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Following #PopeFrancis

Following #PopeFrancis

The Pope has landed, and you can follow his journey in the U.S. through a number of different channels.

Crux is live-streaming Pope Francis’s public appearances, and has posted his itinerary here.

Huffington Post has published a Pope tracker at its website: “Where Is Pope Francis Right Now? Stay Up To Date With Our Official Pope Tracker” (“In just six days, he’ll canonize a saint, lead large scale public Masses, and speak to both Congress and the United Nations.”)

Catholic News Service is following the Pope’s travels on Twitter, using one of a number of hashtags that are appearing, #PopeFrancis, though news outlet Buzzfeed has not been allowed press credentials (see Washington Post article). (The Pope’s official Twitter handle is @Pontifex.)

National Public Radio takes a look at how the Pope’s views stand in comparison with Republicans and Democrats, “How the Pope Makes Both U.S. Parties Uncomfortable”:

On many of these issues, the pope’s statements challenge Republican orthodoxy. On some others — abortion and same-sex marriage in particular — the church and this pope are still firmly conservative and unlikely to change doctrines anytime soon. However, even on these, Francis has signaled subtle shifts in the church’s attitude.

And the New York Times has published a rundown of where the Pope stands on issues ranging from abortion and same-sex marriage to diplomacy and the environment:

In a rare instance of the Vatican going viral, Francis repeated this message in a Twitter post: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

Are you following the Pope’s visit and if so, where?




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Paul Woodrum

The Pope has left New York trailed by the fawning press. Greatest blessing was relief from the Donald and Hillary 24/7 coverage. Still waiting for a miracle or two to be reported.

If there was an Anglican or Protestant presence at the ecumenical service at Ground Zero, it was ignored in favor of a Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim love fest with a few exotic Hindu, Sikh, etc., spices. See the PB went to Canada and missed the excitement. Don’t know if The Bishop of New York was there or not.

Most jarring sight, this gentle man of peace boxed in by police, and Secret Service, and rifle holding military while sharp shooters looked down from rooftops and police helicopters flew over head. Are we a violent society or what?

Paul Woodrum

The Pope may have shifted papal attitudes. Not convinced he’s shifted the attitudes of the Roman Catholic Church, no matter how great he is at public relations. This morning’s greeting of young people that made him late for his reception at the White House was a tour de force.

Kept looking for Gene Robinson, but couldn’t spot him among the dignitaries on the WH lawn.

Leslie Marshall

Will he talk about Jesus’ return for the Church (1Thess4:13-18), and his creating of a New Earth (Rev21:1) ?

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