We waited for the smoke... The picture on the right is the night I had my camera... The night of the white smoke I did not even bring a camera because I was sure there would not be an election so early. I was wrong!! Habemus Papam! But who?? Many of us, when we heard the announcement, George.. Then we heard the chants.. "Francesco"... I thought, no way, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.. But soon I realized, it was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina. I still thought out loud, "WHO??" It was an amazing night in the square but I apologize, since I did not have my camera I have no pictures to share. I can only say, it was a feeling of anticipation I have never felt before and will never forget.
|THEN THERE WAS THE FIRST ANGELUS. |
Here you can see the Holy Father praying the Angelus with us from the window of the Papal Apartments. Well you can't really see him very well, but trust me, its him.
|From left to right: Sean Grismer (Diocese of Rockford), Cardinal Raymond|
Leo Burke (Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura),
yours truly (Holy and Venerable Diocese of Gaylord),
and Adam Potter (Diocese of Pittsburgh)
AT MASS; THE HOLY FATHER INCENSES THE ALTAR:
As you can see we had pretty darn good seats. After processing out to the middle of the square surrounding the obelisque, we continued with the palms to process up the middle of the square to the alter in the front of St. Peters Basilica. We had no idea we were going to be sitting so close. Our seats were about 40 or 50 yards from the Holy Fathers chair and the altar. After Mass we were able to walk up behind the altar, as you can see in the following pictures, thanks to the Blessed Mother who has helped me almost every time I have been to these type of events. If you remember, it was her direct intercession that I was able to serve for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on New Years Eve at Vespers. Ave Immaculata!
|Here the Papal MC, Guido Marini, kisses the Holy Father's ring after Mass when he escorts him into the open air Mercedes for his drive through the square.|
|We were able to walk right out to the Altar while the Holy Father was driving through the square. Here you can see the sisters and some other personnel already dismantling the altar.|
|Here is a picture of me with our Lady undoer of Knots. Pope Francis has a great devotion to our Lady under this title. He brought this devotion and grew it amongst the people of Argentina. Please click here to learn more.|
AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS. WE MISS YOU AND WE REMEMBER THE DIOCESE DAILY IN OUR PRAYERS. MAY OUR HOLY MOTHER MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL, THE PATRONESS OF OUR DIOCESE, WATCH OVER US AND INTERCEED FOR US AS WE CONTINUE IN THIS YEAR OF FAITH WITH OUR NEW HOLY FATHER FRANCIS. AND MAY SHE ALWAYS KEEP HIM SAFE UNDER HER MANTLE OF PROTECTION. TOGETHER WITH YOU IN THE SACRED AND IMMACULATE HEARTS.