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First papal visit: The Virgin Salus Populi Romani

From Reuters:

The new Pope leaves Saint Mary Major, Rome (Il Giornale)

Pope Francis, barely 12 hours after his election, quietly left the Vatican early on Thursday to pray for guidance at a Rome basilica as he looks to usher a Catholic Church mired in intrigue and scandal into a new age of simplicity and humility.
Francis went to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in the world dedicated to the Madonna, where he prayed before a famous icon of the Madonna called the Salus Populi Romani, or Protectress of the Roman People.

"He spoke to us cordially like a father," said Father Ludovico Melo, a priest who prayed with the pope. "We were given 10 minutes' advance notice that the pope was coming".

29 comments:

Sigfrid said...

I pray that he will be the one who consecrates Russia to the Immaculate heart. He certainly does seem to have a Marian devotion. John Paul I, despite also being somewhat of a liberal, said before his short papacy that he would do the consecration properly if he were elected, they seem somewhat alike.

Jonvilas said...

Yes, it looks that he is truly the pope of Our Lady. Let's pray, that he finally does the consecration that Our Lady of Fatima has asked so long ago.
Oremus pro pontifice nostro Francisco.

Joshua said...

First things first: straight to the icon of the Holy Mother of God, the Salvation of the Roman People. Amen to that!

Matt said...

Let's just pray for the holy Father and see how things develop.

I've been reading all sorts of stuff on him and am getting mixed signals. One view is the Pope is doctrinally conservative(!). There is a consensus he is reserved and quiet; that he's monastically simple, even to the point he likes to cook for himself. That's endearing. He's also concerned for the poor. If this is balanced against his claimed theological conservatism, then the Holy Father is unique and has a chance at making things happen for the poor in the true social-justice sense, not the liberal/modernist Sovietsky way.

Time also will tell whether this "theologically conservative" Pope will provide the ticket in for the SSPX. We wonder what kind of conversation he and +Fellay would have.

The other view out there of the Holy Father is he's a flaming social liberal. It's been pointed out he yucked it up with other religions as though he were one of the guys, and that he has no regard for Sacred Tradition. Both very negative points.

In all, pray for this Pope. We shall see what we shall anyway, but right now it's too early to make a decision.

Pulex said...

A rather optimistic take by the followers of late Fr. G. de Nantes:

http://tradinews.blogspot.com/2013/03/frere-bruno-de-jesus-contre-reforme.html

justin said...

Why S. Mary Major? I would have thought the Gesu more likely?

I'm hoping he doesn't ignore his Ignatian background. We need the Jesuit pope to reform the order.

Benedict Carter said...

I share Cardinal Dolan's evident love of gravy, but what, for those of us who try not to murder the English language, does "he's got a lot of good gravy" actually mean? Is it a reference to Papal culinary ability?

Matthew said...

Justin,

His Holiness chose S. Maria Maggiore because the icon of Maria, Salus Populo Romani is there. I wouldn't read into it any slight toward his Ignatian background.

It's still early to know what to make of it -- but it seems that Pope Francis is taking his role as "Bishop of Rome" very seriously.

John said...

We must wait. Already, way to much has been said and a lot of it without much consideration. His manner of outreach to the FSSPX should be telling of what is awaiting those who measure up to Traditon. He is a complex man. Hard to label accurately. Much comment paints him as a simple ideologue. Such descriptions are bound to be wrong.

Damask Rose said...

How lovely of our new Pope Francis to visit the First Lady of Rome, Our Lady, Mother of God, as a first act of his pontificacy.

Echo Jonvilas' and Joshua's comments.

Damask Rose said...

How lovely of our new Pope Francis to visit the First Lady of Rome, Our Lady, Mother of God, as a first act of his pontificacy.

Echo Jonvilas' and Joshua's comments.

Francisco said...

Whom he appoints as Secretary of State, personal secretary and Master of Ceremonies will tell all. If it's Cardinal Re or Sandri to the fits position, well....

Jeff said...

Matt:

"Doctrinally conservative" in journospeak means that he is against "'gay''marriage'" and women priests.

For future reference, "pious Catholic" means "goes to Mass sometimes on Sundays".

poeta said...

Pulex: That CRC article was written 10 years ago, before we began seeing stories about Bergoglio's antipathy to liturgical tradition. But we shall see.

Hieronymus in Canada said...

To Benedict Carter at 10:12
Hopefully it means that he knows how to cook a goose and make the process palatable to all involved--even the goose.

Fr Francis said...

Justin asks "Why Sancta Maria Maggiore?".

St Ignatius of Loyola and his companions made their vows in Parish on 15th August 1534 - the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.

Also St Ignatius celebrated his first Mass at Sancta Maria Maggiore.

So a Jesuit close to the mind and heart of St Ignatius will have a very strong devotion to Our Lady.

By the way, Pope Francis also prayed at the tomb of St Pius V in St Maria Maggiore's this morning.

Fr Francis said...

Paris - not Parish!

Muv said...

