Wednesday, January 29, 2014

POPE FRANCIS ON COVER OF ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE - The Cool Pope

Pope Francis has made the cover of Rolling Stone. He is the first pope to ever be on the cover. Mark Binelli's has written a 7,700-word story which discusses the pope's unusual fame. He writes "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changing" and "Inside the Pope's Gentle Revolution" . Pope Francis has also been featured on Time Magazine and Vanity Fair Italia after the magazines named him "Person of the Year" and "Man of the Year," respectively. The New Yorker also put him on their cover.
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-the-times-they-are-a-changin-20140128
UPDATE VATICAN SPOKESMAN COMMENTS ON 
ARTICLE - FR. FREDERICO LOMARDI:
Vatican Radio REPORT The lengthy cover piece dedicated to Pope Francis in the February 13 edition of the popular Rolling Stone magazine has made its way around the world. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, praises the article’s appearance, saying, “[The piece] is a sign of the attention that the novelties of Pope Francis attract from many different quarters.” 

Fr Lombardi SJ goes on to say, “Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling into the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which, in order to shed light on the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it needs to describe the pontificate of Pope Benedict in a negative way, and does so with a surprising crudeness.” Fr Lombardi SJ adds, “This is not the way to do a good service even to Pope Francis, who knows very well what the Church owes to his predecessor.”
Text from Vatican Radio website 

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