Friday, January 19, 2018

the emperor has no clothes

long live the emperor!

Francis went to the peripheries on January 18th in Lobito Beach (Playa Labito) in Iquique, Chile, home to nearly two dozen migrant slums to celebrate his mess.  Preparations were made for over 300,000 fawning fans but according to television reports only 90,000 (if it was that many) were in attendance. 

(click images to enlarge)

Here’s a screenshot of the January 17th meeting Francis had with the youth of Chile at the Shrine of Maipù at the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Santiago, Chile.  As one can see the turnout wasn’t very good.

*Thanks to Antonio Socci for pointing this out on his facebook page.

So the question is: 

Do the citizens of Chile not like Argentinians very much?


Are the medias covering up Francis’ unpopularity?

Put on your surprise face... the wedding ceremony Francis conducted at 36,000 feet looks to have been planned in advance!

The article excerpted below was published by Emol Nacional on 19 December 2017.

In our previous post, Another one from the ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ file — Francis marries couple aboard airplane flight Francis’ Flying Circus, we wrote:

Well, it turns out to have been planned as both Carlos and Paula (the steward and stewardess) said in an interview, published on 19 December 2017, how they wanted Francis to marry them while in the sky!

Excerpt begins...

Marriage in the air

Carlos and Paula met 10 years ago on board of an airplane, and there they have lived their lives so far. "It's already our home," he said. Therefore, to receive Jorge Bergoglio there "is an honor for us, not only as a family, but as workers of this company to be entrusted in such a great mission for our company."

In fact, the crew members were chosen as among the best in the company. While Podest was awarded as "Service Leader" this [year] 2017, Ciuffardi won the award last year.

Paula assured that "this is [not only] a recognition that they are giving us, but all those who are here are service leaders, all have been highlighted in some way by the company."

Both were married in a civil service eight years ago and they now have two daughters, 3 and 6 years old.  Nevertheless, they plan to get married in the Church soon, what they didn't manage to do: the date of the marriage was set for February 27, 2010.

"We couldn't get married in the Church because the of earthquake in 2010, the church fell, everything fell, so we started to postpone it, we started working, then our daughters arrived," Ciuffardi said.

Thus, both hope that in January this delayed plan can finally materialize on the plane and be guided by none other than Pope Francis himself. "We would love it, it's our place, it's our second home, it's where we feel safe," Podest said.
(English translation by CMJ)

 Spanish original...

Matrimonio en los aires 

Carlos y Paula se conocieron hace 10 años arriba de un avión, y ahí han formado su vida hasta el momento. "Es nuestra casa ya", aseguró él. Por eso, recibir a Jorge Bergoglio allí "es un honor para nosotros, no solamente como familia, sino como trabajadores de esta empresa de poder ser encomendados en tal magna misión para nuestra empresa".

De hecho, los tripulantes fueron escogidos entre los mejores de la compañía. Mientras Podest fue premiada como "Líder de Servicio" este 2017, Ciuffardi obtuvo el galardón el año pasado.

Paula aseguró que "este es un reconocimiento que nos están haciendo, pero todos los que están acá son líderes de servicio, todos han sido destacados de alguna manera por la compañía".

Ambos se casaron por el civil hace ocho años y ahora tienen dos hijas, de 3 y 6 años. Sin embargo, planeaban casarse por la Iglesia al poco tiempo, lo que no alcanzaron a hacer: la fecha del matrimonio estaba fijada para el 27 de febrero de 2010.

"No pudimos casarnos por la Iglesia porque fue el terremoto de 2010, se cayeron las iglesia, se cayó todo. Así que lo empezamos a aplazar, empezamos a trabajar, después llegaron las hijas", contó Ciuffardi.
Así, ambos esperan que en enero próximo este postergado plan pueda finalmente concretarse sobre el avión y dirigido nada menos que por el mismísimo Papa Francisco. "Nos encantaría. Es nuestro lugar, es nuestra segunda casa, es donde nos sentimos seguros", manifestó Podest.
source: Emol Nacional, Con emoción y nerviosismo: Tripulación del avión que trasladará al Papa en Chile cuenta cómo recibieron la noticia

P. T. Barnum could learn a trick or two from 
Francis and his Flying Circus!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Another one from the ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ file — Francis marries couple aboard airplane flight

Francis’ Flying Circus

"A small ceremony was started in the place, he asked us for the rings and he asked us if there was love in our marriage, if we wanted to continue together our entire lives," said Carlos Ciuffardi, cabin crewman and brand new husband of Paula Podest, cabin manager.

