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VATICAN CITY (RNS) With his move to a Vatican guesthouse, Pope Francis becomes the first pope since 1903 not to live in the regal papal apartment that overlooks St. Peter's Square.


  1. It’s good that Pope Francis is opting to rid the papacy and its Vatican of some of its monarchical madness. The ways the hierarchy have been living has nothing to do with Jesus of the Gospels. The more Francis dumps the royal trappings, the more genuinely religious/spiritual the church can start to be. Also, go back full speed to all of the declarations of Vatican II that John Paul II and Benedict have destroyed with their “reform of the reform.”

    If papal security is an anxious concern, another first step would be for popes to quit wearing stand-out white–or red. In fact, regular clothing like everyone else would do just fine. That can be extended to all clergy and religious. I don’t recall anything in the New Testament like “By their clothing and other trappings you will know them.” I do recall, “You will recognize them by their behavior.”

    In line with all this, one of the first loud and clear actions Francis should take should be to call off the gestapo investigation of U.S. nuns instigated by Benedict and his Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith henchman, William Levada. Instead of investigating those nuns and taking them over, the Vatican would do well to learn from them, imitate their good works. Most of them and their good work resembles St. Francis!

    • Thank you “gilhcan”: you’ve clearly expressed my thoughts, held for many, many years.
      If the Pope is to truly represent Christ on earth, then he must live up to Christ’s words, “to be a servant …”, to “take the lowest place …”, among many others.
      Get rid of the red & gold accoutrements, and live a simple life, teaching by his humble actions, not by his glitz & glamour.

  2. Christ had no place to rest his head…perhaps ALL the red-cloaked clerics amidsst their comfy lifestyle could reflect on simplicity and charity: GIVE to the poor, SHELTER the homeless, COMFORT the lonely, abandoned…
    Let us mantra PEACE, rm

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