Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Habemus Papam

And then some. Some pointers for the Brother-Sun-and-Sister-Moon crowd:
  • St Francis was told to rebuild the Church, which was in ruins.
  • St Francis went on a personal crusade to convert Muslims.
  • St Francis preached a life of austere penance for his followers.
Pope Innocent III - the Pope who had to decide whether to give Francis and his new religious order a legitimate role or not - had a dream in which he saw the Lateran Basilica (the Pope's seat as Bishop of Rome) teetering and about to collapse. He saw a man holding it up, and that man was St Francis.

Damian Thompson provides a Church Militant view over at the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Sunday, 10 March 2013