The Pope asked Ciuffardi if Paula was still the boss, to which she replied "yes".

"And I'm still the boss," she added smiling.
source: La Cronica, Papa realiza primera boda en avión

Francis presides at the wedding ceremony of Latam Airlines flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and Paula Podest Ruiz, civilly married for ten years with two daughters — Rafaella, 6, and Isabella, 3.

Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, told Francisco that they were married as a civilian, and although they had planned their religious ceremony in a church in Santiago, it could not be carried out because it suffered serious damage in the earthquake of 2010.

Because of this, the crew members asked for the blessing for their marriage. But he had something else in mind.

"Do you want me to marry you?" Asked the Supreme Pontiff. "Here?" Replied the astonished spouses.

The Pope said yes and made a brief ceremony in the front of the plane.

Ignacio Cueto, chairman of the board of LATAM Airlines, was an official witness and a document was signed by a Chilean bishop on board.

"Everything is valid. Everything is official, "said Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. "We will show you an image of the document later," he added.


Bride Paola Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said “I do” after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because of the Feb. 27, 2010, earthquake that rocked Chile.

Francis then offered to marry the LATAM flight attendants aboard the aircraft en route to the northern city of Iquique, and they readily agreed. The head of the airline served as the witness.

“He told me it’s historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane,” Ciuffardi told journalists in the aisle of the Airbus 321.

Ciuffardi said the pope also told them: “This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. May this motivate others to get the sacrament of marriage. I’ll do it for this reason.”

source: Time, Pope Francis Performs First Airborne Papal Wedding During Flight in Chile

The hand-written document, signed by Francis, attesting to the wedding of  
Paula Podest Ruiz and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga aboard the papal plane.

The remarkable wedding transpired seemingly spontaneously, as is often the case with the ever-surprising Francis: The flight crew was gathering in the front of the plane for a photo with the pope when the couple told him they were married and he motioned for them to sit next to him.

"We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing," Ciuffardi said. "All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too."

The couple explained that their church's bell tower had fallen during the quake, forcing the cancellation of the service. One thing led to another, and they never followed up.

"He liked us and he asked, 'Do you want me to marry you?'" Ciuffardi recounted. "He asked: 'Are you sure?' 'Yes, of course!' we said."

A Vatican official hastily drew up an official, albeit handwritten marriage certificate, stating that the two had consented to the sacrament of marriage on Jan. 18 and that Francis had celebrated the marriage "aboard the papal plane from Santiago to Iquique."

A stunned Podest was nearly speechless during the remaining hour on the flight as she recounted the story to the 70 or so journalists who travel with the pope on his foreign trips.

She said Francis offered a bit of advice to the not-so-newlyweds: "The wedding rings shouldn't be too tight, because they'll torture you, but if they're too loose, they'll fall off. So we have to be careful," she said blushing.

Podest said she and Ciuffardi had also explained to Francis that when they first started dating, she was his boss at LATAM. Francis asked if she was still the boss, and both readily agreed.

"And that's why the marriage works," Ciuffardi said.

After applause — and a breakfast of fresh fruit, croissants, coffee and tea — the plane landed in Iquique and the couple bid the passengers farewell.

