PopeWatch: Mary



The North is full of tangled things and texts and aching eyes,
     And dead is all the innocence of anger and surprise,
     And Christian killeth Christian in a narrow dusty room,
     And Christian dreadeth Christ that hath a newer face of doom,
     And Christian hateth Mary that God kissed in Galilee,–

GK Chesterton, Lepanto

Pope Francis has long had a strong devotion to Mary:


The Pope’s confidence in Our Lady developed because of two key personal awakenings that happened in the mid-1980s. In 1985 he attended a rosary that was being led by St John Paul II. The sight of the Polish Pope on his knees greatly moved him. He did some acute soul-searching as to how much he trusted Our Lady, and he later reflected: “I became aware of the density of the words of the Mother of Guadalupe to St Juan Diego: ‘Don’t be afraid, am I not perhaps your mother?’”

From that day forth, he said 15 decades of the Rosary.

In 1986, the then Padre Bergoglio finished as rector in the seminary, and was sent to Germany for six months. At the time, to borrow modern parlance, Fr Bergoglio was not in a good place – the Dirty War had exacted a heavy toll on his nerves and he worried that the Jesuit community would never recover from the many mutinies that had taken place in their ranks.

But it was here in Germany that he would find solace when praying before the painting of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, in Augsburg. He carried the devotion from Germany back home to Argentina.

Go here to read the rest.  A tweet this week by the Pope underlined this devotion:

The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan.

Judging from the comments to the tweet, and various reports about it, go here to read a typical one, many people are shocked, shocked to learn that Pope Francis is a Catholic and has a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother.  Marian devotion has always been the hallmark of Catholicism.  Where there is no such devotion there is no Catholicism.  Bravo Il Papa!

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  1. Her triumphant victory is coming.

    What a great insult to Satan. That a young Jewish girl finishes off his reign.
    Immaculata Queen of Peace, come quickly to eradicate the advance of Satanic worship. Flood our hearts with Holy confidence and steadfast faith. That your time of victory for your Son’s Holy Church is close at hand.

  2. Pope Francis has long had a strong devotion to Mary[.]

    If Pope Francis be the false prophet, someone has made a fatal mistake to enlist one with devotion to Our Lady.

  3. All the Popes during and since the Council have had a strong Marian devotion; Fatima has been strongly stressed since the attempted murder of Pope John Paul II. These post Conciliar popes were all quite convinced of the Fatima message which predicted a crisis of faith in the Church but also ended with the words “my Immaculate Heart will triumph, and a period of peace will be given to the world.” The present situation should convince us all that things are not hopeless, but if we want to be part of the solution, the rosary is the remedy.

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