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The Internet is Phenomenal – Last Synod Voting Day – Final Mass (#synod15)

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I don’t know why, but I always like to get a feel for what goes on behind the scenes at great events such as the Synod on the Family.  As I mentioned at the beginning of the Synod, Archbishop Coleridge of Australia had the blog to read for an intimate daily account. His account of the last day in the synod hall is priceless. Here are the intimate details on this last day:

Morning Session    Afternoon Session

I’m making this post in the early morning eastern time. The preparations for the final mass are well underway, and people are tweeting pictures:

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Choir Members Arriving

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People Arriving at St. Peter’s 

I really can’t wait to hear the Pope’s homily.

THE INTERNET IS PHENOMENAL!

Pope Francis – Final Mass in Brazil (WYD)

Here is a series of photos and brief commentary on the Pope at WYD emailed to me by a parishioner.

Pope Francis has completed a historic trip to his home continent by celebrating mass for three million people on Rio de Janeiro ‘ s Copacabana beach, one news service reported: 
“The colossal crowds cheered the first Latin American pope in a remarkable response to his message that the Catholic Church must shake itself up and get out into the streets to find the faithful.
Nuns mixed with bikini-clad young women as nearly the entire 2.5-mile crescent of Copacabana’s broad beach in Rio overflowed with people, some of them taking an early morning dip in the Atlantic and others tossing flags and football shirts into the pontiff’s open-sided car as he drove by.”

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The 2.5-mile crescent of   Rio’s Copacabana beach overflowed with over 3 million people.

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Catholic pilgrims, many of them dressed in Brazil’s national colors, watch,  as the Pope celebrates Mass.

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Worshippers clutched rosary beads and prayer cards, as they jostled for space on the Beach to hear Pope Francis speak
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Many had spent the night on the beach awaiting the Pope’s final mass. They wrapped themselves in flags and sleeping bags, and anything else they could find to ward off the cold.


They danced, prayed and sang – and stood in long lines in front of the armadas of portable bathrooms along the beachfront.
“We were dying of cold but it was worth it,” said Lucrecia Grillera, an 18-year old from Cordoba , Argentina –  where Francis lived for a time before becoming Pope: “It was a tiring day, but it was a great experience, she said.“

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Pope Francis blesses a child held aloft as he rides in the pope mobile through the millions of people who had travelled from around the world to see him.

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Even the normally stern-faced bodyguards let smiles slip as they jogged alongside the Pope’s vehicle, caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowd. Francis welcomed the crowd, waving, blessing, catching small gifts, and reaching out to those near his vehicle- even taking a sip of mate tea handed up to him by an admirer.

 

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Pope Francis emanates joy, as he blesses the son of a policeman clutching a Brazilian flag.

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Millions of pilgrims point their cameras at the Pope to capture the moment, as his motorcade swept by them.


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Flanked by members of the clergy, Pope Francis waved to the masses as the World Youth Day celebrations came to an end

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Twenty-First Century Pilgrims waved back.

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Warmly dressed: A pilgrim wakes up after a night of vigil on Copacabana beach. The Vatican said more than three million people were on hand for the Mass, based on information from World Youth Day organizers and local authorities

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Crowds pack the beach as the pope’s motorcade makes its way to the beach. Many of those at the celebration had tears in their eyes as they listened to Francis call for them ‘not be  part-time Christians,’ and to build up their church like his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.

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Priests wait for the arrival of Pope Francis for the final mass of his visit.

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Nuns joined the beachfront vigil led by Pope Francis for the 28th World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro , with many of the three million-strong crowd staying put for mass

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Pilgrims unfold a huge flag image of Pope Francis: Vendors hawking World Youth Day trinkets, t-shirts, hats and did brisk business as pilgrims snapped up souvenirs before heading home.

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Brazil ‘s President: Dilemma Rousseff (left) – Argentina ‘ s President: Cristina Fernandez (center) – Bolivia ‘ s President: Evo Morales (right) – attend the Mass on Copacabana beach.

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Many spent the night on the beach.

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Pope Francis blesses a family of four – the parents dressed in Brazilian football shirts.

