Two videos of Francis at Loreto, where the Holy House is venerated.
First, the whole Mass Francis celebrated… ad orientem. Take careful note of the dreadful music, with which Italians are regularly afflicted. Mass starts at about 14:00. No concelebration. Refreshing.
And notice how, with the faithful, he deals with people who want – quite properly – to kiss his ring. I can’t figure out how to embed this. HERE
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Allow me to add a note, based on personal experience and common sense.
Consider the experience of a public figure. Everyone wants to shake your hand. Imagine you are, say, a politician, pressing the flesh. In a campaign, the repetitive stress of handshakes is horrendous. Watch how public figures, after a while, tend to offer their hands: they protect them by offering just a few hooked fingers, which is bad enough.
I’ve had a few experiences at conferences where many people want to shake my hand. I’ve gotten it crunched a few dozen times by happy well-wishers. It’s the repetition that causes the problems.
Just a thought as we watch this rather ghastly video. I am not saying that I know for sure that Francis is trying to protect his hand. I think he is trying to keep people from kissing his ring. On the other hand – *cough* – that’s the hand that everyone goes for.