How do you get a private audience with the Pope?
Short of being a cardinal, archbishop, or bishop, or a member of the pope's staff, a private audience with the Pope normally requires a request or letter of introduction from one's bishop and the acceptance of the invitation by the pope or the pope's staff. My understanding is that this was the general policy during the reign of Pope John Paul II. When I met John Paul II it was in the context of his morning Mass at the Apostolic Palace followed by a brief audience with all of the attendees afterwards. (Even though we were not 1-on-1 with the pope, I believe this is considered a 'private' audience as the meeting did not take place at, for example, the 'public' Wednesday audience.) I was among a group of seminarians who had asked our bishop to write a letter some 3-4 months before our trip. I seem to remember that in the letter we needed to indicate where we were staying in Rome (phone number), so that we could be reached if/when we were chosen to come over. The evening of our last night in Rome, we were called at the hotel and told to be at the bronze doors at 6:30am. I seem to remember that we needed to have our passports and that there was a security screen of some type. After about 1/2 hour - 45 minutes, we were lead up several grand stairways, through a courtyard, up some more stairs, and through the palace to the ante-room at the papal apartment. There we vested for Mass and were given some basic protocol instructions by Msgr. Dziwisz. We seminarians were handed some mimeographed books (marked "English"?) and asked to sing at the Mass. (The music was not very good, as I recall... shockingly lousy 70's/80's stuff, surprisingly.) The papal photographer and Swiss Guards are present at all times. No doubt, there is a dress code, but all I know is that bishops/priests and seminarians were expected to be dressed in clerical dress appropriate to their rank. It seemed everyone else was wearing black business attire (it looked like a Blues Brothers convention or a mob movie, I am not sure). I don't remember if the women were veiled, although I seem to remember there was some protocol about that. While we were there as "pilgrims", I suppose, "business" meetings with the pope presumably follow the same basic protocol for arranging them... a letter from your bishop and an invitation from the pope's staff. When he was healthy, JP2 was reported to be in constant motion, meeting with people all day long, including at meals. My understanding is that Pope Benedict XVI does not typically invite visitors and pilgrims to his morning Mass as John Paul II did, and my impression from various news reports is that he does not hold nearly as many "business" meetings as his predecessor did, either. Benedict seems much more an introvert, preferring to allow more 'business' to take place at the hands of his underlings... this is the good practice of 'subsidiarity' within an organization. Of note, most 'business' can and should be done with the various dicasteries, commissions, and offices of the Vatican and need not go directly to the pope. A wise piece of advice would be to make sure that any 'business' take place at the lowest point possible in the 'chain of command' before asking to see the pope. The only meetings which the pope is required to have, it would seem, are meetings with the worlds' bishops every 5 years, called "ad limina" visits. The various bishops of the world are on a rotation where they come at 5 year intervals. At these meetings, a group of bishops across a territory come to Rome and meet the pope and the various offices of the Vatican. At some point, each bishop gets a small bit of time (10? 15? minutes at least) to tell the pope about his diocese and the work going on there.
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The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, thus the worldwide leader of the Catholic church.
The current pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He took the name Pope Francis I . Pope Francis was 76 years old when he was elected to the head of the church on March 13, 2013. He… was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina before stepping down because of his age. Pope Francis is the first non-European Pope of the modern era, and the first South American Pope ever. He is also the third straight non-Italian Pope. Pope Francis is considered to be a follower of the church's most conservative wing. Pope Francis takes over for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI , who retired from his position due to health reasons on February 28, 2013, after about 8 years as Pope. The pope, in general, is the spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. Francis I is the latest Pope to hold that position, which the Roman Catholic Church can trace back through history, through the early Church until the first 'pope' (although that particular title wasn't used at that time), Peter the Apostle. The Pope's residence is in a tiny independent country (the smallest in the world) within the borders of Rome, Italy, called the Vatican City, which also houses the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.
head of the catholic church
Audience is a gathering of listeners or spectators; the people addressed by a book, play, film, etc; a formal interview or meeting, especially in which one's views are heard. … . The assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, etc. . The people who watch or listen to a television or radio program.
I have no idea what you are asking. From 1978 to 2005 Pope John Paul IIwas our pope. When he passed away Pope Benedict XVI was elected and, when he retired, Pope Francis was e…lected in 2013.
The bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church on earth.
A pope is the leader of the Catholic church, like a pastor for the Christian church or a Rabbai for the Jewish church.. Benedict the sixteen.
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He must be a practicing male Catholic to become the pope but is usually chosen from among the cardinals.
It is called a conclave from the Latin cum clave - with a key. It refers to the fact that the cardinals are locked into the Sistine Chapel until after the election.
Any validly baptized Catholic male can be elected Pope. However, before he could actually assume the office he would have to be ordained a Priest and consecrated a Bishop if t…he candidate was not already both of these.
Alitalia, the Italian airline, rents a plane to the pope when heneeds one. Typically, the Pope flies on a chartered Alitaliafixed-wing aircraft when traveling to or from more …distantdestinations. The tradition is for the Pope to fly to the countryhe is visiting on a chartered Alitalia jet and to return on a jetbelonging to a flag carrier from the visited nation.
Because it is not God's way. God set up a system in which we can pray directly to Him. Jesus is our mediator, and go-between. No one else is needed.
There is normally only ONE pope. There have been two occasions whena pope has retired, one of which was Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, whoresigned over health concerns and was suc…ceeded by Pope Francis(Francis I). Clarification: There have been about 12 papal resignations for one reason or theother in the 2000 year history of the papacy.