St. Peter’s Square

Okay, so I fell for it! This photo is pretty incredible!

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The Washington Post reports,
“But the top photo (shown above), which shows an audience with far fewer gadgets was taken during the funeral procession of Pope John Paul II — a very different mood and event type. There was no one addressing the crowd from the balcony, for example. So, the comparison isn’t quite accurate.”

The bottom photo in 2013 was taken during the election of Pope Francis.

Here’s a more accurate portrayal.

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As you can see, the smart phones and tablets aren’t there yet in 2005.


Day One for Pope Francis

On the first day of Pope Francis’ papacy, he emphasized the need to move the Catholic Church forward, calling on the cardinals to have courage. He spoke to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the first pontiff from Latin America. He’ll lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

In his first homily as pope, Francis delivered a short, simple message to the cardinals who elected him, “our life is a journey, and if we stop, things don’t go well.” He spoke in Italian.

Pope Francis spoke solemnly at a celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel. There was symbolism behind his message as the church is involved in scandal and a Vatican government that is dealing with dysfunction and corruption.

He warned the cardinals that when “you don’t pray to Jesus, you pray to the worldliness of the devil.”