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Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

small numbers at audience

Shortly after the election of Pope Francis, the Wednesday General Audience and the Sunday Angelus made the area around San Pietro a complete madhouse.  I would usually be at the Augustinianum at those times for study or for lunch with a friend and I experienced it myself.

Then, over the next couple years, I noticed that it was easier and easier to get around near San Pietro at those times.  Fewer people were coming.

For the 100th general audience of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Prefecture of the Papal Household released the average attendance of audiences from 51,6K in 2013 to 14,8K in 2015.  HERE

 

From Sandro Magister:

In occasione della centesima udienza generale [On the occasion of the 100th general audience] del pontificato di papa Francesco, mercoledì 26 agosto, la prefettura della casa pontificia ha comunicato che a questi cento appuntamenti hanno preso parte in totale 3.147.600 persone, così distribuite anno dopo anno:

– 1.548.500 i presenti alle 30 udienze del 2013,
– 1.199.000 i presenti alle 43 udienze del 2014,
– 400.100 i presenti alle 27 udienze del 2015.

Questo significa che anno dopo anno la media dei presenti a ciascuna udienza è stata la seguente: [the average at each audience]

– 51.617 persone nel 2013,
– 27.883 persone nel 2014,
– 14.818 persone nel 2015.

Quindi ogni nuovo anno con la metà di presenze dell’anno precedente. [Each year, half the number of the year before.]

Nè le vacche magre sembrano scongiurate, visto che alla centesima udienza di mercoledì scorso è stato comunicato che sono accorsi solo “in più di diecimila”.  [at the 100th there were “more than 10K”]

La foto sopra è stata scattata durante l’udienza generale di mercoledì 11 febbraio 2015, che era anche la festa della Madonna di Lourdes e la giornata del malato, con l’afflusso di delegazioni dell’Unitalsi.  [Photo at the audience of 11 Feb 2015, Day of the Sick.]

 

Benedict’s audiences exceeded those of John Paul II at times.

The square is emptier and emptier.

And it’s not because of the general secularization.

Romans aren’t going either, so it isn’t the economic slump.

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A Transcendent Hope...

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Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis.

Listen! Young people are the window through which the future enters the world. They are the window, and so they present us with great challenges.

Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone.

If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young.

Pope Francis
WELCOME CEREMONY, 28TH WORLD YOUTH DAY,
RIO DE JANEIRO

@Pontifex · October 5, 2013
“Dear young people, you have many plans and dreams for
the future. But, is Christ at the center of each of your plans
and dreams?”

To learn more about this book, click here.

*****
Photo: CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA

 

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Lights in the Sky...

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We were treated to a lovely show of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) last night. I’ve personally never seen them this early in the summer, so it was quite a surprise!  I got the camera only towards the end of the display as it was quietening down, but was still able to take a nice photo.
The Northern Lights on Papa Stronsay.
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Three Essential Words...

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis.

Sometimes we do things which are not good and which harm others. It is important to have the courage to ask for forgiveness when we are at fault in the family. Some weeks ago, in this very square, I said that in order to have
a healthy family, three words need to be used. And I want to repeat these three words: please, thank you, sorry. Three essential words! We say please so as not to be forceful in family life: “May I please do this? Would you be happy if I did this?” We do this with a language that seeks agreement. We say thank you, thank you for love!

Be honest with me, how many times do you say thank you to your wife, and you to your husband? How many days go by without uttering this word?

And the last word: sorry. We all make mistakes, and on occasion someone gets offended in the marriage, in the family…and harsh words are spoken. But please listen to my advice: don’t ever let the sun set without reconciling. Peace is made each day in the family.

ADDRESS TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE PILGRIMAGE OF
FAMILIES, ST. PETER’S SQUARE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

To learn more about this book, click here.

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Image: Wikimedia Commons/Agencia Brasil

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Three Essential Words...

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis.

Sometimes we do things which are not good and which harm others. It is important to have the courage to ask for forgiveness when we are at fault in the family. Some weeks ago, in this very square, I said that in order to have
a healthy family, three words need to be used. And I want to repeat these three words: please, thank you, sorry. Three essential words! We say please so as not to be forceful in family life: “May I please do this? Would you be happy if I did this?” We do this with a language that seeks agreement. We say thank you, thank you for love!

Be honest with me, how many times do you say thank you to your wife, and you to your husband? How many days go by without uttering this word?

And the last word: sorry. We all make mistakes, and on occasion someone gets offended in the marriage, in the family…and harsh words are spoken. But please listen to my advice: don’t ever let the sun set without reconciling. Peace is made each day in the family.

ADDRESS TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE PILGRIMAGE OF
FAMILIES, ST. PETER’S SQUARE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

To learn more about this book, click here.

****

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Agencia Brasil

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."