Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis I

As most have heard the new pope has been chosen- Pope Francis I.  He heralds from Argentina and is the first Jesuit pope.  I thought I would suggest a few books and DVD's to give you an overview of where he is from and his religious order. 

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is located in South America, bordered by Chile to the west and south, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast. Wikipedia
CurrencyArgentine peso
Official languageSpanish Language
GovernmentFederal republicPresidential systemRepresentative democracyFederation
Population40,764,561 (2011) World Bank

View full imageArgentina by Robert Hamwee

View full imagePatagonia by Hubert Stadler

View full imageThe Secret in their Eyes- DVD
View full imageHidalgo: the desert diaries, 100 days across the Atacama, October 11, 1969 to January 25, 1970

The Society of Jesus was founded in Paris in 1534 by Saint Ignatius Loyola, a Spanish soldier who underwent a profound religious experience while recovering from serious wounds. Loyola called the society "The Company of Jesus" to indicate its military spirit. The order was authorized in September 1540 to ordain its members. The name "Jesuits" (meaning those who too frequently use or appropriate the name of Jesus) was used against the order as a term of reproach but in time was accepted by its members.

The Jesuit Mission
Spurred by the inspirational writings of their founder and unswerving in their obedience to the papacy, the Jesuits quickly became known as the schoolmasters of Europe - teaching not only the tenets of the Catholic faith but also subjects as varied as the Latin classics and dancing.
The Jesuits' mission was to teach people "the way into heaven" and they declared themselves "ready to die for the honour of ...our good Lord and for the salvation of these poor people." In the New World, their goal was to bring lost souls to Christianity and they were willing to endure hardships and to shed their blood to succeed. (Canadian Encyclopedia, March 14, 2013) 

Front Cover The Jesuits: the Society of Jesus and the betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church by Malachi Martin

Vatican City and the Conclave

Vatican City, or Vatican City State, in Italian officially Stato della Città del Vaticano, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Wikipedia
Population832 (2011)
Area44 ha
National anthemInno e Marcia Pontificale
Weather9°C, Wind NW at 23 km/h, 54% Humidity
GovernmentAbsolute monarchyTheocracyElective monarchy  (Google, March 14, 2013)

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Of course Dan Brown wrote a book Angels and Demons set in Vatican City at the time of the choosing of a new pope, if you would like to add a little fiction to your list

We Have a Pope- DVD- in Italian with french and english subtitles

View full imageSecrets of the Vatican collection- DVD

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