal O’Malley, hoping that if He gets elected He will keep wearing the “saio” for the next forty years, but this time as a Pope, making the “B” option above more credible.
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(by pio dal cin) Il monento difficile che stiamo attraversando politicamente presenta sfide e scenari inediti dal punto di vista politico.
Il parlamento è diviso in tre grandi spezzoni che difficilmente potranno convivere a lungo. L’affermazione di Berlusconiche tutti davano per spacciato (io per primo) . La “vittoria” di Bersani, e la valanga Grillo.La Legaha perso metà dei consensi e questo è un segnale forte alla dirigenza. Mentre scrivo Maroni intervistato daBruno Vespa ha affermato di preferire la “Vittoria Politica su un progetto (il grande Nord) piuttosto che avere qualche parlamentare in piu’. Certo che la vittoria di Maroni pesa molto sulla bilancia Nazionale. Se la Lega ha perso una marea di consensi (dai moderati) e ha subito un’emoraggia di voti, deve interrogarsi sul perchè. Le lotte intestine e gli scandali che l’hanno travolta nell’ultimo anno hanno cambiato per sempre la struttura di questo partito Popolare che aveva nell’onestà dei suoi dirigenti basato tutti i suoi consensi e le vittorie politiche dal 1992 ad oggi. Con l’affermazione di Maroni a presidente della Lombardia si apre un nuovo scenario. Un grande Nord formato da Piemonte (Cota) Lombardia(Maroni) Veneto (Zaia e Tosi) Friuli (Tondo). Una forza che prescinde totalmente dall’andazzo Nazionale delle elezioni. Maroni si è giocato tutte le carte su questa vittoria e, da politico acuto ed intelligente sapeva che la Lega entrava male in queste elezioni. Lo aveva detto durante un’intervista qualche settimana fa che il “timone” della Lombardia gli interessava molto di più dei risultati Nazionali. Cosa succederà? Nessuno ha la sfera di cristallo ma tutti convengono sul fatto che qualsiasi sia il governo che uscirà da queste elezioni non durerà a lungo (leggi posts precedenti nel mio blog). Il mio umile consiglio a Maroni è il seguente: Rifondare la Lega con un nome diverso. Zaia, Tosi, Cota e Maroni assieme sono abbastanza forti da fondare un partito per il Grande Nord che se si presentasse alle elezioni che non tarderanno ad arrivare potrà raccogliere un consenso molto ampio che vorrei sbilanciarmi nel quantificare in un 12-15%. Diversamente c’è la fine politica di questo movimento che ha segnato per sempre la Storia ed il modo di pensare della Gente del Nord. Non è scandaloso rinnovarsi e staccarsi da una vecchia metodologia che non riuscirà a scrollarsi di dosso gli scandali che l’hanno esposta alla gogna. Con questi presidenti di Regioni molto importanti Maroni, Cota, Zaia (con il supporto di Tosi in Veneto e Tondo per il Friuli) l’elettorato leghista potrà convincersi che il progetto interregionale puo’ diventare realtà, a prescindere da qualsiasi risultato le urne abbiano partorito in questa tornata elettorare. Occorre far presto. Le nuove elezioni non tarderanno ad arrivare e questa, è l’unica strada che la lega puo’ provare a percorrere. Bisogna liberarsi dei fantasmi del passato e ripartire con nuove energie. Questo è il mio umile consiglio .
(by pio dal cin) To all the corrupted politicians out there. Listen to the voices of the People of Italy crying for some relief. Before you are a politician you are (or at least should be) a MAN.
Next time you hoover over a City with your helicopter on the way to make a multimillion euro deal, think of the person in despair because he just lost his job, or because the enterprise he started with great sacrifices is about to collapse, maybe for a bill, or a law that you voted.
Think of a mother trying to feed the children with less than a thousand euros a month, while you are getting a message on your Iphone telling you that your 90thousand euro pension has been deposited in your bank account.
Think of a young couple who will not be able to start a family because the Bank just denied them a mortgage as they only have one paycheck a month and it won’t be enough.
Think of all the money you stole, and you are stealing from the poor people. One day you are going to die too. You will die rich and perhaps you’ll regret on your death bed not having being able to be honest and it will be the moment you’ll meet your Creator, it will be the saddest moment of your life.
To achieve honesty within yourself,
To recognize who and what you are ,
Do this and you can be honest with all others
Humble yourself and recognize that
No matter how much you think you know,
You know very little of all the universe.
To learn truth,
To live with truth, and
To walk with truth,
To speak truth
To have wisdom is to know the difference between good and bad, and
To know the result of your actions
Unconditional love to know that when people are weak
They need your love the most,
That your love is given freely, and
You cannot put conditions on it
Or your love is not true
Respect others, their beliefs, and
If you cannot show respect,
You cannot expect respect to be given
To be brave is to do something right,
Even if you know it’s going to hurt you.
These should be the first results from the Elections in Italy as Grillo is expected to make a “killing” with his policies of “sending the old Nomenclatura away from the Parliament” Every Party is fearing his success as results are pouring in after the polls closed at 3:00 pm local time (GMT+1)