It’s not every morning you wake up and find the following pictures in your in-box. Check it — my mom with Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of theÂ ArchdioceseÂ of New York, NY, in Rome on Saint Patrick’s DayÂ no less. These pictures were taken after my mom and her fellow pilgrims celebrated a private Mass at theÂ PontificalÂ North American College with Cardinal Dolan presiding.
I’ve preached it time and again here: start saving money and book yourÂ pilgrimageÂ to Rome with The Catholic Traveler. He’s the same guy that helped us get inside St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Blessed John Paul II’sÂ beatificationÂ Mass.Â He really is so very good at his job!
What do you think they talked about? Curious souls here at Das Schmidt Haus sure want to know!
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Meanwhile, back in Des Moines …
Did you hear any special mention of Pope Francis at your parish this weekend? We had the pleasure of experiencing a most festive andÂ celebratory proclamation at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines today. Father Aquinas began Mass by announcing, “My brothers and sisters, I have news of great joy for you. A new bishop of Rome and SupremeÂ PontiffÂ of the Universal Church has been elected…”Â And as Father processed in, the assembly joyfully sang Christus Vincit,Â Christus Regnat,Â Christus Imperat! (Christ conquers, Christ reigns,Â
Of course we all already knew that a new pope had been elected, but in ages past, how else would people have found out? The announcement provided a clear connection to the Church’s history and proclaims this is something to celebrate. It was very cool, and admittedly, I got a little teary-eyed.Â
Then at the end of Mass, Father Aquinas offered a heartfelt plea to the assembly to pray for our new Holy Father. I could repeat it here, but it simply wouldn’t do it justice. Watch it, beginning at the 1:24:50 mark.
So what about you … what did you hear or see at Mass about the selection of our new Holy Father Pope Francis?