Rorate Caeli

Superman Altar-Stage abandoned


After a few days of unusually strong winter rain in Rio, the "Campus Fidei" bizarre altar-stage-area prepared in the Guaratiba neighborhood (previous post) has become a muddy, flooded, affair - and, after millions spent, it will not be used. Only the much more regular-looking stage on Copacabana beach (below), used for the other World Youth Day events, will be used for both the papal vigil and the papal mass.



Why were two huge stages in two different parts of the city necessary anyway?

19 comments:

Mrs C said...
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Mrs C said...

How fabulous, a stage borrowed from Liberace's final tour. Someone in Rio must've missed the humility memo. Will Monsignor Ricca appear out of a big cake at the finale? It's showtime!

Hayfarmer said...

Have you noticed the absence of Our Lord's corpus on these two stages as well as the cross used by Pope Francis in wishing Happy Ramadan in Italy? Simplicity appeals to Protestants I guess--nevermind those pesky traditionally bent Catholics!

Unknown said...

The Lord works in mysterious ways...

creaturam istam cerevisiae said...

I know that Latin has been dropped from this year's O.F. liturgies, but does anyone know if the "Benedictine arrangement" of the altar has been preserved?

tom said...

God promised he wouldn't destroy the world by flood, again... But the Fortress of Solitude is fair game.

Dan Hunter said...

Well,

At least the Catholics in Rio can go to Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Athelstane said...

A plain cross? No crucifix?

John Nolan said...

There is some Latin in the later Masses - Gloria, Sanctus, Pater Noster, Agnus Dei, and the Pope will recite the Sunday Angelus in Latin as is customary.

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

From "Superman-Jesus Church" style, to "Mega-Church Bowling Alley" style.
Still, I guess less mud is an improvement.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

All the glee strike me as not charitable, but, I cannot explain why deep down, I too are gleeful

Long-Skirts said...

What a royal waste of money!!

7fbc6254-eb65-11e2-85d7-000bcdcb471e said...

Why were two huge stages in two different parts of the city necessary anyway?

Yeah, why? Delusions of grandeur, perhaps? Evidently God said no to the that one. It does look too much like the Fortress of Solitude--well, the Donner one. The Snyder one is way different. Sorry, way OT.

Matt

Alphonsus Jr. said...

The show must go on!

David said...

That's a shame. I was looking forward to the prospect of a hologram Marlon Brando as Papal MC.

Simon Perry said...

a trad with a sense of humour. I would have been very proud of that myself . even pinko lefties can find this wyd stuff annoying.

John Fisher said...

I really really hate the use of a foreign language at Mass. Portuguese? Vatican II said we all have to speak English OK!
OPPPPS why didn't we just all settle on a compromise called our common ancient language Latin!!!

gerald may said...

"Superman stage-altar abandoned", due to inclement weather? God works in mysterious ways.

Ferrotomb said...

The pope of the poor......