A new “manifesto” in Rome urging prayers for the Pope

Do you remember that, no too long ago, some wags in Rome clandestinely slapped up some posters “manifesti” on the walls of Rome addressing themselves – in the Roman way – to Pope Francis?   The posters were hurriedly removed.

Now I read from Marco Tosatti that there are new “manifesti”, small in format, with various petitions.

The manifesto features a smiling Francis surrounded by a Rosary and these petitions (my translations and comments):

  • perché Roma torni alla fede [That Rome return to the faith]
  • perché la Madonna venga prima di Lutero [That Mary come before Luther – a reference surely to the horrid stamp from the Vatican Post featuring Luther and Melanchthon beneath the Cross]
  • perché la fede venga prima della politica [that faith come before politics]
  • perché Pannella e Bonino non siano più additati come esempi [that Pannella and Bonino not be taken as exemplary – The former is the architect of divorce laws, the later infamously pro-abortion.]
  • perché il papa torni a parlare con i cardinali prima che con i giornalisti [that the Pope starts again to speak with cardinals before journalists – surely a reference to the Four Dubia Cardinals v. superannuated Communist editor Eugenio Scarfari.]
  • perché il papa non perseguiti sacerdoti e ordini religiosi che non gli piacciono [that the Pope not persecute priests and religious orders that he doesn’t like – perhaps referring to the 3 CDF officials that were sacked and also to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate – today I read at Rorate that their sisters are forbidden now to accept postulants.  HERE]
  • perché il papa non taccia davanti a chi combatte famiglia e vita. [that the Pope not remain silent towards those who fight for the family and for life – If I recall, the March for Life in Rome got a cool reception from His Holiness]

The essential message is clear: pray for the Rosary for Pope Francis.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

Put this together with the posters of last February and also with TODAY’s release of the sharply critical book, in Italian and now in English, by the pseudoanonymous “Marcantonio Colonna”, The Dictator Pope (more about that HERE and buy today in English US HERE – UK HERE), and you see that resistance is rising towards, at least, those who surround the Pope and towards the Pope himself.

And wasn’t there an incident in Rome recently involving a truck with a billboard about the late Card. Caffara, which was shushed away from the area around Vatican City?

REMEMBER: As I wrote the other day,

Most of you do not have to read this stuff.  Some of us do.  Most do not.  Be wary, in yourself, of the vice of curiositas.  Yes, there is a kind of “curiosity” which leads to sin.

This manifesto, however, frames the problems in prayers.  Is it critical of the Pope?  The petitions are clearly also statements of discontent with the present state of affairs.

It is always good to pray for the Pope.

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  1. Marion Ancilla Mariae II says:

    Prayers for the Pope . . . and prayers for us! Please, would one who is qualified to do so, take my few simple remarks and arrange them into the proper form of a prayer to Almighty God? . . .:

    O my God! Let us faithful Catholics not *be at war with* the Holy Father the Pope in our thoughts, words, or actions. Instead, that we would receive the grace to cling most steadfastly to the holy faith handed down to us from Christ through His Apostles, and that we, with reverence, would acknowledge the primacy of the one who legitimately holds the position of the Supreme Pontiff, and that we would treat his remarks to the Church with at least circumspection, not allowing our passions or our appetites to get the best of us when the clouds of confusion appear on our horizon, and that we would receive the grace *not to lose our peace* when we encounter any of the smoke to which His Holiness Pope Blessed Paul VI, of happy memory, alluded.

    Give us the grace to study with diligence and a desire to know and observe the ways of God, to open our hearts to Him, to listen to our pastors and to our Pope with humility and meekness, to consider what we hear with selfless devotion and recollection, and to speak the truth with respect and with love. May we offer our very lives in prayer and penance for the guidance and enlightenment of the Supreme Pontiff together with the cardinals, bishops, pastors, priests, and all the clergy and religious, as well as the laity who serve the needs of the Church every day. . .

    Thank you for listening, and for your help with this from a lowly and simple sinner.

  2. Marion Ancilla Mariae II says:

    P.S. I now thank God for the grace of having had a most difficult childhood and youth, living with a father who rather often behaved in a manner unsuitable for a husband and a father of a family, and who not infrequently used language that was uncalled-for.

    Dad was quite often out-of-line.

    Yet Mom always demanded of us respect, love, and when in conformity to truth and to our dignity as human persons, obedience toward him.

    It was very difficult.

    We now have a Pope – a father – who says and does things that are difficult; things that would not unreasonably be deemed by many to be “out-of-line.” Yet Our Mother the Church demands that we treat him with respect, love, and when in conformity to truth and to our dignity as children of God, obedience toward him.

    I have well-learned, through hard expereince, the lessons on how to do this. I thought that hard experience was nothing but a trial; now I see it as a gift!

  3. Mike says:

    He certainly needs our prayers, urgently. [So do I.]

    We also need a pope faithful to the Church’s timeless teaching, urgently.

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  5. Michael says:

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for Pope Francis!
    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle! Pray for Pope Francis!
    St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, pray for Pope Francis!
    Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for Pope Francis!

  6. youngcatholicgirl says:

    I and a group of friends are getting ready to send a spiritual bouquet to His Holiness for his birthday on December 17th. Looks like the timing is even more perfect than we could have planned (but then, God does tend to work that way…).

  7. Kathleen10 says:

    I will be only too happy to stop following the daily, lousy developments, once sanity has returned to the Church. One way or another, the resolution will come, and when it does, I will be happy to return to life as it was pre-schism.

  8. kurtmasur says:

    “perché la Madonna venga prima di Lutero”

    I guess in hindsight, it shouldn’t surprise us neither the (apparently?) heretical teachings nor the heretical nature of this papacy (whether it is the Pope himself or the prelates surrounding him who are the heretics, or both), especially seeing the Pope going out of his way to celebrate historical heretics like Luther.

    Just as Christ exclaimed to God while crucified to the cross “forgive them, for they know not what they are doing”, so too should we pray for the Pope and the people he chooses to surround himself with so that they find conversion and correct their heretical teachings, which have only caused so much confusion and division in the Church, not to mention the perdition of souls.

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  10. PatriciusOenus says:

    I wish there were a clearer .jpg or other format for this prayer card so that we could print it out and use it in our Breviaries or Bibles as a reminder.

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