New Style of Pope
During the May 22 general audience, Pope Francis got into a small debate with his security detail that gives a glimpse into his personality.

Standing just a few feet from the Pope, I could hear him and his security team shouting over the roar of the crowd. They were debating whether the popemobile would take him to the stage or if he would walk on his own.

Needless to say, he won the exchange and strode up the stairs.

This is only one example of the changes that the simple but determined Pope from Argentina has brought to the Vatican.

Having regularly attended Wednesday general audiences as a CNA photographer for the past four months, their format has become somewhat of a routine for me.

But when I arrived at the general audience a few weeks ago, the “routine” was suddenly different.

Looking around, I saw that I wasn’t the only photographer caught off guard.

When I looked down at my watch, I realized that the audience had started 30 minutes earlier than the normal 10:30 a.m. start time.

When I looked down at my watch, I realized that the audience had started 30 minutes earlier than the normal 10:30 a.m. start time.

The next week I made my way to St. Peter’s Square, this time at 9:30 a.m., knowing that the start time had been changed. Upon arriving I heard the presenters for the various languages announcing and welcoming the pilgrim groups.

“I’m late,” I thought as a looked down to check the time. I wasn’t late. The organizers had changed the format again.

Rather than waiting until the Pope made his way onto the stage to announce the pilgrim groups, they began the process before the audience officially began.

The combination of the change in start time and pilgrim group announcements cut the overall duration of the audiences from two-plus hours to around 90 minutes.

It’s no secret that the Pope has a bit of a spontaneous side that surprises both the massive crowds and his security team.

And while that means that the audience itself is shorter, Pope Francis then spends upwards of two hours before and after the audience greeting pilgrims.

Over the stretch of these past two months, I have seen him engage in all sorts of off-the-cuff activities.

He has extended the popemobile route down Via della Conciliazione to reach the crowds spilling out of St. Peter’s Square, released two doves brought in a cage by a pilgrim, hung out of the popemobile to touch the hands of the faithful, flashed the thumbs up sign to people, traded papal hats and hugged and kissed people in the crowd.

So, while I sit here thinking of what used to seem like a “routine,” I can only wonder what next week’s general audience will be like. Only time will tell how Pope Francis will surprise us next.

*Stephen Driscoll is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying broadcasting, journalism and global studies. He recently completed a six-month internship with CNA as an assistant producer and photographer.
Yes I am sure we all just can't wait to see what this pope does next....
(06-11-2013, 12:40 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: Yes I am sure we all just can't wait to see what this pope does next....

Well, we can be sure it will be 'humble'! :)
Here is more on the "new style" of Pope Francis.

On a recent Sunday in Rome, Pope Francis channeled his inner Hell’s Angel and mingled among thousands of leather-clad Harley Davidson bikers who had descended on the Holy See. They were there for a papal blessing as part of the 110-year anniversary celebrations for the legendary American motorcycle manufacturer. St. Peter’s square was jammed with priests, nuns, tourists and extremely nervous security officials who seemingly had no idea what the pontiff might do next.

“He is unpredictable,” a nervous security guard told The Daily Beast, eyeing the giant monitors set up in the square with one eyebrow raised as the Popemobile pulled up to the papal platform at the end of mass. “Is he coming back out? We’ve already opened the barriers to start clearing the square,” the guard barked into his radio. “What am I supposed to do now?”

The pope then hopped into the back of his open jeep and the driver wheeled him around the remaining secure section to the sheer joy of those who had stayed until the bitter end of the mass. His security detail, however, was visibly frustrated—the charming spontaneity that has made Francis so popular with the people is an increasing concern for those whose job it is to protect him. “We all have to rewrite the rules to account for his unpredictability,” Father Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said shortly after he was elected. “But thank God for a pope who keeps us guessing.”

The papal unpredictability may be manageable in Rome, where his security is a well-oiled machine even with an impromptu pontiff. But those close to this pope are worried about how to protect him during his upcoming trip to Brazil, where up to a million people have been involved in increasingly violent protests in cities across the country. Francis is scheduled to touch down in Rio De Janeiro on July 22 to preside over six days of World Youth Day events, a sort of Woodstock-style festival for young Catholics. While Pope Francis is not expected to be the target of protests, the cost of his visit is touching a nerve, especially given the fact that the protests in Brazil started because of a 20-cent increase to a transport fare.
the Club are far from the only people who ride Harleys, man.
thats where the whole "1%" thing comes from; the American Motorcycle Association claimed that 99% of motorcyclists were "decent" folk, living the norm. HAMC and other groups then figured they must be the other 1% for living outside the norm.
there are Christian Motorcycle Clubs as well. i always wanted to start a little one and call ourselves Roaming Catholics MC lmao...
Here is more about the new pope and his style;

A last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert where he was to have been the guest of honor has sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life.

The gala classical concert on Saturday was scheduled before his election in March. But the white papal armchair set up in the presumption that he would be there remained empty.

Minutes before the concert was due to start, an archbishop told the crowd of cardinals and Italian dignitaries that an "urgent commitment that cannot be postponed" would prevent Francis from attending.

The prelates, assured that health was not the reason for the no-show, looked disoriented, realizing that the message he wanted to send was that, with the Church in crisis, he - and perhaps they - had too much pastoral work to do to attend social events.;_ylv=3

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