Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome to America Papa!

Pope Francis April 2015 photo courtesy of friend M. Houret
Card-carrying Roman Catholics, like Pierini Fitness, have a special place in their hearts for their Pope or Papa as the Italians call him closer to his Vatican home in Rome, Italy. 

Today Pope Francis arrives in the United States for a short visit. Whether you’re a card-carrying Roman Catholic or a pagan, thanks to a curious media, it’ll be hard for you to not know what he's doing while here.    

Pierini Fitness will not be among the large crowds of hundreds of thousands of Americans coming out to see Pope Francis during perhaps his only trip to America.  Those in attendance at the public places where he’ll appear will be greater in number than those attending a Sunday stadium-packed NFL football game or some of the biggest crowds you can imagine attending a very-important and popular public gathering.

My family and I had the pleasure of seeing the two Popes who preceded him – Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.  

The first time was when our family attended Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Christmas Eve 1994 and then the following Christmas Day as we, among thousands, listened to a Pope John Paul II Christmas Day sermon followed by his Papal Blessing.

Six years later, my wife and I traveled to Italy again in 2000 and were present at one of the weekly Udienze Generale (General Audience) of Pope John Paul II.

And then ten years later in 2010, my wife and I once again were in Italy and attended an Udienze Generale of Pope Benedict XVI.

This middle-aged man will listen to the messages Pope Francis delivers during his brief stay here.  I know he'll talk about many difficult-to-listen issues "that are good and necessary for our consciences which are so dormant and accustomed to mediocrity" as the Cuban people were reminded by Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino after the Pope's speech in Havana last Sunday.  

I'm looking forward to it.  
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article35891457.html#storylink=cpy

Welcome to America Papa!

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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