Friday, March 22, 2013
Is Pope Francis in the papal apartment now?
This is Pope Francis' simple study in Domus Sanctae Marthae where he is still holding office and receiving guests. Since March 13, he hasn't moved into the papal apartments where his predecessors have lived, worked and some died through the centuries. Reports are ripe that he might just stay at the Domus. There are some suggestions that he could also stay at the papal apartments in the Lateran Basilica where it is smaller and more apt to Francis' simplicity.
Read more about it here.
Pope Benedict showed the whole world that popes and other authorities do not stick to their chairs for as long as they want.
Now Pope Francis is showing that you can still bear the responsibilities of the office even if you choose to be in office simply. Though I have a different opinion about his tendency to over simplify the liturgy. But I might be wrong.
In the last few months, we have been a witness to so many firsts.
I know priests and bishops who think that their parish, ministry or diocese is their birth right or their own personal property or playground. Some bishops here in the Philippines are like that.
Hope other pastors learn from these two popes.
Or do they?