I found myself last night watching the reruns of the announcement of Pope Francis. I found myself filling up while watching the white smoke, listening to the ancient peeling bells, and witnessing the joys of tens of thousands.
It was such a beautiful moment, a moment of unity for Catholics and non-Catholics around the world. St. Peter’s Square was filled to overflowing with peoples of all ages, races and stations in life (and I’m willing to bet, various faiths as well).
The word “catholic” means universal and indeed yesterday, the world was “catholic,” united through television, radio and the internet with the crowds standing in the rain, waiting to great the new Pope.
Did you wish you were there? I sure did.
Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, a priest from the Netherlands, has been using the new media (blogging, podcasting, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) since 2005 to take his listeners to key places and events around the world. His groundbreaking program, The Catholic Insider, was in Rome when Blessed John Paul II passed away and he was there in St. Peter’s Square when then-Pope Benedict XVI was announced to the world.
Now you can experience the anticipation, excitement, joy and emotion of “Habemus Papam!” with this enthusiastic priest whose joy is infectious. I found myself laughing, crying and pondering as I listened.
I felt like I was there.
Go and visit The Catholic Insider where you can listen to the podcast right from your computer. If you have an iPhone or iPod, you can go to iTunes and find The Catholic Insider.
Father Roderick also makes videos on the go. Here is the same report in a 7 minute video:
I listened in my car this morning on the way to work. What a way to begin the day!
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