Watch the Rome Reports video of the Pope's visit to the Basilica. Not only has he honoured Our Lady, but while in the Basilica he gave a blessing to an unborn child. When he speaks to a group of people, a dark haired lady steps forward, and the husband is asking the Pope to bless his child. Although the camera is behind the Pope, you can tell he is directing the blessing to the unborn baby.

I cannot think of a better start to his Papacy.

JB said...


To listen to all the "humble" commentary about Pope Francis you'd think all the prior popes have been super arrogant guys with a taste for the finer things in life. He also "cares for the poor," another trait which I guess was lacking in prior popes. Any catholic wanting a good laugh on events like this should tune into Morning Joe to hear their commentary.

poeta said...

Benedict Carter: The complete quote from Cardinal Dolan is this:

"I want to mention to you, as has been mentioned in the past, even though nationality and geography is important, I think most cardinals just want to choose the right man. You know, you want a man of God. You want a man of good pastoral governance. You want a man with a sense of the church universal. You want a good communicator. And he fills those bills. Where he comes from is gravy. And we've got a lot of good gravy with a man coming now from Latin America."

So by "gravy," he means the same as "icing on the cake."

Matthew Rose said...

If our Holy Father is so humble as everyone is suggesting, hopefully he will humbly take the Tiara, for it would be an act of the utmost humility to his Office!

Tom said...

JB said..."To listen to all the "humble" commentary about Pope Francis you'd think all the prior popes have been super arrogant guys with a taste for the finer things in life. He also "cares for the poor," another trait which I guess was lacking in prior popes. Any catholic wanting a good laugh on events like this should tune into Morning Joe to hear their commentary."

Why would a Catholic wish to laugh at the above? Would not a Catholic wish to say Deo gratias for having bestowed such a humble, loving and gentle Pontiff upon His Church?

As to your having pitted Pope Francis' humility against that of various Popes, the universal take within and without the Church upon Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is that he is a man of tremendous humility and gentleness. The same applied to Pope Blessed John Paul II, Pope John Paul I, Pope Venerable Paul VI...to Pope Blessed John XXIII, etc.

From 1939 to 1958, Catholics overwhelmingly viewed Pope Venberable Pius XII as a man of great kindness, humility and peace.

At any rate, I don't understand as to why you felt the need to promote the idea that we should seek a "good laugh" over the beautiful and positive reaction within and without the Church that Pope Francis has received?

Pax.

Tom

Tom said...

Fr Francis said..."By the way, Pope Francis also prayed at the tomb of St Pius V in St Maria Maggiore's this morning."

Muv said..."Watch the Rome Reports video of the Pope's visit to the Basilica. Not only has he honoured Our Lady, but while in the Basilica he gave a blessing to an unborn child. When he speaks to a group of people, a dark haired lady steps forward, and the husband is asking the Pope to bless his child. Although the camera is behind the Pope, you can tell he is directing the blessing to the unborn baby. I cannot think of a better start to his Papacy."

I think each of your for the information provided. What great news! Hope signs indeed as His Holiness launches his Pontificate. Wow!

Pax.

Tom

Inquisitor said...

I'm praying that the Lord just gave us another St. Francis.

Oremus pro pontifice nostro Francisco.

backtothefuture said...

definitely a good sign. Hopefully he'll be the one to give us the mediatrix dogma.

JB said...



My point, apparently missed, was the superficiality of the popular commentary. Lauding him especially for his "humility," a trait which I no doubt assume he possesses, makes it sound as though prior popes were not that way. We all know, in recent history at least, that is absurd. All recent popes have also cared for the poor.

Morning Joe views anything like this through a political/secular lens. Hence the non-stop emphasis on how he cares about the materially hungry. The spiritually hungry, starving even, do not enter into the analysis. The primary mission of the Church, saving souls, is entirely overlooked in favor of erecting a new cult of personality with the hope that it will further certain political ends. You have IMUS this morning saying this pope needs to let gays marry and Ok abortions, "otherwise more people won't join." That is the depth of the commentary out there.

Kathleen said...

Yes, JB.

There is also, among the media, a near universal equating with humility of the hippie spurning of those things that dignify the office, and show respect towards God, His Church, and the faithful. This ludicrous error demonstrates the ignorance of the media and absolutely should be called out for what it is.

Those media commentators that readers here have a problem with near universally have not the slightest clue what the virtue of humility actually is.

JB said...


A good homily. Pulling no punches here. I love the "NGO" line, hit them where it hurts Francis! Hopefully he will get on board with Summorum.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-pope-homilybre92d0wa-20130314,0,7879241.story

(back to the future - - love seeing the photo of St. Gemma, one of my favorite saints)

Gladius said...

After some time, Jacinta stood up and called to me: “Can’t you see all those highways and roads and fields full of people, who are crying with hunger and have nothing to eat? And the Holy Father in a church praying before the Immaculate Heart of Mary? And so many people praying with him?”

Some days later, she asked me: “Can I say that I saw the Holy Father and all those people?” "No. Don’t you see that that’s part of the Secret? If you do, they’ll find out right away.” “All right! Then I’ll say nothing at all.”