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Even the animals came… A stray dog walks down the stairs of the altar during the Mass.
‘ Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup! ‘ Francis said, drawing cheers from the crowd in this football-mad nation.
He urged young Catholics to go out and spread their faith “to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, and most indifferent.”

“The church needs you – your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you,” he said to applause.

“It was such an excellent week, everybody was in such a good spirit, you could just feel a sense of peace,” said Denise da Silva, a Rio de Janeiro Catholic who was sitting alone on the beach Sunday morning, a Brazilian flag painted on her face.

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Incredible sight: A man reaches out of the window of a glass-fronted hotel to take a photo of the millions gathered on the beach

(A series of giant screens allowed the throng to see the distant Pope Francis up close.)

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A bishop and his camera.

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A flag celebrating Krakow flew above the crowds following Francis ‘ s announcement that the next World Youth Day would be held in the Polish city

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One Brazilian was quoted as saying,
“I have never seen anything here in Rio so marvellous as what we have just lived.”

Pope Francis–Washes Feet of Young Prisoners

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Catholic News Service reports that Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 you prisoners at a youth prison in Rome. The prisoners were between the age of 14- 21: ten young men and two young women. It reports that two of the young people were Muslim. Here is the reported unscripted homily the pope gave according the Catholic Herald – UK.

According to a translation provided by Vatican Radio, he said in his short homily: “This is moving, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. Peter understands nothing. He refuses but Jesus explains to him. Jesus, God did this, and He Himself explains it to the disciples. ‘Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do’.

“It is the example set by Our Lord, it’s important for Him to wash their feet, because among us the one who is highest up must be at the service of others. This is a symbol, it is a sign – washing your feet means I am at your service. And we are too, among each other, but we don’t have to wash each other’s feet each day. So what does this mean? That we have to help each other…sometimes I would get angry with one someone, but we must let it go and if they ask a favour of do it!

“Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service. But it is a duty that comes from my heart and a duty I love. I love doing it because this is what the Lord has taught me. But you too must help us and help each other, always. And thus in helping each other we will do good for each other.

“Now we will perform the ceremony of the Washing of the Feet and we must each one of us think, Am I really willing to help others? Just think of that. Think that this sign is Christ’s caress, because Jesus came just for this, to serve us, to help us.”

Tom Fox or the NCR adds a bit more information:

“While media outlets were not allowed inside the detention facility, Vatican Radio offered a live audio feed and the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, briefed reporters afterward. He said the ritual was “extremely moving” because kneeling on both knees was very demanding for a 76-year-old pope.
The pope thanked everyone for their warm welcome and said he was happy to be with them. In words of encouragement, he told the young people “Press on! Don’t let yourselves be robbed of hope. Understood?”
The pope greeted the residents with hugs and gave each of the young detainees a large chocolate egg and a traditional Italian Easter cake shaped like a dove.
The detainees, who range in age from 14 to 21, then gave the pope a wooden crucifix and kneeler they made in the detention center’s woodshop.”

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Now I need to get a bite to eat and get ready for the Holy Thursday Mass at my Parish.

Pope’s Last Day

PAPAL GUARDS STAND ON GUARD AS POPE LEAVES VATICAN

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FAREWELL AND BLESSING OF CARDINALS

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LEAVES IN MERCEDES-BENZ FOR VATICAN TRAIN STATION (HELICOPTER PAD LOCATION)

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FLIES OVER VATICAN AND ROME

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ARRIVAL IN CASTEL GANDOLFO

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JOURNEY TO PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE

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PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE

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GREETING AND BLESSING THE CROWDS GATHERED IN WELCOME

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PAPAL GAURDS STAND ON GUARD UNTIL 8 PM – HOUR OF RESIGNATION

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VATICAN POLICE REPLACE PAPAL GUARD AFTER RESIGNATION IS COMPLETE

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Monsignor Rudy Villeneuve–Rest in Peace

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Today, the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall bid farewell to Monsignor Rudy Villeneuve. Don Smith, a parishioner at St. Columban’s Parish, sent me a few photos of his funeral that was celebrated at St. Columban’s. I have posted the pictures at my parish web site: http://bvmparish.com/. You can also view them at this link: Slideshow