"We hope you had a good flight," the bride said.

source: ABC 13 News, Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

To recap, a steward and a stewardess were civilly married in 2010 because the church they were to marry in collapsed in an earthquake.  They couldn’t find another church during the eight years of their civil marriage apparently because they were too busy raising their two daughters and flying around South America working.  Yep and this couple just happened to be so lucky as to meet Francis on the airplane where coincidence of coincidences he spontaneously proposed to marry them, in order to “motivate others to get the sacrament of marriage.”  What’s the difference between a religious wedding in a church with a Mass and the performance that Francis just gave?  Apparently not much in the eyes of the Novus Ordo!  It’s all good, as Greg Burke assured them, “Everything is valid. Everything is official.”  An obvious Opus-(Ju)Dei photo-op.

“the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Francis Show in Chile — the “deforestation of hope” tour

a few of the highlights lowlights...

“I found this by chance. It was taken in 1945; on the back is the information. It is a boy carrying his dead brother, standing in line before the crematorium in Nagasaki, after the bombing. I was moved when I saw this [picture], and I dared write only “the fruits of war”. And I thought of reprinting it and giving it, because a picture like this says more than a thousand words. So I wanted to share it with you.” — Francis on airplane to Chile

“What puts you in a bad mood?”

Someone threw at hat at Francis

Hat reads, “Pray for the Chilean family.”

“It’s important you speak and don’t let yourself be silenced.”

The indigenous pagan mess of Mapuche with gender fluid machis (shamans) — does it ever stop?

“The laypersons don’t have to parrot back whatever we say”

Blah, blah, blah....

“Your patronal feasts, your religious dances - which at times go on for a week - your music, your dress, all make this region a shrine of popular piety. Because the party does not remain inside the Church, you turn the whole town into a party.”

“Where vocation is concerned, there is no such thing as a selfie! Vocation demands that somebody else take your picture, and that is what we are about to do!”

Click here, for more on the planned wedding at 36,000 feet.

Popemobile narrowly misses hitting thrown carabinera.

Francis ‘the humble’ shows concern...staged?

Another angle of the accident

Stay tuned....

the circus’ next stop is Peru!

Monday, January 15, 2018

A portent of bad things to come?

Cristo del Pacífico (The Christ of the Pacific) burns

the fire broke out early this past Saturday morning

a short circuit in the statue caused the fire

Francis and his traveling circus are due to arrive 
in Peru on Thursday the 18th of January.

Francis candidly jokes that ‘witch doctor’ is behind his stamina

Francis on his way to Chile.

On the papal airplane from Rome to Chile, Francis offered his latest off the cuff quip.
“Loud laughter accompanied the joke Francis made in response to the query asked by Cristiana Caricato, a journalist of TV2000, who, (upon) greeting him, had asked him: “We want to know what the doctor gives you so that we can take it too, we who struggle just as you do” — a reference to Bergoglio’s stamina during these trips. “But I do not go to the doctor, I go to the witch!”, he said, laughing with gusto.”

source: La Stampa, Vatican Insider, Che medicine prendo? Vado dalla strega! (English translation CMJ)

As is usual with Francis’ jokes there is always a grain of truth to his answers.  In the past Francis has:
  • told several blasphemous jokes about Our Lord (see #1, #2, #3),
  • we could go on but we think one gets the point.

All of these ‘jokes’ reveal facets of Francis’ inner-JewFrancis publicly maintains that, “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”  Notice what he never jokes about Talmudic Judaism, the Holocaust, or noahidism — a synthesis of all heresies.  All these are strictly off limits while the Catholic faith is open to mocking jests.  We are digressing, returning to Francis reply, Francis does see witch doctors — typically they come to visit him.  Below are two of the witch doctors whom have visited Francis in the Vatican.

Liu Ming is a Taoist monk (aka witch) who has been Jorge Bergoglio’s
doctor since 2004.  He disturbingly practices Reiki energy on Francis.

A shaman (aka witch) performs an incantation on 
Francis (15 February 2017) in the Vatican.

So one can see the truth in Francis’ latest joke.  The question arises whom is Francis mocking when he jokingly but truthfully replies that ‘visits from witch-doctors give him stamina’?  Simply, the answer is the typical pewsitter that thinks Francis is a practicing Catholic.  Francis has nothing but contempt for these people as his mocking jests and  candid jokes reveal.